Counselor Employment

What are you doing this summer?

The Head-Royce Summer Program employs nearly 125 high school and college-aged counselors from all over the bay area and beyond to become our resident “superheroes” to our campers. The young people in this role are the backbone of our program and by far, our biggest asset. We give the title of “counselor” and not simply "staff" as they do so much to support the social and emotional needs of the campers.

What does it mean to be a counselor?Are you a good fit?

Successful summer superheroes (aka counselors) bring energy, enthusiasm, and a passion for working with kids. Counselors are responsible for helping campers feel safe, included, and seen. Counselors support campers with transitions from place to place, leading team building games, and participating alongside them in a variety of enrichment activities like dance, art, drumming, and cooking. Attendance for all training and camp dates is mandatory for call counselors. Interested? Click through the tabs below for more details and instructions on how to apply.

Schedule & Pay

  • Mandatory full day trainings are on June 12th, 13th, and 14th
  • Summer camp runs from June 7th through July 12th and counselors must attend all camp & training days
    • Camp is open on July 4th and counselor attendance is mandatory
  • Most new counselors work from 11:40am - 4:40pm
  • New counselors are paid $13.80/hour

Job Overview

Sample Schedule

11:40-12:00 All Counselor Meeting

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch Support

1 - 1:15 Campfire with Counselors

1:20 - 1:50 Enrichment Rotation 1

1:55 - 2:25 Enrichment Rotation 2

2:30 - 3:00 Enrichment Rotation 3

3:00 - 3:45 Camp Meeting

3:45-4:15 Dismissal Duties

4:15-4:40 Daily Check-In

Daily responsibilities include (but are not limited to)

  • Be on time, present, and follow the schedule every day
  • Participating in all activities with campers, including specialty classes, free swim, camp meetings and cheers, etc. where appropriate
  • Facilitate a variety of games, cheers, sports, arts & crafts, and other activities geared toward promoting personal and social responsibility
  • Supervise campers and facilitate safe and efficient dismissal on Lincoln Avenue
  • Accompany the campers to the pool, help in the locker room before and after swimming - be on deck and ready to assist the pool staff with camper needs
  • Strive to meet or exceed the expectations, behavior and attitude needed to be successful, as directed by Summer Supervisors
  • Ensure the safety of the campers by abiding by safety guidelines and instructions
  • Respond to parent and children concerns in an effective, professional manner
  • Communicate important needs of campers regarding food, allergies, injuries, incidents and accidents to Summer Program Supervisors efficiently and effectively.
  • Prepare athletic equipment and/or classroom equipment as needed
  • Act as an exemplary role model for campers in the program
  • Provide conflict-management mentoring to campers
  • Exhibit strong organizational, interpersonal, and motivational skills

Hiring Process

Application Requirements:

The online application will require you to set up an account with Camp & Class Manager, the database system we utilize for our campers. Under the "Parent Info" section, please enter your own information again. Make sure that you do the following to be considered:

  • All steps are to be filled out by applicant and all communications should be from applicant. While we appreciate parent's support and guidance, we are attempting to prepare students for work responsibilities. Independent completion of the process will provide us more authenticity and them more ownership!
  • Fill out all fields of the form. Remember to use full and appropriate grammar. The more thoughtful and thorough your answers, the better.
  • In order to apply to work as a counselor in the summer program, students must be entering 11th grade or higher.
  • New and Returning counselors will be asked to upload a photo and copy of most current report cards.
  • We request that you provide the contact information and title of one reference. Please alert the reference to your submission of their name and prepare them for our inquiry.
  • Current Heads Up 9th graders will be asked to provide a longer description of their account in the program on the application form to qualify.

