What is a Junior Counselor?
Junior Counselors are students who are currently 9th or 10th graders in High School.
Being a Junior Counselor (JC) at camp is a wonderful way to spend the summer – developing many invaluable life skills! The Tom Sawyer Junior Counselor Program is a leadership program for 9th and 10th graders. There is no cost for this program and many Junior Counselors use their experience at camp to fulfill any school-required community service hours as this is an unpaid position. Students do go through a formal application and interview process to become a Junior Counselor and participation as a Junior Counselor is not guaranteed.
Before applying, students must be able to commit to participating in a whole session (2-3 weeks) and be able to attend mandatory training dates before the start of camp (see below).
Junior Counselors spend their time at camp learning how to become well rounded and skillful camp counselors. Junior Counselors are placed at a specific activity such as Pool, Horses, Archery, Activities, or sometimes with a Pre Camp group. Here, they are supervised by Senior Counselors to help lead campers through a variety of activities. Many former Junior Counselors have said that their time at summer camp prepared them for future jobs, college, and other leadership opportunities.
What are the Details?
Applications open January 16th, 2023!
Junior Counselors can either be placed in a Specialist Program or with a Pre Camp Group. At a Specialist Program, Junior Counselors are interacting, engaging, and working alongside senior staff to provide specialized programming for for campers ages 3 –10 years old. Junior Counselors with our Pre Camp Program will be working alongside Assistant and Senior Counselors to provide a group of campers aged 3-5/6 a fun-filled camp experience.
- Pre Camp Group
Junior Counselors must commit to participating for at least one full session. Session dates are as follows:
- June 12th -June 23rd (2 Weeks)
- June 26th -July 7th (2 Weeks)
- July 10th - July 21st (2 Weeks)
- July 24th - August 11th (3 Weeks)
- All Summer Counselors must be fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19 before June 1st.
- No Camp on July 4th
TSC has mandatory training dates for all Summer Counselors. Junior Counselors must be able to attend BOTH of the Saturday Training dates below.
- Saturday June 3rd
- Saturday June 10th
- The inability to attend BOTH training dates may impact an applicant's eligibility to be a Junior Counselor.
There will be other optional training dates specific to each position (Horses, Pool, Archery, etc) prior to the first day of camp, where Junior Counselors can and are encouraged to participate.
How Do I Apply?
The Junior Counselor Application will open on January 16th!
Step 1: Click HERE to read the Junior Counselor Information Guide before continuing. Now that you have read through the details above and confirmed your availability for the summer you are ready to apply!
Step 2: Click on the Apply Now button below. You will be taken to the Camper Registration side of our system as this is an unpaid position. If your family already has a log in, please use that to log in. If you are brand new to Tom Sawyer Camps, please have your grown-up/parent create an account. Once logged in to your account, first enter your age and grade which will allow the Junior Counselor Application to be visible. Prospective Junior Counselors please fill out the application and remember that this is a formal application, so we are looking for complete and thoughtful answers.
Step 3: Once your application is received, a TSC Director will review it and send an email inviting you to an interview. The main form of communication will be emails directly to the Junior Counselor so please make sure you check your emails often. Our interviews are a chance for you to learn more about Tom Sawyer Camps, what it would mean to be a Junior Counselor, and for the Tom Sawyer Staff to get to know you.
Step 4: If you are accepted to our Junior Counselor Program, your grown-up/parent must officially enroll you into our Summer Camp program. Details will be sent upon acceptance.
Note to Parents/Guardians: The main goal of the Junior Counselor Program is to allow young adults the opportunity to take on a leadership role in a safe environment. It is also our hope that we are able to help them learn the independence and responsibility of applying for a position, going through an interview process, and hopefully gaining a leadership role with us. While there are parts of the process that will require your involvement and we are happy to answer your questions, we strongly recommend you encourage your Junior Counselor applicant to not only complete their applications themselves, but to also contact Tom Sawyer with any questions they (or you) might have as part of this program is for us to help them navigate this process from start to finish.
For any questions please call our office at (626) 794-1156 or email firstname.lastname@example.org