Required Qualifications: NPLQ Certified.
Preferred qualifications: First Aid and CPR & 6 months or more experience.
There is no fee to apply. We welcome ALL applications. If you are qualified, we will contact you for an interview.
Age: 18+ by June 2016 - Applicants 20+ preferred.
Experience: General Counselors - MUST have experience either working with children OR education in childcare / teaching / child development. Specialized Counselors - BASIC experience working with children required.
Availability: Applicants MUST be available to work from June 6 through August 15. Exceptions may be given to especially qualified applicants. Priority will be given to applicants who are available as early as May 23.
Other Skills: While not required, applicants with knowledge and experience of specialized skills (swimming, lifeguard, sailing, etc.) are preferred. Specialized skills applicants also include applicants with experience and/or a strong willingness to work with children with disabilities. Please see below for details and descriptions of specialized roles.
Learn more about the program, including: the Application Process, J-1 Visa Fees & Camp Staff Wages, and what it's like to work at camp.
Specialized Counselors are responsible for teaching 1 or more skill areas. While certifications are always preferred, in many circustances, experience performing or assisting younger participants in a particular skill will suffice in place of certifications. Camps will provide training prior to campers arriving. You DON'T need to be an expert to qualify as a specialized counselor, you simply need to have a good understanding of the skill, with basic experience, and a willingness and strong desire to learn. Roles & Responsibilities vary by camp.
While all camps are different, general counselors typically spend more time with campers than specialized counselors. General counselors live in cabins with campers and act as mentors / role models for all campers. As a general counselor, you will ensure that the campers are having a great time and that they are following camp courtesy rules and responsibilities (such as being respectful to other campers and following basic cabin cleanliness rules). General counselors get to know each camper they work with very well, and they build great relationships and memories with their campers!