Day Camp Educator and Counselor

a counselor showing to small children sea creatures

The 4-H Camps at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove provide environmentally focused summer camps for Maine youth in Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor. Programs emphasize community living, respect for others, fun, safety, responsibility, and the joy of being a part of the natural world. 

As a Day Camp Counselor, you’ll spend your days working with youth aged 4-12 in an outdoor setting. Staff work in teams to plan and lead camp programming. Regardless of your role, all staff are mentors first and foremost to our future leaders! Some camp counselors also serve in the capacity of Educator, with additional responsibilities in developing and designing program curriculum, schedules, and new projects.

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with day camp education team in all programming to create the necessary atmosphere for a positive camp experience.
  • Co-coordinate and implement daily camp programs that offer hands-on environmental learning for campers ages 4-12. Activities will be offered in outdoor and indoor areas and include gardening, forest and marine ecology, watersheds, art, drama, STEM, music, and cooperation. Topics can be taught through exploration, games, puppetry, art, songs, and stories.  Swimming is also a daily activity.  Educators are also responsible for developing these programs.
  • Welcome parents and provide communication regarding schedules, individual campers, safety, etc.
  • Help coordinate before and after care for day campers, prepare and lead activities, set up schedules with parents/guardians for drop-off and pick-up times.
  • Actively engage with campers during lessons, recreation, and meal times.
  • Supervise and ensure the safety of campers at all times.
  • Organize displays, projects, resource materials, and supplies, etc.which will serve to stimulate campers and leaders. This may include theme days, day camp ceremonies, and visiting guests.
  • Role model healthy living, positive energy, clear communication, and good stewardship for the environment.
  • Participate in staff meetings, community chores, meal service, and miscellaneous maintenance duties as required to contribute to the ongoing improvement of the camp.

Qualifications:

    • Counselor: High School Diploma or equivalent; Educator: minimum 2 years of college or equivalent (degree preferred)
    • Previous camp or related experience working with youth aged 4-12, specifically in early childhood education
    • knowledge and understanding of environmental education and natural history
    • Commitment to working with children in a high-energy outdoor setting
    • Ability to demonstrate responsible and safe decision-making skills in all aspects of outdoor camp programming
    • Ability to lead groups outdoors over various terrain (camp trails) with small backpack and first aid kit
    • First aid and Basic Life Support certification or ability to get certification before start date

 

  • Preferred:  lifeguard certification

 

Dates and Compensation:

  • June 18-August 28, 2020
  • Counselor: $215/week (pre-tax) with increases dependent on experience and certifications
  • Educator: $250/week (pre-tax) with increases dependent on experience and certifications
  • Benefits include: housing, meals, and internet access

Apply online at umaine.edu/tanglewood/employment/apply. For more information please contact jessica.decke@maine.edu for Tanglewood or ryan.leshane@maine.edu for Blueberry Cove.

 

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