Work at Camp Shai

Why Work at Camp Shai?
Working at summer camp is an unforgettable, rewarding experience. We are looking for individuals who are responsible, caring, mature, friendly, creative, fun, and funny! We look for counselors that enjoy being part of a team and a group experience. Our staff is comprised of approximately 35 dedicated leaders, working together to create a vibrant and engaging Jewish community for our campers.
Working at summer camp is demanding, but the rewards are great – the joy of helping a child, the excitement and fun of working as part of a hilarious, energetic team can be a truly life changing experience. Working at Camp Shai is an experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life. While you might think that in applying for a staff position you will be making a difference in the lives of our campers, (and don’t get us wrong, you absolutely will), the life that will be touched the most by the end of your summer experience – may be your own.

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Available Positions:

Unit Head

Unit Heads are responsible for supervising/mentoring a group of counselors; they act as a liaison between the Directors and the age group for which they are responsible. The Unit Heads are fully involved in all aspects of their campers’ day, including meal supervision, group management and scheduling. Unit Heads are responsible for helping with program development and have a leadership role at camp. This position serves as a role model for the rest of the camp staff and is privy to confidential information.

Responsibilities Include:

• Attend 4 day staff training before camp begins.
• Attend weekly staff meetings either before or after camp hours as determined by Camp Directors.
• Direct and supervise counselors in assigned group.
• Assist the Directors with all activities, and monitoring staff performance
• Responsible for knowing each camper’s special needs (physical, emotional, family and psychological issues, medications, allergies, dynamics between campers, etc.)
• Act as mentor to Counselors and Counselors-in-Training; set a positive and proactive example.
• Maintains “Boo boo reports” (minor injury reports and action taken).
• Meet with the Directors at the beginning and end of each day to exchange information regarding the events of that particular day.
• Maintains an open line of communication with their counselors and campers.
• Completes session-based counselor evaluations.

Qualifications:

• Must be 21 years of age with at least 4 years experience with children.
• At least one year experience supervising staff.
• Completion of all paperwork (including fingerprints/background checks) before camp begins.
• Completion of CPR/First aid training and REDWOODS training
• High-energy, enthusiastic, creative, open-minded, ready for anything!

 

Group Counselor

Each group of campers is led by 2 Group Counselors who fill the role as mentor, coach, and teacher. Much of the campers’ summer success lies with the relationship they develop with their group counselor. Counselors spend the day working with their campers and participating in all activities with them. We look for applicants who have patience, compassion, great listening and communication skills, spirit and the ability to relate to children

Responsibilities Include:

• Attend 4 day staff training before camp begins.
• Attend weekly staff meetings either before or after camp hours as determined by Camp Directors.
• Daily supervision of assigned age group.
• Guide group/individual campers to participate successfully in all aspects of camp activities.
• Participation in all activities planned for the campers (swimming is mandatory), this includes participation when special guests are on site and on field trips.
• Create and implement activity plans for time between specialty rotations and rainy day activities for classroom to be submitted to the Unit Head.
• Responsible for coordination of lunchtime: distributes camper lunches, tends to campers as needed, makes sure all campers are seated with their group and escorts campers to the restroom as needed
• Help each camper meet camp goals established for camper development.
• Observe camper behavior, ensure safety regulations and emergency procedures; apply appropriate positive behavior support techniques.
• Perform other related duties as assigned by the Camp Director and Camp Assistant Director.

Qualifications:

• Must be a high school graduate.
• Completion of all paperwork (including fingerprints/background checks) before camp begins.
• Completion of CPR/First aid training and REDWOODS training
• At least one year experience working with children or previous camp experience.
• High-energy, enthusiastic, creative, open-minded, ready for anything!

 

Inclusion Counselors/Special Needs Counselors

Inclusion Counselors and Special Needs provide one-on-one support to campers with developmental disabilities as they participate in regular programming at Camp Shai.

Responsibilities include:

• Attend 4 day staff training before camp begins.
• Attend weekly staff meetings either before or after camp hours as determined by Camp Directors.
• Support special needs campers as they participate in group and individual activities.
• Make accommodations to activities as needed to allow the camper to fully participate.
• Facilitate transitions or sensory breaks as needed.
• Assist camper with personal care needs as needed.
• Appropriately manage crisis situations related to behavior or health as needed.
• Work cooperatively with counselors/specialists leading the program.
• Meet with Unit Head daily to debrief about progress of camper.

Qualifications:

• Must be a high school graduate.
• Current college student or graduate in related field preferred.
• Experience with special needs children is required.
• Completion of all paperwork (including fingerprints/background checks) before camp begins.
• Completion of CPR/First aid training and REDWOODS training
• High-energy, enthusiastic, creative, open-minded, ready for anything!

 

Art Specialist

The Art Specialist is responsible for planning and leading all arts activities, suck as: drawing, painting, ceramics, mixed-media, recycled art, photography, jewelry making, etc.

