The 13-15-year-old Ospreys are the oldest of the four age groups in camp. Ospreys participate in a wilderness trip of 7-9 days. These trips can be physically and mentally demanding. Osprey counselors with the required skills and experience can lead these cabin trips.
Osprey 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. Osprey counselors must enjoy being around and interacting with campers. Their job is challenging yet rewarding and often calls for patience, empathy and a sense of humor. Osprey counselors are at the forefront of helping to deliver a great Camp Chewonki experience.
- Must be 21 years of age or older
- Current Wilderness First Responder Certification (preferred certifying bodies are Wilderness Medical Associates and Wilderness Medical Institute)
- Valid Driver’s License approved by Chewonki’s Insurance Carrier
- Must Pass Background Check
- Maine State Trip Leader Permit
- Small Craft Safety for Water Based Trip Leaders
- Attend Staff Training per Employment Agreement
- Attend necessary Driver Training
- 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 camper final letters at the end of each session.
- Be a positive camper role model.
- Risk Management
We manage risk constantly in our everyday lives and even more so while out in the field. From deciding when to pull out at an intersection to evaluating the weather patterns and group energy levels while paddling a section of whitewater. Risk management means being able to evaluate not only physical risk but also social and emotional risk in a way that keeps participants challenged and safe.
We are looking for trip leaders who have experience taking a leadership role of some kind, be it in education, another outdoor organization, or service. We look for people who have compassion, patience, enthusiasm, and vigor.
We are looking for leaders who possess the required technical skills to feel comfortable in remote wilderness settings while caring for participants. Experience planning, preparing, and executing short to extended backpacking, canoeing, whitewater kayaking, or sea kayaking trips is recommended.
Being able to effectively communicate with peers, participants, and support staff is a critical skills. We are looking for leaders who can give and receive feedback, teach engaging and inspiring lessons, and work with people from different backgrounds.
Approximate 2019 Dates
Staff Training: 6/10-6/24
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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