Camp Programs for Teens

Counselor-in-Training Program: Ages 13-14

Our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is for young teens interested in learning and teaching science and nature topics. Teens learn team-building activities and build their leadership skills alongside their peers – discovering firsthand what it’s like to be a camp counselor. CIT's learn to apply teaching skills while working with mentor counselors and assisting younger age groups. Camp fees apply.

Junior Counselor Program: Ages 15-16

Volunteering at the EcoTarium's Summer Discovery Camp is a fun way to spend the summer and a great way to learn about education, science and nature while adding valuable community service experience to your resume and college applications.

Each year, there are limited slots for responsible teen volunteers ages 15 to 16 as Junior Counselors at EcoTarium's Summer Discovery Camp. Junior Counselors work with a college-aged mentor counselor under the direction of an Assistant Director to gain valuable experience working with children ages 5 -14 in a camp setting.

Junior Counselors are an important part of the camp community and are encouraged to participate in all activities. You'll be immersed in topics such as ecology, study of animal behaviors, animal care, astronomy, natural sciences and weather, activities to improve sensory awareness, group and team-building initiatives, and more. It's a great opportunity to earn community service credit in a fun and engaging way.

Who should apply?

  • Teens ages 15-16 with an interest in animals, astronomy, nature and science
  • Responsible individuals who can commit to a minimum of two weeks of camp and attend camp leadership training
  • Adventurous people who would like to have an important role in a camp community
  • Teens who are considering careers in science, nature studies, museum work or education
  • Preference is given to applicants who have completed the EcoTarium Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program.

Why should I apply?

  • Earn community service hours for graduation, honor society requirements or college applications
  • Learn more about science and nature
  • Develop your leadership abilities
  • Gain hands-on experience working with children
  • Make new friends and have fun!

How do I apply?

To apply for a Junior Counselor position, please download and complete the Junior Counselor Application.  You may email it to or mail it to Teri Lynes, Coordinator of Volunteer Resources, EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA  01604. 

For more information, please contact the Camp Director, Kate Banyas, at 508.929.2755 or at

Applications are due by April 1, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.