Meet the Summer Staff



87% of our staff is returning to Camp Ernst for another summer to carry on the tradition of excellence that they all enjoyed as campers. Camp Ernst's staff of high school and college students is committed to helping young people develop into caring, responsible citizens. Staff maintains a 1:6 counselor to camper ratio while participating in the adventures of camp with their campers. Counselors go through a week long program as well as in-services and are trained in all the basics including first aid/CPR, bully-prevention, and child abuse prevention, as well as how to help kids make friends and work together. 

Most of our more than 400 staff "grew up" here and want to give back. They return year after year, bringing with them a continuity of Camp spirit, Camp Ernst traditions, and a love for being with kids! Staff members are enthusiastic and responsible, in addition to having professional experience, education, and training.

Every day, I live influenced by the lessons I learned from the counselors I had as a camper. The fact that I have the opportunity to be the same type of role model for my campers is truly a blessing! I know that I grow as an individual through every interaction I have with my campers, while they simultaneously pick up a lesson or two from me. Being a counselor is a wonderful, awe-inspiring two-way relationship that changes lives!
~ Ryan