Summer camp director job description and responsibilities

Color wars.

Campfire s’mores.

Arts and crafts projects.

Jumping off “the blob.”

These are some of the nostalgic memories many of us have when we think about summers spent at camp.

In fact, there are entire shows — like this popular Disney show from the late 1990s — all about how fun summer camp is.

Behind the scenes, there’s a ton of work that happens to prepare for a fun summer.

This is something I know a thing or two about. As a former camp director, the team and I spent the entire year preparing for two months of summer camp.

In this post, we’ll talk about the job description and many of the key responsibilities involved with being a camp director.


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The camp director is the linchpin for a successful summer camp.

Every time a camper says through tears, “I love this camp; I never want to leave” or begs their parents to come back again next year, it’s thanks to the careful planning and thought that a director put into the summer camp.

That’s a camp director’s true responsibility — bringing all the pieces together to create an amazing experience that campers will always cherish.

This article is originally published on Dec 23, 2019, and updated on Dec 30, 2019
Patti is a former camp director of Camp Tidnish, Easter Seals Nova Scotia. She has worked in the camping industry for 20 years in various programs, including camps for underprivileged youth, music and science camps, and camps for individuals with disabilities. You can reach Patti over at her blog thecampnerd.com or by emailing thecampnerd@gmail.com.

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