APPLICATIONS OPEN NOV. 1
In this role, summer counselor staff will live with a small group of campers Sunday to Friday as they experience all that a traditional residential camp has to offer.
- Supervising a cabin group
- Assisting campers with personal care
- Plan and implement camp activities
Deadline to Apply: April 5
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions about becoming a counselor.
Not Just Any Summer Job...
It’s the experience of a lifetime.
Receive training and education
Receive thorough training and education about caring for individuals with special needs and various medical diagnoses. Learn how to provide personal care, appropriate transfers, person-first language, diagnoses education, behavioral management and more.
Have opportunities for networking and a Q&A with reputable physicians. Meet and interact with doctors, nurses and therapists supporting campers throughout the summer.
Life-long memories and friendships
Create life-long memories and friendships. Connect with peers from all walks of life and create lifechanging memories with other counselors and campers.
Schedule, Training & Pay
“Getting to know and form relationships with these campers has really changed me in such a positive way and made me appreciate all that life has to offer.” – Counselor, 2023
Frequently Asked Questions
When are the 2024 summer camp sessions?
Our 2024 summer camps are scheduled to take place from June 9th to August 2nd, spanning eight week-long camp sessions. Each camp session runs from Sunday – Friday. Click here to view the complete summer schedule.
How many weeks of summer camp can I work?
Camp Aldersgate offers eight full weeks of summer camp. We ask our summer counselors to commit to a minimum of four weeks, which includes one week of paid mandatory staff training. If you cannot commit to four weeks, but would still like to get involved, please check out our Counselor-In-Training program!
How old do I need to be to work as a counselor?
Counselor must be 17 years old by the time they arrive at Camp Aldersgate. We have increased the minimum age of our counselors from 16 to 17 years old to better meet the needs of our campers.
Will I be paid as a camp counselor?
Yes, our counselor positions are paid. Counselors are paid $350/week. Returning counselors receive an increased pay of $400/week.
Do I need to have prior experience working with individuals with special needs or medical conditions?
We do encourage applicants to have some experience prior to applying. This can include volunteer or work experience with children, working in a camp setting, working with special needs populations, or studying a relevant field. If you have no prior experience, we recommend checking out our Counselor-in-Training program!
What kind of training will I receive?
All counselors must attend a paid mandatory one-week training. Training is designed to educate, support, and equip counselors, so they are adequately prepared to work with each of our unique camper populations. You will learn how to provide personal care, appropriate transfers, person-first language, diagnoses education, behavioral management, and more.
What special needs and medical diagnoses does Camp Aldersgate serve?
Camp Aldersgate provides programming for children ages 6-18 and young adults ages 19-35. We offer four medical camps which serve campers with a wide variety of medical conditions including muscular dystrophy, spinal disorders, diabetes, oncology, arthritis, hearing impairments; and other chronic conditions such as cardiac, kidney, and bleeding disorders. Our two Kota camps serve campers who do not qualify for one of our medical camp sessions but have a physical or intellectual disability. Kota campers are encouraged to attend with a sibling or friend who do not have a disability. Our young adult camp is available for individuals with intellectual and developmental disorders including autism, down syndrome, and developmental delays.
Are there any breaks during camp sessions?
All counselor staff will receive a two hour break each full day of camp, and one 4.5 hour break each week of summer camp.
Does Camp Aldersgate provide living arrangements for counselors?
Yes, Camp Aldersgate is a residential summer camp, which means that our campers and counselors stay overnight. Counselors live onsite and in cabins, fully immersed in the fun and taking care of campers. Meals are provided during each week, Sunday-Friday.
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