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LPC Counselors

Anyone 18 years old or over can apply to be an LPC counselor and help to run a camp. It is not necessary to have been a camper in LPC to apply to be a counselor, although most people who do apply have either been campers themselves or know someone who has been a camper or a counselor.

Camp counselor Paula Westlund (left) leads a folk dance at Lingbo, Sweden, in 2010.

Working as a counselor in LPC is extremely rewarding, although also very challenging. Counselors work on a staff of 8-10 to run a camp of anywhere between 14 and 36 campers from 9-14 years of age (at camps for Younger Kids) or 14-17 years of age (at camps for Older Kids) for between two to five weeks in duration. Counselors and campers together make  decisions about many aspects of camp life, from the choices of camp activities to the internal rules which regulate the life of the community. Issues of health and safety are always decided by the counselors and ultimately the director(s).

Counselor applications need to be received by LPC no later than December 1 in order to receive full consideration. Camps are organized during LPC’s annual “Christmas Conference,” which is held at the end of each year in the Ecole d’Humanité, Hasliberg-Goldern, Switzerland. For further information on applying as a counselor, contact LPC.

There is no limit to the number of years that you can be a counselor. Some counselors work for a few summers in a row, then take a long break before returning as counselors even after twenty years or more!

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LPC Directors

Being an LPC counselor is an extremely challenging and rewarding experience, and many counselors return to LPC year after year. After a few years, however, some counselors feel ready to be trained to direct an LPC camp.

Director Andrea Place (left) with counselors-in-training at Le Caussanel, France, in 2007.

Directing a camp is in many ways a completely different experience to being a camp counselor. It involves taking ultimate responsibility for everything that happens in camp, from the selection of the camper and counselor group to the choice of camp site, and overseeing the smooth and safe running of the camp.

A director still has essentially the same role as a counselor — in many camps, the campers might not even know which one of the counselors is in fact the camp director — but the increased responsibilities and administration usually lead to less time to relax and have fun with the campers. For that reason, not every counselor may wish to be trained as a director, no matter how able and experienced they are.

Nevertheless, for those who feel attracted to the increased responsibility, directing a camp is a wonderful challenge and a great learning experience. Aspiring directors should mention their interest to the directors of LPC camps they have been in, who will be able to give them some feedback about the qualities and skills required of directors. They should also contact LPC to obtain the relevant application form.

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