Fishing Camp Counselor
The Day Camp Counselor is responsible for planning, leading, and implementing core and non-core programs and experiences for children in a small group setting. They will also be responsible for the general safety and development, growth, and skill achievement of the participants in his/her group. The incumbent will provide high quality educational and recreational experiences for participants that focus on St. Andrew's Parks and Playground's core values of safety, fun, wellness, respect, and leadership.
- Help facilitate and implement a weekly schedule for your camp group. Instruct camp participants in skills, activities and knowledge specific to that camp.
- Organize and lead a variety of small and large group activities each week. Activities may include crafts, nature, songs, games, opening and closing ceremonies, swimming, archery, Family Night, etc. This includes time spent on the bus.
- Identify and respond to camper behavior issues.
- Prepare and distribute snacks to camp participants
- Ensure that the site is kept clean, organized, and free of litter. Clean camp areas both during and after activities
- Communicate with parents (as needed) and lead staff about participant's experiences and report concerns to camp leadership.
- Complete necessary documentation including accurate program records, incident reports, and daily attendance.
- Know and understand ALL emergency procedures associated with the camp program.
- Know, enforce, and follow all safety guidelines associated with the camp and all program areas. This includes but is not limited to being responsible for your campers' safety and their whereabouts at all times, the timely application of sunscreen, the timely intake of water and food, and the use of First Aid as necessary.
- Help guide Junior Counselors and Camp Volunteers to have a deeper understanding of leadership and counseling skills.
- Communicate with agency staff, including supervisors, in an effective, timely, and efficient manner
Education and Experience
- Must be at least 16 years of age. 18 years or older preferred
- Education classes or experience in camp, youth programs, recreation, working with children, or in a related field preferred
- Some college experience preferred
- One year of recent solid hands-on experience working with children required
- Must be CPR/First Aid Certified, or able to complete the SAPP provided First Aid and CPR certification class prior to first shift
- Valid Driver's License preferred. Must have a valid Driver's License and a satisfactory driving record to drive company vehicles. Minimum driving age for company vehicles is 18 years old, 21 years old for mini-bus.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
- Ability to lead, plan, organize, and implement program activities and direct large groups of children.
- Ability to work as a member of a team and the ability to accomplish tasks with little direct supervision.
- Strong organizational and communication skills.
Accommodation may be made for some of these physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodation.
- Must have the physical ability to lead and participate in camp activities which include, but are not limited to, hiking, swimming, team building initiatives, building campfires, physical games, and activities.
- Mobility to physically work at outdoor sites
- Vision to read printed camp materials and camp documentation.
- Hearing and speech sufficient to communicate to campers, parents and agency staff in person or over the telephone.
- Must have the mobility and strength sufficient to offer medical assistance, including CPR/First Aid to child and ability to restrain and physically support children when needed for safety in general camp activities (child weighing 50 - 200 pounds)
Work may take place during daytime weekday hours either outside on grassy areas, on tennis courts, or at off-site locations (indoor or outdoor), or inside the first floor of an two story gymnasium containing offices, storage rooms, one kitchen, one reception area, one large air room for classes and events (“the annex“), and an open gymnasium. There will be hundreds of people in small spaces at some times.
Many camps involve field trips to locations throughout Charleston and involve climbing, standing, bending, crawling, stooping, running and walking for long periods. The air in some indoor areas is frequently hot and humid, as are the outdoor areas. Specialty camps, such as fishing camps, require lifting of coolers, fish, standing on piers and uneven areas in hot weather.
Compensation and Benefits
- This position is a “Seasonal“ position with hours ranging from part-time to full-time for the season
- Starting pay rate is $8.50 $10.50/hour, depending on education/experience
- Uniform shirts will be provided and must be worn while working
St. Andrews Parks and Playground Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age or disability.