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Camp Head Counselor - Female
Title: Camp Head Counselor - Female
Career Category: Camp Paradise Valley
Location: Burkesville, KY
Position #: 153177
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Trains and supervises an assigned group of FEMALE counselors. Plans, coordinates and directs the functions of the counselors within the camping program. Ensures the quality of programs and safety of counselors and youth at all times during camp. Provides guidance and role modeling to counselors and ensures safety and a positive experience for counselors and campers.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: This position summary should not be interpreted as all inclusive. It is intended to identify the essential functions and requirements of this position. The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this position summary.
Supervises and organizes an assigned group of Counselors during scheduled and unscheduled blocks of time in cooperation with camp rules and regulations;
Provides spiritual guidance and encouragement to counselors;
Trains Counselors in proper methods of leading groups of campers; answers questions during camp and follows-up to ensure understanding of training;
Trains Counselors in proper safety of campers based on established camp rules and regulations. Anticipates safety hazards and initiates contact with the ADYS/Camp Director to confirm issues are resolved;
Analyzes the strengths and challenges of each Counselor and documents the same for the Camp Director’s review. Provides constructive feedback to each Counselor as a personal growth development opportunity;
Promotes and stimulates participation of Counselors in assigned activities to ensure a pleasant camp experience for campers;
Prepares the daily schedule for Counselors to ensure appropriate coverage of campers at all times; confirms Counselors receive adequate break times;
Handle camper discipline problems; serves as dorm monitor for staff dorms;
Available for camper/counselor consultation;
Assist Counselors with handling campers that need special attention;
Exhibits control of the campers in the absence of the assigned Counselors when needed and displays proper discipline techniques;
Ensures the accountability, security and safety of youth participating in camp activities; reports all accidents to the supervisor in an accurate and timely manner;
Verify cabin roster each week;
Nightly check all cabins to be sure all campers are in and ready for bed;
Report any problems to ADYS/Camp Director. Maintain a detailed record of discipline problems and actions taken for campers. Turn into ADYS/Camp Director at the end of each camping session;
Be prepared to take over for the Counselor in the event of an emergency;
Conduct cabin inspection and give a report on cabin inspection to Counselors and campers;
During cabin inspection look at each Counselor’s incident report book to ensure proper and timely record keeping is being maintained. Look for any unusual incidents that may need your attention or the ADYS/Camp Director;
Maintains the cabin materials in an orderly fashion; maintains accountability for any laundry, money and supplies necessary for cabins;
Reviews and follows-up on reports submitted by the Counselors (attendance, development progress, discipline reports, etc.); provides summary of occurrences to the ADYS/Camp Director. Escalates major issues to the Camp Director immediately;
Keeps program records, including cabin rosters, incident/accident reports, seekers reports, etc.;
Supervises the cleanliness of the cabins in accordance with established sanitary standards;
Corresponds with maintenance staff to ensure dysfunctional equipment is repaired in a timely manner.
Participate enthusiastically as a member of the camp staff team to deliver and supervise evening programs, special events, overnights and other all-camp activities and camp functions;
Sit with camper tables during meals and serve as a table monitor when needed;
Keep personal living quarters neat, clean and ready for inspection;
Be available to participate and assist with camp programs and activities as directed by the Camp Director;
Escorts campers to the Health Center and escorts campers back to cabin activities when released by the camp medical staff and ensures that the Counselor is advised of any necessary precautions based on care received or ongoing care needed;
May assist in preparing and serving snacks and meals; ensures that campers receive nutritional and tasteful food; provides positive, relaxed atmosphere during mealtime and encourages conversation.
MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT USED:
General Office Equipment
Knowledge of the principles and practices of child and youth behavior and development;
Knowledge of the principles and practices of First Aid and C.P.R and ability to ensure the safety of campers and other staff;
Ability to lead an assigned group of counselors;
Ability to plan, develop, facilitate, and supervise children and youth programs and activities;
Ability to build and maintain effective mentor relationships with counselors and youth;
Ability to communicate effectively with campers and camp staff;
Ability to prepare a schedule of activities and anticipate scheduling conflicts;
Ability to plan, develop, and implement effective childhood and youth programs and activities.
MENTAL AND PHYSICAL ABILITIES:
Ability to communicate and work with groups participating (age and skill levels) and provide necessary instruction to campers and staff;
Ability to observe camper and staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques;
Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity;
Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid; Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers;
Ability to meet attendance requirements;
Ability to read, write, and communicate the English language.
Some physical requirements of the Head Counselor position could be endurance including climbing, standing, some bending, stooping, and stretching. Eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate activities are required. Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare, and communicate appropriate camper activities/programs and the ability to lift up to 50 lbs. Have a willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular hours delivering a program in the facility available. Operate with daily exposure to the sun and heat and varying environmental conditions.
Six months experience teaching child development or youth programs in a church preferred, OR any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS:
CPR and First Aid Certification
$350.00 a week with a $550.00 bonus for completing the entire camping season.
Camp staff orientation is from June 11-16, 2013. Camp session runs from June 17-July 27, 2013. If for whatever reason you are unable to attend for the entire camp season, please let us know on your application. Orientation is not optional.
All employees recognize that The Salvation Army is a church and agree that they will do nothing as an employee of The Salvation Army to undermine its religious mission.
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