Why Work at CCSC?

Our counseling staff is comprised of college students, graduate students and teachers. We are looking for individuals who have the desire and talent to make a difference in a child’s life.

It is probably one of the most demanding, yet satisfying jobs on the planet. Our staff are chosen carefully, with an eye on their ability to be good role models, contribute positively to children and to teach specific activities. There are 95 Resident Camp counselors, 80 Day Camp counselors and 45 supervisory staff.

Camp Season

The camp season for both the overnight and day camp programs is 7 weeks long for the campers from approximately the end of June or early July to the middle of August. The commitment for staff is approximately 8 weeks. Counselors must attend a week long staff orientation prior to the campers’ arrival and remain at camp after the campers’ departure until their responsibilities are completed.


There are approximately 380 overnight campers ages 8-17, and 300 day campers ages 4-17. In each unit there are 5-10 counselors and a Head Counselor, augmented by 4th year Teen Leaders. Campers are from the New England area, across the US as well as many different countries.

Summer camp counselor holds up welcome sign for campers
Four lifeguards run up sandy path from beach

Staff Requirements

We are looking for individuals who have an interest in and ability to work with children and have had some experience as a camper, counselor and/or have worked with children in a leadership capacity. Generally, the CCSC counselor must be 19 years of age or have completed one year of college or comparable experience. Candidates who have successfully completed our Leadership Training Program may be considered for a position if they are 18 years of age and have graduated from high school.

All staff are encouraged over time to obtain additional certifications such as Lifeguarding, Instructor certifications in archery, riflery, watersports, etc.

Overnight and Days Away Counselors – live in cabins with children and teach activities such as sailing, swimming, tennis, land sports, etc.  There are at least 2 counselors in each cabin such that the counselors have every other night off and at least one day off per week as assigned.  Counselor areas are simple and rustic but separated from the camper areas.  Most all cabins have bathrooms attached or located nearby and all cabins have electricity.  Certifications are required of staff as outlined below.

Day Counselors – supervise campers and teach activities during the day.  Counselors work Monday through Friday, for 8 weeks from approximately 8:30AM-4:00PM and are not offered housing. Certifications are required of staff as outlined below.

General/Activity Counselors must be certified in CPR and First Aid.

Sailing or Watercraft staff must have their CPR and First Aid certificates. In addition, either a Small Craft Safety (sailing, canoe/kayak) boat safety or a Lifeguard certificate is required. Other certifications are welcome such as, U.S. Sailing Level 1 certification, USCG Launch Tender License (or higher license).

Swimming staff are encouraged to have their Waterfront Lifeguard, WSI (Water Safety Instructors) CPR and First Aid certificates.  We encourage our teaching staff to also have an LGT (Lifeguard Training) certificate.

Lifeguards must have current LG, CPR and First Aid certificates.


Counselors at both the overnight and day camp are assigned by the Program Directors to activity areas on a weekly basis. Activity periods last approximately 1 hour. Depending on the number of campers choosing an activity, there are a proportionate amount of staff assigned for coverage, i.e. 25 campers in archery would have 4 staff assigned. Sailing, water-skiing, windsurfing and canoeing are offered as all-morning or all-afternoon activities. The major activities we hire staff to teach include: Sailing, swimming, tennis, arts and crafts, drama, woodworking, archery, Olympic marksmanship (BB’s and Air Rifle), photography, nature, land sports, dance, newspaper/good books/creative writing, cycling, waterskiing, windsurfing. We encourage counselors to introduce new activities within the confines of our camp philosophy.

Certification School

We run a certification school in June and offer courses in Small Craft Safety and Water Rescue, CPR, First Aid, Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguarding. In addition, we frequently offer certification courses for the National Archery Instructor and the CMP/JROTC Rifle Instructor.

Counselor instructs group of campers on guitar
Counselor helps camper with archery

Equal Employment Opportunity

There shall be no discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, sex, creed, national origin, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. There shall be no discrimination against an otherwise qualified individual by reason of disability or age, as defined in the applicable laws. In addition, to ensure full equality of opportunity in all operations and activities of the organization, every staff worker employed at the Cape Cod Sea Camps, Inc. shall be selected under fair employment procedures that provide equal employment opportunities to all people. There shall be reasonable efforts in affirmative action/equal employment in the recruitment, hiring, training and promotion of minorities and war veterans.