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35 Questions and Answers by Ryan Brown

Updated August 30th, 2018
Question 1 of 35
Can you keep personal electronics aside for the duration of the camp?
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How to Answer
This answer must absolutely be yes. If you can not devote your full attention to the children, then another job is probably better for you. Answer this question with confidence, tell the interviewer, Absolutely. Tell them your number one priority will be the camp, and focusing on the children that they are fully engaged in the camp activities.
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1.
Can you keep personal electronics aside for the duration of the camp?
This answer must absolutely be yes. If you can not devote your full attention to the children, then another job is probably better for you. Answer this question with confidence, tell the interviewer, Absolutely. Tell them your number one priority will be the camp, and focusing on the children that they are fully engaged in the camp activities.
2.
What makes you a good role model?
An interviewer will ask this question because they are interested in getting to know you better. They want to know your best leadership skills.

When answering this question, start with your passion and enthusiasm for being a role model. Then go into detail about the skills you have that make you a great role model. As a camp counselor, it's important you are aware that kids are looking up to you. They are soaking in your actions and learning from you. In addition to the interviewer trying to know your own leadership skills more, this question is also designed to see if you understand the impact your actions have, whether that be knowingly or unknowingly, on the individuals around you.

Here is an answer example: "I love being a role model, and that is one of the reasons I applied for this job. I think one of the best reasons why I believe I am a good role model, is because I understand the impact I will have on a child's life, even if I am only around that child for a short time. They are constantly soaking in my actions. I want to be the best example I can be for that child because I want what is best for them. And that is why I am excited to be applying and interviewing for your campground because I think your camping experience is really impactful on the kids that attend."
Ryan's Answer
"I love being a role model, and that is one of the reasons I applied for this job. I think one of the best reasons why I believe I am a good role model, is because I understand the impact I will have on a child's life, even if I am only around that child for a short time. They are constantly soaking in my actions. I want to be the best example I can be for that child because I want what is best for them. And that is why I am excited to be applying and interviewing for your campground because I think your camping experience is really impactful on the kids that attend."
3.
What skills or interests do you have that would make you a great camp counselor?
The interviewer wants to make sure you enjoy the outdoors and camping activities. Highlight all of your favorite outdoor activities, and try to research the camp beforehand. Understand what activities they have to offer, and be able to cite them as activities that interest you. Describe your talents and skills when it comes to leading, tell them you understand how important leadership is in a community setting. This is a great chance to bring up any past experiences you have in regards to this.
4.
Camp is designed to be an educational event for kids. Give examples of what kids learn from camp.
This question is designed to test your understanding of camp, and what the ultimate purpose of camp is. Tell the interviewer, your goal for the kids and what you hope to be the goal from the camp's perspective, would be for them to learn teamwork, gain self-confidence through camping activities, and develop their own leadership skills.
5.
What are the three greatest strengths you bring to this position?
If you are excited to be a camp counselor, this question should come easy! First, say you are thrilled to be interviewing for this position, and your passion and enthusiasm for this position will be one of your strengths. Second, tell them you are excited to be a role model for kids, and your leadership skills are another strength. Third, describe how you are responsible, and are passionate about community, as your third strength.
6.
What experience do you have in leading others?
Being a camp counselor is all about leadership, give the interviewer all of your experiences as a leader in the past. Whether it be involvement in a small book study club, or being the captain of your football team, anything counts! If you feel you have never been a leader in any type of situation, you would be surprised. It could be a leader amongst one person, maybe you gave that person advice? You saw a situation where someone needed guidance or help, and you took charge, it doesn't matter if it was only with one other person or a group.
7.
Did you attend camp as a child?
The interviewer wants to get a better understanding of your background and why you chose to be a camp counselor. If you attended camp, tell the interviewer about the years you went to camp, and what you found enjoyable, and why you now want to be a counselor. If you never attended camp, be sure to tell the interviewer what you know about camp, and why you are excited to be a part of this years program.
8.
What age groups do you have experience working with?
If you have no experience, this question will most likely be skipped from the start. Otherwise, tell the interviewer specific age groups. Do not say 'All age groups'. If you have worked with all age groups, break it down for the interviewer. Say I've worked with kids aged 9-11 at Camp Wakatooie in the summer of 2013. Then I worked with youth ages 5-13 at the local YMCA summer youth program, where we did so and so activities. If you only have had one experience working with youth, reinsure the interviewer that you can work with their age group by saying you enjoy being around all ages of children, and look forward to working with their group.
9.
What is the most difficult part of being a Camp Counselor for you?
This is a great chance to provide an honest answer which shows you're thinking in-depth of the camping experience. An example: Tell the interviewer your number one goal is to make sure every child is fully able to participate in each activity, and you know that is difficult to ensure, and why you find it to be a challenge. This is something you work on, and think about throughout your day as a counselor. This type of answer, shows a high level of passion that you have, and why you would make a great counselor.
10.
Do you enjoy being active with the kids?
Time to be enthusiastic! Absolutely! Tell the interviewer why you love being active with the children. Why this is your passion, what fun activities you enjoy doing with the kids, and why this makes you a perfect candidate for this camp counselor position.
11.
What do you think you will dislike the most about this job?
Hopefully you will dislike nothing about this career! Don't be afraid to tell the interviewer that. If you have any uncertainties, like 'well I am just unsure if I can stay away from home this long' the interviewer will probably ask you to exit the interview. So tell them, you won't dislike anything, and you love camping and being a counselor.
12.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less.
These are always challenging questions to come up with on the spot, but an interview is all about knowing yourself beforehand. Most of us love to remain humble, but this is the time when you absolutely must focus on yourself! Get to know who you are and have confidence in yourself. With that said, If you are applying for a camping position, its obvious you enjoy socializing, having fun, being adventurous, being a role model, organized, enjoy structure, and so on. Those are just a few, but you could easily pick some of them, and create a few for yourself.
13.
How would you handle a child who was misbehaving and not following instructions?
The interviewer wants to know you aren't soft, and able to handle intolerant kids. Make sure you are capable of telling a child what the rules are and any misbehaviors are not tolerated. After disciplining the child, you will see how to best modify the activity so the child can participate.
14.
How do you keep your kids under control?
The best answer to this is to show the interviewer you have a plan. Tell them, before the week begins, you want to make sure a schedule is in place, and activities are planned. Therefore, kids should not be bored, and able to fully participate in camp. On top of that, you may want to have a prize system that rewards good behavior for the kids.
15.
What would you do if a parent was angry with you for the way you handled a situation with their child?
I would suggest telling the interviewer that you would listen to the criticism, and apologize to the parent. This shows you are not stubborn, and capable of listening. Even go as far as asking the parent how they feel their child should have been treated, and say you will do your best if the situation comes up again. If you feel, you were absolutely correct in how the situation was handled, and the parent simply is unaware of the actual events that transpired, maybe it would be best to ask a fellow counselor assist you as you explain the situation to the parent.
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