Timeline for Summer 2019:

Application opens for Returning Counselor and Current Heads Up 9th Graders

Monday, April 1, 2019

Applications due for Returning Counselor & Current Heads Up 9th Graders

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Application opens for New Counselor

Friday, April 5, 2019

Applications due for New Counselors

Monday, April 15, 2019 at 5:00pm

Group Interviews for New

Friday, April 19, 2019 (4-6pm)

Offers Issued

Friday, April 26, 2019

Acceptance Form Due

Thursday, May 2, 2019

CPR & First Aid Training

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10a.m. OR

Friday, June 14, 2019 at 8am (Class maximum is 20 students)

Mandatory Counselor Training

Wednesday, June 12 - Friday, June 14

Summer Program Dates

Monday, June 17 - Friday, July 12

What’s in it for you?

This is a coveted and competitive opportunity for many reasons. All counselors will gain experience and exposure to the following:
  • Formal Hiring Process: Learning how to navigate the hiring process, manage deadlines and complete employment documentation with the support of a staff of educators who mentor campers throughout the process.
  • Meet New People: The leadership is incredibly thoughtful and intentional about staff placement to ensure that counselors are meeting others from different schools and are reflecting the variety of skills and diversity of experience that our campers bring to program.
  • Time Management: Beyond requiring our team adhere to a strict individual schedule, counselors are required to transition campers to their various rotations throughout the day.
  • Advocacy Skills: Whether it’s asserting yourself with a group of campers, addressing concerns with fellow staff members or following up with questions about a paycheck, all counselors get to practice asking questions, sharing concerns and providing and receiving feedback.
  • Training: Beyond the three day mandatory training that happens pre-camp, counselors participate in daily group check-ins with a supervisor. Check-in topics can range from space to develop deeper relationship, discussions on current events or problem solving camper concerns.
  • Unconditional Love: Campers are the best source of appreciation and and admiration. The positive image the campers have of each of their counselors can prove a useful and meaningful tool toward increasing self-confidence and improving a sense of responsibility and accountability for the young people on our staff.
  • A Paycheck: On top of all of the soft skills and 21st century learning that is a rewarding part of working on our team...each counselor gets paid! A good counselor would struggle in the role if this were the sole motivator of their work, but it certainly is an awesome bonus for performing important work!
  • Fun: Camp is an opportunity to relive your most cherished childhood memories. Dress up days, Talents Shows, Enrichment Rotations, Performances and Play are all a part of the work. Check out last year’s Camper Calendar to get a glimpse of all the fun!

For Returners

There are other opportunities available for returning summer camp counselors, and these options are extremely limited. If you are interested, reach out to with any questions and be sure to indicate your interest/availability on your application.

Bus Counselor

Bus counselors are paid an additional stipend due to the logistical requirements and extended hours of the position. Bus counselors must have at least one year of experience in order to apply. Bus Counselors will begin work earlier than the traditional shift or end later depending on assignment.

AM Counselor - Sample Schedule

AM counselors work closely with an LS faculty member. The AM shift is from 7:30-12:30. To apply, indicate your interest on the returning counselor application.

7:30-8:25 Camp Drop-Off

8:40-10:40 - Supervise campers in classroom.

10:40 - 11:00 Change Campers for Swim Swim Lessons: 11:00 - 11:25

11:40-12:00 All Counselor Check-in

12:00 - 12:20 Transition Campers to Lunch

12:00 - 12:45 Check-In with Supervisors

Heads Up & Middle School Counselor

Returning counselors who are comfortable and effective working with middle school-aged campers may ask to be considered for the Heads Up & MS Counselor positions. The schedules are similar to the AM or PM counselor shifts. With questions, email To apply, indicate your interest on the returning counselor application.

Lead Counselor

Lead Counselors have different responsibilities and must be able to take the lead with projects, problems, and people as directed. Counselors who have worked at least one summer at Head-Royce at an exceptionally high level are invited to apply. Lead Counselor roles are extremely limited. If you are prepared to set the tone, lead, inspire, and demonstrate the strongest work ethic we encourage you to apply. For questions specific to Lead Counselors, email Eben Dower at The Lead Counselor application will be included on the returning counselor application for those interested in applying.