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Job Description of a Camp Supervisor

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Many different types of camps exist these days, including day camps, overnight camps, outdoor camps, sports camps, music camps and camps for people with disabilities. One thing that all camps have in common is that they need a camp supervisor, sometimes known as a camp director, to keep things running smoothly.


Camp supervisors are in charge of hiring staff. They peruse applications, hold interviews and check references.


How much training the camp supervisor does depends on the size of the camp. A large camp might have several department heads who train their own staff, but the supervisor is responsible for making sure that everyone is trained.


Many camps require certification in areas such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation and lifeguarding. Camp supervisors check the certifications of staff members and make sure theirs are up to date.

Day to Day

The camp supervisor watches over the daily operation of the camp. If it's an overnight camp, the supervisor is on call 24 hours while camp is in session.


The job doesn't end once the camp's season is over. The camp supervisor checks the facilities, takes inventory and prepares for the next season.


Paula Brown has been a writer for over 23 years. She is the author of the Dream Wanderers series, and has co-authored the Inside Scoop Series on Walt Disney World. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in theater from New England College in Henniker, NH.