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The New York Foundling Camp Counselor in Putnam Valley, New York

  • Child Care

  • CAMPC05006

Full-Time

Putnam Valley

Putnam Valley, NY, USA

Description

We are currently seeking Camp Counselors for Camp Felix, 2020 (Staff Training: July 27 – August 2; Camp Dates (Monday – Friday): August 3 – August 28). Staff must be available to work training week and all 4 camp sessions. Staff and campers go home for weekends.

Camp Counselors work under direct supervision of the Unit Leader to achieve Camp Felix goals and objectives by delivering a safe, fun and enriching summer camp program that helps Camp Felix campers build positive relationships, learn new skills, improve their self-esteem and develop healthy habits. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Ensure safety and well-being of campers in the assigned cabin.

  • Sleep in the same cabin as campers.

  • Arrange for proper upkeep of cabin; report maintenance problems immediately to supervisor.

  • Supervise campers such that they are protected from any unreasonable risk to their health or safety, including bullying, abuse or any public health hazard.

  • Maintain visual or verbal communications capabilities between camper and counselor during activities and a method of accounting for the camper's whereabouts at all times.

  • Organize and supervise daily group activities according to schedule; ensure timely arrival and departure at all daily activities.

  • Supervise campers during all activities, participate in activities with them, and encourage them to participate as much as possible (i.e. arts & crafts, sports, hiking, dance, music, theater, swimming, etc).

  • Supervise campers during mealtime; serve food to campers and ensure that all campers are eating their meals.

  • Supervise campers after lights out, if on duty.

  • Supervise campers during shower time.

  • Help to prevent dangerous situations by minimizing risks.

  • Recognize and handle emergencies as per Camp Felix policies and procedures.

  • Help campers grow and develop by providing positive reinforcement, guidance, support and care.

  • Utilize positive and supportive techniques and strategies to resolve problems and enforce discipline among campers.

  • Participate in pre-camp training.

  • Assist during transportation to/from camp, supervise campers while on the bus, assist with bus loading/unloading at camp.

  • Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SPECIAL NEEDS REQUIRED

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Must have a High School or GED diploma.

  • Must have knowledge of or experience working in summer camps.

  • Must have experience working with children in some capacity, preferably in an educational setting.

  • Excellent verbal communication skills.

  • Exhibit qualities such as patience, kindness, honestly, responsibility, compassion, and desire to help others.

  • Knowledge of or familiarity with the issues/needs of children involved in the child welfare system preferred.

  • Must be able to follow rules, guidelines, and policies enforced by supervisor and Camp Director.

  • Must be comfortable participating in all of camp’s activities with the children and encouraging them to participate as well.

  • Must be a team player.

  • Updated First Aid and CPR certification preferred.

  • Must be available for training week/weekend and all 4 weeks of camp

Qualifications
Education

Required

HS Graduate or Equivalent or better

Experience

Required- Must have knowledge of or experience working in summer camps. - Must have experience working with children in some capacity, preferably in an educational setting. - Excellent verbal communication skills.

Posted: January 17, 2020

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