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Top 35 Camp Counselor Interview Questions
List of Camp Counselor Interview Questions
  1. What makes you a good role model?
  2. Do you enjoy being active with the kids?
  3. Can you keep personal electronics aside for the duration of the camp?
  4. What is the most difficult part of being a Camp Counselor for you?
  5. What age groups do you have experience working with?
  6. Did you attend camp as a child?
  7. What experience do you have in leading others?
  8. What are the three greatest strengths you bring to this position?
  9. Camp is designed to be an educational event for kids. Give examples of what kids learn from camp.
  10. What skills or interests do you have that would make you a great camp counselor?
  11. What do you think you will dislike the most about this job?
  12. How would you handle a child who was misbehaving and not following instructions?
  13. Describe yourself in 5 words or less.
  14. How do you keep your kids under control?
  15. What would you do if a parent was angry with you for the way you handled a situation with their child?
  16. What have you heard about being a camp counselor?
  17. What experiences do you have with kids?
  18. How have you changed as a result of being a counselor?
  19. Are there any age groups you would prefer not working with?
  20. Do you have a high level of patience?
  21. Why do you want to be a camp counselor?
  22. What do you know about this camp?
  23. Do you know any of the other camp counselors?
  24. If a kid is testing your patience, how would you react?
  25. What made you decide to apply for a job as a camp counselor?
  26. When did you realize you wanted to be counselor?
  27. What would be your number one goal at this camp, if you were a camp counselor?
  28. How do you think you will handle a job that literally requires you to live at it?
  29. Have you ever worked with a child with a disability?
  30. How do you handle stressful situations?
  31. What is your biggest weakness?
  32. What do you love most about being a camp counselor?
  33. How much experience do you have working with children?
  34. Are you aware that it is within poor judgement to be alone with a kid? How do you prevent this type of situation?
  35. How would you break up a fight among kids?
Camp Counselor Information
August 17th, 2017

A camp counselor is a person who is in charge of a group of children or teenagers at a day or overnight camp. They have a large responsibility to make sure their children are safe, get involved with the camp activities, and have fun. Most counselors start out as a CIT (counselor-in-training).
wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_counselor
Camp Counselor User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 35
What makes you a good role model?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
My professional behavior with the ability to let loose and have fun. When I can do that it helps kids see that there is a time where you will have to be a little more focused and that there is also a time for fun. Which I plan on having a lot of this summer.
2.
I am an older sibling, I have experience as an instructor and have led a bronze expedition.
3.
I am positive, respectful, responsible, and I try to be motivational as well. These qualities make me a good role model.
4.
I always strive to make others happy and do the right thing. By making sure everyone around me feels happy, it promotes a good atmosphere, which others may follow.
5.
I'm cheerful and have a lot of energy.
Question 2 of 35
Do you enjoy being active with the kids?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I do. I think that kids have such creative minds and I love interacting with them because they teach me so much about loving life and having fun in whatever you're doing, sometimes that's something we forget about when we get older.
2.
Absolutely, not only is it fun but it also encourages them to open up more and join in.
3.
Yes I love to participate in most of my activities. Unless I am being a facilitator.
4.
Yes. One of the reasons this job appeals to me is that it is based outdoors and being active, while helping kids have the most amazing summer.
5.
Yes, Kids and animals are my passions in life, and there is nothing that I love more than actively combining the two for a fun learning experience for all of us!
Question 3 of 35
Can you keep personal electronics aside for the duration of the camp?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes, I love doing interactive activities rather than being on my phone. For exampe, it is a regular routine to drop our phones in the blue basket during the leadership course. It is importnat to give someone your full attention when getting to know them.
2.
Yes. My phone would never be in my hand or pocket. I will give all attention to the kids.
3.
Yes. It would actually be great to have a break from it all.
4.
Naturally. Summer camp is about enjoying the outdoors around us and being active in a fun environment. Cell phones and other electronics would be kept away so they wouldn't be distractions or be a safety hazard.
5.
Yes. Absolutely. The less electronics we have to worry about, the more we can focus on the kids.
Question 4 of 35
What is the most difficult part of being a Camp Counselor for you?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
The most difficult part of being a camp counselor for me would be living with the constant worry and fear that I am not a good enough leader for them spiritually,
2.
Making sure that the kids feel like they can talk to me if they have any problems.
3.
I feel that the most difficult part of being a camp counselor for me will be adjusting from being at college, around people my own age all the time, to being around children 24/7.
4.
The most difficult part for me would be that I would have to plan everything for every day to make the kids happy and enjoy there time. I realized that it may be difficult to plan everything but I enjoy being with kids and seeing them smile that makes it worth it.
