Dates of employment: June 10 - August 16. Certification trainings are required for certain positions. We are looking to hire for the following positions:
Camp Counselors (cabin and activity counselors). We are especially interested in counselors who can teach:
Wilderness Trips, Sailing, Windsurfing, Small Crafts (canoeing, kayaking, boating, SUP), Tennis
Are you looking for a job where you can make an impact? Are you ready to be a mentor and a positive influence in the lives of children? Are you ready to be a part of an incredible team and develop transferable skills like critical thinking, problem solving, teaching, mediation, leadership and group process? Do you enjoy being outdoors? Then being an Agawam camp counselor might be for you.
Overview: Agawam Staff members are part of a team of childcare professionals who work to uphold and enact the mission of Camp Agawam. Counselors are the primary caregivers for each camper during the summer. The counselor is responsible for supervising and guiding campers in their personal growth and daily living skills and planning, organizing, coordinating and teaching activities.
Classification: Exempt / Full Time / Seasonal
Reports to: Unit Head AND Activity Head
- Must be at least 18 years old as of June 10, 2023
- Must satisfactorily complete reference checks and background screenings, including sex offender registry check
- Must be available to begin employment on or before June 10, 2023
- Must be or become certified in First Aid/CPR/AED (preferably American Red Cross) by start of employment
- Knowledge, experience and/or commitment to becoming knowledgeable/certified in assigned program areas (Agawam will assist in this)
Essential Job Functions:
- Communicate effectively verbally and in writing with varied aged campers, staff, parents and other key constituent groups
- Work with groups participating (age and skill levels) and provide necessary instruction to campers and staff
- Observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior management techniques
- Observe staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior management techniques
- Think critically and problem-solve, especially when faced with program changes and unexpected situations
Campers and Cabin Management:
- Assist in the direction, supervision, and organization of campers in their living unit, within activities and throughout the camp in order to meet the intended camper outcomes.
- Apply basic youth development principles in working with campers through communication, relationship development, inclusivity, respect for diversity, involvement and empowerment of youth.
- Assure campers are properly supervised at all times.
- Observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior management techniques, all with empathy and compassion.
- Think and act in a child centric manner.
- Be aware of and implement safety guidelines.
- Participate in the development and implementation of program activities for campers within the mission and outcomes.
- Be prepared for leading and/or assisting with the teaching of activities.
- Actively participate in all program areas as assigned.
- Provide for the progression of activities within the framework of individual and group interests and abilities.
- Create and deliver intentional and engaging lesson plans
- Assist in program areas as assigned.
- Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities, planning, and leading or assisting those as assigned.
- Participate as a member of the camp staff team to deliver and supervise evening programs, dining room during meals, special events, overnights, and other group or all-camp activities and camp functions.
Health and Safety:
- Maintain high standards of health and safety in all activities for campers and staff.
- Provide the daily care of each camper within your supervision including recognition of personal health needs.
- Ensure that campers receive their medications as directed by health care manager.
- Be alert to campers and staff needs and assist them with personal and/or health problems and discuss with camp health manager and/or resident camp director when appropriate.
- Be alert to equipment and facilities to ensure utilization, proper care, and maintenance is adhered to; report repairs needed promptly.
- Demonstrate self-awareness, maturity and humility in decision-making and actions.
- Set a good example for campers and staff in your attitude and behavior, including social responsibility, schedule, demonstration of camper expectations, sportsmanship, appearance, sanitation, healthy lifestyle.
- Follow and uphold all policies and procedures.
- Demonstrate a growth mindset; seek and accept feedback and make efforts to learn
- Contribute to verbal and written evaluations and communication, as requested.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- The visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity
- The physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness or injury, etc.) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers
- The physical ability to work in varied temperatures (heat, cold, sun, rain, etc.) and traverse over somewhat rough terrain
- Position requires living on-site at camp in rustic cabins with up to 10 campers and possibly 1 or more other staff.
- Position requires supervision of children for up to 23 hours a day (counselors sleep in cabins with the campers)
- Ability to spend extended periods of time interacting with children and colleagues, including in groups of five or more people
Other Job Duties:
- Contribute to verbal and written evaluations and communication as requested.
Feel the cool breeze off the lake mix with the warm sunshine from above.
Listen to the laughter and learning as a camper splashes about while gaining confidence in the water.
See the sailboats skimming across the clear water.
Take pride in knowing you have created a fun and safe atmosphere that will live in the hearts of these campers forever. This is the important work of being a Waterfront Director at Camp Agawam. Of course, a lot of early mornings, relationship and team building, listening and learning led you to this point, but in this moment, you remember why you took this job.
