At Camp Fire, we are proud of our commitment to recruiting, retaining, and training a dedicated, mature staff team. Our staff is committed to providing your child with the best possible summer camp experience. Our specific ratios are listed below:
Ages 4-5: 6 to 1 ratio (2 counselors to a group of 12 campers)
Ages 6-8: 8 to 1 ratio (2 counselors to a group of 16 campers)
Ages 9-14: 10 to 1 ratio (2 counselors to a group of 20 campers)
Specialized activities in camp have different requirements often involving a larger number of staff to campers for more in depth supervision. All of our staff must attend intensive pre-camp training sessions that include: policies and procedures, health and safety, camp activities, appropriate staff and camper interactions, and a variety of other essential skills. Sections of the trainings also provide instruction on how to deal with situations that may occur at camp. Beyond summer camp, most of our staff work with kids year round within the Long Beach Unified School District After School Programs. They work with kids from a variety of socioeconomic and special needs backgrounds. All of our staff are required to be at least 18 years of age.
Your child's health and safety is our primary concern. All staff are certified in CPR and First Aid. In the event of an emergency you will be notified immediately. If you cannot be reached we will contact the people listed as emergency contacts on the campers registration form, while continuing to reach you. If your phone numbers change at any time during the summer, please notify us immediately. Each staff member is screened thru an application process, a personal interview with the Camp Director, and a thorough background check conducted thru the Department of Justice and National Sex Offender Registry. Staff is hired based on experience, character, personality, practical skills, and leadership qualities.
Interested in becoming part of our fantastic summer staff team? Please complete the online application and required reference forms. Working as a summer camp staff member provides you the opportunity to positively impact the lives of children. Camp allows staff to grow in leadership, teamwork, communication, and problem solving, in a fun environment. Being a counselor will likely be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences you ever encounter.