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 Cabin Leaders are kind, empathetic, thoughtful, and fun adults who are responsible for caring for the health and well-being of a cabinful of campers for the summer. Cabin Leaders live in cabins with 8 campers and 1 other leader. They help campers adjust to camp life, develop community with their cabinmates, navigate the daily schedule, and develop the skills to be successful anywhere. In addition to supporting campers daily routines, Cabin Leaders work as teaching assistants in activities and collaborate with trip leaders to facilitate multi-day remote trips for their cabin. Ideal candidates will have a passion for working with children, spending time in the outdoors, and a dedication to lifelong learning.
Cabin Leaders work with Puffin Program or Full Session cabins. The Puffin Program is a 10-day introductory experience for campers aged 8-11. Once the Puffin Program session ends, Puffin Cabin leaders become activity and cabin support staff providing additional coverage. Full Session Cabin Leaders in the Osprey age group are responsible for facilitating their own remote cabin trip and are required to have additional experience and certification.
Position Title: Cabin Leader
Employment Category: Category H/Seasonal
Reports to: Camp Director
Benefits Eligible: No
- Uphold the Chewonki Foundation’s mission and values
- Learn and uphold Chewonki Protocols as stated in Camp Chewonki Staff Handbook
- Learn and uphold Field Protocols as set forth by Chewonki
- Live in cabins with campers and other cabin leader
- Teach and support campers in daily living routines
- Facilitate mealtime curriculum in dining hall
- Hold responsibility for physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of participants; this includes:Develop healthy and appropriate relationships with participants
- Conduct daily check-ins with participants
- Manage risk and maintaining the safety of participants
- Provide direct supervision of participants as assigned
- Assist with the facilitation of at least two remote trips; this includes:
- Collaborate with trip leaders in preparation for, facilitation of, and wrap-up of trip
- Osprey Cabin Leaders are responsible for their own remote trips
- Deliver effective and engaging instruction in curriculum of core activity area as teaching assistant
- Plan and execute free time activities, evening activities and special events
- Be an active member of the Chewonki community; e.g. participate in camp set up and take down
- 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
- Lifeguard, as needed
DESIRED SKILLS: The blend of these skills helps to determine the positions you are best suited for.
- Risk Management: Cabin Leaders demonstrate an understanding of effective risk-benefit analysis in an outdoor environment. Decision-making should balance safety, learning, and fun with an emphasis on conservative judgment when evaluating the intersection of environmental and human risk factors.
- Interpersonal: Cabin Leaders practice clear and concise communication with participants and co-workers. Working with children requires creating safe and inclusive spaces where their identities and experiences are seen and affirmed. We are looking for leaders who can deliver, receive, and integrate feedback. We are also looking for people who are ready to have a lot of fun and infuse camp with a sense of joy for life.
- Technical: Cabin Leaders are comfortable and competent in remote outdoor environments. Basic knowledge and skill in a core activity area and remote travel are preferred. Osprey Cabin Leaders will have experience in remote travel, personal or professional.
- Educational and Leadership: Cabin Leaders will have experience in one of the fields of education, childcare, outdoor recreation, or other child-focused industry. Most importantly, successful candidates are dedicated to lifelong learning and are willing and able to take ownership for their development as an outdoor education professional.
- Current Wilderness First Aid Certification (Chewonki will offer course prior to camp season)
- Current Wilderness First Responder Certification for Osprey Cabin Leaders (preferred certifying bodies are Wilderness Medical Associates and Wilderness Medical Institute)
- Current Lifeguard Certification, preferred
- Must Pass Criminal Background Check
- Attend Staff Training per Employment Agreement
- Attend Driver’s Training, as necessary
APPROXIMATE 2021 DATES AND SALARY RANGE
Position Start Date: June 12, 2021
Position End Date: August 16, 2021
Starting Salary (Cabin Leader): $2000, increases based on prior leadership experience
- Incentives: $200 Lifeguard Certification, $200 Wilderness First Responder Certification
Starting Salary (Osprey Cabin Trip Leader): $3800
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 cabin leader position at Camp Chewonki.