Program Specialist/Dept. Head
THE JOB DESCRIPTION – a written statement that spells out the exact terms of employment including a person’s responsibilities and obligations of the camp to the employee. The following information is included:
|Title of position|
|Relationship to other
positions and camp’s total program|
SAMPLE JOB DESCRIPTIONS
|Adventure/Ropes Course Program Director|
|Athletic Programs Director|
|Environmental Education/Outdoor Living Skills Director|
|Head Counselor/Unit Leader|
STAFF MANUAL – a comprehensive reference book containing specific information, camp’s philosophy, objectives that should be studied and kept for future reference.
Staff personnel are asked to report to camp for pre-camp
training several days to a week or
more ahead of the campers.
SOME COMMON OBJECTIVES OF PRE-CAMP STAFF TRAINING
· Infusing staff with basic philosophy/objectives, defining implications for procedures/operations
· Fostering a sense of pride among staff
· Teach/practice program skills
· Becoming familiar with age group characteristics
· Familiarize staff with policies and procedures
· Meet other Counselors and Staff
RELATIONSHIPS WITH CAMP DIRECTOR AND FELLOW STAFF
· The Director is held accountable for any serious errors in judgment made by the staff.
· Be conscious that camp is for the campers.
· You must be able to distinguish between problems you can handle and those that should be referred to higher authority.
· Each person should make a conscientious effort to promote harmonious & cooperative relationships.
· Take your job, but not yourself, seriously.
Be the first to acknowledge and laugh at
WELCOMING YOUR CABIN GROUP
· First contact - first impression
· First Name basis
· Prescription drugs/medical needs referred and transfered to camp medical staff
OTHER CAMP RESPONSIBILITIES
· Dress the part - a well-groomed counselor sets an example for campers.
· Health – being at camp is no excuse for disregarding personal health and hygiene.
Safety – you will need to interpret your
camp’s established rules and guidelines to your campers.
You will need to develop a proper attitude toward the entire concept of
DINING ROOM PROCEDURES – procedures differ from camp to
camp. (please read in text book)
REST AND SLEEP
|Ages||Hours of Sleep Needed|
|9-11||10 1/2 hours|
VISITORS’ AND PARENTS’ DAYS – each camp has its
own policies based on its own philosophy, length of session, type of camp,
activities and ages of campers.
WRITING AND RECEIVING LETTERS – each camp has its own
policies. You should encourage your
campers to set aside time for this activity.
Younger campers will need your help.
RECORD KEEPING & WRITING REPORTS
They are very important and give the Director a true picture of what is going on in camp. They should never be regarded as busy work with no value.
· Be completely objective and impartial
· Be accurate and correct
· Never write while in an emotional state
· Include brief description of background or social setting
· Make note of unusual behavior, when it occurs and what you did about it
Personalized your reports
TIME OFF – all counselors get time off daily and weekly.
· The purpose is for you to return rested and enthusiastic.
When in public you should conduct yourself
PERSONAL HABITS should
reflect the example that a sincere counselor would want to present in view of
current medical knowledge concerning the health dangers of smoking and using alcohol and
LOYALTY – You owe
loyalty first, last, and always to your camp and camp director.
COUNSELOR-IN-TRAINING PROGRAMS (CIT)
Many camps conduct (CIT) programs designed to prepare older campers for possible future positions as camp counselors.
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