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2014 Summer Camp Job Descriptions

Summer Program Coordinator
(Stipend $5,000)

The Summer Program Coordinator is a committed individual of at least 25 years of age who is responsible for the supervision of and day-to-day operation of the summer camp programs. This vital position oversees the counseling staff and Weekly Program Staff. This individual will work in concert with and report to Peterkin’s Executive Director and the Diocesan Youth and Young Adult Minister. The Summer Program Coordinator must be available to live on site at Peterkin from Sunday, June 1 through Saturday, August 2, 2014.

Candidates should possess:
• Experience in residential camp settings
• Experience or familiarity with Christian education or formation
• Computer skills, including utilizing social media
• Public speaking skills
• Familiarity with Episcopal Church worship
• Strong communication skills with children, youth and adults

The Summer Program Director will:
• Have overall responsibility for summer camp programs
• Work with camp leaders
• Provide transportation for campers to healthcare facilities, if needed
• Directly supervise camp counselors and assist in their selection, if possible
• Oversee counselors in training (as needed) with the head counselor
• Be responsible for the safety and well-being of all campers, counselors and program staff
• Support detailed development of individual camp programs including teaching, activities and schedules.
• Maintain weekly schedule and oversee cabin room selections, small group assignments and staff schedules.
• Train and orient all summer camp staff in coordination with the Youth and Young Adult Minister and Executive Director.
• Abstain from use or consumption of alcohol and tobacco products throughout camping sessions, both on and off camp property.


Camp Counselors (Base Stipend $3,000)

The backbone of camp is the full-time summer camp counselors. These persons are perhaps the ones that campers will associate with the most. Much of what a camper takes away from the camping experience will be as a direct result of his/her interaction with the counselors. It is an awesome responsibility not to be taken lightly. Specific items of note are listed below; other responsibilities and duties can be found in the Camp Manual. All counselors must be available to live on site at Peterkin from Sunday, June 1 through Saturday, August 2, 2014.

• Counselors are individuals who are 20 years old and up (exceptions may be made in extreme circumstances). They are responsible for basic camp duties (campfire setup, sacristy, water coolers etc.), supervision of campers in lodges and beyond, morning (small group) programming and discussions, staff meetings, one-on-one meetings with the Summer Program Director(s), and being a role model for CIT’s and campers

• Counselors will be given time off between camps, expect for those working certain camps. They are expected be back in camp by 10:00am on opening day for worship and a meeting with the new weekly program leader. Adjustments to the amount of time off between camps may have to be made in special circumstances.

• Counselors are expected to be in the camper occupied lodges every night (staying in the lodge from the time campers first arrive in the lodge after the evening activities and until they head down to breakfast), except when it is your official night off. Any exception must be at the direction of the Summer Program Director(s). At no time are campers to be by themselves in any lodge.

• Counselors will be expected to be in the lodges with the CIT’s. They will be expected to live in these lodges all summer, and will remain in their lodges after lights are out. Counselors will attend a daily staff meeting. During the daily staff meetings events of the past 24 hours will be debriefed, activities of the next 24 hours carefully planned, specific camper concerns will be addressed, and other matters discussed. During this time, expectations should be communicated among counselors, the camp leader, and the Summer Program Director(s).

• Counselors will eat with campers and assist with table management.

• Counselors agree to abstain from the consumption of alcohol (on and off grounds) for the duration of the camp sessions.

• Counselors must have completed Safeguarding God’s Children training, and have an annual criminal history and sex offender registry check.

• Counselors will be observed early in the camping season. Each counselor will be evaluated in his or her work environment (i.e. in the lodges, during meal times, etc.). Specialty counselor positions will have more extensive observations (given their job criteria leaves more for them to have to do). Once the observations take place, at the earliest convenience the observer can provide feedback to the counselor and offer constructive criticism. The counselor will not be made aware of when the observations take place, to help simulate a genuine work environment. Also feedback will be provided on whether or not they are adequately satisfying Safeguarding guidelines.

• Counselors may be required to receive First Aid and CPR training before training week.

Specialty Counselor Positions and Incentives

Aquatics Supervisor (Base Stipend $3,200)

In addition to duties as a Counselor, this person has primary supervision of all aquatic activities. American Red Cross Lifesaving Certification or the equivalent is required and individual MUST be at least twenty-one years old. Additionally, this individual must have at least six (6) weeks previous experience in management or supervisory position at a similar aquatic area or has completed the American Red Cross’s Lifeguard Management course or the approved equivalent.

Music Coordinator (Base Stipend $3,200)

In addition to duties as a Lodge Counselor, this person works closely with each Weekly Program Leader and/or clergy before each camp to facilitate music selection and coordination for all services, Blast-Off time and other times as deemed necessary. The Music Coordinator will not have a small group assignment so that he/she can prepare for worship, unless deemed otherwise by Executive Staff.

Certified Lifeguard $100 bonus for summer

Currently certified lifeguards (American Red Cross Lifesaving Certification or the equivalent) who can present documentation of such certification and are willing to serve as lifeguards periodically during the summer are eligible for this bonus.

Returning Counselor $100 bonus for each year of service*

Returning camp counselors bring valuable experience, which is valued. For that reason we offer those individuals a bonus for each year of previous service for up to two summers of previous service.


Counselors-in-Training (CIT’s)

Counselors-in-training are young people at least 16 years old, unless an exception is approved by the Executive Staff. They are responsible for basic camp duties as per Counselor instruction, supervision of campers in and beyond the lodge, afternoon elective programming, staff meetings, one on one meeting with Head Counselor, role model to campers, and continuing education. CIT’s are, in general, one or two-week positions and their number will vary according to the needs of the individual camps and the number of young people applying to the CIT program. CITs will not have direct supervision authority or responsibility for campers and therefore, are never to be alone with campers.

• CITs are not supplied for Family Camp, Camp Generations, Sr. Camp, MAD Camp, or the Hallelujah Hike.

• CITs will work alongside the camp counselors, doing many of the same things. In lodge situations the camp lodge counselor is the lead counselor. However, in the eyes of campers the authority of counselors (CITs, lodge counselors, program counselors) is equal. At no time should the campers be aware that a problem exists between staff. If such circumstances arise the matter should be taken to the Head Counselor for resolution.

• It is required that CITs arrive at Peterkin by the start of registration the day of the camp they are serving. If a CIT needs to arrive the night before camp, they will make arrangements with the Summer Program Director(s).

• CITs will always be paired with Counselors or Weekly Program Staff members for electives and other activities so that they can learn from and observe more experienced leadership.

• CITs will engage in a daily check in session with the Summer Program Director(s) for ongoing training.

• CITs will be observed. Each CIT will be evaluated in his or her work environment (i.e. in the lodges, during meal times, etc.). Once the observations take place, at the earliest convenience the observer can provide feedback to the counselor and offer constructive criticism. The CIT will not be made aware of when the observations take place, to help simulate a genuine work environment. Also feedback will be provided on whether or not they are adequately satisfying Safeguarding guidelines.

 

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