Summer Junior Counselor Program

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 Junior Counselors

 Application Open from Feb 3–April 24.  

Participating Camp Locations:  Bond Park Community Center, Cary Arts Center, Herb Young Community Center, Mills Park Elementary School, Stevens Nature Center

General Position Summary

The Town of Cary offers 10 weeks of Summer Camp programs for children ages 6-11. Within the camps, several spots are reserved each week for Junior Counselor volunteers for rising 10th-12th graders.  Junior Counselor volunteers are selected each summer through an application and interview process.  This will be an experience in which a high school student can take a responsible role as a volunteer within camps and then reflect on the experience.

Expected outcomes

  • Increased self-esteem and personal growth derived from successfully meeting new interpersonal and intellectual challenges
  • Acquired new skills and knowledge
  • Increased exposure to various work roles and career choices
  • Increased opportunities for high school students to explore areas of academic career, or service interests


  • Develop good work habits.
  • Experience personal growth.
  • Strengthen communication skills.
  • Gain an awareness of the community's vast resources and the world of work.

This program gives qualified individuals the opportunity to learn firsthand all aspects of the job search process as well as the skills necessary to be a camp counselor. The expectation will be all communication will take place between the Junior Counselor Program Coordinator and the applicant themselves. Parents should not contact the hiring manager or facility. Applicant is responsible for all communication.

Major Responsibilities

  • Assist with supervision of Summer Camp activities and Summer Camp participants at assigned location.
  • Maintain respectful and professional relationships with camp staff and campers.
  • Take initiative and identify opportunities where you can help without being asked.
  • Complete all assigned tasks and duties.
  • Follow all rules and regulations of the camp and the Town of Cary.


  • A good role model and demonstrated leadership in school and/or community activities.
  • Self-motivated with interest in community service and working with children.
  • Reliable means of transportation to and from assigned camp each day.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people, particularly peers.
  • Completed application and two recommendations. 
  • In-person interviews are required and will take place May 4-6 and 18-19
  • Selected volunteers are required to attend all mandatory training dates: Saturday June 6 at 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Parent Information Meeting 9:30-10 a.m.), Tuesday June 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Wednesday June 10 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Available to work in camps a minimum of three (3) full weeks (M-F, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – flexible if needed)


Julie Collins
Program Specialist - Community Recreation
(919) 462-3970