An Assistant in Wilderness Trip Leading is an employee of The Aloha Foundation, assigned to work primarily at one of our summer camps (Aloha, Hive or Lanakila). Your work as a counselor of children will cover three general categories: unit counselor, department counselor, and general counselor.
As a unit counselor, you will live in a tent with 3-6 campers, and also be part of a larger “unit” that is comprised of a handful of other tents (and sometimes cabins). You will be primarily responsible for looking after and making connections with the campers in your tent (often called your tent family), but you will also spend a lot of time with the campers in neighboring tents and cabins (the rest of the unit).
Your second job, that of a department counselor, means that you will be assigned to one of the activity departments – in this case, trip leading (you can find a list of all of the other departments on the website). In general, you will spend four hours a day in your department (two in the morning and two in the afternoon), during which time you will work with campers of all ages – teaching them new skills, playing fun games with them, helping them to achieve ranks if they are interested in that, and other department-specific activities. For trips, you will plan and implement one, two, and sometimes three day trips. We will make sure you have some good guidance from staff who have been here before.
The third part of the job is that of general counselor. This covers a lot of territory and basically refers to the reality that in a residential community, there are many informal duties and jobs which the entire staff takes on collaboratively. We are with campers from 7:30 in the morning until 9:00 at night, with a few well-deserved breaks in between. But for much of the time, we are expected to be with campers and to be creating relationships with them. For example, when campers go to meals, we sit with them and help them learn to eat socially and politely. When the campers go to an all-camp assembly, we are expected to intersperse ourselves with them and help get them excited to sing and participate. There are also a number of less-structured times during the day – times when you will not be in a specific unit or department counseling role – and during these times a good general counselor will also create fun and special moments with campers by starting a game, engaging in a one-on-one conversation, or just hanging around with a small group of campers.
Finally, there are many opportunities during the summer for you to get involved in other counseling activities (which fall under the “general counseling” area as well), such as going on hikes or canoe trips, participating in special events such as talent night, supervising a sporting event, or helping with any other activity that you’d like to try with campers. Being a counselor is truly a demanding, full-time job, but also one that is exceptionally fun and rewarding in terms of relationships that you can make with both children and adults.
Apply by: April 21 2018
Camp/Organization: Aloha Hive (ACA Accredited)
Location: Fairlee, Vermont
Type of Position: Specialized Activity Leader
Time Frame: Seasonal
• Will live and work at the camp for duration of summer, including certification week (determined by director), pre-camp, and closing post-camp for a total of 9 weeks between the dates of June 10 and August 16, 2018.
• Room and board plus competitive salary.
• Tuition benefits for children, with eligible application to our scholarship program.
• Comfortable living and working in a 7-week sleep-away camp setting, including being an active participant in the camp community.
• Hard-working, enthusiastic, and committed to the safety and well-being of campers and staff.
• Must be 21 years of age or older.
Assistant in Wilderness Trip Leading Responsibilities
Under the guidance of the department head, responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Planning and leading hiking wilderness trips (one, two and three day lengths).
• Good communication skills with campers and camp staff.
• Organized and able to follow delegated tasks.
• Teach techniques for outdoor camping (stove use, knots, axe use, map and compass, sanitation, etc.
• Trained in First Aid and CPR and Designated Trip Leading (certification and training available prior to camp).
To apply, submit an application posted on our website: https://alohafoundation.org/employment/ The Aloha Foundation is an inclusive organization that welcomes people from all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, minor children, receipt of public assistance, HIV status, or place of birth with respect to: employment and volunteer participation.