5.
I would say when a child is going through a tough time and does not know how to communicate that with me.
Question 5 of 35
What age groups do you have experience working with?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I mostly have experience with toddlers from babysitting and young kids from playing with them in grade school and volunteering at school fundraisers.
2.
I have experience with all age groups but mostly with babies up to nine year olds. For many years I have been watching my cousin who is currently nine and my sister who is currently four. Although, I also have experience in a second grade class room and I would tutor kids from grade one to six in groups of four and sometimes five.
3.
I have experience with younger kids in preschool and kindergarten, from interning at a preschool and volunteering at my mothers kindergarten class but I also enjoy working with older kids from working at a vaction bible school at my church.
4.
Ages 3 and up, although I am more comfortable with older children.
5.
I have experience working with ages 6-18
Question 6 of 35
Did you attend camp as a child?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have, and I loved it so much so I hope to make these kids fall in love with camp just like I did.
2.
Yes, It was one of the best times as a teen getting to be independent at camp and chasing my personal interests at camp.
3.
I never attended general camps as a child, but I did attend a variety of program specific day camps, like art and swimming camps. I always enjoyed them.
4.
Yes, every year possible.
5.
No I did not, but I would have like to.
Question 7 of 35
What experience do you have in leading others?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have been previously employed at a restaurant. I was employed there for almost three years. As the years went by, I became a shift leader once new employees were hired. It was my responsibility to ensure that the shift ran efficiently, and that all tasks that were required to be completed, were met. I also acted as a leader through my placement with LDANR. This required me to facilitate activities for the children, and ensure they stayed focus and listening.
2.
I have alot of experience related to leadership and have been given many opportunities to lead a group. Recently, grade 8s came to our school to follow a student around for a day. During this week, myself and 2 others came up with activites to do during one of the periods. We had to conduct the games and control the enviroment. We also had to lead the other students to help coordinate the activities.
3.
I was a CIT in the past year at 4h, I also lead as song leader in my school club and was pledge leader last year.
4.
An experience I've had with school is co leading the scrooge campaign in my homeroom class. And organizing the canvasing routes and getting people together to help canvass.
5.
School projects and extracurricular projects.
Question 8 of 35
What are the three greatest strengths you bring to this position?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
While I like to think I possess many skills suitable for this job, my top ones are enthusiastic, flexible and hardworking.
2.
Adventurous, understanding and empathetic, passionate about fine arts education.
3.
Kindness, willingness, and love for the job.
4.
My passion for working with kids, building rapport with campers and staff, being able to plan and adapt on the fly.
5.
Commitment, passion and understanding.
Question 9 of 35
Camp is designed to be an educational event for kids. Give examples of what kids learn from camp.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Camp is a great place to learn about different people and learn about friendships. Camp also allows you to learn many activities such as sailing.
2.
Kids leave to grow in their faith, learn how to make new friendships that will last a life time, and to be themselves.
3.
To learn new activities and learn skills both physically and mentally.
4.
You learn how to be a leader, you learn respect, you learn family values, and most of all you learn to come out of your shell, make friends, and have fun.
5.
Kids learn a lot of things. They can learn things about nature while on hikes. Or they can learn social skills but developing relationships, performing infront of others, sharing, and even how to play fair.
Question 10 of 35
What skills or interests do you have that would make you a great camp counselor?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I love teaching children new things and am extremely organised.
2.
Some of my skills would be creativity. Being a camp counsellor requires alot of creativity, problem solving, balance.
3.
I love kids and I am very caring and kind towards them. I am energetic and positive and also very creative when it comes to keeping kids entertained.
4.
I love kids and 4h. Also I am an active club member an I am kind, honest, and trustworthy.
5.
I love camp atmosphere, no matter what form its in. My family would rent out a camping site for the entire summer and we would go most weekends. Campfires, recreational events held by the campground, riding bikes, hiking, and playing sports. I love it all. In other words, I'm a very active and outdoorsy-like individual. I think that is very important especially when working a camp with kids. You have to be just as energetic as them and I feel that you also have to really like what the camp offers to the kids to really take on the role of a Camp Counselor. I would know because I've been one before at Camp Hemlocks in Hebron CT. I will bring everything that I've built from there. Like how to resolve conflicts, teamwork, leadership, and adaptation. As a camp counselor, I had to handle situations in which the campers lashed out on other campers or counselors. The schedules were jammed packed with activities so it was important that you plan ahead and were able to be swift on your feet with things didn't quite work out how you wanted them. I would also as a camp counselor have to teach the campers how to do specific activities or modify them so the campers can do the activities.
