Location: Idyllwild, CA
Work Year: Summer Season (June 1-August 7)
Responsible to: Camp Director/Assistant Camp Director/Head Counselor(s)
What is the job of an AstroCamp counselor like?
Though an immensely rewarding job, this is a HARD JOB TO DO! The job of a camp counselor is physically and psychologically demanding. Counselors must be physically and mentally fit to adapt to the long days, lack of privacy, and constant needs from campers. Not only must counselors be able to work under these conditions, but they also must retain the essential counselor qualities of patience, kindness, honesty, integrity, emotional stability, maturity of judgment and a desire to work hard.
Previous experience with school-age children is helpful and desirable, but AstroCamp believes that it is more important for counselors to have a sincere desire to learn about the children entrusted to their care. Though we can’t lay claim to the description, it’s apt to characterize the prospects of being a camp counselor as “the hardest job you’ll ever love.”
AstroCamp maintains a policy that ensures that campers are supervised 24-hours a day for the duration of their stay. THE WELL-BEING OF EVERY CAMPER IS PARAMOUNT! Cabin counselors are responsible for the social and emotional experience of their group of campers. Cabin counselors will live and sleep in the dorms, spend cabin time with the campers, supervise camper living habits, and guide the campers in their selection of activities. At mealtimes, counselors will sit at each table with 5-10 children. Counselors are involved in those activities where their teaching skills can be best utilized. On occasion, though, counselors may be asked to “assist” in activities in which they are not particularly experienced. However, they are not expected to be the Lead, but rather they assist and help with supervision. We have great confidence in our staff to carry out all duties and responsibilities; however, discussion and/or questions are encouraged should special situations arise.
AstroCamp cabin counselors are not required to have any background or education in physical science and astronomy, however, an interest is encouraged.
Supervisory Responsibilities: No
The counselor is responsible for the needs of the campers and to assist in the supervision and facilitating of programs, camp rules and regulations.
Specific Responsibilities (Examples of Duties):
First-year counselors will receive $365.00 per week, along with opportunities to make extra money with extra responsibilities. (i.e. Airport Transportation).