Being a counselor at Woolman's Summer Camp means living, working, growing, and learning as part of the Woolman community. Counselors are fully integrated into the life, work, and play of the Woolman campers, and your job is to enrich their experience through deep connection and joyful adventure. Counselors live with campers aged 15-16 in a lodge situated on campus and team-lead backpacking trips up to 10 days long. They facilitate learning and growth of teens into a greater awareness of themselves and others, lead games and songs, manage behavior, teach activities, adorn yourself in costumes and personify characters of your own creation, and participate in the glorious daily life of a Quaker community. Being a counselor at camp is fun, challenging and rewarding work.
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 15-16). Each week of Wombat Camp includes a 3-day overnight backpacking trip at nearby rivers, mountains and lakes. Teen Leadership Camp is divided into 3 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 share meals and will participate in many activities together, often partially-led and facilitated by Teen Leadership campers.
The job begins on June 14, 2019 with 9 days of training and preparation. Camp is in session for six weeks, and the job ends on August 10, 2019, after a few days of debriefing and cleanup.
- Must be at least 20 years old. Younger applicants may consider Wombat Camp counselor position.
- 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 bumb
- Wilderness experience, and comfort co-leading backpacking trips up to 10 days long.
- Cooking (both on trail and on campus) experience.
- 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.
- Passion for working with teens and developing deep connections and mentorships with campers
- Team-leadership of several long trips and creating a magic of camp on trail.
- Stewardship of the safety and well-being of every camper at camp.
- Direct group management of up to 18 campers.
Lead up to 10 day backpacking trips with 1-2 other TLC counselors and either the TLC Director or TLC Assistant Director.
- 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 (not just an appreciation of community, a LOVE of it), 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 blazing sun, this might be the perfect place for you! A background in Quakerism is not necessary, but an interest in Quaker values, willingness to learn about them and a compatibility at the level of soul nature 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 counselors is $1600.00 for the summer. This covers a span of 8 weeks between June 14th and August 10th. Room & Board is covered as an additional compensation and is independent of your monetary wage. WFA, WFR, and/or Lifeguarding certifications can increase this salary. Returning Woolman staff will also receive pay bumps, in proportion to years worked at camp.
Application will be available here January 1, 2019.