Junior Counselors

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

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 and school break day camps at the nature center (5343 Roberts Drive) for ages 4 to 10. You may choose to work a full day (9am – 4pm) or half day (9am – 1:30pm) shift.

Half-day shifts assist with the 4 year old class. Full-day shifts are assigned to rising K-5 classes.

During summer camp we ask that JCs commit to weeks where they are available all 5 days. School break camps are more flexible and we accept however many days you are available. 

We are always accepting applications for new JCs! 

2020-2021 Dates:

Winter Break –  Dec 21-23 and Dec 28-30, 2020

Winter Wilderness Camp – Jan 14-15 and Jan 18, 2021

President’s Day Camp – Feb 15, 2021

Spring Break Camp – April 5-9, 2021

Summer Camp – June 1 – August 13, 2021

What are the qualifications?

For Summer Camp, Nature Center Junior Counselors must be age 13 or older and Island Ford Junior Counselors must be age 15 or older.  All JC’s must attend a pre-camp orientation, even if they have served before. Prospective Junior Counselors must also provide 2 contacts for references (teacher, coach, mentor, employer; no relatives or friends). Reference contact form is included in the JC application. 

If you already completed the reference check in 2020 or previously, you are not required to fill out a new application. If you are unsure about what information we have for you, please contact darcy@dunwoodynature.org.

You may sign up for your desired volunteer shifts prior to reference check. Darcy 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?

Due to gathering restrictions, this year an online training presentation will be shared with you to review and understand prior to serving at the nature center in place of our usual in-person orientation and training. First time volunteers may choose to come in for a campus tour to be more comfortable before their first day of service. More information will be provided to you after signing up for a shift.

Is there a cost?

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

More Questions? Please contact darcy@dunwoodynature.org or 770-394-3322.