Summer Counselors

UPDATED: 9/15/2022

Per the Santa Clara County Office of Education and the California Department of Public Health, all volunteers of the Walden West Programs are REQUIRED to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that volunteers receive a booster vaccination if they are eligible.

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Walden West Summer Camp offers many great volunteer opportunities all summer long. Each volunteer position provides training and experience working with peers, group management, child safety, and more. Be a part of creating something special with your time this summer.


Counselor Training Dates Posted in Packet


Interview & Training Schedule

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Dates of Programs


Interviews will be held April 24-28 and May 1-5. We will contact you in March to schedule your interview at Walden West. At that time, you will let us know the week(s) and program(s) you'd like to volunteer for. We will give you your registration information at your interview.

Summer Day Camp Counselor - The summer counselor program is a leadership opportunity that encourages emotional maturity and builds personal growth and respect for others. Counselors work with elementary to middle school aged children through structured group time and fun free play. Summer camp counselors gain valuable life skills like becoming responsible for themselves and others, learning effective communication, and being open to new and exciting ideas. Day camp counselors participate in the Thursday evening BBQ and campfire program, and they sleep out under the stars Thursday night with the entire camp! In addition to leadership, the counselor program provides to grow as an individual and make a difference in a child's life. (55 community service hours earned for a 5-day week, 47 hours for a 4-day week)

CORE CREW Counselor - We will be needing CORE CREW volunteer counselors specifically for our climbing wall and challenge course. With a strong focus on safety, the Core Crew will learn belay techniques and help motivate and inspire campers to climb to amazing heights on our climbing wall and high ropes course. Previous climbing experience is not required, just bring a safe and positive attitude and a strong work ethic. (40 community service hours earned on a 5-day week, 32 hours for a 4-day week)

LIT & CIT Mentors - Experienced counselors may have the opportunity to give back even more by providing mentorship to those who follow in their footsteps. The Mentor Program is designed to utilize counselor's lessons and experiences to mold the next generation into the best counselors possible. Mentors receive additional guidance and coaching that will support their journey into the professional world and enhance the overall Walden West summer experience. Mentors are selected by staff based on experience, leadership skills, maturity, and initiative. (55 community service hours earned)