This job is best suited for people who have worked at least 2 years as a Camp Woolman Counselor. The lead counselors live in A frames on campus, so they do not hav responsibility for a specific cabin of campers. Lead counselors will still be with campers from the beginning of a camp day, starting at breakfast, until the end, when we dismiss campers to their cabins for bed. Lead counselors will be expected to rotate with support staff in leading morning activities and all-camp games at night. They will also make sure that all new counselors understand their roles in camp wide activities as well as roles throughout the camp day. Lead counselors will be asked to sub for counselors during rest periods and putting cabins to bed or waking cabins up when need be. Lead counselors will be in the weekly night counselor and wake up fairy rotation schedule. On occasion they may also provide over-night supervision to cabins if counselor has the night off.
During pre -camp the lead counselor position will be particularly important as the lead counselors will be working closely with support staff to help facilitate trainings and ensure new counselors get all of the information they need. Lead counselors will go out on trail most weeks (3-4 trips out of the 6), often assigned to trail groups expecting the need of extra support. All of the experience and knowledge that qualified counselors have gained during their time at Camp Woolman will shine on trail as they help new counselors become comfortable with hard skills and also create and facilitate opportunities for returning counselors to practice the skills they’d like to improve upon. In the evening, lead counselors will spend time both helping counselors put particularly hard cabins to bed and sometimes attending meetings with support staff. Essentially, the lead counselors will work as liaisons between the Wombat Camp counseling staff and support staff and help the Directors run each day in camp.
Located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills near the scenic Yuba River and Tahoe National Forest, Camp Woolman embodies values of community, respect for nature, peace, and simple fun. Kids come to learn, play, make friends, and live in an accepting community where they can truly be themselves. In-camp activities include cooperative games, sports, arts and crafts, nature, swimming, gardening, singing, campfires, and whatever else our staff can come up with. We run two camps – Wombat Camp (ages 9-14) and Teen Leadership Camp (ages 15-17). Each week of Wombat Camp includes a 3-day overnight backpacking trip at nearby rivers, mountains and lakes. Teen Leadership Camp is divided into 2 sessions that range from beginner to advanced backpacking, and includes backpacking trips anywhere from 3 to 10 days long. When both camps are on site they will share meals and will participate in many activities
Lead Counselors arrive to campus on June 13, 2020 for a week of training and preparation with the other Support Staff. All Staff training will run from June 18 - June 28, and then Camp is in session for six weeks. The job ends on August 14, 2020 after a week of debriefing and cleanup.
- Must be at least 18 years old.
- Must have had at least one full summer at Camp Woolman in a counseling role.
- Current certification in Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder
- or Life-Guarding by the start date of camp are a major PLUS (but not required) and will come with a pay bump
- Wilderness experience, and comfort leading backpacking trips.
- Prior experience working with young people.
- Strong leadership and interpersonal skills.
- Strong interest in and passion for fostering, teaching and living the values of peace, justice and sustainability.
- Team-leadership of a 2 to 3 night backpacking, service or art trip once a week.
- Stewardship of the safety and well-being of every camper at camp.
- Direct group management of up to 6 campers, with whom you may supervise overnight in their cabin.
- Availability to help with any question, problem, conflict or emergency that may arise.
- Leadership and planning of games, art projects, nature walks, and other activities during the day at camp.
- Participation in all aspects of life at camp: meals, chores, games, activities, and meetings.
- Presence during free time to help campers be safe and have fun.
- Participate in the spiritual, emotional, and physical growth of all our beautiful young people.
Who Are We Seeking?
This program is for people who love to work and love to play, who want to learn as well as to teach, who are self-motivated, community-minded, reliable, and who take their responsibilities seriously. A positive attitude and healthy work-ethic are a must; if you sing while washing dishes, laugh when splattered with mud in the garden, or tell jokes while hiking in the rain, this might be the perfect place for you. A background in Quakerism is not necessary, but an interest in Quaker values or a willingness to learn about it is desirable. At Camp Woolman, we strive to create a community where diversity of life experiences, learning styles, and social identities (including but not limited to religion, class, race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, and ability) are honored and celebrated. In applying, please describe the way your school, work, volunteer, or life experience has prepared you to work with diverse communities of people, including any aspects of your own background or identity that you believe would enrich the Camp Woolman.
The salary for lead counselors is $2,025. Room & Board is covered as an additional compensation and is independent of your monetary wage.
Application Deadline is March 1, 2020.
FOR QUESTIONS, CONTACT:
Sonja Feinberg, Wombat Camp Director