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Mental Health Staff

Position Type: Volunteer

Position Description

Mental Health staff live and work full time at the camp for the duration of the session or sessions, and address ongoing mental health needs of campers. Mental health staff works closely with nursing staff and camp leadership, and may participate in development of camp policy to best support camper needs. This is a volunteer position. 


  • Provide social and psychological support to campers

  • To train and support staff in accordance with the camp mission, guiding principles and medical plans

  • Assist with staff orientation, providing insight on various mental health related scenarios that typically arise at camp and how to handle them

  • Provide on-going support to campers and staff regarding behavioral/emotional issues

  • Assist with decisions on emotional/behavioral issues related to campers and staff

  • Assist in evaluating the entire camp operation with suggestions for the following season

  • As needed, speak with campers’ parents/guardians/caregivers, mental health professionals (e.g., camper’s counselor, case manager, etc), and medical professionals 

  • Perform other duties as requested by the Director of Health & Camp Director

Essential Functions

  • Ability to assist in staff training

  • Ability to observe staff and camper behavior

  • Ability to respond to situations that arise with campers (e.g. mental health issues, social conflicts, noncompliance, homesickness, anxiety)

  • Ability to work directly with campers

  • Ability to guide staff through the best way for staff to intervene/respond


  • A valid license to practice mental health care in Ohio

    • Licenses include LSW, LISW, LPC, LPCC, QMHS, LMFT or PHD, MD, PSYD in a mental health field.

  • Experience with patients ages 10 and up, especially adolescents

  • Experience with or willingness to learn about supporting trans and gender diverse youth and adults

Physical Requirements

  • Traversing up to half a mile at a time (with or without reasonable accommodation), likely multiple times a day

  • Navigating uneven terrain (with or without reasonable accommodation) such as muddy trails with tree roots, gravel paths, inclines, stairs

  • Accurately exchanging information with other staff members and with campers in a timely way

  • Remaining present for all assigned shifts.

  • Read our Accessibility Policy, including common and available accommodations and accommodations we are unable to provide.

Exceptions to these requirements can be made with permission from the director, and as long as all camper and staff needs are met.

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