Junior Counselor


Program Summary

To better prepare young volunteers to work with youth ages five years to twelve years old, the District has made some revisions to the Junior Counselor program. This more formalized training program will begin with an interview process. Candidates selected will then receive the information required to enroll in the training course. The curriculum will focus on developing Junior Counselors (JC) in many areas that will better prepare them for volunteering at camp and for potential future roles at District camps.

Interviews and selection of candidates is completed for Summer 2022. Candidates who have interviewed and registered for the Junior Counselor Leadership Program are eligible to select their schedule and for the training in June.

Week of May 2: Sign up to volunteer for the weeks you are available. 

Training Week: Attend orientation on June 14th (5:00 pm - 6:00 pm) and training on June 15 through June 18 (9:00 am - 3:00 pm).

Ages: 14-17 years 
Junior Counselor8:30 am-3:30 pm


This formalized training program will focus on the role of the JC including;

  • Working with youth
  • Tracking volunteerism and community service hours
  • Understanding inclusion and working with special needs populations
  • Managing behavioral issues
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Safe practices for engaging youth in an outdoor setting
  • Emergency action planning
  • Leadership and team building
  • Fundamentals of activity planning and organization
  • Arts and crafts projects
  • Organizing special events
  • Leading safe field trips

As with any program HARD offers, scholarships are available if the activity fee poses financial hardship.

Contact Us

  1. District Administration Office
    1099 E Street
    Hayward, CA 94541
    (510) 881-6700


  1. 3221 East Ave.
    Hayward, CA 94541