Teen Leadership Program

We are now accepting Teen Leadership applications.

Camp Ocean Pines wants to help young adults to learn how a camp runs and gain the skills needed to become valuable future employees, whether it be at a camp or any other job.  Our Teen Leadership Program has three different positions and is limited to teens who have either attended summer camp or a teen trip at Camp Ocean Pines.  Please read over the explanations and then follow the application instructions below.  Good luck!

The Basics

Counselor in Training (CIT):  This is our introductory Teen Leadership position.  Applicants must be at least 15 and have completed either 9th or 10th grade prior to the start of camp.  There is a fee associated with this position, which is fully waived for those participating in any of our Teen Adventure Trips.

Junior Counselor (JC):  Applicants must be at least 17 and have completed either 11th or 12th grade prior to the start of camp.  There is no fee required to be a JC.  We give priority interviews and first choice of dates to those participating in any of our Teen Adventure Trips.

Intern Counselor (IC):  Applicants must be high school graduates and will be paid a stipend for their work at camp. This is considered part of our staff team and more information can be found on our Staff Page.

Scroll down to learn more about position duties and how to apply!


Counselor in Training (CIT)

Each CIT position will last for one 6-day or 8-day camp session.  CITs are highly encouraged to attend one of our Teen Adventure Trips; the CIT fee will be fully waived for those who participate in a trip!

CIT Duties:

  • Assist summer camp staff in preparing camp activities
  • Clean and organize camp supplies and areas
  • Assist in running campfire and evening programs
  • Fulfill general needs of the summer camp program

CIT Position Qualifications:

  • Must have completed either 9th or 10th grade prior to the start of camp and be at least 15 years old
  • Must have attended either our summer camp program or one of our Teen Adventure Trips
  • Applicants will have to submit an online application and interview with the summer camp director
  • Parents of CITs will have to complete all the same paperwork required for summer camp participants
  • CITs will be officially considered program participants, not staff

Application Process:

  1. Follow the link to the online application below.
  2. Be sure to upload a current resume and a one-page cover letter detailing your experience working with kids.
  3. Provide two references including at least one non-family reference (Name, Phone, Address).

Program Fees:

  • Session 1, 3, 5, or 7 – $600
  • Session 2, 4, or 6 – $750

Anyone who has previously applied/worked as a CIT or JC needs to log-in to their existing application, update any information, and email scott@campoceanpines.org that you would like to apply for 2018. 


Junior Counselor (JC)

Each JC position will last for one 6-day or 8-day camp session.  JCs are highly encouraged to attend one of our Teen Adventure Trips; we give interview priority and first choice of dates to those who participate in a trip!

JC Duties:

  • Assist summer camp staff in running activities
  • Clean and organize camp supplies and areas
  • Help to plan and run campfire and evening programs
  • Fulfill general needs of the summer camp program

JC Position Qualifications:

  • Must have completed 11th or 12th grade and be at least 17 years old
  • Must have attended either our summer camp program or one of our Teen Adventure Trips 
  • Applicants will have to submit an online application and interview with the summer camp director
  • Parents of JCs will have to complete all the same paperwork required for summer camp participants
  • JCs will be officially considered program participants, not staff

Application Process:

  1. Follow the link to the online application below.
  2. Be sure to upload a current resume and a one-page cover letter detailing your experience working with kids.
  3. Provide two references including at least one non-family reference (Name, Phone, Address).

Program Fees:

JCs are volunteers and there is no fee for the program.

Anyone who has previously applied/worked as a CIT or JC needs to log-in to their existing application, update any information, and email scott@campoceanpines.org that you would like to apply for 2018. 


Questions about our Teen Leadership Program?  

Contact Scott Hicok, Deputy Executive Director, at 805-924-4012 or via email at scott@campoceanpines.org