Junior Counselor Program


*JC Applications are now closed for 2021*

This program is perfect for teens ages 13-17 to gain valuable leadership experience while having a great time! Junior Counselors (JCs) will assist the adult leaders in the daily activities of camp as they learn about working with kids, leadership styles, outdoor skills, and being a strong role model. They will receive mentoring from camp leaders, develop fun and rewarding connections with the young campers, and bond with each other. Due to their valuable assistance, they receive a discount on camp registration fees. Applications, reference forms, and date preferences are due by March 31, 2021.


  • Work as partners with adult counselors and other JCs
  • Participate with enthusiasm in all parts of the camp day
  • Help lead younger campers during lessons, crafts, games and nature exploration
  • Show initiative in assisting with preparation, supplies, and clean-up
  • Model a positive, flexible attitude and cooperation skills
  • Help younger campers get along with one another and follow the rules
  • Appreciate and respect the outdoors
  • Incorporate constructive feedback from adult counselors to improve your leadership skills

How Does it Work?

Applications, references, and date preferences are due by March 31, 2021.  You will be notified about acceptance into the program during April or early May. At that point, you will be assigned to one or more weeks of camp. Assignments will be based on your available dates and preferences, as well as the number of open positions each week. Accepted JCs will be asked to attend a training session in late May (approximately 2 hours on Zoom or in person).

How To Apply

Please complete both of the steps below by March 31, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact our Education Manager, Heidi Pfeiffer, Ph.D., at heidi@blufflake.org or 414-839-1670.

Step 1: Application

Complete the online JC Application Form. You will be asked to enter:

  • Basic information about yourself
  • Available weeks in order of preference
  • Contact information for one adult reference (non-family)
  • Answers to three short-answer questions

Step 2: Adult Reference

Choose one adult who knows you well, who is not a family member. For example, you might choose a boss, teacher, coach, or parent whose children you babysit for.

Ask this person if they are willing to provide a reference for you, and ask them for their preferred phone and email. You will enter their name and contact information on your application form.

Send them the link to the online JC Reference Form. They should complete it  and submit it directly to us; they do not need to send it back to you. They will be asked to describe:

  • How and how long they’ve known you
  • Any leadership roles or childcare roles they’ve observed you in
  • Strengths that would make you a good JC
  • Challenges you may need to overcome as a JC

Thank you for considering the Bluff Lake Summer Camp Junior Counselor Program. We hope to see you in 2021!

A junior counselor having a conversation with a young camper.

A junior counselor pictured leading a group of campers in an afternoon craft.


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