Day Camp Junior Leader

The Junior Leader program is an educational experience that provides teens with the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to become camp counselors and effective leaders. While Junior Leader’s are still considered campers, they enjoy special responsibilities and privileges while at camp. Some of these responsibilities may include: Leading and creating Day Camp games and activities, assisting staff with set up, greeting campers at check in, managing the waterfront shed, checking out equipment, volunteer projects, near peer mentoring, sharing meals with staff, participating in Junior Leader meetings, and helping staff to supervise campers. Although Junior Leaders have a busy schedule, time is set aside each day for waterfront activities, peer socialization, and other fun activities. Included below is a sample schedule of a typical Junior Leader day.     


Junior Leaders (JL’s) must be entering 8th -11th grade to be eligible for this program. Up to a total of 10 youth may be enrolled at the same time. All applicants should be interested in working with children and exhibit a strong work ethic, maturity, and the ability to have fun.


All Junior Leaders must attend two days of training at the beginning of the summer on June 21st and the 22nd from 8:00 am – 4:45 pm at Camp Newaygo (lunch is provided). Including training, Junior Leaders are required to attend a minimum of two weeks of summer programming (weeks do not need to be consecutive). Training will cover topics such as basic CPR and First Aid, behavior management, counseling techniques, effective communication, outdoor skills, and time management. Junior Leaders will be subject to the same code of behavior and policies as regular staff. Junior Leaders will always work under the supervision of Day Camp Staff while interacting with campers.


Transportation from TrueNorth Community Services is available to and from Camp Newaygo for an additional weekly fee.   

Packing List

Closed toe Shoes
Water bottle
Bug spray
Extra Socks

Sample Daily Schedule

8:15-8:45-Assist greeting campers and helping with general orientation
8:45-9:00-Assist with transporting campers on the boat and trolley
9:00-12:00-Assist with morning orientation, morning programming, and camp store
12:15-12:45-Staff Lunch
2:45-1:00-Waterfront check in/out
12:45-1:30-JL Fun Time!
1:30-2:15-Games and other duties as assigned
2:15-2:45-Waterfront pack up and snack time
2:45-4:15- Adventure Time! Maintaining Day Camp site/Tubing Schedule
4:15-4:30-Pack up, assist with lost and found, award ceremony on Friday
4:45-5:15-Help with check out
Optional Thursday Overnight

Apply   Register

Please click the link to complete an online application. Your application will be reviewed by Camp Newaygo staff-a returned application does not guarantee participation in the program.   If accepted into the program, you will hear from Camp Newaygo Staff instructing you to register for the program via the second button above. Tuition for the program is $175 per week and Junior Leaders are required to participate in, at least, two weeks of camp (not necessarily consecutively). If you are selected you will receive a scholarship covering the fee, from Gerber Foundation. Junior leaders will need to bring their own lunch each day and an optional $10 fee (separate to the scholarship) is requested for a Day Camp T-shirt.