Responsibilities Include:

• Attend 4 day staff training before camp begins.
• Attend weekly staff meetings either before or after camp hours as determined by Camp Directors.
• Develop, implement and evaluate all arts activities.
• Prepare materials and/or equipment for all arts and activities.
• Write up formal activity plans to be submitted to the Directors.
• Instruct the groups that come to the area on the rules and procedures of that area.
• Teach and work with campers on new skills in the specialty area.
• Help campers develop positive attitudes toward learning these skills.
• Make your plans inclusive to campers with special needs and work with appropriate staff member to make this happen.
• Give plans and supply requests to the Camp Director two weeks in advance.
• Care for and maintain equipment, supplies and property of the JCC.

Qualifications:

• At least 2 years experience in art instruction with children ages 4 – 11.
• Familiarity and comfort with many arts techniques.
• Ability to instruct a group of children in a classroom.
• Significant experience in creative lesson planning for 45-minute blocks of time.
• Completion of all paperwork (including fingerprints/background checks) before camp begins.
• Completion of CPR/First aid training and REDWOODS training
• High-energy, enthusiastic, creative, open-minded, ready for anything!

 

Song Leader/Music Specialist

The Music Specialist is responsible for planning and leading all music activities. This includes Morning Circle, Shabbat Celebrations, cabin music rotations, etc.

Responsibilities Include:

• Attend 4 day staff training before camp begins.
• Attend weekly staff meetings either before or after camp hours as determined by Camp Directors.
• Develop, implement and evaluate all music activities including morning circle and Shabbat Celebrations.
• Prepare materials and/or equipment for all music activities.
• Instruct the groups that come to the area on the rules and procedures of that area.
• Teach and work with campers on new skills in the specialty area.
• Help campers develop positive attitudes toward learning these skills.
• Make your plans inclusive to campers with special needs and work with appropriate staff member to make this happen.
• Give plans and supply requests to the Camp Directors two weeks in advance.
• Care for and maintain equipment, supplies and property of the JCC.
• Help lead morning circle/song time.

Qualifications:

• At least 2 years experience in either formal or informal music instruction with children ages 4 – 11.
• Guitar and singing skills preferred.
• Must be comfortable leading an auditorium full of children in song.
• Must be comfortable leading Jewish songs. Position includes leading weekly Shabbat sing-along, and Morning Circle.
• Ability to instruct a group of children in a classroom.
• Significant experience in creative lesson planning for 45-minute blocks of time.
• Completion of all paperwork (including fingerprints/background checks) before camp begins.
• Completion of CPR/First aid training and REDWOODS training
• High-energy, enthusiastic, creative, open-minded, ready for anything!

 

Science and Nature Specialist

The Science and Nature Specialist is responsible for planning and leading all science and nature activities.

Responsibilities Include:

• Attend 4 day staff training before camp begins.
• Attend weekly staff meetings either before or after camp hours as determined by Camp Directors.
• Develop, implemen¬t and evaluate all science and nature activities.
• Prepare materials and/or equipment for all science and nature activities.
• Instruct the groups that come to the area on the rules and procedures of that area.
• Teach and work with campers on new skills in the specialty area.
• Help campers develop positive attitudes toward learning these skills.
• Make your plans inclusive to campers with special needs and work with appropriate staff member to make this happen.
• Give plans and supply requests to the Camp Directors two weeks in advance.
• Care for and maintain equipment, supplies and property of the JCC.

Qualifications:

• At least 2 years experience in science and nature instruction with children ages 4 – 11.
• Familiarity and comfort with science and nature concepts such as recycling, basic chemistry, basic physics, earth science, etc.
• Ability to instruct a group of children in a classroom.
• Significant experience in creative lesson planning for 45-minute blocks of time.
• Completion of all paperwork (including fingerprints/background checks) before camp begins.
• Completion of CPR/First aid training and REDWOODS training
• High-energy, enthusiastic, creative, open-minded, ready for anything!

Sports Specialist

The Sports Specialist is responsible for planning and leading all sports activities.

Responsibilities Include:

• Attend 4 day staff training before camp begins.
• Attend weekly staff meetings either before or after camp hours as determined by Camp Directors.
• Develop, implemen¬t and evaluate all sports activities.
• Prepare materials and/or equipment for all sports activities.
• Instruct the groups that come to the area on the rules and procedures of that area.
• Teach and work with campers on new skills in the specialty area.
• Help campers develop positive attitudes toward learning these skills.
• Make your plans inclusive to campers with special needs and work with appropriate staff member to make this happen.
• Give plans and supply requests to the Camp Directors two weeks in advance.
• Care for and maintain equipment, supplies and property of the JCC.

Qualifications:

• At least 2 years experience in sports instruction with children ages 4 – 11.
• Familiarity and comfort with many formal and informal sports and games such soccer, basketball, gaga, field games and relay races.
• Ability to instruct a group of children in a classroom.
• Significant experience in creative lesson planning for 45-minute blocks of time.
• Completion of all paperwork (including fingerprints/background checks) before camp begins.
• Completion of CPR/First aid training and REDWOODS training
• High-energy, enthusiastic, creative, open-minded, ready for anything!