Job Title: Counselor Positions
Organization: Camp Courageous
Location: Monticello, IA
Organization Overview: Courageous focuses on providing opportunities to children and adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses. Campers of all ages and abilities will attend camp throughout the year. We are currently looking for students who be interested working the upcoming summer season. Camp Courageous does provide hands-on experience with high and low rope elements, outdoor recreation, climbing, canoeing, initiatives and challenges, and outdoor education opportunities.
Position Overview: Counselors are responsible for supervising their campers and providing for their care, safety, and well-being. Counselors must be aware of and follow all the established safety rules and emergency procedures. Developing a good rapport with campers enhances the experience for all. A counselor must also:
- Interact and communicate effectively with all staff to ensure campers an enjoyable and worthwhile camping experience.
- Include campers in the scheduling of activities, that best meet the needs and interests of the group.
- Supervise and participate in all experiences with the assigned camper group, encouraging full participation. Provide a safe experience for each camper.
- Participate in staff orientation.
- Familiarize yourself as much as possible with campers’ individual backgrounds and needs by reading camper applications before they arrive.
- Prepare cabins for camper arrival by:
- Labeling bed and personal item containers.
- Arrange beds according to specific camper considerations.
- Greet campers and introduce them to their new environment. Assist in unpacking personal belongings. Mark items for easy identification
- Familiarize yourself with each camper’s needs and/or wants regarding program activities and expectations during their stay at camp.
- Arrive at the cabin at 7:30 a.m. each morning and 2:15 p.m. in the afternoon.
- Contact Camp Director or Assistant Program Director if you are too ill to work.
- Do assigned rest hour and night cabin duties. Assist campers as needed. Remain in assigned area to provide proper supervision.
- Attend staff meetings to:
- Work as a team with all staff to ensure quality care and programming.
- Create a weekly schedule for campers during the Winter, Summer, and Fall seasons keeping in mind campers’ interests and capabilities.
- Arrange campout and cookout activities.
- Review Special Needs list thoroughly.
- Assist and supervise campers in personal care as needed. For example, dressing, eating, toileting, brushing teeth, showering, personal needs, etc.
- When assisting campers with personal care needs at least two staff must be present.
- Make sure campers are on time for:
- Participate fully with campers in each activity, evening program, or special event.
- Promptly report to the Nursing Staff:
- Any unusual physical symptoms.
- Change in dietary pattern.
- Unusual appearance or lack of bowel movements.
- Incidents of injury, damage or loss of property.
- Seizure activity.
- Ensure that campers are appropriately dressed for weather conditions and planned Activities.
- With co-counselor complete Take-Home Report for each camper by Thursday at 2:15 during the Winter, Summer, and Fall seasons, including activities attended throughout the week as well as personal care and behavioral needs.
- Choose and color special awards for individual campers in your group to be presented at the end of the week.
- Follow all rules and regulations including no alcohol, tobacco, or firearms at camp.