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Summer Counselors

YMCA Camp Sea Gull and YMCA Camp Seafarer are seeking role models to serve as counselors for the summer of 2019. Counselors live with and care for campers in their cabins and instruct on one of the Camp's activities. Our staff mentor and model responsible behavior and enhance teamwork and character development among campers. Enthusiasm, cooperation and a positive attitude are must-have qualities!

Staff Expectations

Time Commitment

We are looking for qualified camp counselors who are available from late May through mid August. We prefer to hire staff who available for the entire summer season.


Applying to work at Camp is a competitive process. We typically have more applicants than spaces. Minimum 16 years of age at the time of application, CILT (Camper in Leadership Training) experience preferred one to two years of experience of working with children. Priority will be given to applicants who are available to work the entire summer. 


Our staff members must possess the highest moral character and serve as positive role models. This can be articulated through Camp’s founding Character Traits: Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith.

Your Role

Cabin counselors live in a cabin with one or two other counselors and about 12 campers. They also teach an activity either on Land or Sea. Patience, flexibility and endurance are probably the three qualities that are most important when working as a counselor. Your role as a cabin counselor requires you to work long hours, present your best self and selflessly serve others.


Going 110 percent every day is important. Campers are inspired by your energy and enthusiam, so counselors must have high energy every day. If you’re having fun and giving your energy and talent to the campers, the campers have fun, and get inspired to be more and learn more.

Staff Benefits

Competitive Salary

We offer a competitive and progressive pay schedule that is determined based on your experience, age, education and certifications.

Coastal Living & Three Daily Meals

Room and board is included. As a counselor, you’ll eat family-style for breakfast, lunch and dinner with your campers.


Each week you’ll receive scheduled time-off periods, where you are welcome to leave Camp grounds.

Professional Development

Camp is invested in your development and your success. Our objective is to fully equip you with the leadership skills that will enable you to be an effective leader at camp, at school, and in today’s workforce. Our leadership development program reflects 21st century skills that are so vital for success in today’s world. We focus on building excellent skills in the areas of collaborative teamwork, effective communication, creative thinking, and problem solving, and effective management skills. While at camp, we are helping you identify and develop your strengths in these areas. Many colleges and universities accept summer positions at Camp for internships and/ or class credit. 

Certification Courses

Different roles at camp require certifications. If we require you to have a certain course, we’ll coordinate with you to get it. This may include CPR, Lifeguarding, US Sailing, US Powerboating, and other national and internationally recognized certifications.


Being a Camp staff member allows you to connect to our alumni network of former staff and parents who are business owners and employers who recognize your commitment to character. Sharing Camp with alumni and parents is a common language that demonstrates your dedication, commitment, and strong work ethic. We are frequently asked to refer our most talented staff.

Pro Deals

During the summer you’ll have access to a variety of deals available to industry professionals. These range from clothing and gear at varying discounts. 

Basic Staff Requirements

The Camp Sea Gull Basic Staff Requirements and Camp Seafarer Basic Staff Requirements booklet is presented as an introduction to Camp and explains our staff qualifications, requirements and regulations. Please read carefully before submitting an application.

Personnel Office Contact Information

YMCA Camp Sea Gull
Dannett Boyd, Human Resources Specialist
(919) 987-8730 

YMCA Camp Seafarer
Gretchen Bohman, Human Resources Specialist
(919) 987-8728 


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