Cabin Counselor

In addition to the qualifications we seek in all volunteers, as outlined on the Volunteer page, the Cabin Counselor role has its own set of parameters:

General Responsibility
Mentor and guide campers in daily living and to facilitate friendship and understanding among campers.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Work under direction of Camp Director and designated staff as part of camp team
  • Live in a cabin with a group of same gender campers
  • Supervise all assigned aspects of the campers' day including wake-up, cabin clean-up, meal times, rest times, getting ready for bed, and nighttime supervision
  • Assume responsibility for leadership and guidance of those campers in daily living, with special attention to their physical and emotional well-being, personal hygiene and safety, participation in activities, mealtime behavior, and habits
  • Serve as a good example in personal language, behavior, appearance, rest, and health habits
  • Provide opportunities for discussion of individual or group problems or concerns
  • Create a safe environment in which participants feel accepted by staff and peers
  • Lead, participate in, and assist with activities as assigned

Essential Functions

  • Ability to assist campers in emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, injury)
  • Ability to maintain constant supervision of campers when on-duty
  • Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques
  • Ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the cabin group

Specific Qualifications

  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • At least 19 years of age (if you are 18, see Junior Counselor position)
  • Experience working with young people
  • Ability to put others' needs before own
  • Strong work ethic
  • Good character/ability to make difficult decisions in the face of adversity
  • Ability to relate to adults of all ages, as well as to children
  • Flexibility and ability to accept supervision and guidance
  • Good communication skills
  • Desire and ability to work with children and adults with IBD in a camp setting
  • Current CPR and First Aid certifications helpful
  • Be physically able to stand for extended periods of time, walk long distances, carry equipment/supplies, etc., often times in inclement weather