Camp Counselor - ESF Camps

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Position Summary

Are you looking for the best summer job ever? Look no further because ESF is hiring 600 Counselors to work across our 13 locations from mid-June through mid-August!

Join our mission-driven team for a fun and rewarding summer! Make a positive impact on children while receiving comprehensive training, professional development, unique resume building and networking opportunities. ESF offers competitive compensation, accredited internships and field work hours for graduate and undergraduate students, CEU credits for teachers, flexible schedules, year-round aftercare, mentoring opportunities and an employee referral program consisting of bonuses and ESF gear!

What will you do all summer (in addition to having fun with your campers and fellow team members)? A Counselor is responsible for:

  • Supervising campers [ages three (3) to fifteen (15)]
  • Actively participating in all camp activities (art, science, drama, swimming, sports and more!)
  • Providing a safe and fun learning environment and serving as a positive role model
  • Position Objective/Purpose

    ESF is hiring motivated leaders with prior experience supervising children who believe in ESF s mission, build positive relationships and ensure the well-being of others.

    Position Scope Factors

    Counselor hours are from 8:30am-3:40pm; Monday Friday. Start and end times may vary depending on the location and camp. Counselors also have the opportunity to work extended hours for additional income. Depending on the location, Counselors work up to ten (10) consecutive weeks from mid-June through mid-August.

    * This Job Description is subject to change at any time.

    Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Supervise a group of 10 campers along with a co-counselor(s) focusing on behavior management, safety, security, and personal/skill development
  • Work effectively with co-counselors and collaborate on daily responsibilities
  • Promote and actively participate in all camper activities including but not limited to: art, science, drama, swimming and sports
  • Assist Activity Specialists/Teachers with camp programs
  • Complete assigned paperwork
  • Serve as a positive role model to campers
  • Exhibit ESF Core Values at all times and to adhere to all company policies
  • Have fun
  • Other responsibilities as assigned
  • Position Competencies for Success

  • Understand and support the mission of the organization
  • Commit to the growth and development of youth
  • Work effectively with others in all levels of the organization in a professional manner
  • Demonstrate outstanding communication skills; using clear, concise and professional language when interacting with campers, camp families and colleagues
  • Be responsible, reliable and safe
  • Always have a positive, can-do attitude
  • Be patient, caring and creative
  • Produce consistent, high-quality work
  • Demonstrate excellent judgment; identify problems and work quickly to find solutions
  • Be a flexible, adaptive and a team player
  • Desire to make a difference in the life of a child
  • Experience Requirements

  • Prior experience working with children, examples include but are not limited to; teaching, coaching, babysitting, academic/athletic tutoring, camp counselor, youth volunteer, classroom assistant, etc.
  • Previous camp counselor experience preferred
  • Education Requirements

  • Minimum of seventeen (17) years of age
  • Must be a rising High School senior
  • Enrolled in or successfully completed an education-related or child-related major/course of study preferred
  • Reporting Relationships

  • Reports directly to the Camp Director. May also take direction from and is overall accountable to the Site Director.
  • Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

  • Push/pull, lift and carry a minimum of thirty-five (35) pounds across campus
  • Work outside, upright and mobile for six (6) to eight (8) hours per day
  • Respond to emergency situations which may include running (up to 1 mile in some cases) and ascending stairs without undue exertion
  • Possess physical capacity to fulfill all essential job functions responsibilities listed above

  • Associated topics: adventure, beam, camp staff, coordinator, day camp, lakefront, music, science, student, summer camp

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