Dear Prospective Staff Member,
Thank you for your interest in our camp. Becoming a Good Times staff member is a rewarding experience filled with lots of adventures. There are not many jobs where one of the most basic requirements is to have fun. Year after year a majority of our counselors return. Approximately 85% of the counselors from last year have contacted me to reserve a job for this summer. This means that positions for this year's camp are limited and that time is of the essence in returning the appropriate paperwork.
Enclosed you will find the counselor requirements, employment application, and background disclosure forms. First, review the Counselor Requirements section which details some of the essential qualities for Good Times Counselors. Please review these to make sure that you are willing and able to comply with these requirements.
Second, complete the application as soon as possible.
After reviewing the application, our team will determine if an interview is appropriate. We will then be in contact with you.
Third, please go review this website (www.GoodTimesLibertyville.com). There you will find a calendar of events for this year and information about Good Times. Please review both in order to familiarize yourself with the basic aspects of our camp. This will help to ensure that you understand what Good Times Day Camp is all about.
I am looking forward to reviewing your application. Please contact me at Peggy@GoodTimesDayCamp.com with any questions or concerns you might have.
CAMP COUNSELOR DESCRIPTION
To supervise campers and assist in their positive growth during camp.
RESPONSIBLE TO Camp Directors
• Minimum 18 years of age.
• Minimum of one year of college experience or AP credits.
• Desire and ability to work with children in the outdoors.
• Ability to relate to one’s peer group.
• Ability to accept supervision and guidance.
• Good character, integrity, and adaptability.
• Fun and Happy
• Ability to lift 50 lbs
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Ability to communicate and implement programs to a wide range of participants with varying ages and skill levels.
- Ability to observe and assess participants and contractual staff behaviors to assess their appropriateness, and to enforce safety regulations and emergency procedures.
- Implement techniques that promote growth and positive interactions among individuals and groups.
- Cognitive and communication abilities to plan and conduct diverse educational and recreational programs.
- Visual, physical, and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to camp activities and operations.
- Physical ability to navigate hilly terrain and respond appropriately to situations requiring First Aid.
- Take an active role. This means that counselors must participate in all the activities that the campers do. Counselors must swim, play games, make crafts, participate in costume days, etc.
- All applicants must be available to work every week from June 12 to August 11. Monday thru Friday 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.
- Actively supervise your campers. Campers must be supervised at all times.
- Attend staff orientation and complete staff training.
- Attend Camper Open House on June 1, 4–6 p.m..
- Be fair and impartial in working with the campers and other staff.
- Keep records and written documentation of campers and all administrative tasks including incident reports.
- Responsible for preparing one camper choice program three times per week.
- Recognize and respond to opportunities for problem solving in the group.
- Develop opportunities for interaction between campers and staff.
- Collect and distribute lunch/snacks and notify Unit Leader of any needed supplies.
- Supervise care and use of camp equipment and supplies.
- Develop opportunities for the group so that each individual experiences success during camp.
- Provide opportunities for discussion of individual or group problems and concerns.
- Help each participant meet the goals established by the camp.
- Report all accidents, illnesses and unusual circumstances to your supervisor.
- Interpret and enforce camp polices.
- Supervise camper health and safety.
- Wear designated camp attire or appropriate camp costume at all times.
These are not the only duties to be performed. Some duties may be reassigned and other duties may be assigned as required.