Question 11 of 35
What do you think you will dislike the most about this job?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I think I will dislike most would be the time of the camp. The camp is not as long as it could be, I want to get to know every camper.
2.
I think it will be hard to maintain your energy levels throughout the summer.
3.
Honestly I don't think I will dislike anything about this job. Everything in the job description makes me really excited and if I got this position, I would enjoy going to work everyday.
4.
While I have to say the worst part would be on outgrip when I didn't pack enough socks and it starts to rain. Wet socks are the worst.
5.
If I developed a strong relationship with my campers, I think it would be hard to say goodbye to them after the week in over.
Question 12 of 35
How would you handle a child who was misbehaving and not following instructions?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Explain to them what they are doing wrong and set rules for how they should behave. I would look for support from other staff if the behaviour continued.
2.
If a younger child was misbehaving while I was explaining a game I would tell them that if they don't pay attention they will miss out on the instructions and they will have to sit out the first round so they know how to play.
3.
I would pull the child aside during a time and reexplain the rules but also let the child explain why they are not acting this way.
4.
I would take the child a side and say what the incorrect behavior is why they needed to stop the behavior and what the consequence was if they choose to not stop the behavior.
5.
#1 they wouldn't be able to take away fun from the other campers. If it got to the point that it was so bad and I would need to make a phone call home.
Question 13 of 35
Describe yourself in 5 words or less.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Open-minded, enthusiastic, dedicated, compassionate and loyal.
2.
Organized. Creative. Goofy. Passionate. Hardworking.
3.
Confident, outgoing, social, good listener.
4.
Motivated. Active. Friendly. Optimistic. Fun.
5.
Creative. Observant. Patient. Deep. Kind.
Question 14 of 35
How do you keep your kids under control?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
By keeping calm cool and collected myself and knowing when to call them down.
2.
I would explain to them at the beginning of each day the rules and guidelines of the camp and what I think or what the camp thinks in this case of how the children should act- by keeping them under control. Not bribing the children but making sure they are behaving respectfully.
3.
Keep them engaged in the activity, and set ground rules.
4.
Give them clear instructions and set a good example for how they should behave.
5.
By keeping the activities within their interests and keeping my energy up and theres.
Question 15 of 35
What would you do if a parent was angry with you for the way you handled a situation with their child?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I would explain to the parent that I am sorry for what had happen. That I should have handled the situation more appropriately. I would also tell them the positive attributes to their child, so that the parents know that their children are a blessing to the camp and the teamwork they put into the camp. And would then apologize again.
2.
Apologize and explain why I thought my way was suitable. I would then ask them how they would have wanted the situation handled and discuss this with a higher-level staff member.
3.
I would calmly explain my reasoning and what the child did wrong and apologize.
4.
Listen, emphizise the situation and offer a solution.
5.
I would talk calmly to the parent and apologize for my actions.
Question 16 of 35
What have you heard about being a camp counselor?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Thats a very rewarding job.
2.
Ive heard that it is a life changing experience and that it is something that everyone would love if you like working with children in this case.
3.
It is an amazing opportunity to be a leader for children and setting a good example. I also get to ensure children have the best summer camp experience.
4.
That it is fun rewarding and the experience of a lifetime and is a great reference.
5.
I've heard it will change your life.
Question 17 of 35
What experiences do you have with kids?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have been a cit at another camp.
2.
I volunteered over the summer at the local library where I had to keep the kids section in check. This required me to clean up the toys, help kids find books, and give them guidance through library activities.
3.
I have babysit the children down my street for 5 years, which has been on and off. I professionally started working at a camp at a church, which I started out applying for the next year and got a job!
4.
I have had many years of experience working with children, from working as a childcare assistant for 3 years, to babysitting and nannying.
5.
Asides from the camps programs. I have been involved in LIT 1 and 2 with the city of London. I have umpired for ages 8 to 12. I'm currently involved with a lucas leads program that is designed for the grade 11 years to be suited to help incoming grade nines and to be mentor to the new grades the year after. I am also currently employed at McDonalds where I work with with some jade nine students and there is also a play place meaning that there are lots of kids visiting .
Question 18 of 35
How have you changed as a result of being a counselor?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I've become more open, more vulnerable, more adventurous and confident in my own life.
2.
I have become more outgoing and more comfortable with sharing my opinions and feelings with others. I have grown in my faith and I watched the kids grow in theirs.
3.
I have learned so much from the kids and they making me a better person.
