Junior Counselors

Applications are NOW OPEN!
See 2022-2023 Dates Below.

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! 

2023 Dates:

Presidents’ Day February Break Camp: Friday, Feb 17th and Monday, Feb 20th 2023

Spring Break Camp: Monday, April 3rd through Friday, April 7th 2023

Summer Camp lasts all summer long and we accept volunteers for all weeks!

Summer Camp Start Date: Tuesday, May 30th 2023

Summer Camp End Date: Friday, August 25th 2023

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 2022, you are not required to fill out a new application. If you are unsure about what information we have for you, please contact chloe@dunwoodynature.org.

You may sign up for your desired volunteer shifts prior to reference check. Chloe 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 required community service hours.

Do I need to attend training?

All new and returning JCs will be required to attend a pre-camp orientation. We will have an in-person session (recommended for first time JCs) and an online option available.

Is there a cost?

There is no cost associated with the JC program at Dunwoody Nature Center. It is an un-paid volunteer position.

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