Summer Camp Jobs: Positions Available
The following are general descriptions of activity specialization in addition to the role of cabin counselor. The summer camp jobs/positions offered are subject to change at the discretion of the Director or Program Director:
WILDERNESS TRIP LEADER
The Wilderness Trip Leader takes the lead in planning and coordinating out of camp trips including caving, climbing and rappelling activities, hiking, canoeing and overnights off camp grounds. The Wilderness Trip Leader is responsible for: planning daily out of camp trips at sites scouted and selected prior to orientation; checking, maintaining, and reporting repairs, as necessary, for all trip equipment; and keeping accurate records. Ability to manage time and to effectively coordinate with other staff is especially important. This position requires the ability to operate a 12-passenger van, a clean driving record and a background in outdoor education/recreation or industry equivalent.
LIFEGUARD/SWIM INSTRUCTOR/DOCK STAFF
Lifeguards report to the Head of the Waterfront, operating under her direction and meeting with her on a regular basis. Primary responsibilities include guarding at any water-related activity as needed and assisting with the planning and instruction of daily swim lessons. Guards must perform and meet the expectations for necessary life guarding skills verification, in compliance with current standards. MUST HAVE RED CROSS LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION.
The Carysbrook Adventure Program (CAP) includes caving, climbing and rappelling activities, both on and off camp grounds. The CAP Instructor is responsible for: planning twice-weekly out of camp trips at sites scouted and selected prior to orientation; checking, repairing, and setting up the climbing wall; checking, maintaining, and repairing, as necessary, all climbing and caving equipment; and keeping accurate record of rope use. Ability to manage time and to effectively coordinate with other staff is especially important. This position requires up to date training in compliance with industry standards.
The Tumbling Instructor is responsible for instructing and coordinating the Tumbling Activity in accordance with established activity procedures, and should be familiar with a variety of tumbling styles and methods, as well as with appropriate exercise and stretching related to the activity. The Instructor is expected to plan and implement performance programs, in accordance with overall camp programming, and is also expected to both encourage camper participation and incorporate camper ideas and interests in tumbling routines and daily activity.
REC SPORTS INSTRUCTOR
The Rec Sports Instructor is responsible for Instructing and coordinating the activity in accordance with established procedures. Prior to orientation, the instructor is expected to line up outside experts with specific dates for activity workshops, to set up a program schedule, and to start a supply list. Specific sports workshops that take advantage of other staff members’ expertise should be scheduled during orientation. The ability to self-organize, multitask and effectively manage large groups of campers is especially important for this position.
The Canoeing Instructor reports to the Program Director, and also works closely with the Waterfront Director, Trip Coordinator, and Director. Responsibilities include supervision of the lake and river, daily activity coordination and instruction, and the implementation of weekly canoe trips off camp property, to be planned during Orientation. Prior to Orientation, the Instructor is required to attain or re-certify Lifeguard Training and/or Canoe Instructor Certification; during Orientation, she must perform and meet expectations for necessary Lifeguarding and Boating Skills verification.
The Riding Instructor reports to the Assistant Riding Instructor/Head of Barn and is responsible for assisting in the planning, directing, and supervising a safe and fun horseback-riding program. Program responsibilities include: assisting in evaluating both the riding level of each camp horse (during Orientation) and the riding abilities of campers; writing lesson plans and delivering creative program activities; assisting in setting daily and session schedules; assisting in managing physical facilities and equipment and monitoring proper equipment use; and assisting in managing horses’ daily care, reviewing them for health needs, behavior issues, and tack needs.
The Fencing Instructor, who is required to attain and/or update appropriate fencing credentials prior to orientation, is expected to instruct and coordinate the Fencing Activity in accordance with established procedures. The Instructor is also responsible for planning, implementing, and managing a tournament program throughout the summer.
The Archery Instructor, who is required to attain and/or update appropriate certification prior to orientation, is responsible for supervising the Archery Range and ensuring campers’ absolute safety. In addition to instructing and coordinating the activity in accordance with established procedure, the Instructor is also responsible for planning, implementing, and managing a tournament program throughout the summer.
HEAD OF BARN/RIDING INSTRUCTOR
The Riding Instructor/Head of Barn is responsible for the planning, directing, and supervising a safe and fun horseback-riding program. Program responsibilities include: assisting in evaluating both the riding level of each camp horse (during Orientation) and the riding abilities of campers; writing lesson plans and delivering creative program activities; assisting in setting daily and session schedules; assisting in managing physical facilities and equipment and monitoring proper equipment use; and assisting in managing horses’ daily care, reviewing them for health needs, behavior issues, and tack needs.
