5 Things to Know Before Becoming a Camp Counselor

Camp Mah-Kee-NacFeb 07, 2024



Becoming a camp counselor is more than just a summer job—it’s an experience that shapes your character, expands your horizons, and creates memories that last a lifetime. Here are five essential things to know about what it means to be a counselor at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac:


Life-Changing Experiences

As a camp counselor, you’ll find yourself immersed in a vibrant community, surrounded by enthusiastic campers and fellow counselors. The bonds you make and the memories you create will redefine your perspective on summer activities and potentially your future career. With high staff retention rates, it’s evident that many who step into this role find it hard to imagine spending their summers elsewhere. Many staff have even become teachers or youth leaders because of their summers at camp.

With staff from all over the world, Camp Mah-Kee-Nac is proud to have on average a 70% staff return rate each summer. This element provides an extra sense of comfort for the boys and allows the Leadership Team to exercise and implement more long-term, in-depth training.*

Teamwork / Collaboration

At the heart of every successful camp is a team of dedicated counselors who work seamlessly together. Collaboration is key as you navigate through various activities, challenges, and responsibilities. Summer camps cultivate a supportive and inclusive environment where everyone’s contributions are valued. As a counselor, you’ll be part of a dedicated team working seamlessly together to create a supportive and welcoming environment for everyone. Camp Mah-Kee-Nac cultivates an inclusive atmosphere where every voice is heard and valued.

Flexibility / Adaptability

Camp life is dynamic, and no two days are alike. From unpredictable weather conditions to the diverse needs of campers, counselors must be adept at adapting to changing circumstances. Whether it’s modifying activities on the fly or providing emotional support to homesick campers, flexibility is essential. Embracing spontaneity and remaining flexible ensures that every camper’s experience is memorable and fulfilling.

New Friendships (from all around the world!)

Get ready to broaden your social circle! As a summer camp counselor, you’ll be able to build significant bonds with a wide range of people from different parts of the world. 

Whether you’re sharing stories by the campfire or exchanging contact details for future endeavors, your time at camp will undoubtedly lead to lasting friendships with people from around the world. These connections will not only enhance your social circle but also unlock doors to thrilling adventures and enriching cultural exchanges.


You’re Going to Dance.. A Lot

Dancing is taken to the next level at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac in our dining hall. Picture this: the tables cleared and the speakers blasting your favorite tunes. Whether it’s the iconic “Sweet Caroline” or the infectious “Fireball,” you’ll find yourself mastering camp-original “moves” in no time.




Becoming a camp counselor at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac is not just about a job—it’s about embracing a lifestyle filled with adventure, camaraderie, and personal growth. Are you ready to embark on this unforgettable journey? Apply today


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