Rural Health Career Camp Counselors

Rural Health Career Camp Counselors2018-01-02T17:14:28+00:00

College students from any college who are pursuing a health profession and have completed at least their undergraduate sophomore year can apply to be a counselor for the Rural Health Careers Camp for High School Students.

Job Description of Rural Health Careers Camp Counselors


Camp Counselor, Rural Heath Careers Camp 2018, National Center for Rural Health Professions, University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford


Counselor Orientation:  Sunday, June 24, 2018 beginning at 2 p.m.

Rural Health Careers Camp 2018:  Monday, June 25 – Thursday, June 28, 2018


Camp Counselors will receive a stipend of $800 for their time and assistance with the camp

Position Responsibilities

The camp counselors will assist in the overall day-to-day operations of the camp. Most importantly, their role is to ensure the care and well-being of the campers.  Camp counselors need to assist campers to adjust to new situations, give encouragement and care about each camper as an individual.  Camp counselors should:

  • Provide participants with a safe and secure environment both physically and emotionally where they can participate in educational, recreational and social experiences.
  • Offer opportunities to campers to have a better understanding and appreciation for the many careers related to health profession.
  • Model positive personal life skills and values, including, but not limited to: Fairness, Caring, Good Citizenship, Trustworthiness, Respect and Responsibility.
  • Provide opportunities for campers to learn and practice leadership, decision making and teamwork through group activities.
  • Foster the development of positive relationships between campers and camp counselors, who serve as positive role models, teachers and mentors.
  • Camp counselors may be asked to assume additional responsibilities during the course of the camp.

Camp Counselor Expectations

  • Beginning Sunday, June 24 at 2 pm – Thursday, June 28 (afternoon), counselors are expected to reside at Rockford University in the assigned residence halls 24/7.
  • Counselors will reside, overnight, in the Rockford University residence halls to supervise Rural Health Careers Camp participants.
  • Appropriate clothing. Camp Counselors should never wear clothing that advertises drugs, alcohol, or inappropriate subjects or behavior.
  • No alcoholic beverages are allowed at any time from the Orientation until the conclusion of the camp on Thursday. Violation of this expectation is grounds for immediate dismissal.
  • No drugs are allowed, except those being administered under doctors’ orders.
  • No profanity or the use of foul language.
  • Because this is a health careers camp, and counselors should be modeling healthy behaviors at all times; the use of tobacco is not permitted at any time during the camp.

As Camp Counselors, you should:

  • Be a Leader — participate or assist in supervising camp programs to help ensure that all campers have a positive camp experience.
  • Exercise mature and professional judgment in assuming responsibility for and working with the campers.
  • Ensure the safety of campers at all times.
  • Follow the direction of the camp leaders who are supervising/directing the camp.
  • Learn and follow the camp schedule and guidelines. Direct campers to each activity.
  • Camp Counselors/Staff should never touch a camper in an effort to discipline, restrain or punish. Behavior problems need to be brought to the attention of the professional staff.
  • Camp Counselors/Staff will act in a professional manner at all times and control emotions when problems arise. Staff will openly and honestly discuss problems with relevant parties to seek a solution which is in the best interest of the National Center for Rural Health Professions and Rockford University and of themselves.
  • Any and all problems or disagreements with staff and campers should be brought to the attention of the professional staff.


  • Have completed at least sophomore year of undergraduate studies
  • Pursuing a health-related profession
  • Mature
  • Responsible
  • Energy and enthusiasm for educational activities
  • Preference given to RAs or people with previous camp counselor experience

To Apply

Students should send a cover letter and resume to Vicky Rhine at no later than Sunday, March 25, 2018