HEAD OF WATERFRONT/LIFEGUARD/SWIM INSTRUCTOR
Reporting to the Program Director, the Head of Waterfront is expected to plan, direct, and supervise the waterfront program, including responsibility for: the physical site (including the lake, river, and surrounding areas); training dock staff, evaluating campers’ swimming skills, and coordinating swim classes; supervising and coordinating all activities at or around the lake; maintaining and sharing with other staff a list of individuals who must wear PFDs for water activities; and supervising Dock Staff, the Canoe Instructor, and campers. During Orientation, the Head of Waterfront is expected to: confer with the Program Director and Trip Coordinator; to supervise lake preparation; to evaluate the abilities of dock staff, the canoeing instructor, and other lifeguard certified staff; to orient Dock Staff and the Canoeing Instructor to their responsibilities, and to check their lesson plans; to plan a schedule of canoe trips with the Canoeing Instructor; and, if necessary, to assist in teaching Lifeguarding classes to CITs. MUST HAVE RED CROSS WSI CERTIFICATION.
The Camp Nurse (LPN/RN/NP/MD) is responsible for overseeing daily operations of camp infirmary and infirmary staff. Controls camper and staff health documents and health log. Performs regular health screenings of campers and staff. Manages system for record keeping and dispensing of medication.
OFFICE MANAGER/CAMP STORE MANAGER
The Office Manager/Camp Store Manager reports to the Director and is responsible for managing the following administrative responsibilities in the office such as post and packages, purchasing, inventory and the running of the camp store during the summer.
The Nature Instructor is responsible for encouraging and promoting awareness and appreciation of the camp environment and the natural world. She is expected to instruct and coordinate the Nature program in accordance with established procedures, to encourage camper participation by engaging them in a variety of creative nature activities, and to incorporate camper ideas and interests into activity planning and implementation.
The Outdoor Living Skills (OLS) program encompasses an array of activities, including, but not limited to: day hikes and overnights both on and off camp grounds; orienteering; backpacking; outdoor meal preparation; fire-building; and other basic camping skills. During orientation, the OLS Instructor is responsible for teaching fire building procedures and skills to all staff. During camp, the instructor is expected to: instruct and coordinate the activity; supervise the Backpack Shack and general outdoor environment, including camp trails; create and facilitate regular trail maintenance encompassing Nature and OLS areas, utilizing camper input; help plan, coordinate, and implement a CIT trip, in consultation with the CIT Director and Camp Director; plan and lead weekly out-of-camp hiking trips as planned with the Trip Coordinator and/or Camp Director; and exercise creativity and resourcefulness in providing a variety of activities.
Reporting to the Head of Riflery, the Riflery Assistant helps instruct and coordinate the activity. Assisting with supervision of the Rifle range, she is expected to: maintain absolute safety on the rifle range; to instruct, on as near an individual basis as possible, the elements of gun safety; to maintain the equipment in good order; and to conduct daily checks of the area for safety, cleanliness, and good repair.
In accordance with established activity procedures, the Dance Instructor coordinates the daily activity, leading instruction in a variety of dance styles and methods and, when appropriate, promoting related exercise and stretching activities. The Instructor is also responsible for planning and implementing performance programs throughout the summer, and is expected to both encourage camper participation and to incorporate camper ideas and interests in routines and daily activity.
The Drama Instructor is expected to coordinate the daily Drama Activity and to instruct campers in a variety of style, methods, and media, encouraging camper participation and incorporating camper ideas and interests into all aspects of the activity. The Instructor is also responsible for planning and implementing camper Drama performances for Performance Nights, Mid-Summer Performances, and the Final Play.
ARTS & CRAFTS INSTRUCTOR
In accordance with established procedures, the Arts & Crafts Instructor actively engages campers in a wide variety of arts & crafts styles, methods and media, taking care to incorporate camper ideas and interests into program planning and daily activities. Additionally, the Instructor is responsible for planning and implementing camper art displays for established camp Visiting Days. Given the nature of the activity, strong organizational skills and tidiness are a necessity.
HEAD OF RIFLERY
The Head of Riflery (21+) is responsible for supervising and ensuring the absolute safety of the Rifle Range, and takes the lead in instructing and coordinating the activity. Prior to orientation, the Instructor is expected to attend and successfully pass a riflery certification clinic, as well as to line up outside experts with specific dates for activity workshops. During Orientation, she is expected to: lead assigned workshops; to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the assigned Assistant Riflery Instructor and orient her to the program; and to set up a weekly schedule of activities with the Riflery Assistant.
The Kitchen Supervisor/Food services Manager prepares and maintains the kitchen for seasonal use in accordance with health department requirements and maintains a current ServeSafe certification or equivalent. With the assistance of the Kitchen Support Staff, conducts inventory and plans, prepares and serves nutritious meals.
KITCHEN SUPPORT STAFF
Kitchen Staff members report to the Kitchen Supervisor, and they are responsible for facilitating smooth operation of mealtimes, including but not limited to: kitchen and dining hall setup; meal preparation; food storage and safe handling; dishwashing; and sweeping/mopping. They report to the kitchen at 7:30am for breakfast, 12:00 noon for lunch, and 5:00pm for dinner, and they may leave the kitchen when notified by the Kitchen Supervisor; Kitchen Staff members may use free time as they choose. We encourage Kitchen Staff to participate in activities when they are open (though you must give campers space and opportunity to participate first) and to participate in all-camp Evening Programs each night.
For more information on any of our available positions, please contact the Camp Director by phone at 540-382-1670 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.