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TESTIMONIALS

"The best testimony is my son told his brother, 'You have to sign up next year because it is so fun!' Brother will be 13 next year. I plan to register both kids and have already referred other friends."

About

Learn about Howard County Recreation & Parks’ Junior Counselor Program. 

Register early to ensure your spot!

 

The 2020 Junior Counselor Program emphasizes a high-energy, interactive hands-on learning experience! The program requires students to commit to one mandatory 2020 training camp and two-weeks of field experience. During training, mentors will review the curriculum, use team building techniques and experiential learning to prepare students to apply what they’ve learned on site at their chosen field experiences. Once training has been completed, a Junior Counselor serves on site at a Howard County Recreation & Parks summer camp of their choosing as a "field experience".


Registration for training sessions begins for Howard County Residents:

Online registration starting February 5 at 6pm.

All other methods starting February 6.


Registration for training sessions begins for Out-of-County Residents:

Online registration starting February 12 at 6pm.

All other methods starting February 13.


Registration for field experiences will open March 1, 2020 at 8am.


Junior Counselor Requirements
◾ Must be 13-16 years
◾ Possess a positive attitude and cooperative spirit
◾ Have a genuine interest in working with children and developing leadership skills
◾ Must be able to respectively accept guidance and supervision
◾ Able to follow rules and policies
◾ Attend a 2020 Training Camp
◾ Available to spend a minimum of two weeks of field experience at a Howard County Recreation and Parks Camp

Benefits
  • M.A.D. Skills: Make A Difference
  • Earn service-learning hours (consult with your guidance counselor to ensure this camp meets the service learning criteria for your school)
  • A great jump start for those looking to one day become camp counselors or program/event planners
  • Build self-esteem
  • Enhance leadership and communication skills
  • Become part of a professional team
  • Be a role model
  • Make new friends
  • Have fun!

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Dates and Rates

Training Camp

All Junior Counselors must attend ONE of the training camp options. No exceptions.

 

Returning Junior Counselors must attend a mandatory ONE-DAY 2020 Training

Training Options:

1-day / Guilford ES / 9am-4pm

RP****.***          Early Bird          Spring Break 2020          9am-4pm     $50

New Junior Counselors must attend a mandatory THREE-DAY 2020 Training

Training Options:

3-days / Guilford ES / 9am-4pm

RP****.***          June 2020          9am-4pm     $140

Registration for training sessions begins for Howard County Residents:

Online registration starting February 5 at 6pm.

All other methods starting February 6.

 

Registration for training sessions begins for Out-of-County Residents:

Online registration starting February 12 at 6pm.

All other methods starting February 13.

 

Field Experiences

All Junior Counselors must serve a minimum of two weeks at a chosen summer camp, once they have completed training. Each 1/2 day field experience will cost $25, and $50 for full day. There are a variety of summer camps to choose from that appeal to all areas of interest and fit into almost any family schedule. Field experiences must take place after training is complete. Field Experiences run through the week prior Howard County Public Schools reopening for 2020/2021 academic year.


Registration for field experiences will open March 1, 2020 at 8am.

 

Extended Day Add-On Options are available (8-9am & 4-5pm)
*There can be no changes or pro-rates to these add-on options. Supervised by adult staff, students will be able to use this time to socialize, read, use their cell phone, or spend time in the gymnasium/outside.*
Refund Policy

Refunds

We recognize that you may wish to withdraw for a variety of reasons, but our policy encourages early decisions so as to not affect other customers or our ability to efficiently deliver this program. 

  • Any refund request before April 15 will be processed with a 10% administrative fee withheld
  • From April 16 until four weeks prior to the camp start date, a 50% administrative fee will be withheld.
  • There will be no refunds given for requests received less than four weeks prior to the camp start date except for medical reasons accompanied by a doctor’s note. The amount to be refunded will be determined by the Program Supervisor.

Transfers

A $10 transfer fee will apply to any movement between programs. Deadline for transfer requests is no later than the Wednesday prior to the start of the field experience. After that, no transfers will be approved.   

How to Register

Important Registration Information

Important: The program typically fills extremely fast. Please keep in mind the online registration date of 6pm, February 5, 2019 for Howard County Residents and 6pm, February 12, 2019 for Out-of-County Residents.

Online registration tips: 

  • At least 48 hours before February 5th, confirm you have an account for your child in our registration system.
  • If your child doesn’t have an account, now is the time to create one. It takes up to 48 hours to process new accounts.
  • Know your user ID & password to access the account.
  • https://apm.activecommunities.com/howardcounty/Home

 

Registration for training sessions begins for Howard County Residents:

Online registration starting February 5 at 6pm.

All other methods starting February 6.

 

Registration for training sessions begins for Out-of-County Residents:

Online registration starting February 12 at 6pm.

All other methods starting February 13.

 

Registration for field experiences will open March 1, 2020 at 8am.

Step 1: Training Camp Registration

Register for one of the following Training Camps to reserve your spot.
*Note: Registration for training camps begin (Howard County residents) online 6pm, February 5, 2020*

Returning Junior Counselors must attend a mandatory One-Day 2020 Training

RP****.***     Early Bird     Spring Break 2020     9am-4pm     $50

New Junior Counselors must attend a mandatory Three-Day 2020 Training

RP****.***     June 2020     9am-4pm     $140

Extended Day Add-On Options are available

*There can be no changes or pro-rates to these add-on options. Supervised by adult staff, students will be able to use this time to socialize, read, use their cell phone, or spend time in the gymnasium/outside.*

Step 2: Register for Field Experience

Register for two (or more) field experiences.

*Note: Registration for field experiences will open March 1, 2020 at 8am.*

  • Junior Counselors can choose which camps at which they would like to serve (first come, first served)
  • Junior Counselors can decide to serve more than two weeks, if they choose
  • $25 for half-day and $50 for full-day per field experience includes: Supervised experience working with children  

Days and Times Vary Depending on Camp Selection. Junior Counselors may begin field experiences only once they have completed mandatory 2020 training.

How To Search Field Experience Options:

  1. Visit https://apm.activecommunities.com/howardcounty/
  2. In the SEARCH box, type “JRC”, press enter
  3. Use the Filter Box on the left to see options by location, date range, or category

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Contact Us

Melissa Byrne
Volunteer & Special Projects Supervisor

Howard County Recreation & Parks
7120 Oakland Mills Road | Columbia, MD 21046
mbyrne@howardcountymd.gov
410.313.4704 tele | 410.313.4660 fax