First and foremost, Birchwood counselors must have a fun-loving disposition and sincere desire to be a strong and caring mentor who enriches the lives of girls, around the clock, 24/7. Being a camp counselor is incredibly fun and rewarding - but it demands a lot of energy, patience, and kindness!

It is essential to have a great attitude for the ENTIRE summer and to be an excellent team player. Counselors must have the ability to take the initiative, lead groups of girls effectively in a variety of settings, communicate openly and honestly, and maintain healthy relationships with peers.

Experience caring for children is required for this position. Employees must be willing and able to promote our specific vision after extensive training and on-going support. Counselors must be able to complete all of their responsibilities each day (including boring stuff like cleaning up) with a smile on their face and a skip in their step. Preference is given to applicants with proven skills in one or more of the daily activities we offer, though training is available in many cases.

We hire approximately 35 college-age women each summer. Applicants must be able to commit to the entire summer season, including our staff week that typically begins around June 1st. We prefer applicants who have completed at least one year of secondary education and have taught children in a hands-on, experiential setting.

All staff members are required to have current certifications in First Aid and CPR. Applicants interested in teaching waterfront or wilderness activities require additional certification as trained lifeguards. We provide lifeguard training prior to staff week.

All staff positions require visual and listening skills sufficient to keep campers safe and the physical and emotional strength to work the long hours that are part of the camp counselor position.

Note: Applicants from countries outside of the U.S. must first apply to an international staffing agency to be considered, such as CCUSA, Camp Leaders in America, or Bunac.


6983 North Steamboat Lake Drive NW • LaPorte. Minnesota 56461 • 800.451.5270 • info@birchwoodforgirls.com