“Having a brother with autism makes me realize the difficulties that families go through, especially when it comes to feeling like their child is appreciated and accepted. Camp is a place where all campers can come, have a wonderful time, and truly be the center of the universe! Each and every camper is appreciated in his or her own way. And each and every camper teaches the counselors something new about life. It is an amazing experience for everyone involved.”
- Leighanne, Summer Camp Counselor
Essential Requirements: (for all paid positions)
- Must be 18 years of age at the start of employment.
- Demonstrate a desire and ability to learn and be taught about autism and approaches for managing the challenges associated with it
- Be physically able and willing to maintain constant supervision of campers and to fulfill all responsibilities fully.
- Be patient, energetic, fun-loving, and hard-working – and a sense of humor doesn’t hurt!
- Be willing and able to put the needs of others before your own.
- Be flexible and able to work well with others, maintain open and effective communication.
- Be accepting and respectful of those who think, behave, and interact differently than what is considered normal.
General Responsibilities: (for counselor position)
- Participate in pre-camp staff training. Become familiar with and implement camp policies, procedures, and philosophy as stated in the ASNC Summer Camp Staff Manual, and learn the role of the camp counselor.
- BE ON TIME for all on-duty shifts and meetings. This is a sign of respect for the people you are working with.
- Assume full responsibility for and supervision of one to three campers each week.
- Prepare for the arrival of each camper by reading their folders thoroughly, including all information forms, medical information, and behavior plans; discuss each camper with supervisory staff and/or consultants as needed. Prepare a list of any questions about information that is unclear.
- Greet parents and/or care providers when they arrive on Sunday. Answer any questions they have about camp or direct them to a director. Remember that you are representing camp and act accordingly. Make parents comfortable leaving their child with you.
- Provide appropriate supervision and instruction to each camper in all settings and activities. Let an Activity Director know if you need assistance with supervision.
- PARTICIPATE in all activities with your camper. Encourage and facilitate your camper’s participation in all activities by implementing appropriate strategies, such as visual structure and reinforcements.
- Implement behavior management strategies according to the guidelines stated in the ASNC Summer Camp Staff Manual. Discuss these strategies with supervisory staff.
- Assist and supervise campers in all aspects of self-care, including dressing and undressing, bathing, eating, grooming and hygiene, toileting, and any other areas of daily living. If your camper is self-sufficient in these areas, close supervision and monitoring are still required.
- Monitor and report any health and/or medical concerns to an Activity Director (i.e. scratches, ticks, first-aid needs, etc). Except in an emergency, all first aid should be handled by an Activity Director, even if you are certified in first aid.
- Meet parents/care providers on Friday and discuss their camper’s week with them. Assure that ALL of the camper’s belongings are returned to the parents.
- Perform assigned rest and night duty responsibilities.
- Attend and participate in all meetings. Keep supervisory staff informed of any situations.
- Write daily reports of each camper’s activities to be sent home with parents.
- Follow all policies and guidelines as explained in the ASNC Summer Camp Staff Manual.
- Maintain the cleanliness of all areas of camp utilized by camp staff. Complete assigned cleaning jobs before leaving on Friday.
- Perform all other duties as assigned.
Night Duty Responsibility:
Each counselor will serve as a Night Duty Counselor at least two weeks during the summer. Night Duty Counselors serve (along with two other counselors) as on-call staff in the camper cabins during all night-time and rest-time shifts for a given week. Responsibilities include supervision of 15 campers overnight and at rest time, assistance with self-care, laundry, behavior management, and general leisure time activities as well. Night-duty shift is 7:30 p.m-8:15 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and rest time shift is 1-3 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Night Duty Counselor is responsible for all of these shifts during their assigned week(s).
For more information about the positions, please click below to view a job description.
- Residential camp counselor
- Day Camp counselor
- Afterschool Program counselor
- Mini Camp Weekend counselor
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