Cabin counselors are at the forefront of helping to deliver a great Camp Chewonki experience. Cabin counselors share a cabin with a co-counselor and 6-8 campers. They are responsible for getting to know each camper in their cabin and creating a warm, welcoming and fun environment. Cabin counselors must enjoy being around and interacting with children. Their job is challenging yet rewarding and often calls for patience, empathy and a sense of humor.
- 18 years old and/or a high school graduate.
- Pass background check.
- Must be certified in Wilderness First Aid.
- Additional Certification: Depending on their responsibilities cabin counselors might require additional training/certification.
- Attend staff training per employment agreement.
- Help create a warm, welcoming, and fun cabin environment.
- Check in daily with each camper.
- Communicate with Age Group Heads, Head Counselor, Assistant Director and/or Director about challenges facing individual campers or cabin groups.
- Communicate with co-counselors and the Head Counselor to coordinate time off and insure cabin coverage.
- Engage with campers when on duty.
- Write final camper letters at the end of each session.
- Be a positive camper role model.
- Risk Management
Chewonki participants and staff have countless opportunities for exploration, challenge, and accomplishment. In ways both highly and minimally consequential we routinely evaluate risk-taking for ourselves and others. Is it safe to cross the street with my children? What are the consequences of swimming at the beginning of this rapid? In-camp risks tend to be more well-identified while evaluating risks in a wilderness setting often requires more experience. Chewonki staff must frequently examine and balance the value versus the cost of specific risks.
We seek staff members who have experience taking a leadership role of some kind, be it in education, another outdoor organization, or service. We look for people who are compassionate, patient, enthusiastic, and enjoy engaging with kids.
Technical skills are a combination of the physical abilities and knowledge necessary for any activity. What level of technical skills will you need? It depends. The skills and experience needed to lead a group of campers on a mile hike in an urban park might be quickly acquired while those needed to guide a high altitude alpine climb could take years to acquire. And, there is everything in between. Some examples of technical skills include: trip planning, first aid, nutrition and hydration, navigation, knocking and shooting an arrow, using a pull-saw in woodshop and countless other activity specific skills. We offer many activities in camp. The skills needed to take part in and lead some activities are fairly easily acquired while it might take longer to gain confidence and competency in others.
Interpersonal or communication skills are often tougher to define and evaluate than technical skills but are just as critical. Developing strong interpersonal skills is often hastened by honest, constructive feedback. Some examples of core interpersonal skills include: having a sense of humor, judgment, awareness of the group and one’s self, teamwork, crisis management, decision making and empathy.
Approximate 2019 Dates
Staff Training: 6/18-6/24
Session 1: 6/25-7/17
Session 2: 7/21-8/11
If you think you have the skills and temperament required to do take on this responsibility we’d love to speak with you, answer questions and help you learn more about a summer at Chewonki. We look forward to being in touch.
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