How to Make Your Next Camp Counselor Hire

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Last updated at 09-18-2020 12:05:35



More than 4,630 companies advertise 22,076 Camp Counselor jobs on SimplyHired and its partner sites each year. After analyzing job postings and salary information from these companies, as well as direct job seeker feedback, we’ve compiled a list of insights to show you how to attract and hire your next Camp Counselor most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 3,809 job posts from 1,279 employers in the United States. This is a decrease of 67.5% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 87 Camp Counselor job seekers for every active Camp Counselor job, which shows that it is a job seeker's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Retail Sales Associate, Babysitter/Nanny, Sales Associate, Customer Service Representative, Cashier, Receptionist, Crew Member, Warehouse Worker, Team Member, and Delivery Driver seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Camp Counselor candidates in the United States. This differs from the last six quarters, where the most popular titles were: Retail Sales Associate, Sales Associate, Babysitter/Nanny, Customer Service Representative, Cashier, Camp Counselor, Receptionist, Front Desk Agent, Server, and Crew Member. If you use one of these currently popular titles in the job description, you'll likely be able to attract a lot more candidates to apply.

For the Camp Counselor candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 55.2% of the active Camp Counselor candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 26.0% have between 3-5 years of experience, 14.1% have 6-10 years of experience, and 4.7% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 3.0 years to 2.5 years. If you're posting a job in today's market, expect candidates with about the same experience level to apply to your job compared to the last 2 quarters.

In the previous quarter, the most popular skills that employers are looking for include childcare, experience with children, communication skills, teaching, leadership, customer service, supervising experience, English, swimming, and animal care. Demand for animal care, writing skills, medication administration, sports coaching, public relations, customer service, English, swimming, teaching, and multilingual has significantly increased. If you are looking for a Camp Counselor with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 1.5 as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 30.3% of the job posts displayed salary information. By adding salary information to your job posting, you could potentially increase the number of applicants by approximately 50.0%.

Example Camp Counselor responsibilities

  • Provide campers with supervision and care
  • Maintain a clean and safe environment for the campers
  • Help campers maintain a healthy lifestyle and teach healthy habits
  • Instruct campers on swimming, mountain climbing, or other physical activities
  • Guide campers in arts and crafts projects ranging from ceramics to archery to sewing


Active Recruiting

When reaching out to candidates, it’s best to understand where to look. We’ve identified hiring trends in states as well as companies regularly hiring for Camp Counselor positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: California, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and New Jersey are the states that have the highest demand for Camp Counselors. New York, California, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Texas are where most job seekers are searching for Camp Counselor jobs. If we look at the Camp Counselor to job ratio, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Vermont, and Montana have the lowest number of Camp Counselor applicants per job. Arkansas, Nevada, Nebraska, Alabama, and Utah have the most active Camp Counselor job seekers per job.

Passive Recruiting

While actively recruiting candidates for your role, you should also post your job to SimplyHired. By posting for free and paying only for the qualified applicants you want, your post will automatically go to a network of job boards to reach millions of qualified candidates. With SimplyHired, it doesn’t end with the post. You can track your applicants throughout the hiring process with our simple and easy to use Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

Review Candidates

In the last quarter, we estimate there are 330,632 job seekers interested in Camp Counselor opportunities in the United States. That’s a 65.6% decrease compared to the previous quarter with 966,344 active job seekers. Around 55.2% of the active Camp Counselor candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 26.0% have between 3-5 years of experience, 14.1% have 6-10 years of experience, and 4.7% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Camp Counselor candidates is 2.5 years. Active candidates in the Camp Counselor profession most commonly have high school diplomas, followed by bachelor's degrees, associate's degrees, and master's degrees. When setting education requirements for your position, aligning with the industry standard makes it easier to find potential candidates. Application rates indicate that Camp Counselor candidates are likely experiencing a market in which applicants have less negotiating power. From an employer perspective, you'll have a greater selection of candidates to choose from and may want to invest in automated screening tools.

Interviewing Candidates

Interview Process

*Self-reported data collected from 7,760 Camp Counselors from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including YMCA, Camp Bow Wow, Boy Scouts of America, Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, The Salvation Army, SYEP Summer, Life Time, and Jewish Community Center.

After analyzing post-interview data from Camp Counselor candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 38.1% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 85.2% of the candidates for this job reported being hired within 2 weeks. If your process takes longer than 2 weeks in the recent market, you'll likely lose these candidates to other employers. Most of the Camp Counselor candidates are expecting a on-site interview, background check, phone call/screening, and problem solving exercises. Most employers do not require a they have no interview or drug test. If you are trying to hire your next Camp Counselor quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 89.1% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 43% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • Tell me about your first job.
  • Describe a project or responsibility you are particularly proud of.
  • What would you describe as your dislikes?
  • What are your strengths?
  • Positive things co-workers should know about you?

Final Review and Offer

Reference Check

Checking references is a quick and easy way to check for any red flags that didn’t arise to this point in the hiring process. Great insights can be provided by former colleagues and employers.

Crafting an Offer: Salary and Benefits

The average Camp Counselor salary offered by employers increased for 4 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a increase of 15% from $28,560.19 to $32,782.26 compared to the quarter before, which is the biggest increase in the past 6 quarters. For Camp Counselor positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: discounts by 55.1%, paid time off by 22.1%, healthcare insurance by 16.2%, a 401k plan by 12.5%, dental insurance by 6.6%, vision insurance by 2.2%, and stock options/grants by 0.7%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including mostly remote, somewhat remote, paternity leave, location variety, fully remote, flexible working hours, maternity leave, and sabbaticals, to attract and retain Camp Counselor candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 38.3% of the employers conducted a background check, and 9.9% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Camp Counselor candidates.


When you’re ready to hire a Camp Counselor, SimplyHired is here to help with your next steps. Our Human Resources Information System (HRIS) provides onboarding tools and other essential HR tools. From document signing to time off tracking, our HRIS will help you seamlessly move a Camp Counselor candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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