Term: June 18 - August 5, 2013
Age: At Minimum - Age of Entering College Freshman
Experience: It is preferable for a counselor to have worked at least one summer in a summer camp environment and/or to have significant childcare experience. While camp experience is not mandatory it is preferred when recruiting staff. It is also preferable and desired for a counselor to be athletic, have a high level of physical fitness.
The Role: A counselor must first and foremost be a positive Jewish role model who enjoys being with, and providing guidance to, children. A counselor must have a well-developed sense of responsibility with good judgment and common sense because he/she has a significant impact on each camper's summer experience.
Directly responsible for all campers living in the dorms, a counselor has day-to-day involvement with each camper as an individual and with the entire group. He or she must see that every individual camper makes friends, becomes acclimated to life at camp, grows towards his or her potential and becomes a part of the total camp community.
It is the counselor's job to act as the "early warning system" for campers with problems that may have to be referred to other staff.
A cabin counselor is also responsible for:
- Regular, enthusiastic participation in Camp programming
- Teaching and assisting Head Coaches in “Sport Majors”
- Organizing and leading “Sport Electives”
- Helping organize and leading evening programs
- Partnering with other counselors and staff for programming and camper supervision
- Insuring that all campers exercise good hygiene and health practices
- Notifying immediate supervisor and the nurse of any suspected health problems
- The dorm residence, its cleanliness and good repair
- Helping campers keep track of their belongings
- Knowing all emergency procedures and making sure they are posted in the bunk
- Reporting all successes and issues to supervisor
- Attending pre-camp orientation and all staff meetings