Variety Overnight Camp Counselor

Variety Overnight Camp Counselor

Job Title:
Overnight Camp Counselor
Reports To:
Camp Director
Dates:
June 10, 2019-August 18, 2019
Salary:
Seasonal Stipend Position

Organizational Overview:
Headquartered in Worcester, Montgomery County, PA Variety – The Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley is an independent 501(c)3 corporation which is chartered by Variety International. The organization’s mission is to enrich the lives of children and young adults with disabilities through social, educational and vocational programs that nurture independence, self-confidence and prepare them for life. Variety serves children with disabilities throughout the five-county Philadelphia area, southern New Jersey and Delaware.

Qualifications:

  • Desire and ability to work with children with special needs.
  • Ability to live on campus for nine weeks (June 17 – August 18) with every other night off and 24 hours off from Saturday to Sunday.
  • Ability to accept supervision and guidance.
  • Ability to display a mature, professional standard.
  • Ability to work as a team, cooperate with staff and other professionals.
  • Ability to place needs of campers above their own.
  • Enthusiasm, flexibility, patience, adaptability.
  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 40 pounds regularly and repeatedly.
    • Physically able to accompany campers to any camp activity.
    • Physically able to push or manipulate wheelchairs as needed.
    • Physically able to lift, pivot and transfer campers with assistance.

General Responsibilities:

  • Report directly to Head Counselor, Program Coordinators, Variety Administration.
  • Identify, assume responsibility for and meet camper needs.
  • Perform Night Patrol Duty up to three nights per week.
  • Live in cabin with campers and other staff (1:3 ratio).
  • Recognize and respond to opportunities for problem solving in the group (i.e. adapting activities as necessary for campers and ensuring camper participation).
  • Develop opportunities for meaningful social interaction between campers and staff, and campers and peers.
  • Provide opportunities for the group so that each individual experiences success during camp.
  • Help each camper meet the goals established by the camp for camper development:
    • Assist campers with daily living skills as appropriate (toileting, dressing/changing, personal hygiene, feeding, lifting/transfers).
    • Complete cabin/team and camp-wide tasks assigned by cabin and team leaders.
    • Support programmers and campers during activities as directed.
  • Assume responsibility for health and welfare of campers entrusted to his/her charge.
  • Guide campers in emergency procedures and health and safety regulations.

Contact our Camp Director, Angela Hall, at angela.hall@varietyphila.org to receive an employment application.

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