Being a camp counselor at Camp Winnebago

A great
summer job

Camp Winnebago is known for the intentional experience created for each camper and counselor. Since our first summer in 1920, we have been helping boys evolve into well-rounded, compassionate and critical thinking young men. Counselors at Camp Winnebago develop a portfolio of skills and experiences that help them throughout their lives, both personally and professionally.

Summer staff at Camp Winnebago

About our staff

At Winnebago, we have high expectations of our staff and put a considerable amount of time and effort into helping them build the knowledge and skills to meet these high expectations. The staff is comprised of approximately 60 counselors ranging in age from 19–70. Counselors come from all over the world and are interesting, interested and dynamic people who have a broad range of life experience. Being a counselor at Winnebago is an extraordinary and rewarding opportunity.

Camp Winnebago is an equal opportunity employer. Camp Winnebago is looking for mature and enthusiastic individuals. All of our staff members have completed at least one year of college and/or are at least 19 years old.

What’s it really like?  Learn more about what it’s like to be a Winnebago summer camp counselor. Take a look at a typical day at camp. 

Look at a typical day at camp

Staff skills

Because camp is a dynamic and fast-paced environment, we are looking for versatile people who are excited to become role models. A good candidate must have skills in one or more of the following:

Arts & crafts

General arts and crafts, ceramics, pottery wheel, kiln, painting, drawing, and sketching.


Basketball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, baseball, team handball, street hockey, volleyball, archery, and riflery.


Work at a nature center.  Introduce boys to ecology, gardening and the entire natural world.


Work on a camp newspaper (The W.A.G) that is published at least twice/week.


Work in our camp office. Excellent written, verbal and phone communication skills are a must.


Traditional 35 mm cameras.  Work in a dark room and use digital cameras as well.


Manage a radio station, WINN 1620 AM. Create audio entertainment in modern formats.


Low and high elements, belaying, and team building.

Sailing and small watercrafts

Sailing (Sunfish, Lasers), kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, and waterskiing.


Beginner through competitive instruction, water polo, diving, and lifeguarding.


Beginner through advanced (USTA) instruction. We have seven (7) beautiful Har-Tru courts.


Musical productions, assistant directors, piano accompaniment, stage craft, set design, costume design, and improvisation.

Trip leader

Campcraft, canoeing, kayaking, backpacking, hiking, and overnight wilderness trips.


Making Movies.  Digital video filming and editing.

Water ski

Boat driving. Two ski, slalom, wakeboard and tubing.


Help campers create a broad range of wood projects.

Are you ready to join our team? 

Apply to be a counselor at Camp Winnebago