Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in volunteering as a Junior Counselor with the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks Summer Camp Program.

This program is designed for teenagers ages 13-17 who have an interest in working with a camp program focused on engaging children with the outdoors.

You must complete this application form if you are interested in becoming a Metro Parks Junior Counselor volunteer. Once you complete the form, click the 'continue' button at the bottom of the page. Only applicants with completed applications will be considered for the program. Completed applications consist of the completion of this form and a letter of recommendation from a non-family member (teachers, scout leaders, etc.). Both the online application and letter of recommendation must be received no later than March 1, 2020. Letters of recommendation can be emailed to or mailed to Metro Parks Headquarters. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Metro Parks Headquarters
Attn: Camp Coordinator
1069 W. Main Street
Westerville, OH 43081

Once your completed application has been submitted, a Metro Parks staff member will reach out to schedule an in-person volunteer interview.

Applicants must:
1. Be at least 13 and no older than 17 years old during the months of May-August 2020.
2. Have access to reliable transportation to and from the Metro Parks.
3. Be able to commit to at least 48 hours of service between the months of June-August 2020.
4. Be able to work outside in various weather conditions.
5. Have an enthusiasm for camp and/or the environment they are willing to share with children.

Applicants accepted into the program must:
1. Attend a mandatory orientation and training. Mandatory orientation and training will take place on May 13 or 14, 2020 from 4:30-7:30pm. You only need to attend one of these dates and more information will be sent to you if you are accepted into the program.
2. Pay a $10 fee to cover the cost of uniform t-shirts, name tag and training materials.
3. Arrive for assigned volunteer shifts on time and ready to complete volunteer responsibilities.
4. Be able to work outside for extended periods of time in various weather conditions.
5. Provide personal lunches and transportation to and from the Metro Parks on assigned shift dates.

General Information

Please provide the following information.

Demographic Information

Please provide the following information. It is used only to help us get a better idea of the demographics of our volunteers and provide you with volunteer clothing. It will in no way affect your application status.

Emergency Contact Information

Please enter your mother, father, and/or guardian's contact information.


Please indicate the days and times you are usually available to volunteer, if known at this time.

Supplemental Questions

Please answer the following questions yourself:

Question 1

What excites you about the Junior Counselor Program and why do you think you would be a good fit?

Question 2

What other volunteer or work experience do you have? Please be as specific as possible.

Question 3

What are your extra-curricular activities? These can include clubs, hobbies, sports, etc. and can be school or non-school related.

Question 4

Please describe a time you were part of a team. What did you do well? What would you improve for next time?

Question 5

What qualities make someone a good leader?

Question 6

Do you have experience with outdoor activities, such as kayaking, archery, fishing or hiking? Please describe your experience level if applicable.

Question 7

What do you hope to gain from participating in the Junior Counselor Program?

Terms of Agreement

I agree that this application has been completed thoroughly and honestly without omission or embellishment to my abilities and/or experiences. It is understood that this application, as well as future documents, will remain confidential within the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks Summer Camp Junior Counselor Program. I further understand that if accepted as a Junior Counselor volunteer, the relationship may be terminated with or without cause and without notice, at any time, at the opinion of Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks or myself.

If accepted into the program, I agree to commit to a minimum of 48 hours of volunteer service. I confirm that I have completed this application by myself and understand no late or incomplete applications will be accepted. I understand the application deadline is March 1, 2020.

Ohio Law requires that volunteers who will have unsupervised access to children be provided notice that they may be required to provide a set of impressions of their fingertips and a criminal records check may be conducted. Offenses are described in Division (A)(1) of section 109.572 of the Ohio Revised Code. As a receipt of notice please select the "I agree" checkbox.