Camps Wakonda and Lanowa are American Camp Association Accredited camps, located in Harriman State Park and just 30 minutes from West Point. We are offering the service opportunity of a lifetime to interested and motivated cadets! A chance to experience an unforgettable summer helping homeless children experience the great outdoors and a summer that they will never forget! Sponsored by Homes for the Homeless, (www.hfhcamps.org), and located on a fresh water lake, HFH Camps serve a co-ed population of 75 campers ages 7-9 for Camp Wakonda and 120 campers ages 10-13 for Camp Lanowa.
WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
- Candidates with a strong desire to work and live in the outdoors for 2 months during the summer. Sleeping cabins are rustic, with no electricity, but we provide food, bedding (feel free to bring your sleeping bag), and abundant wildlife.
- Maturity, good moral character, and integrity—we need role models.
- An understanding of and liking of children; knowledge of behavioral issues a plus.
- Patience and sensitivity to the needs of children.
- A willingness to work as a team player for the benefit of the children that are having the time of their lives
- A willingness to accept challenges and step out of their comfort zone
WHEN DO WE NEED YOU?
- Saturday, June 17—staff expected to arrive to camp
- Monday, June 19—General Staff Training begins at 12 Noon
Session 1: Friday June 30, 2017 – Thursday July 13, 2017
- Monday, July 17—staff back from break by 1:00 PM
Session 2: Tuesday July 18, 2017 – Tuesday August 1, 2017
- Monday, August 6—staff back from break by 1:00 PM
Session 3: Monday August 7, 2017 – Monday August 21, 2017
- All staff depart by Tuesday August 25th at 3:00 PM
WHAT DO WE NEED YOU TO DO?
The Aquatics Staff
The Waterfront is the most active and popular area of both camps. Instructional, Free Swim, and boating are scheduled daily. Additional early morning and evening dips, and evening staff swims are also in the mix. All Aquatics personnel must have current Lifeguard Certification and be at least 18 years of age and a graduate of High School. Aquatics Director must be 21 years of age and have 3 years of lifeguard training. During Pre-camp training, American Red Cross certification and CPR training is offered.
The Aquatics staff is housed with the camper population and are a part of daily camp life. They have close contact with their own cabin group of 5-6 campers along with at least one additional counselor, who is the primary care giver, but they will be working with the entire camper population.
- Along with co-counselor supervise the health and safety regulations for members of the cabin group.
- Assist with daily cabin activities, rest periods, meals, community service, overnights, etc.
- Be willing to step out of your comfort zone.
- Prepare reports and evaluations as necessary.
- Help to maintain camp spirit.
- Be adaptive and respectful of a co-ed environment.
- Create a meaningful experience for all campers with safety and experience in mind.
- Design and implement lesson plans for the various swimming skills of our campers.
- Supervise all activities at the waterfront.
- Take responsibility for the organization, cleanliness, and safety of the program area and fill out daily reports.
- Keep an on-going inventory of equipment and inform Aquatics Director and/or Program Director of needs.
- Communicate with the Program Director any concerns regarding the program, staff or campers.
Lifeguards are part of the aquatics team and are responsible for aquatic program implementation, care, and supervision of children enrolled in the summer camp. The Camp Lifeguard prepares materials for both lessons and group free swim, communicates progress and concerns to other staff, and ensures that all children are included, engaged, safe, and happy. The Lifeguard—also working as a Counselor—serves as a positive role model for all children and actively participates in staff training and meetings over the course of the summer to ensure the highest quality camp experience for every child.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Receive training on the Aquatic Policy, routines, and expectations of both swim lessons and group free swim.
- Maintain open, friendly, and cooperative relationship with each child.
- Treat each child warmly and with enthusiasm.
- Lead pool activities and lessons with enthusiasm and encourage participation appropriate to the developmental level of the child.
- Clearly differentiate skill levels and expectations according to the age group of the children.
- Enrich children’s group free swim time with activities and games.
- Assist each child with developing swim skill goals to accomplish by the end of their session at camp.
- Document and distribute each child’s progress and swim levels at the conclusion of each swim lesson session using WSI check-lists.
- Complete and distribute achievement cards or certificates at the conclusion of each swim lesson session.
- Instruct students on the proper use of equipment and supplies.
- Supervise children at all times in all waterfront areas.
- Inspect the waterfront site and equipment daily and alert director to any potential safety hazards.
- Cover pool at end of day.
- Assist with cleaning up waterfront areas and materials to ensure that all items are stored appropriately.
- Comply with all licensing regulations and policies.
Preferred Experience and Qualifications
- High School Diploma, preferably enrolled in college level program.
- Minimum 2 years (or two summers) experience supervising/lifeguarding children (age 5-12 years).
- Experience leading private or group swim lessons, determining skill levels, and documenting progress.
- Experience with in-ground pool maintenance.
- CPR/First Aid Certification.
- WSI Certified (Water Safety Instructor).
Required Skills and Abilities
- Demonstrate excellent rapport with school age children, a sense of humor, and an authentic disposition toward helping children learn the joys of swimming, water play, and water safety.
- Display a professional demeanor with all summer counselors, staff, and families.
- Have the ability to work both independently and cooperatively with other staff members.
- Be punctual and prepared.
- Have your own transportation.
- Minimum 18 years of age.
Here is how to apply:
You can visit our website, www.hfhcamps.org , click on the Work For Us tab, and download our application. While you are at the website, check out our video and other information about our amazing camps.
Once the application is complete, please email it to Employment@hfhcamps.org . You may also direct any questions you may have to this email address.
We will also need:
- Three letters of reference.
- A physical exam by a licensed Medical Doctor with all required immunizations up-to-date.
- Additional special skills and certifications (First Aid, CPR, EMT, and other) are a plus.