19 Celebrity Summer Camp Counselors


NBC-TV sportscaster Bruce Beck was a camper, waiter, counselor and Color War General at Tyler Hill Camp in Pennsylvania.


Country star Zac Brown was a camp counselor at Camp Mikell in Toccoa, Ga. & Camp Glisson, a United Methodist summer camp and retreat center located in Dahlonega, GA. He’s also the founder of Camp Southern Ground.


Actor and The Price Is Right host Drew Carey was a camp counselor at YMCA Camp Y-Noah in Akron, Ohio.


Canadian singer/songwriter, musician, poet and novelist Leonard Cohen worked as a counselor at Pripstein’s Camp Mishmar in the Laurentians, Camp B’nai B’rith near Ottawa and Camp Sunshine.


Singer-songwriter Brett Dennen attended and worked as a counselor at Camp Jack Hazard in San Francisco.


Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, aka Lady Gaga, was a camp counselor at YMCA camp Hi-Rock in Mt. Washington, Mass.


Actress Alicia Goranson (Roseanne) took summers off from acting to work as a counselor at a YMCA camp in Michigan.


TV personality and legal analyst Nancy Grace was a counselor at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Georgia.


Actress Fiona Gubelmann (My Name Is Earl, Wilfred) was a camp counselor at Camp Hess Kramer/Camp Gindling Hilltop in Malibu, California.


Former 98 Degrees member, Dancing With the Stars winner and actor Drew Lachey was a camp counselor at Camp Joy in Clarksville, Ohio.


Actress Rooney Mara (Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) worked as a summer camp counselor for one of her first jobs.

Actress and director Penny Marshall went to Camp Odetah in Connecticut, Camp Geneva in Lake Como, Pa., and Camp Edgement in Deposit, New York, and worked as a counselor at Camp Diana-Dalmaqua in the Catskills.


Former U.S. Senator and Republican Party Chairman Mel Martinez attended and was a camp counselor at YMCA Camp Wewa in Florida.


Musician Jennifer Nettles, lead singer of Sugarland, was a counselor at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Georgia for three summers.


First Lady Michelle Obama worked as a camp counselor at Camp Anita Bliss Coler in New York.


Author Herman Raucher (Summer of ’42) worked as a counselor at Camp Equinunk in Pennsylvania.


Singer/songwriter Carly Simon was a camp counselor in the ’60s at a camp where she met co-writer Jacob Brackman.


Actor Gregory Sporleder (The Rock, Black Hawk Down) was a camp counselor at Camp Wildwood in Bridgeton, Maine.


Actor Denzel Washington worked as a camp counselor at Camp Sloane YMCA in Lakeville, Connecticut.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.


  1. My family owned and operated Camps Onibar and Geneva so I’d like to make these additions (and one correction) to your list:
    Correction: Marvin Hamlisch was music counselor for four years at Camp Geneva, not Camp Onibar (which was it’s brother camp) in Lake Como, PA. He started when he was still a student at Juilliard.

    Gary Marshall was a camper at Camp Onibar while his sister, Penny, was a camper at Camp Geneva. Their mother was dance counselor at Geneva.

    Sylvia Fine, wife of Danny Kaye and creator of most of his music, was a music counselor a Camp Geneva.

    James Caan was a counselor at Camp Onibar.

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