Summer in the Parks starts with day camp! The Chicago Park District staff takes great pride in planning an awesome summer day camp experience for our campers.  In addition we want to provide the parents with peace of mind – knowing your kids are well taken care of at the park.

Throughout the summer, parents and campers can have interaction with the following park staff members:

  • Park Supervisor/Playground Supervisor (year round staff)
  • Day Camp Director (year round staff)
  • Recreation Leader (year round & seasonal staff)
  • Junior Counselor (seasonal volunteer)


Park Supervisor/Playground Supervisor
In respect to day camp, the Park Supervisor is responsible for all aspects of the program, which includes meeting with the Day Camp Director to review and approve the camp calendar and schedule, establish expectations, train all summer and year round staff regarding day camp at their park, and oversee day camp operations to ensure the safety of all campers, patrons and staff.  The Park Supervisor reports to the Area Manager.

Day Camp Director
Typically a full-time instructor from the park fulfills the camp director role.  At some parks, the park supervisor performs the camp director responsibilities.  These responsibilities include both the planning and execution of day camp.  Planning work includes creating the camp calendar and daily rotation schedules including all planned activities, researching and scheduling field trips, and setting up the parent orientation. Camp execution includes preparing and conducting local training for seasonal staff; providing direction, leadership and conflict resolution for staff and campers; handling disciplinary issues with campers and/or parents if needed and communicating with parents/guardians regularly.  In addition to the year-round recreation training, these employees receive, prior to camp each Director receives eight hours of specialized camp training.  The Camp Director reports to the Park Supervisor.

Recreation Leader
The Recreation Leader is responsible for leading and participating in all camp activities and games with the group of campers he/she is responsible for.  As part of this role, the recreation leader helps to establish and enforce camp rules and standards, accompanies groups of campers on field trips (including bus rides), works with the Day Camp Director to help plan daily activities, and most importantly keeps campers active, engaged and safe.  All individuals in this position participate in a two-day Recreation Leader training.  The minimum age requirement 16.  Recreation Leaders report to the Day Camp Director.

Nike Swoosh Summer Academy
For the third year in a row, Nike is championing the Chicago Park District’s Recreation Leaders through the Swoosh Summer Academy. The program motivates, teaches and inspires staff to deliver a summer of play through a formal coaching curriculum, making the Chicago Park District seasonal Recreation Leader one of the most sought-after city summer jobs. Recreation leaders receive a unique training focused on their role in giving campers a positive experience in sports and play as part of Nike’s commitment to getting kids moving to help them reach their potential

Junior Counselor
Junior Counselors are 13-15-year-old volunteers that may assist with day camp activities at some parks.  Junior Counselors report to the Day Camp Director.


To be employed by the Chicago Park District, applicants must complete our hiring and selection process.