Do you have what it takes..

to be an AWESOME counselor??

SNS COUNSELORS ARE:

CREATIVE OUTGOING UNDERSTANDING SUPPORTIVE
ENTHUSIASTIC LOVING OUTDOORSY
RIDICULOUSLY FUN


Program Requirements

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

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.

 

Lifeguard

Lifeguard

Required Qualifications: NPLQ Certified.

Preferred qualifications: First Aid and CPR & 6 months or more experience.

Water Sports

Water Sports

Required Experience: 6 months(+)in skill.
Preferred qualifications: Basic(+) certifications in skill and / or club involvement, experience teaching preferred but not required.
High Demand Skills:Sailing, Swimming, Motor Boat Drivers, Windsurfing, Rafting.
All other skills:Canoeing, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Jet Skiing, etc.

Ropes & Rockclimbing

Ropes & Rock-climbing

Required Experience: 6 months(+) in skill & knowledge of abseiling/rappelling, balleying, etc. Rock climbing - basic(+)
Preferred qualifications: Working towards or in possession of basic Certifications (CWA, etc.) OR experience teaching.

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Required Experience: 6 months(+) basic experience with knowledge of / experience in Western and / or English riding styles.
Preferred quals: Teaching experience highly preferred.

Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor Adventures

Required Experience: 6 months(+) experience in any of the following trekking, wilderness adventures/expeditions, outdoor cooking, navigation skills, basic backpacking / camping skills.
Preferred qualifications: Wilderness First-Aid, Duke of Edinburgh, Scout awards, Geocaching.

Videography & Tech

Videography & Tech

Required Experience: Basic knowledge of skill. Confidence to teach/assist in basic classes.
Preferred Qualifications: Education in or experience teaching / performing skill
High Demand Skills: Videography & Film Editing - must have experience or be willing to learn imovies.All other skills:Robotics, Programming, Mechanics

Trapeze & Circus

Trapeze & Circus

Required Experience: 6 months(+) experience in one or more skills (Trapeze bar, rings, aerial arts, juggling, magic, etc.) and confidence to learn and teach basic skills.
Preferred Qualifications: Basic certs OR experience teaching one or more skills preferred.

Land Sports

Land Sports

Required Qualifications: 1 year+ in skill.
Preferred qualifications: Basic(+) certifications in skill area.
High Demand Skills:Gymnastics (floor and/or equipment), Soccer (FA level 1, prefer FA level 2+), Rugby (level 2+), Tennis (level 1+), Fencing, Riflery
Other Skills:Lacrosse, Archery, Basketball, Dance, etc.

General Counselors

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!



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