Being a counsellor or CIT at camp is an incredibly fun and rewarding experience. We encourage you to come and volunteer and play a significant role in the Campfire! experience. You won’t regret it! There are a lot of questions from potential volunteers around being a counsellor, so we’ve chosen some of the most common and answered them in an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) style.

Application Forms

You can fill out a counsellor application form online. If you have any other questions this page doesn’t answer, please contact [email protected] and someone will get in touch with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a counsellor?

As a counsellor at Campfire! you play an important role in making a camper’s experiences enjoyable and memorable. At Campfire! the campers are split into cabin packs (groups of approximately 4-6) dependent on age. Two counsellors are responsible for each cabin pack. Responsibilities include:

  • Showing leadership
  • Leading group devotions
  • Monitoring your cabin packs camp experience
    • Making sure they are enjoying themselves
    • Making sure they are safe and playing safe
  • Promoting group unity
  • Showing christian love
  • Mentoring and encouraging campers
  • Sharing the Gospel

What is the difference between a CIT and a counsellor?

CIT stands for Counsellor In Training. It simply means that this is your first time serving at Campfire! Bible Camp. Your responsibilities are the same as counsellors, the only difference is that you are doing it for the first time and may be uncertain about how things are done or executed. For this reason, we offer some extra training time with CITs to help them become more prepared for their week at Campfire!.

We also do our best to partner CITs with a co-counsellor who has some experience.

Do I need to get a “vulnerable sector check” (police check) before becoming a counselor? If so, how do I do so?

Yes. Campfire! requires all volunteers to have a “volunteer sector check” done before volunteering. The head counselor will send you information to let you know how to get a one in your specific region.

How long will I be at camp for if I volunteer as a counsellor?

Most of the weeks at Campfire! (excluding Sprouts week) are a full 5 days. Campers arrive on Monday morning and go home again on Friday afternoon. In order for counsellors to be prepared for the large number of campers to arrive, we ask that counsellors arrive at 7:00pm on Sunday night (the day before the campers arrive). This is, once again, to give us time to prepare for the week as well as meet the other counsellors, cooks, chaplain and staff that will be serving with you.

How old do I have to be?

Counsellors must be 17 (or turning 17 the year they are planning to serve at camp) To apply for a Teen or Wilderness week, you must be 20 years old.

It’s past the deadline! Can I still apply?

In past summers Campfire! has still had roles to fill after the deadline. Yes, you can apply after the deadline, but your chances of getting a spot in the week of your choice might be more difficult. The spots are filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Do I need to have previous experience working with children?

While past experience would be an asset, it is not necessary in order to become a counselor at Campfire.

Who can be a counselor at Campfire?

Counselors can be anyone who is turning 17 years or older during the year they attend camp. There are application forms posted (above) for those wishing to apply. Those applying for the first time will have to attend a short information/interview night before the summer.

What are the differences between the weeks at camp?

Sprouts: Campers are aged 5-7. Sprouts is three days long (Sunday night until Wednesday afternoon) and introduces camp life in general. You can expect Bible stories, singing, crafts, and campfires.

Discovery: Campers are aged 8-12. This is the full experience of camp life. The days are jam-packed full of programs, chapel, singing, devotions, and tons of fun! Discovery weeks last for the full week (Sunday night until Friday afternoon).

Teen Week: Campers are aged 12-18. This is a fun filled week that focuses on spiritual growth. Activities during this week challenge the campers and counselors alike. It is a very rewarding and spiritually stretching week at Camp. Teen weeks also last for a full week (Sunday night until Friday afternoon).

Do I have to be crazy all the time to be a counsellor?

No. While energy is your friend at camp, we do not want anyone to feel they have to be someone they are not. There are many different ways to serve at camp and while we want to challenge volunteers, we don’t want to force them into roles they don’t feel comfortable in.

What is a typical day like?

Is there a typical day at camp??? You can expect a lot of variety as far as activities are concerned at camp. Everyday we have chapel, cabin pack devotions, FUN, a variety of games and activities, FUN, plenty of food and, of course, a campfire. Oh and did I mention FUN?!!

Is being a counselor at camp all about work or is it fun too? Why would I take a week off of work to work all week at camp???? What is so amazing about serving?

Camp is an absolute blast. Most people leave at the end of the week physically exhausted but spiritually invigorated. While the theme at camp is ‘Camp is for Campers’, the reality is that the volunteers gain so much and go home with more than they could have expected. It is hard to describe one’s own experience to others without ending with, “You just have to try it!”

How do I apply?

You can fill out a counsellor application form online. If you have any other questions this page doesn’t answer, please contact [email protected] and someone will get in touch with you.

Do we pray and sing and do devotions all day?

Campfire is a bible camp, and we are focused on praising God in all we do. We do have chapel, devotions, and lots of singing and also have a great time praising God through many other fun, camp activities. Some of these activities include (but are not limited to) swimming, canoeing, hiking, scavenger hunts, crafts, archery, etc.

Why is the sky blue?

The blue color of the sky is due to Rayleigh scattering. As light moves through the atmosphere, most of the longer wavelengths pass straight through. The air affects little of the red, orange and yellow light.

However, the gas molecules absorb much of the shorter wavelength light. The absorbed blue light is then radiated in different directions. It gets scattered all around the sky. Whichever direction you look, some of this scattered blue light reaches you. Since you see the blue light from everywhere overhead, the sky looks blue. As you look closer to the horizon, the sky appears much paler in color. To reach you, the scattered blue light must pass through more air. Some of it gets scattered away again in other directions. Less blue light reaches your eyes. The color of the sky near the horizon appears paler or white.

 If you made it this far, good for you! We hope to see you at camp…