Camp Counselor - Main Camp

Start Date: July 2, 2019  |  End Date: August 23, 2019

This summer, Camp Urban Adamah is offering six weeks of programming for children entering first through fifth grade (Main Camp) that feature hands-on projects and activities exploring themes that integrate nature-connection, farm-to-food-making, crafts, sustainability, community-building, and Jewish values.

We rely on an experienced and talented group of Camp Urban Adamah Counselors to create loving, inspiring, memorable, and transformative experiences for children. Our counselors ensure that children of different ages can have wonderful experiences both as part of a large group, and in smaller age-based groups.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Group Leader

Counselors are responsible for leading a group of up to 13 similar-age children during the camp day (9am – 3pm), along with another counselor and usually a counselor in training and/or teenage intern, depending on group size and needs.  The counselor sets the tone of the group through team-building games, fun beginning-of-day and end-of-day rituals, listening circles and more. They have the support of their co-counselor, and/or teenage CITs. Counselors are responsible for setting and upholding standards of safety and respect within the group, and for communicating behavioral or programmatic concerns to the camp directors in a timely manner.

Program / Activity Leader

Counselors also facilitate activities throughout the camp day – sometimes for their own group and sometimes for other groups.  Camp activities are based on skills that counselors bring with them from prior teaching experience, as well as from activities and skills that will be shared and taught during Camp Staff training and throughout the summer.  Activities include typical farm tasks such as planting, harvesting, tending to garden beds, and caring for animals; food preparation and cooking; and creative projects involving the arts, music, and drama.

Camp Support

Group Leaders will be asked to support Camp in other ways as needed based on their abilities. This may include song-leading, facilitation of camp-wide opening and closing circle, and theatrical performances and storytelling.  Counselors, along with all camp staff, are responsible for daily set-up and clean-up (in general and after specific activities) as well as other tasks related to camp operations on an as-needed basis. We appreciate an overall spirit of flexibility and enthusiasm!

Specialties

Some Camp Urban Adamah Counselors will be hired with an understanding that they will develop week-long, afternoon, project-based electives for campers in one of more of the following areas based on experience and ability: crafting, arts, cooking, herbal medicine, music-making, dance/movement, or sports/team challenges. This added leadership role includes program design and preparation during camp training, as well as program documentation and materials preparation during weeks the specialty is offered.

Shomrei Adamah

Some Camp Urban Adamah Counselors will be hired with an understanding that they will be leading our shomrei adamah farm activities. This may include leading campers in group experiential activities on composting, prepping a farm bed from start to finish, doing creek clean-up and restoration work at the Codornices Creek, or learning about alternative energy through our bicycle blender and aquaponics greenhouse.

SAFETY

All camp staff ensure that camp is a safe environment for children. Staff make sure that all children are accounted for and within the delineated premises from drop-off to pick-up time. Staff keep a birds-eye-view of potential hazards around the farm, help children use tools safely, and are available to administer basic first aid. Staff also support emergency protocols and procedures.

REQUIREMENTS

The ideal candidate should have experience with farm and garden-based education and/or Jewish environmental education. Urban agriculture experience is a plus.  Generally, we want teammates who are kind, enthusiastic, good listeners, willing to try new things, generous, willing to be silly, flexible, creative, caring, and able to maintain a positive team attitude throughout a full work day. Jewish background/knowledge is not necessary, rather a desire to explore and share Jewish environmental wisdom and spirituality.

DATES & TIMES

*Main Camp Counselors are hired for a full summer season working Monday – Friday.

STAFF TRAINING

July 2nd – 5th, 2019 (9am-5pm)

CAMP SESSIONS

June 8th-12th, 2019  |  June 15th-26th, 2019

August 5th – 16th, 2019 | August 19th – 23rd, 2019

The camp day is from 8am – 5pm followed, which includes the camper hours (8:30am-3pm) and set-up, clean-up, and daily debrief and prep time. Staff all have a 40-minute mid-day break and 15-minute break after campers leave. On Fridays, staff will be expected to work until 5:30pm to prepare the site and/or their programs.

MORE DETAILS

SUPERVISION

Counselors are supervised by the Camp Urban Adamah Director and Assistant Director.

COMPENSATION

$4,450 – $5,000 depending on experience, specialty, and shomrei adamah responsibilities. This includes four days of training and 30 days of camp. Paid biweekly. This is a temporary seasonal position that conforms to the legal requirements of such positions; as such it is not bound by overtime pay requirements and does not include any benefits.

APPLY

You will be asked to upload a copy of your resume and cover letter stating why you are interested in this position and how your experience relates to the job responsibilities described above. Application deadline is March 15, 2019.