Junior Counselor

Become a Junior Counselor

The Dunwoody Nature Center is looking for strong teen leaders to serve as Junior Counselors for our camps!

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What is a Junior Counselor?

Junior Camp Counselors (JCs) assist adult staff with daily tasks and interact with young campers to enhance the day-camp experience.

What is the time commitment?

Dunwoody Nature Center offers summer camp at the nature center (5343 Roberts Drive) for ages 4 to 10. We also offer camp at Island Ford Park on the Chattahoochee River (8850 Roberts Drive) for ages 9-13. Summer camps at the nature center run weekly May 28th – August 15th. Counselors can choose the number of weeks they want to commit to, as well as whether or not to work a full day (9am – 4pm) or half day (9am – 1:30pm) shift. Half day shifts assist with the 4 year old camps. Full day shifts are assigned to K-5 classes.

Summer camps at Island Ford run from June 10th – August 2rd. Island Ford Junior Counselors commit to volunteering for a full day from 8:30am-4:30pm and will be with the oldest group of campers (ages 9-13).

What are the qualifications?

Nature Center Junior Counselors must be 13 or older and Island Ford Junior Counselors must be 15 years or older.  All JC’s must attend a pre-camp training and orientation. Prospective Junior Counselors must also provide 2 contacts for references (teacher, coach, mentor, employer; no relatives). Follow this link to the reference contact form: LINK

You may sign up for your desired volunteer shifts prior to reference check. Caroline will contact you upon reference approval.

Staff and children depend upon the JCs to arrive on time and ready for work each day that they are scheduled. Successful JCs will be mature, reliable, flexible, energetic and creative!

What are the benefits?

Working at camp helps develop responsibility, independence, adaptability and teamwork. At the end of the program, JCs can request a letter from the Nature Center, testifying to their hours worked which can be used on a resume, college application, or school-required community service hours.

Do I need to attend training?

For our summer JC’s, we offer three training and orientation sessions. All JC’s are required to attend only one of the sessions. Parents are encouraged to stay for a short meeting with our Camp Director during the first 15-20 minutes of the session. Please plan to attend either Saturday, May 4th from 9:00-10:00am OR Wednesday, May 8th from 6:00-7:00pm OR Tuesday, June 11th from 10:30-11:30am. All sessions will be held at the Nature Center.

Is there a cost?

There is no cost associated with the JC program at Dunwoody Nature Center. It is a volunteer position.

How do I apply to be a JC?

For Spring Break Camp, sign up here.

For Summer Camp, sign up here.

More Questions? Please contact caroline@dunwoodynature.org