Junior Counselor Program

Rising 9th–12th

About Junior Counselor Program

The Duck Trails Junior Counselor program is designed for high school aged teens, and offers an exciting opportunity to start professional development at a young age. Junior counselors will learn about youth behavior management and safety techniques as they develop responsible and proactive supervision skills. Throughout the program, they will learn and incorporate leadership skills, participate in team building activities, and improve communication skills while engaging in a fun, high-energy work experience with like-minded people.

Who can attend?

Open to all teenagers who will be entering ninth through twelfth grade in the fall. Previous experience volunteering with youth is not required.

When is the camp and how long does it last?

Junior Counselors are required to attend one week of training, which includes CPR and first aid certification. These week-long trainings are 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday.

After training, junior counselors will volunteer for one week alongside a full-time counselor in one of our various camp groups. Junior counselors are welcome to volunteer for additional weeks subsequently for mornings (8:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.) or full days (8:45 a.m.–4:15 p.m.).

What activities will take place?

Activities will differ depending on junior counselors' choice of Duck Trails camp.

  • Leadership activities
  • Team-building challenges
  • Communication exercises
  • Safety training
  • Youth behavior management training
  • CPR and first aid certification
  • Duck Trails camp programming

What if my preferred session is full?

Families can add their campers directly to the waitlists. Please proceed to the online registration link below, log in with your account, and all full sessions will have a "Waitlist" button.


Registration for summer 2024 Junior Counselor will open on Friday, March 22, at 1:00 p.m.

Junior Counselor Application

Cost of attendance is the estimated cost to attend the UO for the academic year. The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships provides estimates for cost of attendance information that goes beyond tuition and fees, and includes: living expenses (housing and food), books/supplies/equipment, transportation, and miscellaneous personal expenses.