Summer Camps and Programs

Teens Wanted: Counselors in Training

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Camp Counselors in Training

Summer is the perfect time for teens to gain valuable leadership and work experience by being a counselor in training (CIT) or junior camp counselor. There are many volunteer opportunities as a CIT, all of which teach responsibility and teamwork. Some teens use their summer camp counselor experience to fulfill community service requirements for school or extracurricular clubs, while having a rewarding summer themselves.

Is your teen ready for summer camp counselor training? If she is patient, responsible, reliable, enjoys kids, follows rules, demonstrates good judgement and wants to have fun, she may be just what one of these camp programs is looking for!

Forest Home Christian Camp
San Bernardino Mountains
Fun, caring and responsible teenage girls (ages 13-18) are needed as Child Care Assistants (CCAs) for Family Camp. CCAs take care of children in the evening and get to be campers during the day! CCAs experience worship, team-building activities, free time and more. Cost is $75 per week. Online applications are being accepted now. Pastor recommendation required.

Girl Scouts
Balboa Park

Girls entering grades 7-12 are needed this summer! 7th & 8th graders are needed as Day Camp Aides (DCAs) to help campers with crafts, games, songs and to assist unit counselors. 9th-12th graders are needed as Counselors in Training (CITs). Under the support of adult staff, CITs provide general support for younger campers, mentor DCAs and plan and execute program activities. DCAs and CITs must complete application and training. There are training opportunities in March, April and May at the Girl Scout headquarters in Balboa Park and in North County. $15 per training class. Cost is $75-$134 per week depending on camp. Contact Lenny Leszczynski for more info: or 619-610-0754.

Living Coast Discovery  Center

Teen volunteers (ages 16 & up) are needed year round to help with summer camps & birthday parties, to greet visitors as they arrive and to teach them about birds & animals at the center. A minimum number of volunteer hours are required depending on the position. For more information, contact the volunteer coordinator at or 619-409-5905.

Outpost Summer Camps
Canyonside Community Park, Rancho Peñasquitos

Join Outpost Summer Camps Junior Counselor Leadership Program. The program is designed for students ages 15-18. JCs gain leadership, communication and other essential skills for the future. High school students assist in leading groups of kids in daily outdoor adventures, and must commit to at least one full-week session. Applications are being accepted now and interviews will be conducted in March and April. Training is in June.

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Balboa Park

Make a difference this summer! Impact the lives of younger children by being a summer camp counselor. Counselors are needed to assist educators in week-long camps. Responsible teens (ages 14 & up) who have experience with kids and are enthusiastic about science preferred. Six half-day weeks or three full-day weeks commitment required. Online application available on website. Two training sessions are required. Year-round volunteer opportunities also available.

San Diego Air & Space Museum
Balboa Park

Teacher’s Assistants (TAs) are needed for administrative help and to assist campers during week-long AeroSummer camps at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Shifts are four hours long. Responsible, motivated teens ages 14 & up with a “B” average or better are encouraged to apply. Two letters of recommendation (one from a parent or legal guardian, one from a teacher or school official) are required. A brief training/orientation session will be held on Saturday, June 13 at 11 am. Contact Ross “Rossco” Davis after March 15 for more info: or 619-234-8291 x120.

San Diego Natural History Museum
Balboa Park

The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking high school students 16 and over as volunteer camp aides. Camp aides participate daily in a variety of fun activities such as nature hikes, story time, crafts, and science activities tailored for campers from pre-K to 8th grade. Summer camps run June 22–August 14, 2015. A two-week minimum commitment is required. Camp hours are 8 AM–5 PM for full-day camps; 8 AM–PM for half-day camps. Volunteer camp aides must attend a three-day orientation and training session, June 17-19, 2015. Apply online at If you have questions, please contact Daniel Zeller (619.255.0162 or Application deadline is May 8, 2015.

Watersports Camp
Mission Bay Aquatic Center

Teens (ages 14 & up) are needed as Counselors-in-Training (CITs). Must have attended Watersports Camp at Mission Bay Aquatic Center in the past. Visit website for full list of qualifications and upcoming orientation dates in March. $125 CIT training fee includes sailing training. $50-$125 per week of CIT service.

Lisa Gipson is a contributing writer at San Diego Family Magazine. Her 15-year-old daughter, known at camp as Hoops, loves being a CIT.

Updated: March 2014