Summary The Camp Counselor is responsible for creating a supportive, safe, and fun environment for campers with shared life experience to explore and express their identities, experience happiness, and establish healthy relationships with their peers. The Camp Counselor is responsible for knowing the whereabouts of each camper under their supervision at all times while on duty and serves as a mentor for youth, helping to nurture the self-esteem, confidence and core values of each and every camper.
Minimum Qualifications and Experience
21 years of age for flagship camp (25 years of age for leadership camp)
Experience working with youth
Experience working as part of a team
Concrete knowledge and understanding of human diversity, especially of the transgender and gender variant community
Prior to camp, a recent physical examination performed by a physician or similar health professional within the past two years
Good character, integrity, and adaptability
Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self control
Responsible To The director, administrative team (“A-Team”), and the leadership team (“L-Team”), collectively known as “camp leadership.”
Salary The Camp Counselor is a volunteer position. A $100 per week travel stipend will be available to all Camp Counselors unless otherwise noted.
Strong communication skills, positive attitude, initiative, flexibility, dependability, creativity and ability to work and problem solve as a team player.
Ability to assist in teaching an activity.
Mental and physical ability to deal with high stress situations and work well under pressure
Ability to perform multiple tasks concurrently.
Ability to connect with campers and staff.
Visual and auditory ability to respond to critical incidents and the physical abilities to act swiftly in an emergency situation.
Ability and willingness to learn on the job in an environment that changes quickly.
Ability to function and maintain a positive attitude while working long days on less sleep than accustomed to.
Understanding of self care.
Ability to pass a swim test if choosing to swim while at camp.
State and federal background checks.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Share a living and sleeping space with 7-12 campers and 1-3 other counselors for the duration of camp.
Attend scheduled meetings and training events, including pre-camp training sessions.
Facilitate camp program activities as a leader or assistant to another volunteer; carry out camp activities such as arts and crafts, water activities, sports programming, outdoor recreation, team-building exercises; create and implement supplemental activities.
Escort campers to dining areas, cabins, recreational activities, and camp events; assist with the set-up and clean-up of recreational events, equipment, and program activities.
Adhere to and ensure enforcement of camp rules and communicate them positively and effectively to participants.
Get to know campers and develop positive, healthy relationships.
Communicate with leadership staff regarding potential hazards, concerns, or incidents that may need follow-up based on individual circumstances.
Interact with and observe campers. Immediately report all injuries and illnesses, regardless of severity, to leadership staff after the nurses have taken control of the situation.
Know your scheduled work and rest times. Report to work on time as scheduled.
Abstain from the use of electronics (cell phones, computers, video games, etc.) with the exception of music devices (iPods, CD players, etc.) during on-duty hours. Cell phones, computers, etc. may be used during time off (at least one hour per day and one full day off if volunteering at a two week camp).
Perform additional functions or assume additional responsibilities throughout the facility as needed or as requested by the camp leadership.