4.
I have grown more patient, I am wiser, and I love kids so much more.
5.
I now am more patient, flexible, and am more confident in my leadership skills.
Question 19 of 35
Are there any age groups you would prefer not working with?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I prefer the younger children but I do not mind.
2.
I accept all kids. I feel like I could work with any age group because I have both a younger brother and an older brother which gives me experiences dealing with both age groups.
3.
I'm open to working with all ages and accept kids as they are.
4.
I love working with all age groups, most preferably 8-12 year olds, but I am willing to work with kids of any age.
5.
I have worked with all age groups of campers and I can honestly say that I like all age groups as the campers get older they want more challenging games but require less instruction but with younger cabins it is more based on instruction and on an easier game to play.
Question 20 of 35
Do you have a high level of patience?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes, after working with kids in a 24-hour setting at camp and coaching youth softball I believe I have developed excellent patience.
2.
Somewhat-depends on situation.
3.
Yes, iam an quite patient. I have worked with tutoring young children for a few years and this has taught me a lot of patience.
4.
Yes, I've learnt to be extremely patient with kids especially after 3 years of working with a wide age group of children.
5.
Yes, I have a high level of patience. I am very familiar with working with kids and having to have patience working with them.
Question 21 of 35
Why do you want to be a camp counselor?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Because I love kids and helping them learn.
2.
I love work and do sports outdoors. I also like teaching children how to do these sports and make connections with them.
3.
I want to be a camp counselor because I love working with children. I loved my expierence at camp and would like all children to have the same fun, healthy, and growing expierence.
4.
Because I enjoy interacting with young children and see their personalities grow.
5.
Because I believe that I can bring new thing to the camp as well as I believe that I am a kind and compassionate person I also know how many amazing experiences other counsellors have had.
Question 22 of 35
What do you know about this camp?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
From what Iíve seen on your website this camp is very friendly and welcoming. You offer camps for children aged 5-13. It looks like your team at Royal City Soccer Club is very warm and welcoming as well and they look like the type of people who really work well with children.
2.
All I know is that you are a camp that teaches kids the basics of theater.
3.
This camp was created for girls in 1932. The philosophy is to nurture them and help them grow as people, along with having fun. I think what your mission is, is absolutely incredible. I applied here because I value your ideas.
4.
I hear its a very good camp.
5.
I know what I know from Caroline. I know that it is an English summer camp designed to keep kids fit and active.
Question 23 of 35
Do you know any of the other camp counselors?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes I have many friends that were camp counselors.
2.
Yes I feel that I made very strong connections with everyone at camp while being a camper and part of the leadership programs.
3.
Currenetly I have a couple friends that have applied for the same position.
4.
I know Caroline very well and for a very long time. I have met Tommy before but have not gotten much of a chance to talk to him.
5.
I have made friends with all the camp counselors.
Question 24 of 35
If a kid is testing your patience, how would you react?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
By keeping patient and taking deep breaths.
2.
I would react calmly and patiently by repeating myself then if they don't stop I will find another solution.
3.
With a nice tone ask them to stop.
4.
I would ask another camp counselor or an adult to assist me with the situation if I am unable to resolve the situation peacefully.
5.
I would keep my cool and not allow him to see that he is testing my patience. If the situation is getting too bad I may call a counselor to help and give me a moment of time out for myself. I would breath and remind myself he is just a kid. Once the emotion has subsided I would return and handle the child as I would any other.
Question 25 of 35
What made you decide to apply for a job as a camp counselor?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I wanted to gain more experience with children since I will be teaching next ye.
2.
I loved my camp counselors and I wanna pay it forward.
3.
I decided to apply because I thought with my experience that I would be a good fit for the company.
4.
I have heard so much about the great experiences people have had here. I love kids and I would love to see how Campfire is used to proclaim the good news to young kids.
5.
I love to work with children and have so for a long time. I think that when I applied as a camp counsellor, I believe that it would have a positive impact on me and on others. It would also teach me to be a role model.
Question 26 of 35
When did you realize you wanted to be counselor?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
When I saw your ad, I thought this would be a fun and amazing experience.
2.
Ever since I went to an over night summer camp and saw how cool they would be.
3.
I have always wanted to be a camp counselor but never had the right oppurtunity to.
4.
I realized I wanted to be a camp counselor when a student that I tutor told me that she was planning on going to a summer camp and I thought it would be interesting to be a camp counselor.
5.
The moment I realized I truly wanted to be a counsellor was when my cabin LIT time was over and I ad to say goodbye to all the campers that I had made friends with and shared such a good time for those short two weeks.
