Work At Camp

General Counselor

General Counselors play a critical role in the successful operation of our summer camp programs by providing 24-hour-a-day direct supervision of campers and participating in exciting and rigorous activities such as hiking and swimming. Counselors and their campers live together and travel as a cabin throughout the day, including meals and activities such as swimming, archery, ropes course, model farm, and other specialized activities.

General Counselors report to the Village Leader / Head Counselor.

Responsibilities

  • Provide 24-hour-a-day direct supervision, leadership and guidance to campers with assigned co- counselors. This includes supervising the group in between and during the daily program, planning cabin activities, eating meals with campers and behavior management.
  • Assume responsibility for the safety and well-being of campers.
  • Live in a cabin with 6-12 campers and co-counselors for the full duration of each camp session.
  • Time off during each encampment will be arranged by a supervisor.
  • Understand that the position involves living in cabins with little to no privacy and eating all meals with campers in a large, noisy dining room.
  • Assist Program Specialists during activity periods. This includes participating in activities and helping campers and Program Specialists as needed.
  • Understand that campers come first and decisions should be made in the best interest of campers.
  • Address stressful situations appropriately in a fast-paced, interactive environment.
  • Be an active member of the camp community by participating in all camp programming including camp-wide events, overnights, hikes, swimming, activities and village meetings. This includes but is not limited to: going on hikes in the woods on camp property and going in the water during swimming activities. At times, lifting heavy objects may be necessary.
  • Write daily reports and a final evaluation for each camper to help evaluate their needs, goals and progress during their camp experience.
  • Strive to work in a cooperative manner with fellow staff to achieve goals of the program.
  • Explain and enforce the policies, traditions and rules of camp.
  • Invest time with campers to meet their needs, challenge their capabilities and serve as a role model during their time at camp.
  • Take ownership of the use and care of camp equipment and facilities.
  • Be totally familiar with emergency procedures and follow them when necessary.
  • Additional responsibilities as needed and assigned.

Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years of age by the start of camp.
  • At least one year of college is preferred but must have a high school diploma by the summer.
  • A minimum of one-year experience working with children is required. Staff must be passionate
  • about working with children.
  • Interested in working and living in the outdoors for the summer.
  • Emotionally mature with a willingness to work as a team player and to maintain a positive
  • attitude.
  • Flexible and willing to accept challenges and step outside comfort zone.
  • Must be able to sit, stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop or
  • kneel, talk or hear.
  • Able to regularly lift and/or move equipment and supplies weighing 20+ pounds.
  • Comfortable with being exposed to wet, humid, and hot/very hot conditions.
  • Available for the entire duration of the summer program.

Employment Details

Employment Period: June 20, 2022 – August 3, 2022.
Compensation: Salaries are $2100-2500 and are commensurate with experience.
Benefits: None.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit an application at: hApply Here. We are hiring on a rolling basis and encourage interested applicants to apply as early as possible. No calls or recruiters, please.

The Fresh Air Fund is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in its work and on its staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations, and communities to apply.