Summer Camp Junior Counselor Program

We welcome youth ages 12-17 to Camp Roots as volunteer Junior Counselors for our summer camp. This is a great opportunity to build your leadership skills while spending your days having fun in the outdoors! There are 6 Junior Counselor slots available for each one-week session of Camp Roots. We are offering 3 Summer Camps this year and will have 18 openings available each week between the three camps. You will be assigned to Camp Roots, Camp Salal or Camp and will stay with your same group the whole week. Your volunteer hours would be between 9 am-4 pm each camp day. Camp Roots is free of charge for all junior counselors. 



You can be a counselor with Camp Roots if you meet the following requirements:


  • Kind

  • Empathetic

  • Love the outdoors

  • Love working with youth

  • Love being creative

  • Responsible

  • Reliable

  • Fun

  • Strong communication skills

  • Endurance

  • Interesting knowledge, talents or perspectives

  • Like to share

  • Openminded

  • Can commit to the hours of 9-4 each day you volunteer

  • Can attend Junior Counselor Orientation and Training on June 24th from 10am-1pm at Saint Edward State Park



To apply for a Junior Counselor position, please submit one letter of recommendation and a personal essay speaking to your counselor skills and aptitude (hint- the ones listed above). These will be submitted through the online registration form. Letters of recommendation can also be sent through email. 

* If you are a returning JC- no letter of rec or essay is needed *just fill out the application*


1) How far from camp can Junior Counselors take kids without a Teacher/Adult?  

There will always be a teacher present with the Junior Counselors. The junior counselors are assigned to a lead teacher to work with for the week along with the group of kids they will work with throughout the week when it is group work time. 


2) Will there always be an adult present with kids are in the water?  

YES! Four-Five adults will be present at all times while the children are in the lake. They will be allowed to go in up to their waist. 


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