Job Title: Camp Counselor – Must be adopted domestically, internationally or through foster care.
Position Purpose: Counselors are the primary caregivers for each camper. The Counselor is responsible for teaching, coordinating, participating in and carrying out activities as well as guiding campers in their personal growth and daily living skills. Counselor must be comfortable with their own adoption story and share it with other campers and counselors. Counselors will encourage adoption discussion in their cabins during siesta and evening time and be sympathetic to adoption issues at all times. Counselors will participate in adoption activities with campers led by adoption social workers once per week. Counselors are role models and will help build camper self esteem and comfort with adoption issues.
Apply by: April 18 2016
Camp/Organization: Camp Clio Program/Camp Claire (ACA Accredited)
Location: Lyme, CT
Type of Position: General Staff
Time Frame: Seasonal
Salary: Commensurate with experience and certificates
- Must be adopted domestically, internationally or through foster care.
- (Minimum Education and Experience) Must be 18 years of age or high school graduate.
- Must be able to obtain or become certified in First Aid/CPR.
- Must submit health history record and examination form prior to first day of work.
- Ability to interact with 9-12 year old girls and boys.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Understand the development needs of youth.
- Ability to relate to youth and adults in a positive manner.
Physical Aspects of the Job:
- Ability to communicate and work with groups participating and provide necessary instruction to campers and staff.
- Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques.
- Ability to observe staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate management techniques.
- Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity.
- Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid.
- Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.
- Some physical requirements of a General Counselor position could be endurance including prolonged standing, some bending, stooping, walking long distances, hiking, climbing, and stretching.
- Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate outdoor equipment and camp activities.
- Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record,prepare, and communicate appropriate camper activities/programs.
- The ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
- Willing to live in a camp setting and work irregular hours with limited or simple equipment and facilities and with daily exposure to the sun, heat, and animals such as bugs, snakes, bats, etc.
Previous camp counselor experience, participation in a camp CIT program, participation in adoption programs and/or heritage camps, leadership and/or active position in youth programs (church, community, school, etc.) are all a plus.
Camp Clio runs July 3 - 23, 2016. The week before is for Counselor training. Adoption social workers come to training week to work with counselors to develop adoption discussion strategies.