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Activity Staff

Position Type: Volunteer

Position Description

Activity staff are staff members assigned to lead activities for campers. The primary focus of activity staff is on the instruction and supervision of campers during the activity period. All activities will have a second staff member who is not required to have activity specific skills/experience. Some activities may be recurring (e.g. D&D every day, a science themed activity every morning, etc.).

Activities are based on the skills and experiences of our staff members. If you have specific ideas for camp activities, please share them in your staff interview. Previous activities have included: boating, ropes courses, archery, arts and crafts, writing/journaling, makeup, swimming, hiking, fire making and recreation, music, vocal coaching, archery, rock climbing, and Dungeons & Dragons. 

In most cases, activities staff will be in a cabin, helping build the cabin community and assisting the cabin counselors. 

This is a volunteer position.

A non-exhaustive list of responsibilities includes:

  • Develop activities based on skills and experiences, and communicate material or other needs to leadership prior to the start of camp.

  • Lead and supervise various activities for campers during activity blocks.

  • Provide clear and age appropriate instructions and demonstrate safe practices for each activity

  • Monitor camper whereabouts during the activity, and ensure all campers signed up for the activity are accounted for.

  • Monitor the time and ensure that campers are returned to the central location in order to continue the day on schedule. 

  • Serving as an additional adult in a cabin, helping build the cabin community and assisting the cabin counselors. 

For example, your day might look something like this:

Time Campers Cabin Staff

7:30  Wake Up Wake up

7:30 – 8:30 Getting Ready Preparing for the day's activities

8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast Eating with campers

9:45 – 11:15 Activity 1  Leading activity

11:30 – 1:00 Activity 2  Leading activity

1:00 – 2:00 Lunch Eating with campers

2:00 – 3:30 Activity 3  Leading activity

3:30 – 5:00 Free time Monitoring a free-time space (e.g. Art Cabin)

5:00 – 6:00 Cabin time BREAK

6:00 – 7:00 Dinner Eating with campers

7:00 – 7:30 Chores Cleaning up from day's activities

7:30 – 9:30 All camp activity BREAK

9:30 – 10:30 Cabin time BREAK

11:00 Lights out Getting campers to bed

Activity staff will lead activities for 2-3 activity periods and monitor spaces during free time. Cabin time will be breaks. Activities staff assigned to a cabin can choose to be there, but must find another break time throughout their day. All staff must keep at least 1 block free as a break. 

Things you’re likely to encounter as a Camp Staff Member in a typical camp week

  • insects/arachnids/etc

  • muddy or uneven ground

  • inclement weather including high temps or humidity/thunderstorms

  • unexpected situations like power outages

  • well water

  • dorm-style showers

  • wildlife such as frogs/raccoons/deer/bats

  • Homesick campers

  • Campers with sensory needs

  • Overstimulated campers

As staff, you will provide a good example for interacting with the environment of camp. The listed items, while may be stressful, uncomfortable, or unfamiliar, are not inherently unsafe. Being in new situations can be an opportunity for growth and learning for both you and our campers and you are expected to provide a role model for campers in experiencing new situations with a positive attitude.

Physical Requirements

  • Traversing up to half a mile at a time (with or without reasonable accommodation), likely multiple times a day

  • Navigating uneven terrain (with or without reasonable accommodation) such as muddy trails with tree roots, gravel paths, inclines, stairs

  • Accurately exchanging information with other staff members and with campers in a timely way

  • Remaining present for all assigned shifts

Exceptions to these requirements can be made with permission from the director, and as long as all camper and staff needs are met.

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