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 between fourteen and eighteen years old. 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 last 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?

To be added to the waitlist, please contact Samantha Wallace at wallace1@uoregon.edu with the camp(s) and session(s) you want, as well as your child's name, birthday, and an emergency contact phone number.


In-person registration opens on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at the Duck Trails Camp Open House (noon–2:00 p.m.). Online registration opens on Monday, March 11, 2019.

Prospective junior counselors must submit an application, in addition to completing a Duck Trails registration. Register online below or in person at the Rec Service Center.