Become a Counselor!

The Children of Mary Camp relies on volunteers to serve as counselors and staff throughout the week.  We are seeking anyone who has a sincere desire to serve Christ by helping children grow and mature in their faith.  

Qualifications are minimal:

  • You must be at least 15 years old
  • You must have a desire to work with children and to place their needs ahead of your own
  • You must commit to protecting the well-being of the children entrusted to our care
How to Apply

Applying to become a counselor is easy! All applicants must complete two documents:

2. Volunteer Code of Conduct (page 10 is the only page that needs to be mailed with the completed application)

Applicants who are 18 or older have two additional requirements. All returning counselors should read carefully as requirements have changed!

3. Submit to a background check conducted by the Diocese of Charleston

4. Complete the Safe Haven program. This is NOT the same as Protecting God's Children, which was previously required. Please list St. John Neumann in Columbia as your volunteer parish so that we get a copy of your certificate. If you have a different South Carolina parish that you have already completed this for, please enclose a copy of your certificate with your application.

Send all completed documents to

        Dominique May

        P.O. Box 1093

        Belmont, NC  28012

Applications are subject to approval.
Deadline for submitting Counselor applications is June 25, 2018.

What to Bring

The simple rule for packing for Camp is "pack lightly."  Temperatures are typically in the 90's during the day and drop as low as the mid 60's overnight.  We suggest keeping your belongings to a minimum:

  • Clothing - Bring sufficient clothing for seven days.  Shorts and lightweight t-shirts are ideal.  Hats are a must.  You may also want to bring a sweater or light jacket.  We strongly recommend that you bring clothing that is not valuable and is easy to replace.

  • Footwear - Good footwear is required.  Sneakers or hiking shoes are ideal.  Please refrain from bringing sandals, flip-flops, and open-toed shoes, as they are impractical for the hills and trails in the campsite.

  • Bedding & Towels - Each cabin has beds with plastic-covered single mattresses.  You will need to bring sheets, a blanket, and a pillow.  Sleeping bags are also appropriate.  Bring at least two towels for showers and swimming.
  • Toiletries - Bring an ample supply of toiletries, including soap and shampoo.  Avoid scented or perfumed toiletries, as they can attract bees and other insects.
  • Sunscreen - Sunscreen is an essential item.  Counselors spend a significant amount of time outdoors.
  • Flashlight - Bring a sturdy flashlight with fresh batteries.
  • Bible or Prayer Book - Helping children grow in their faith -- and nurturing your own faith -- is the central mission of Camp.  Consider bringing a Bible, prayer book, or other spiritual guides that will help you teach campers how to pray.
  • Fan - Counselors often bring a small fan for use in their cabins.  Most cabins have only a single electrical outlet, so an extension cord may also be useful.
  • Alarm Clock & Radio - Bring a small alarm clock.  Optionally, bring a radio.
  • Bathing Suit - Bring a bathing suit if you would like to swim in the lake.  Err on the side of modesty when selecting an appropriate style of bathing suit. A one piece or tankini is highly encouraged. Another option is to bring a shirt to wear over a bathing suit at the lake.

What NOT to Bring

Some items are just not appropriate for Camp.  They include

  • Jewelry - Bring jewelry at your own risk. 

  • Electronic Devices & Cell Phones - Remember that you will be living in the woods for a week.  Electronic equipment can easily get wet or dirty, especially when curious youngsters are around.  Cell phone service at the campsite is very poor.

  • Sandals & Flip Flops - These types of shoes are impractical for the hills and trails in the campsite.  Some counselors do choose to bring shower sandals, which are acceptable only in the shower area.
  • Alcohol, Tobacco Products, and Drugs - These items are NEVER acceptable. The Code of Conduct prohibits their use.

Need Service Hours?

Many high school and college age counselors use their experience at Camp to satisfy a requirement for volunteer and service hours. We offer credit for up to 140 service hours for counselors who actively participate throughout the week of Camp. Notify the Camp Director if you would like to receive service hours for your work at Camp.

For questions on volunteering as a counselor, contact Dominique May at

Dominique May,
Mar 12, 2018, 6:43 AM
Roxanne Rosario,
Feb 20, 2018, 8:37 AM