2020 Camp Counselor Application Process

The 4-H Camp Counselors are a group of 4-H teens selected to assist in being responsible for campers ages 8-13, during 4-H camp. As a result of participation, counselors will develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations needed for adult success, and the Franklin County 4-H program will be strengthened and expanded. Roles and responsibilities of 4-H Camp Counselors include:

  • Attend required trainings prior to camp
  • Market and promote camp
  • Serve in a leadership and teaching role to other counselors
  • Serve on committees or other groups to plan programs at camp
  • Conduct self in an appropriate manner before, during, and after camp while serving as a role model to campers and peers
  • Assist staff and other counselors with camp activities; work as a team to implement the activities 
  • Know and understand all safety guidelines, including emergency procedures, associated with the camp and program areas
  • Follow and enforce camp rules
  • Assure for safety of campers at all times including in cabins, sessions, and large group activities
  • Be aware of child protection regulations and report any child abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect in accordance with university policy Identify and respond to camper behavior issues
  • Ensure campers’ health and hygiene, e.g., brushing teeth, eating meals, taking medication, etc.
  • Promote camper participation during camp
  • Lead and supervise campers in activities at camp including but not limited to songs, teambuilding challenges, group activities, challenges, etc.
  • each and lead campers at workshops or during other components at camp (table setting, song leading, etc.)
  • Mentor and give guidance to campers to encourage positive youth development and enhancement of life skills

APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be a 4-H member in good standing and complete at least one 4-H project
  • Must be at least 14 years old by the start of camp (Wed., June 17, 2020)
  • Must be able to get transportation to meetings and events as needed
  • Must complete a minimum of 24 hours of training
  • Must attend a minimum of 7 counselor training meetings
  • Must complete Child Abuse Awareness training
  • Must Sign Standards of Behaviors and complete the Code of Conduct form
  • Applicants who were not counselors in 2019 must submit two completed reference forms
  • All applicants new and returning must submit a completed Member in Good Standing Form to be completed by their club advisor if they were 4-H members in 2019.
  • Applicants who are 18 years old or older as of April 17, 2020 must also submit to a background check

TRAINING DATES
Applicants should look over this list of training dates. If the applicant is unable to attend the vast majority of these meetings, they should not apply for a counselor position. Counselor candidates who do not complete enough hours of training will not attend camp.

Event

Date

Time

#1 Training Meeting

November 19

6:30-8:30pm

#2 Training Meeting

December 5

6:30-8:30pm

#3 & #4 Overnighter

January 10-11

5:30pm-11:30am

#5 Training Meeting

February 1

2:30-4:30pm

#6 Training Meeting

February 27

6:30-8:30pm

Ohio 4-H Conference

March 14

9:00am-4:00pm

#7 Training Meeting

March 16

6:30-8:30pm

#8 Training Meeting
at the Franklin County Fairgrounds

April 2 6:30-8:30pm

#9 & #10 Camp Counselor Workshop

April 17-18

TBD

#11 Training Meeting

May 1

6:30-10:00pm

#12 Training Meeting

June 4 6:30-9:00pm

#13 Training Meeting

June 11

10:00-4:00pm

COLLEGE PLUS PROGRAM
On occasion, there are some 4-H members who move away to college which makes them unable to attend enough of the required camp training meetings. Those individuals may apply for a College Plus Counselor position. These positions will be based on "need" and will vary from year to year based on the current counselor staffing situation. If you are interested in the College Plus Program, do not fill out this application. Please email Beth Boomershine at boomershine.10@osu.edu to let her know your interest. In your email, you should explain your current college situation and let her know what meetings you think you might be able to attend. After the application deadline, you will be notified if there is need for your assistance and you will receive more information about applying for a College Plus Position.

FEES
The camp fee for counselors will be determined with a sliding scale. Counselors with only the minimum number of training meetings (7) will pay a larger camp fee. The more training meetings a counselor candidate attends, the more their fee reduces.

Other trainings such as the Camp Counselor Workshop in April will also have some fees associated with them.

APPLICATION
Before you complete the application, CLICK HERE to view a list of questions that will be on the online application (you will not be able to "save" your application in the middle of completing it, so we recommend reviewing the sample list first to be better prepared.) Click HERE to begin filling out the online application form.

MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING FORM
All applicants, new and returning, must submit a Member in Good Standing Form by OCTOBER 22, 2019.

Member in Good Standing Form Instructions       

  1. The advisor can complete the form and email it as an attachment to Beth at boomershine.10@osu.edu from the advisor's email account.
  2. The advisor can mail it directly to the Extension Office with their signature over the seal (postmarked by OCTOBER 22, 2019).
          Franklin County 4-H Counselor Form
          530 W. Spring St., Suite 275
          Columbus, OH 43215
  3. The advisor can complete the form, seal it in an envelope, sign their name over the closed seal, and give it back to the applicant for the applicant to deliver to the Extension Office by the deadline (or postmarked by OCTOBER 22, 2019).

REQUIRED REFERENCE FORMS
Who must submit reference forms?
Any applicant that was not a Franklin County 4-H Camp Counselor in the summer of 2019 must submit two reference forms. This includes new counselor applicants and also applicants that were counselors in previous years but not in 2019.

Reference Requirements

  • Two references must be submitted per applicant that was not a counselor in 2019.
  • References should not be completed by reletives. They should be from 4-H advisors, teachers, guidance counselors, youth organizational coordinators, or other individuals who would be familiar with your character, leadership skills, and maturity. They should not be completed by the same person that fills out the Member in Good Standing Form.
  • Completed reference forms must be postmarked by OCTOBER 22, 2019.
  • New applicants who do not submit completed references by the deadline will not be considered for a camp counselor position.

Reference Form Instructions       

  1. The reference can complete the form and email it as an attachment to Beth at boomershine.10@osu.edu from the reference's email account.
  2. The reference can mail it directly to the Extension Office with their signature over the seal (postmarked by OCTOBER 22, 2019).
          Franklin County 4-H Counselor Form
          530 W. Spring St., Suite 275
          Columbus, OH 43215
  3. The reference can complete the form, seal it in an envelope, sign their name over the closed seal, and give it back to the applicant for the applicant to deliver to the Extension Office by the deadline (or postmarked by OCTOBER 22, 2019).
     

INTERVIEWS
A portion of the applicants will be asked to attend an interview with the selection committee on October 24 or 29, 2019. New applicants will indicate their preference for interview times on the application. Applicants will be notified soon after the application deadline regarding interview time confirmations. Returning camp counselors will be contacted if an interview is requested.

Time slots available for interviews on October 24 at the Ohio 4-H Center, or October 29 at the Franklin County Extension Office include:

  • 5:30-6:15pm
  • 6:30-7:15pm
  • 7:30-8:15pm

SELECTIONS
Due to limited positions available, not all applicants will be selected. While we believe that being a camp counselor can be a great opportunity for learning and growing, we also have to take into account the safety and experience of the campers. Parents expect to send campers to a camp with trained, mature leaders as the role models for their children. Therefore, it is imperative that we look at maturity, experience, leadership qualities, and characteristics of outstanding role models when making selections.