Winter Camp Staff

Application Deadline: October 25th, 2018
Dates: January 2nd – 4th

Experience Winter’s Wonders with us on the farm for Urban Adamah’s second ever winter camp! At Camp Urban Adamah, we offer campers a taste of organic farm life through fun and dynamic hands-on programs at our urban farm. Our programs are designed to create a space for children to thrive and express their natural curiosities and passions, all within a vibrant, loving and inclusive Jewish community. We do so by featuring developmentally appropriate hands-on projects and activities exploring themes that integrate nature-connection, farm-to-food-making, crafts, sustainability, and community-building.

We rely on an experienced and talented group of staff to create loving, inspiring, memorable, and transformative experiences for children. Our counselors ensure that children of different ages, needs, and backgrounds can have wonderful experiences both as part of a large group, and in smaller age-based groups.

DATES AND TIMES

  • Mandatory Staff Orientation and Site Set Up: December 31st 8:30am-5pm
  • Camp: January 2nd – 4th

The camp day is from 8am – 5pm, which includes the camper hours (8:30am-3pm) and set-up, clean-up, and daily debrief and prep time. Staff all have a 40-minute mid-day break. On occasion, and with advance notice, staff will be expected to work until 5:30pm to prepare the site and/or their programs.

The camp day is from 8am – 5pm for main camp counselors, and 9am-6pm for after camp counselors which includes the camper hours (8:30am-3pm) and set-up, clean-up, and daily debrief and prep time. Staff all have a 40-minute mid-day break.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Group Leader: Counselors are responsible for leading a kvutsah, or group, of up to 12 children during the camp day (9am – 3pm). Counselors set the tone of the group through team-building games, fun beginning-of-day and end-of-day rituals, listening circles and more. Depending on the size and needs of the group, counselors have the support of their co-counselors  and/or director.  Counselors are responsible for setting and upholding standards of safety and respect within the group.
  • Program / Activity Leader: Counselors also facilitate activities throughout the camp day – sometimes for their own group and sometimes for other groups. Camp activities are derived from skills that counselors bring with them from prior teaching experience, as well as from activities that will be shared and taught during Camp Staff training.  We aim for sensory-rich, play-based, and developmentally appropriate activities, such as planting, mud-building, bug-scouting, as well as creative projects involving the arts, music, and drama.
  • Other Responsibilities: Camp Urban Adamah has a small staff. Counselors will be asked to support Camp in other ways as needed. This may include song-leading, facilitation of camp-wide opening and closing circle, theatrical performances and storytelling. Counselors will also help in routine clean-up after specific activities and on an as-needed basis.  Young children may also need help changing their clothes and using the bathroom (no diaper-changing). We appreciate an overall spirit of flexibility and enthusiasm!
  • Safety: All camp staff ensure that camp is a safe environment for children. Staff make sure that all children are accounted for and within the delineated premises from drop-off to pick-up time.  Staff keep a birds-eye-view of potential hazards around the farm, help children use tools safely, and are available to administer basic first aid.

REQUIREMENTS

The ideal candidate will have experience working with young children ages 4-6 in an educational and outdoor setting and have experience leading sensory-rich activities.  ECE credits and preschool experience are appreciated, as well as previous experience with farm and garden based education and/or Jewish environmental education.  Music, art, drama, and movement are all great talents to bring to this position.  Generally, we want teammates who are kind, enthusiastic, good listeners, willing to try new things, generous, willing to be silly, flexible, creative, caring, and able to maintain a positive team attitude throughout a full work day. Jewish background/knowledge is not necessary, but is helpful.

All applications are due on October 25th on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

 

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