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Ropes Course Staff

Ropes Course Staff facilitate on our challenge courses—two separate team challenge courses and a high ropes course consisting of twelve climbing elements. Campers from all five camps have the opportunity to participate in the challenge course program, as well as group dynamics games and activities. We hire Ropes Course Facilitators to facilitate classes throughout the day as well as a Ropes Course Director who is responsible for the overall implementation and supervision of all ropes course activities.

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Ropes Course Staff

Position Description:

  • Teach two three-hour classes each day, working with a group of twelve campers, ranging in age from eleven to seventeen. Class includes: facilitating group dynamic activities, leading ice breaker activities, and facilitating on the teams and high ropes courses.
  • Responsibilities include belaying at the high ropes course and planning and leading all ropes course activities such as games and group team building programs.
  • Ensure the safety of the campers in program area.
  • Help to maintain the High Ropes and Teams Courses in order to comply with all pertinent safety codes.
  • Must attend four-day technical skills training during orientation. Must have or obtain during orientation a current First Aid and Professional CPR certification.
  • Submit all evaluations and records as required by the Ropes Course Supervisor.
  • Approximately 6 hours will be spent at the Ropes Course each day. When not working at the teams and high ropes courses, staff will take on General Counselor responsibilities at their assigned camp.
  • Provide 24-hour-a-day direct supervision, leadership and guidance to twelve campers with assigned co-counselors.
  • Assume responsibility for their safety and well-being.
  • 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 campers come first and decisions should be made in the best interest of campers.
  • Be an active member of the camp community by participating in all camp programming including camp-wide events, overnights, hikes, swimming, ropes courses, activities, and village meetings.
  • 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.
  • Assume responsibility for the use and care of camp equipment and facilities.
  • Be totally familiar with emergency procedures and follow them when necessary.

Summer salary:

Salaries start at $2,300 and include room and board.


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.
  • Prior experience participating in and facilitating adventure programs including team building, rock climbing, etc. preferred.
  • 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.
  • Flexible and willing to accept challenges and step outside comfort zone.
  • Able to maintain a positive attitude.
  • Available for the entire duration of the summer program.

 

Ropes Course Director

Position Description:

  • Responsible for the overall implementation and supervision of all ropes course activities.
  • Work with Adventure Programs Coordinator to verify and document facilitators’ skills before campers arrive.
  • Plan, organize, and direct all challenge course activities and manage the daily schedule for the challenge course.
  • Supervise, support, and evaluate the Ropes Course Facilitators.
  • Orient the general camp staff to the philosophy of the ropes course and enforce safety procedures with all Fresh Air Fund campers and staff.
  • Maintain the high ropes and teams courses to comply with all pertinent safety codes.
  • Submit all forms, regulations, evaluations and inventories that are required.
  • Must attend a four-day technical skills training during orientation. Must have or obtain during orientation a current First Aid and Professional CPR certification.
  • When not working at the teams or high ropes courses, the Ropes Course Director is expected to participate in administrative duties at their assigned camp.
  • Understand that campers come first and decisions should be made in the best interest of campers.
  • Be an active member of the camp community by participating in all camp programming including camp-wide events, overnights, hikes, swimming, ropes courses, activities and village meetings.
  • 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.
  • Assume responsibility for the use and care of camp equipment and facilities.
  • Be totally familiar with emergency procedures and follow them when necessary.


Summer salary:

Salaries are commensurate with experience and include room and board.


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.
  • Must have prior experience as a lead facilitator on a high and low ropes course as well as experience with team building facilitation and technical skills as a dynamic belayer with certification or documented training by a recognized and reputable organization.
  • Prior supervisory experience is preferred.
  • 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.
  • Flexible and willing to accept challenges and step outside comfort zone.
  • Able to maintain a positive attitude.
  • Available for the entire duration of the summer program.