Youth Leadership – Helping Out at Camp!


“His confidence, sense of responsibility and empathy have all grown tremendously with this experience–and, most importantly, he loves it!”

Our program has a variety of positions for youth ages 10-16. We’re looking for youth, from diverse backgrounds, who want to be a part of making camp an amazing place for the kids. That basically means helping kids have a fun, safe time. We’ve found that youth leaders play a very central, positive role in a camper’s experience.

CIT stands for Counselor in Training and JC for Junior Counselor. To participate, families pay a discounted fee compared to campers, with JCs getting larger discounts.  Some youth leaders go on to hired positions at our camp, starting at age 16 years, and we recommend the program as a step toward that possibility.

“Monkey Business is an excellent camp. My son has been attending since he was eight years old and in the last couple of years he began the CIT program. Watching him develop leadership skills in addition to experiencing enriching activities has been a wonderful combination! The staff at Monkey Business is caring and professional and they have provided fabulous mentorship for him.”

Our Tilden Park Outdoor Summer Camp, for ages 4.5-10 year olds, runs from June to August each summer and most youth leaders sign up for 1-2 of our two-week sessions. If you love being outdoors, want to help campers get comfortable at camp and help staff with field games, songs, arts and crafts, cooking, walks, reading books, playing board games & with sand and water play at our weekly swim day at Lake Anza, Tilden Park is for you.  Youth leader teams gather weekly to talk about how it’s going, learn some skills for working with campers, and have some fun together. CITs are 11-15 years old and can be new to camp; JCs are 14-16 years old, have been CIT in the past and received positive feedback from the staff.

If you enjoy helping and playing with younger campers, come work at our PreK Summer Camp with 3-4 year olds.  PreK Summer Camp (Papaya Camp) is 3 weeks in August. These young campers are full of energy and ideas, and working with them is a wonderful way to start on a youth leadership path.  Youth leaders sign up for 1-3 weeks. CITs are ages 10-13 (yes, CITs can start a year earlier here than at Tilden) and JCs, ages 14-16. All can be new to Monkey Business.

School Break Camps, usually held at Berkwood Hedge School, are a great way to get a little bit of the camp experience in between summers.  Youth leaders can attend for two days or more at each break camp. YLs may play a game of tag or basketball, create sand castles with kids, push a camper on a swing, help with art and cooking projects, or play board games with campers.  We make a relaxing, fun place for kids to play!! CITs are 11-15 years old and can be new to camp; JCs are 14-16 years old, have been CIT in the past and received positive feedback from the staff.

Girls on the Go! and Boys on the Go! Field Trip Camps each now have openings for 2-3 JCs/camp, aged 14-17. Junior Counselors support the staff in a variety of ways, including leading games, helping the campers get on and off transport safely, and helping welcome all kids.

“My now 15 year old has been going to Monkey Business Camp every summer since he was 8, first as a camper, then as a CIT, and now as a JC. The camps have always been fun, with enough structure so the children know what to expect (Wacky Wednesday, swimming on Thursday…) and enough time spent outdoors exploring, playing, and making friends. He looks up to the counselors and camp directors who have been supportive and nurturing all along. Our family highly recommends Monkey Business.”

Visit each camp info page for more details about youth leadership for that particular program: WINTER, FEBRUARY, SPRING, SUMMER IN TILDEN, PRE-K SUMMER CAMP , GIRLS ON THE GO, BOYS ON THE GO

“It’s Natalie and I wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed the opportunity to be a junior counselor this summer. I learned a lot of responsibility and patience. I would love to join you again next summer.”