Returning Staff Application

Job Descriptions

Returning Counselor

Returning Counselors are experienced staff members who supervise and lead a cabin of 7-10 campers alongside a co-Counselor. Co-Counselors are typically a first-year Counselor who has not worked at Camp Akita before, but they might be paired with another returning Counselor. Counselors work as a team to maintain a fun, inclusive, and welcoming cabin experience for all campers, as well as for each other. They are enthusiastic, engaged, and caring as they participate alongside and lead campers in camp activities. Counselors must be able to hike, climb stairs, lift at least 25 pounds, and more; please review the Job Description linked below, and reach out with questions.

There may be opportunities for returning Counselors to serve in Leadership Team positions (ie, L.I.F.E. Guard Counselor, Backcountry Counselor, Program Team) for sessions during the summer. Wages will be adjusted to reflect Leadership wages during those sessions.

Green Arrow Counselor Job Description (PDF)

Leadership Team

The Leadership Team is a group of summer staff who demonstrate experience, maturity, and the ability to make wise independent decisions. Each Leadership Team role provides specialized leadership for one area of camp; however, the goal of all Leadership positions is to support the Counselors. The Leadership Team sets up the experiences that allow Counselors to build meaningful relationships and care for campers in fun and meaningful ways.

The following positions are available on the Leadership Team:

Head Counselor
Head Counselors act as servant leaders to the Counselors, striving to create a safe, fun, and meaningful experience for each Counselor. Head Counselors support the mission and goals of Camp Akita by striving to create an environment in which Counselors are healthy, happy, loved, supported, and valued, so that Counselors can create the same loving environment to Campers.

Green Arrow Head Counselor Job Description (PDF)

L.I.F.E. Guard Leader
L.I.F.E. Guard Leaders provide direct leadership and supervision of the L.I.F.E. Guard campers, striving to create a safe, fun, and meaningful experience for each L.I.F.E. Guard. L.I.F.E. Guard Leaders support the mission and goals of Camp Akita by engaging each participant in vibrant projects, thoughtful discussions, and a nurturing community; and fostering a safe environment for questions, spiritual growth, and personal transformation.

Green Arrow L.I.F.E. Guard Leader Job Description (PDF)

Program Team
Program Team members provide direct leadership and supervision of the daily schedule, games, and activities for campers and staff, striving for a safe, fun, and meaningful experience for all. Program Team members support the mission and goals of Camp Akita by thoughtfully planning and executing activities that build inclusive community and prepare campers to receive the message of Camp Akita.

Green Arrow Program Team Job Description (PDF)

Adventure Team
Adventure Team members provide direct leadership and supervision of Akita Backcountry, the Adventure Complex, and the Lake (Waterfront), striving for a safe, fun, and meaningful experience for each camper. Adventure Team members support the mission and goals of Camp Akita by engaging each participant in outdoor activities that allow them to engage with nature, build relationships, and grow through challenge-by-choice.

Green Arrow Adventure Team Job Description (PDF)

Videographer
The Videographer produces high-quality storytelling and promotional videos and pictures that remind campers of their experience and open the doors to camp for those who have never been campers before. No previous Camp Akita employment is required; however, applicants must have experience in video editing and familiarity with camera equipment.

Green Arrow Videographer Job Description (PDF)

Office Manager
The Office Manager works closely with the Columbus office to coordinate the logistics of camper and staff arrival, departure, and on-site needs, as well as communication with families and others outside the Camp Akita gates. The Office Manager supports the mission and goals of Camp Akita by striving to create an environment in which campers and staff are supported and prepared for a fun and reflective session, as well as a platform to share memories beyond their time at camp.

Green Arrow Office Manager Job Description (PDF)

Employment Dates

The employment period for returners is May 24 – August 8, 2021.  This period includes a week of staff training from May 24-31, 2021. All returning staff members will receive at least one session off during the summer.

Wages

Staff members are paid based on position and years of experience. Returning Counselors are paid $52 per full day. Leadership staff receive $58 - $62 per full day, depending on the position you are hired for and the number of years you have been on Leadership Staff. For examples, the average 2019 summer pay amounts are shown below. The actual amounts paid will vary according to the number of days taken off during the summer. 

Position
at Camp Akita

Avg 2019
Summer Pay

First year Counselor $2,350
Returning Counselor $2,750
Leadership Team $3,650

You can also earn an additional bonus for certain special certifications (read more about certification bonuses).

Working at Camp Akita in Summer 2021

We know there are a lot of questions out there about how camp will operate and stay safe for both campers and staff. Click on the graphic below to find out some of the plans for this summer.

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding the summer camp employment process, please email our Columbus offices or call (614) 488-0681, ext. 101.