Teen Leadership Program

Teen Leadership applications open!

Camp Ocean Pines wants to help young adults grow and learn. As a Teen Leader, they will gain valuable life skills to help them excel at school, work and in their community. They will learn what it means to be responsible for themselves and their campers. They will learn how to work with others, including effective communication and problem-solving. They will learn how to make a memorable camp experience and the work ethic behind the magic. Teen leaders will learn what it takes to make Camp Ocean Pines so special!

The teen leadership positions are a two-session commitment. Their first week at camp will be focused on learning through workshops and shadowing staff members. During their second session, they will start having a hands-on experience to apply their new skills. Throughout this time they will be placed in a cabin with younger campers and assisting the counselor. This entire time they will serve as a role model at Camp Ocean Pines!

This program is intended for teens who want to give back to Camp Ocean Pines and start their leadership journey. They will start making their transition from camper to staff.

Please read over the explanations and then follow the application instructions below.

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.

Rate: $1000

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.

Rate: Free

Intern Counselor (IC):  Applicants must be high school graduates and will be paid a stipend for their work at camp.

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


Counselor in Training (CIT)

Each CIT position will last for two sessions (12 days) , you must be able to commit to both sessions.  

CIT Duties:

  • Assist summer camp staff in preparing camp activities

  • Attend Teen Leadership program workshops - learn about camper management, basic camp skills and what it means to be a leader at camp.

  • Help plan Dream World Experience.

  • Shadow a cabin leader & program leader.

  • Assist in running campfire and evening programs

  • Fulfill general needs of the summer camp program

  • Evaluation at the end of the sessions with Teen Leadership Coordinator

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:

  • Rate: $1000

  • 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!

Anyone who has previously applied/worked as a CIT or JC needs to log-in to their existing application, update any information, and email erinm@campoceanpines.org that you would like to apply for 2019. 


Junior Counselor (JC)

Each JC position will last for two sessions (12 days) and must be able to commit to both sessions.  

JC Duties:

  • Assist summer camp staff in running activities & helping campers

  • Attend Teen Leadership Workshops - building off the skills learned as a CIT. Work on advanced camp skills and leadership skills.

  • Help plan Dream World Experience.

  • Run program at the end of the week with supervision of Teen Leader Coordinator.

  • Help to plan and run campfire with other teen leaders.

  • Assist cabin counselor with general camper needs.

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 as a CIT 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 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!

  • 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 erinm@campoceanpines.org that you would like to apply for 2019. 


Intern Counselor (IC)

An Intern Counselor position will span over two sessions. For the first session, intern counselors will shadow a cabin counselor and program activities. In your second session, intern counselors will take over their own cabin and be running their own activities. The entire time there will be a COP staff present. IC’s will receive a stipend during their time at COP and will have breaks during the day.

IC Duties:

  • Assist summer camp staff in running activities & helping campers.

  • Transition to cabin counselor & program leader second session.

  • Help lead TLP workshops for CITs alongside Teen Leader Coordinator

  • Help plan Dream World Experience

  • Run program at the end of the week with supervision of Teen Leader Coordinator

  • Plan & run your own campfire

IC Position Qualifications:

  • Must have graduated high school.

  • Must have attended either our summer camp program as a JC or one of our Teen Adventure Trips

  • Applicants will have to submit an online application and interview with the summer camp director

  • Parents of ICs will have to complete all the same paperwork required for summer camp participants

  • ICs will be officially considered program participants, not staff. They will never be left alone with COP campers.

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).

  4. Create and upload a video detailing WHY you should be a Intern Counselor at Camp Ocean Pines. You will need to create a short video (2-5 mins) showing us why you would make a great addition to Camp Ocean Pines.  This is your chance to sell yourself!  Hint: Have fun with this! 

Program Fees:

ICs are paid a stipend for their time at COP.


Anyone who has previously applied/worked as a CIT or JC needs to log-in to their existing application, update any information, and email erinm@campoceanpines.org that you would like to apply for 2019. 


Questions about our Teen Leadership Program?  

Contact Erin Moses, Summer Camp Director, at erinm@campoceanpines.org or 805-924-4019.