Schoolhouse of Wonder Durham Year Round Lead Camp Counselor Durham, NC · Full time

A Lead Counselor is an important member of our field team. They help create magical and impactful day camps for children ages 5-12; lead groups in games, hikes, skill-based activities, river and creek explorations, storytelling, songs, building forts, whittling, and crafts; manage time and activities for their groups; provide excellent group and behavior management; and organize logistics with their co-counselors.


General Responsibilities 

Field Staff are expected to:

  • Safeguard the physical, emotional, and intellectual safety of campers and students. Model Schoolhouse values like kindness, curiosity, and empathy. Patiently process conflict and disagreements.
  • Participate in all aspects of programs using Schoolhouse methodologies. Actively engage participants and deliver consistent and exceptional supervision of children. Be a good example and role model at all times. Play the games, sing the songs, wade in the river, hide in the leaves, build forts, and enthusiastically join inon all aspects of our programs.
  • Communicate with participants, their families, and other Schoolhouse staff. Create established lines of communication built on trust and empathy.
  • Provide exemplary adherence to Schoolhouse’s values, policies, and procedures.
  • Create and deliver activities. Partner with your team to create and run high-quality, exciting, nature-based activities and schedules.
  • Prepare for programs. Take part in training and staff meetings. Prepare materials, create schedules, set up and break down programs, and clean and maintain program spaces.
  • Set an excellent example in teaching and behavior management methods, work ethic, and attitude.
  • Serve as a resource to other Schoolhouse staff in areas of special knowledge or interest.
  • Mentor staff through giving and receiving feedback, modeling behavior, and creating a culture of growth. 
  • Be a leader. Run the games, tell the stories, and manage the group. Use and model behavior management techniques. Stay on schedule and manage your time. Create a culture of physical and emotional safety.
  • Participate in marketing and promotional strategies and Schoolhouse events as requested.
  • Professional Development. Work with your supervisor to create a professional development plan. This includes continuing education and familiarity with best practices.
  • Elsewhere as needed. This list highlights major parts of Field Staff responsibilities, but there are plenty of other parts to the job!

Please Apply If You...

  • Are a high school graduate or equivalent, and are at least 18 years of age by your first day of work
  • Are kind, curious, and confident with a “can-do” attitude
  • Have exceptional mentoring skills, including effective communication, enthusiasm, resourcefulness, sense of humor, self-control, and patience
  • Have great verbal, interpersonal, and listening communication skills
  • Desire a cooperative, team-oriented work atmosphere
  • Have experience working with children and want to mentor them to find and be their best selves
  • Are able and willing to accept and effectively act on feedback and guidance
  • Have a passion for the outdoors and are comfortable working in the outdoors in all kinds of weather
  • Are committed to Schoolhouse's mission and values
  • Take your work seriously but yourself, not so much

We require current pediatric and adult CPR and First Aid certification by the first day of work. We accept certifications from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI). We also require our staff to be up-to-date on their COVID vaccinations or have an official exemption.


$17 - $19 per hour