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Camp Chewonki is a nature-based overnight camp and expedition-based youth leadership program for boys, girls, and non-binary children. Overnight campers are aged 8-15 and spend 10 days or 3 weeks at camp. The overnight camp program focuses on building cabin community, building skills and knowledge in a core curriculum, and learning about backcountry travel on multi-day remote cabin trips. Participants in our Leadership Expeditions are aged 14-18 and spend 3 weeks or 5 weeks learning leadership skills, remote travel, and a robust sense of self. 

Camp Chewonki’s activity program is designed to deliver the Chewonki Foundation’s mission through skill building, team development, self-reflection, and healthy risk taking. The Activity Heads are responsible for preparing and facilitating lessons, coordinating a team of discipline-specific instructors, and keeping activity equipment and areas safe and well-maintained. Each activity has discipline-specific skills and related requirements for the activity. While Activity Leader’s primary responsibility is instruction in their area of expertise, camp provides a dynamic workplace environment that requires creativity, flexibility, and a team player approach. Activity Leaders are expected to role model this approach to many hands make light work.

The Outdoor Living Skills (OLS) program at Camp Chewonki is based off of the Junior Maine Guide curriculum and focuses on preparing campers for life and travel in the backcountry by teaching them skills like fire building, knot and hitch tying, map & compass, and Leave No Trace. The Activity Head is responsible for learning, adapting, and implementing the OLS curriculum safely and effectively to prepare campers for their cabin trips into the backcountry. In addition to our standard lessons, the Activity Head will have the opportunity to supplement the program with activities they are passionate about teaching to campers in the outdoors. The Activity Head also trains activity staff and manages the logistics of supervising multiple activity groups at once.

The Activity Head also collaborates with the Activity Coordinator to plan and facilitate special camp events. As a member of the support staff, the Activity Head provides additional camper coverage as assigned.

Position Title: Activity Head – Outdoor Living Skills
Employment Category: Category H/Seasonal
Permanent/Temporary:  Seasonal
Reports to: Camp Director & Activity Coordinator
Exempt/Non-exempt:  Exempt
Benefits Eligible: No

 

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Uphold the Chewonki Foundation’s mission and values
    • Learn and uphold Chewonki Protocols as stated in Camp Chewonki Staff Handbook
  • Be an active member of the Chewonki community; e.g. participate in camp set up and take down 
  • Prepare and deliver an activity curriculum that promotes developmentally appropriate learning and fun in discipline-specific skills and abilities
  • Coordinate activity-specific staff training, feedback, and coverage for activity area with the support of Activity Coordinator
  • Hold responsibility for physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of participants; this includes:
    • Develop healthy and appropriate relationships with participants
    • Inspect activity area and equipment regularly to ensure it is safe and appropriate for age and location; ensure activity-specific safety and risk management protocols are followed
    • Manage risk and maintaining the safety of participants
    • Provide direct supervision of participants as assigned
  • Practice professional presentation and communication with participants and their families, co-workers, and the public
  • Complete all necessary paperwork, i.e. incident reports, camper reports, trip reports
  • Instill joy and enthusiasm into the daily life of camp

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Be an active member of the Chewonki community; e.g. participate in camp set up and take down, facilitate meals with campers in the dining hall
  • Assist Activity Coordinator planning and facilitating special events (e.g. – evening events, weekly events, once a session events)
  • Track activity participation and achievement data to plan activity awards and recognition – report data to Activity Coordinator
  • Provide additional activity-specific support and instruction through free period and evening activity opportunities
  • Act as a “cabin cousin” to two cabin groups per session, providing additional support and coverage.

DESIRED SKILLS: The blend of these skills helps to determine the positions you are best suited for.

  • Risk Management: Having an understanding of how to effectively manage risk while teaching in an outdoor environment is essential for this role. Our educators are constantly managing risk to ensure the safety of campers. When leading activities at camp, Activity Heads must manage risks that are specific to outdoor settings and their activity area with campers of different ages.
  • Interpersonal: Effective communication with peers and participants is a critical skill in this role. We are looking for leaders in education who can give, receive, and integrate feedback, as well as provide engaging and inspiring learning experiences. Clear and concise communication is required to effectively train and orient activity staff who work alongside the Activity head.
  • Technical: Having experience in working from a written curriculum is key for this role. We are looking for educators who have the skills to work collaboratively using tools like Google Drive, and who are able to utilize curriculum development templates such as Understanding By Design. Being able to keep materials and lessons organized is essential.
  • Educational and Leadership: We are looking for leaders who have experience in education, whether in a formal academic setting, outdoor education, or other educational settings. We value leaders who embody enthusiasm, flexibility, patience, organization, and compassion. This role requires an educator who understands the balance of fun and hands-on learning we strive for at Camp Chewonki. Activity Heads are asked to embrace a place-based approach to teaching, and teach lessons that engage the whole child, mentally, physically, and emotionally.

PREREQUISITES:

  • Experience with Junior Maine Guide and Leave No Trace is a plus
  • Experience working in educational spaces, preferred
  • Current Wilderness First Responder Certification
  • Current Lifeguard Certification, preferred
  • Valid driver’s license and driving record approved by Chewonki’s Insurance Carrier
  • Must Pass Background Criminal Check

REQUISITES: 

  • Attend Staff Training per Employment Agreement
  • Complete Chewonki Trip Leader Training
  • Attend Activity Leader Orientation
  • Attend Driver’s Training, as necessary

If you have the skills and temperament required to take on this responsibility, we’d love to speak with you, answer your questions, and help you learn more about a summer at Chewonki.  Please follow the below link to apply for a activity head position at Camp Chewonki.

APPROXIMATE 2021 DATES AND SALARY RANGE:

Position Start Date: June 12, 2021
Position End Date: August 16, 2021

Starting Salary: $2575 (salary increases with increased experience)

  • Incentives: $200 Lifeguard Certification, $200 Wilderness First Responder Certification as it applies to the specific activity area

 

 

Job Features

Job Category

Camp Chewonki, Seasonal Positions

Please complete an online application for this activity head position.

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