Junior Counselor Training for Aquacamp, Camp Rad, Nature Camp, SK8 Camp and Turf & Surf
- Ages 12-17
- June 10-August 19
- One and two week camps available
Junior High and High School-aged Junior Counselors have the opportunity to interact with summer camp staff and campers. This is a leadership training program which includes:
- Leadership skills and team building
- Roles and responsibilities
- Jr. Counselor Training community service and letter of recommendation for future employment upon request
Junior Counselors should attend an orientation and training on Thursday, June 13, 1-2:30 p.m. at the Carrillo Recreation Center, 100 E. Carrillo St.
Registration deadline: Friday, April 19. No online registration is available for Nature Camp Junior Counselors. You must turn in your application to the Carrillo Recreation Center.
Applications are available at the Carrillo Recreation Center or here: Activity Registration form. Space is limited.
Please include a current photo (so we can place a face to a name) and remember to provide 1st and 2nd choices of camp and session dates. We try and place as many JC’s as possible and require multiple options. Please know that if you’re planning on attending a session of Nature Camp with a camper or friend you are not guaranteed placement together nor will be working in the same group.
- Aquacamp (8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.) Ages 12-17
- Camp RAD (8:45 a.m.–4 p.m.) Ages 15-17
- Nature Camp (8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.) Ages 12-17
- Sk8 Skool and Little Shredders (8:30–11:30 a.m.) Ages 14-17
Aquacamp Junior Counselors (For JC’s Ages 12-17) 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m.
Takes place at Cabrillo Bath House, 1118 East Cabrillo Blvd. New this year, Aquacamp hosts 9 one-week sessions and includes water safety instruction, tide pool studies, marine life discoveries, boogie boarding, arts and crafts, and fishing. Campers and JC’s are transported in the Aquacamp bus.
Camp Rad Junior Counselors (For JC’s Ages 15-16) 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m.
Pick up and drop off at Cabrillo Bath House, 1118 East. Cabrillo Blvd. This one-week camp will introduce campers 8-12 years of age to a variety of radical, challenging and different activities aimed at maximizing fun. The new program is available for three sessions. JC’s will accompany participants to an indoor rock climbing wall to learn the skills needed to manage an urban orienteering course around downtown Santa Barbara; other activities include an introduction to kiteboarding, surfing, archery, and constructing and racing a cardboard sand toboggan at Guadalupe dunes. Excursions for this program include Go-Kart racing, Laser tag and Ventura Aquatic center. All activities are supervised by trained camp counselors who are certified in First Aid, CPR, and Lifeguarding when in an aquatic environment. JC’s must pass a swim test during the Junior Counselor Orientation and Training
Nature Camp Junior Counselors (Ages 12-16) 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m.
Takes place at Skofield Park in Mission Canyon (camper pick up and drop off takes place at MacKenzie park located at Las Positas Road & McCaw Ave.)
Transportation to Skofield Park and for all field trips is provided by the Nature Camp counselors in 15 passenger vans. All Nature Camp counselors are Class B certified and have completed 20 hours of training in City vans and possess all certifications as required by the State of California. Activities at Nature Camp include hiking, nature crafts, field trips, ecology, nature studies, an overnight camp out at Skofield Park and much more. There are 5 two-week sessions. Junior Counselors are allowed no more than one two-week session. Placement depends on availability.
Sk8 Skool and Little Shredders Junior Counselors (Ages 14-17) 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Takes place at Skaters Point located on Cabrillo Boulevard at Garden Street. Junior Counselors must be available for 2 one-week consecutive sessions. Skateboard Clinic JC’s must know how to skate, model safe skating and wear safety equipment including helmet, knee and elbow pads at all times.
Turf & Surf Junior Counselors (Ages 14-17) 8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pershing Park 100 Castillo, 1 JC is accepted per session. All Turf and Surf Camp counselors are Class B certified and have completed 20 hours of training in City vans and possess all certifications as required by the State of California to transport participants. Activities include field sports such as Frisbee, soccer, flag and tag football and in the afternoon trips to the beach for boogie boarding, surfing, beach volleyball,and fishing.
Junior Counselors are placed with a counselor in groups of 8 to 10 (less for Sk8 Skool and Little Shredders). Camps are limited to a specific number of campers, thus space for Junior Counselors is also limited. Generally 5 JCs are allowed per session of Nature Camp and two JCs for Aquacamp, Camp Rad and Turf and Surf. Camp start and end times vary depending on the camp. JCs are not required to come early or stay late for extended day sessions; however, they are more than welcome. JCs are never left alone with campers and are under the supervision of a counselor 18 years or older.