Question 27 of 35
What would be your number one goal at this camp, if you were a camp counselor?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
My number one goal at this camp would be ensure that campers come away happy and satisfied with their day, everyday.
2.
My main goal would be to know that the children had fun while they were here and that they learned a significant amount of english.
3.
My number one goal would be to plant in each kid the love of theater.
4.
To have all the kids learn a very important lesson.
5.
To make an impact on the kids and to have them grow in their faith.
Question 28 of 35
How do you think you will handle a job that literally requires you to live at it?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I would do my best to adapt to the situation.
2.
Well I know from my university ventures that I can live away from my family so I will not get home sick. I believe I will strive in this type of environment
3.
I would make sure I get a few minutes at any chance I have (say after the kids are asleep) to breathe and relax and compose myself. I would commit myself entirely to the job.
4.
I believe it will let me really get to know the kids and show them that I am there for them so that I am able to earn their respect.
5.
I love being in community but saying that I know it will be challenging but that is what so great about camp is everything is so intentionally intense that you get so much out of it even as a counselor.
Question 29 of 35
Have you ever worked with a child with a disability?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes I have. I have worked with two. I worked with a girl in the pottery class I assisted. I helped her with her projects, and I would help her throw on the wheel. I also helped a girl shoot a basket ball in my gym class.
2.
No, but I have interacted with a few children with a disability when I volunteered at day camps.
3.
I have not ever had the oppotunity to work with a child with a physical diability although I did work with some children that had learning trouble.
4.
Yes I am in a club at school that deals with kids with disabilities and I beleive it is important for theses kids to do the same things other kids do because it is what the love.
5.
Yes, my friends sister has seizures frequently needs support, also I was a guide in middle schoo, l for a kid with polio.
Question 30 of 35
How do you handle stressful situations?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I keep calm and critically think the best way out.
2.
By telling myself it will be ok I will get through it one way or another.
3.
I usually handle them with others, helping them and distracting myself from my own stress.
4.
I stay calm and do what I have to do to get through them and come to a solution.
5.
Usually I am unable to make up my mind. I need other people support that I will get from the fellow councilors.
Question 31 of 35
What is your biggest weakness?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Being overly excited and eager.
2.
No speaclties in any programs.
3.
MY size but im always up for a challenge.
4.
Schedule organizing, I tend to put a lot of things on my plate and have a hard time trying to squeeze everything in.
5.
I'm not really scared about anything at camp.
Question 32 of 35
What do you love most about being a camp counselor?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have never been a counselor before, but I would love being around kids.
2.
Helping the children with my knowledge which I have learned in my class.
3.
Fostering a safe environment for kids to spend and enjoy the summer.
4.
I have not been one yet but I think it would be the fact of putting smiles on the kids faces.
5.
I love being able to give the campers back the unforgettable experiences that I have been so lucky to have in my childhood.
Question 33 of 35
How much experience do you have working with children?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
For a company, very little but at home a lot with my little brother.
2.
I have quite a bit and multitudes. I have babysat a lot, teachers assisted, and have grown up with many little cousins.
3.
I work as a cit for a theater camp and I work with the kids on singing.
4.
I have been a babysitter for kids from ages 2-11 for about 6 years. I also teach a second grade class twice a month.
5.
I am currently a volunteer at a library where I tutor kids and help them with their homework. I also have 2 little brothers and a sister that I babysit often.
Question 34 of 35
Are you aware that it is within poor judgement to be alone with a kid? How do you prevent this type of situation?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Make sure all of the kids stay with the group.
2.
We will always be in partners and groups when we are at the camp.
3.
I am aware that it is unproffessional to be alone with a kid. I want all of my children to feel safe with me, but I will ensure that groups are used in an apprpriate way, so that alone time can be prevented. Also, I would ask for the assistance of my fellow counsellors if needed.
4.
By keeping multiple kids around me at all times.
5.
Yes, I would do everything in a group, never alone. If needed, I would get another staff or kid so we were not alone.
Question 35 of 35
How would you break up a fight among kids?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I would step in and take them aside and explain that their behavior is not appropriate and we would talk about the issue and what we might do to avoid the same conflict in the future.
2.
I would talk to each person involved in the fight so I know what was happening and why and then I would help them solve the problem.
3.
I would step in the middle of it and explain why there is no point in fighting because both are going to get hurt in the end and camp is not a place for violence.
4.
I would separate them, speak to them separately.
5.
First, I would seperate them. And if they are still hostile towards eachother I would sit them down and have a conference with them one on one and figure out a solution.
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