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Junior Counselor Position

Day Camp Jr CounselorsThe Junior Counselor (JC) plays an important part in creating a successful day camp experience for Living History Farms’ campers. The JC helps staff camp counselors as they work with groups of campers in a way that fosters a positive, inclusive, and rewarding experience for all.  The JC acts as a role model for the campers, encouraging them to explore history and nature in fun, responsible ways.

As they volunteer, JCs also develop personal leadership, communication, collaboration, and other job-related skills.

We will begin accepting applications for new Junior Counselors in March 2021. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2021.

 

Duties

  • Assist staff camp counselors in activities related to the camp curriculum (lead games, assist with crafts and activities, help keep campers on task, etc.).
  • With the staff counselor, reinforce a positive, respectful, inclusive learning environment, reminding campers of “camp appropriate” behavior.
  • Be a role-model for your campers, and support your counselor in their expectations for campers.

 

kids at camp creek walkActivities

  • Leading games at camper check in and check out.
  • Assist campers as needed when they are working on crafts and activities.
  • Help counselors gather materials and prepare for crafts and activities, and then clean up after.
  • Serve as support for transition times, such as when traveling between camp locations, and visiting different areas of the museum.
  • Walk campers to restrooms, hand-washing stations, and water bottle refilling locations.
  • Be a listening ear for the campers, and keep the staff counselor informed.

 

Expectations

  • Through your actions, behaviors, and speech while volunteering at Living History Farms, abide by, uphold and support the museum’s Mission & Vision Statement, Museum Code of Conduct, Day Camp Program Goals, and Volunteer Program Statement.
  • Respect the uniqueness and diversity of all. Be a good role model for campers.
  • Observe and adhere to all museum and camp policies, including safety and security and dress codes.
  • Complete orientation and training successfully.
  • Be proactive in offering your help.
  • Be dependable, including providing timely notification of absence or tardiness to the Education Director or Volunteer Program Manager.

 

girls stand by pond with fishing polesExperience and qualifications

  • The minimum age is 14 by the week(s) you choose to volunteer.
  • You must enjoy working with children of all ages, and be comfortable around adults.
  • You must be flexible, and able to adapt to changes.
  • You should be energetic and have a desire to share in camper’s excitement.
  • You must be on-time and dependable.
  • You must be willing to be outside, in typical Iowa summer weather. Most activities are outside.
  • You should be able to walk distances as you engage in activities throughout the property. You should be able to move or lift items as needed for camp.
  • A teen that turns 18 years old before or during his/her volunteer experience will be subject to a criminal background check.

 

Shifts

  • Summer Day Camp generally runs 9:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday, from June 7 through August 13, 2021.
  • You will be scheduled to work Monday-Friday, 8:40-4:10 pm.
  • There will be a required virtual orientation and in-person training sessions.
  • Junior Counselors will be notified of their volunteer weeks after the interview/selection process.
  • Cancelling: While rare, it is possible that a camp is cancelled due to low registration. When this occurs, if possible, the JC’s may be moved to another camp that same week, or their shift may also be cancelled.
  • Junior Counselors will not be intentionally placed with friends.
  • New Junior Counselors may only volunteer for a maximum of 3 weeks. Experienced Junior Counselors may volunteer more than 3 weeks.

 

Department: Education
Reports to: Education Director

Please contact us with questions at education@lhf.org.

 

American Camp Association Accredited

Living History Farms’ Day Camp program is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), the only nationwide organization to accredit all kinds of organized camps.

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