Working at Summer Camp

Age Requirement

All of our staff members must be age 18 and older, with the average age of our counselors being 20. Most of our staff are college students or work in the school system, although neither is a requirement for employment. All staff members must have complete references, an interview, and a background check before being hired.


Earn College Credit

Former staff members have been able to earn course credit through their college or university by setting up working internships at camp. This process is initiated by the student, but we are happy to help however we can to make this a possibility.



It is very important to us at Camp Royall that our staff are well-trained and receive proper support. All new staff members attend a week of training prior to the start of Summer Camp. Staff members learn about autism and strategies for working with the individuals we serve, specific to the camp environment. In addition, we provide supervised, hands-on training. Our Trainers are professionals who have extensive experience and knowledge in the field of autism. Throughout the summer, Consultants and Program Leaders are also on-site to assist in continued hands-on training and to provide advice and insight.


Counselor-to-Camper Ratio

Low counselor-to-camper ratios are crucial to the success of Camp Royall. Our ratios are typically 1:1 or 1:2.  The primary responsibilities of our Counselors include encouraging campers through the scheduled activities and assisting and supporting in areas of communication, social interaction, and self-care. Camp Royall typically serves 32 overnight campers and 10 day campers per week. During the summer we have approximately 80 staff.


Pay and Working Hours for Residential Camp Counselors & Lifeguards

First-year Residential Camp Counselors and Lifeguards are paid $440 every two weeks. Our staff members are given time off from late Friday afternoon until early Sunday afternoon. Supervision in camper cabins at night is rotated so that each staff member will have the night duty shift for two weeks during the summer; the rest of the weeks, staff do not have night duty so are off all nights. Further compensation includes free room and board for the entire camp season and a week of training.


Pay and Working Hours for Day Camp Counselors

First-year Day Camp counselors are paid $9 per hour. Day Camp Counselors work from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Additional hours will be required each week for staff meetings. Day Camp Counselors do not receive room or board at camp. A week of training is also provided.


Summer Camp Dates

Residential Camp Counselors

·         Training: May 25-June 2, 2017

·         weeks of Summer Camp: June 4-August 11, 2017

Day Camp Counselors

·         Training: May 25-June 2, 2017

·         weeks of Summer Camp: June 5-August 11, 2017


·         Training: May 19-June 2, 2017

·         weeks of Summer Camp: June 4-August 11, 2017


Job Descriptions

For more information, please click the links below:

Residential Camp Counselor Job Description

Day Camp Counselor Job Description

Lifeguard Job Description