Camp Director

Occupation Information table
Overview: Camp directors manage programs of education and recreation at youth work or vacation camps. They arrange for licenses and monitor the financial safety, and quality of camp activities. They publicize their camps and assure enrollment and funding.
Duties: Camp directors manage the business affairs and activities of a recreation or personal development camp and define the objectives and goals of the camp and methods to achieve these goals.

They estimate funding needs to perform the services for camp attendees and determine how funds are to be acquired through attendees fees and fund raising.

They select and manage the staff needed such as camp sports instructors, counselors, kitchen and grounds maintenance staff.

They specify advertising and communications strategy to make the camp appealing to the public. Conduct surveys to measure the satisfaction of attendees and customers.

Degree(s): A.A./B.A. QCC/QC Dual/Joint Liberal Arts & Sciences and Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) 
A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 9% to 13% from 2018 to 2028, which is faster than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Starting Salary: Earnings are based upon seasonal contracts and, therefore, generally do not provide full time employment.
Salary Range (National Average): $20,000 to $25,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: Most camp directors have an associate or bachelor's degree in recreation, sports management, psychology, or social work. Courses in business administration and counseling psychology are also very helpful.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Assigning duties to others, motivating them, and evaluating their performance.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a job where you can spend a significant amount of time outside.
  • Doing something to contribute to the betterment of the world. Doing something for the greater good.
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

* For New York salary data information .

* For New York green job information .

Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.