The Program Director oversees all of the camp programs to ensure that they are fun and safe and meet the needs of the campers. They are responsible for guiding the smooth operation of the activity program, organizing activity descriptions, distributing these to cabins and making activity assignments before the start of each activity block. When in camp, Chewonki campers choose from almost twenty activities. The activity block system with its mix of scheduled and free time and the chance to choose one’s activities is at the heart of our in-camp program. In addition, campers prepare for and take part in a wilderness trip with their cabin.
- Must be 21 years of age or older
- Valid Driver’s License approved by Chewonki’s Insurance Carrier
- Must Pass Background Check
- Minimum two seasons of camp or related experience. The Program Director must possess excellent communication, organizational and team building skills.
- Must be certified in Wilderness First Aid.
- Able to attend staff training per employment agreement.
- Attend necessary Driver Training
- Takes part as an integral member of the camp leadership team.
- Meets regularly with the program staff.
- Assists in planning staff training and staff development opportunities.
- Works with Activity Heads to prepare accurate, engaging and timely activity descriptions.
- Leads the organization and distribution of activity descriptions to cabin counselors in advance of each activity block.
- Prepares third-period activity descriptions for distribution at lunch on each activity day.
- Using activity choices submitted by each cabin the Program Director assigns campers to activities for each activity block.
- Participates in regular activity observations, providing written and oral feedback to help staff provide high-quality activities.
- Plans and coordinates off-campus activity days, Tent Days, and guides special events planning.
- Ensures proper completion and timely submission of all reports.
- 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. The Program Director must be able to efficiently gather, tabulate and organize activity descriptions and scheduling information.
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 one-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 the 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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