Camp Agawam, a 100-year-old boys’ camp on Crescent Lake in Raymond, ME is in search of its next seasonal Waterfront Director. The ideal candidate has significant experience in waterfront leadership, outdoor recreation management, education, or as an aquatics director. The candidate must be at least 21 years of age and have a current Lifeguard, CPR/Professional Rescuer/AED, or ability to renew certification. Though not required, Lifeguard Instructor, Emergency Medical Technician, experience with Sailing, Canoeing, Swimming, and Windsurfing is a plus. The candidate must be comfortable with operating or learning how to operate various small motorboats (safety boats). The candidate has demonstrated experience managing 18-25 year-olds.
Camp Agawam’s philosophy of community living, personal growth and development, and good citizenship is at the core of all we do. Safety and skill development are important, but character development is paramount. Camp is about forming and sustaining lasting and meaningful relationships among individuals from different backgrounds. The right candidate is patient, kind, and nurturing. They have shown how to lead with compassion, how to be a good role model, and that they have sound decision making abilities. They are not easily flustered, do not shrink in the face of adversity, and can manage dynamic situations with confidence and poise. This is a seasonal position, but we would like to hire someone who might be able to spend multiple summers with us.
Positions that report to the Waterfront Director:
Assistant Waterfront Director; Heads of Sailing, Swimming, Small Craft (Canoeing, Row boating and Kayaking) and Windsurfing; Lifeguards; Waterfront on Duty (WOD) staff.
Current ARC LG certification;
Current ARC CPR/Professional Rescuer/AED certification;
LGI certification and advanced first aid or EMT certification viewed as a plus;
Must be at least 21 years old;
Previous supervisory or management experience at a similar facility required.
The Waterfront Director:
- is responsible for all aspects of running and supervising a safe Camp waterfront, and must be knowledgeable in all waterfront policies and procedures, as posted and as described in the Waterfront Manual;
- maintains all waterfront standards, in accordance with Camp policies, ACA standards, and Maine Department of Health requirements;
- helps in the selection of an Assistant Waterfront Director; trains, supervises, and evaluates the Assistant Waterfront Director in his/her responsibilities;
- is knowledgeable in the safe use of our motorboats; provides/supervises motorboat training for appropriate waterfront staff and lifeguards; provides supervision and evaluation of motorboat drivers; performs regular checks on the supply of gas and oil on the waterfront;
- trains campers and staff on waterfront procedures; runs two daily General Swims, including assignment and supervision of Lifeguards;
- works with the head of instruction to implement and monitors Agawam’s teaching curriculum and award systems for waterfront activities; participates in waterfront activity teaching, according to training, experience and certification; assures proper recordkeeping and inventories;
- works with the Head of Instruction to provide supervision, training, on site skills verification and evaluation of waterfront staff, especially waterfront activity heads; assists waterfront activity heads in providing supervision, training, skills verification and evaluation for their individual activity staff, junior counselors, and senior club;
- works with Camp Health and Safety Director and Camp Operations Manager in safely maintaining waterfront and waterfront equipment. (Some responsibilities may require heavy lifting, bending, use of ladders, hand and mechanical tools, or use of hazardous materials under the supervision/training of qualified camp personnel. Some of these jobs will be completed daily, some weekly, others on as needed basis.);
- schedules and leads regular and special meetings of waterfront activity staff, Lifeguard staff, WODs, and waterfront leadership staff;
- is knowledgeable regarding all emergency procedures, and have the ability to activate the Camp’s emergency procedures; provides regular drills and refreshers for Lifeguards (including verification of their skills at the Agawam waterfront) and other waterfront staff;
- shall perform and role model all duties of an Activity Counselor; and
- shall perform other related work, as requested by the Camp.
Job Types: Full-time, Temporary
- Employee discount
- Paid time off
- Referral program
- 12 hour shift
- Working with Children: 3 years (Required)
- Lifeguard: 1 year (Required)
- Supervising experience: 2 years (Required)
Work Location: In person
Camp Agawam hires 2-3 camp nurses (RNs) to live at camp for all or part of our summer season (June 9 - August 16). Our healthcare team is supported by a local physician. Our health center was constructed with input from former Agawam nurses and has only been in use for 3 summers.
Primary qualifications include:
- current RN certification and license from the Maine State Board of Nursing or a licensure from compact state-Agawam can help with licensing fees
- current CPR/AED certification
- valid driver’s license
- 21+ years of age
Primary responsibilities include:
- care for both campers and staff (Main Idea session 90 boys and 65 staff/volunteers and 7-week session 150 boys and 65 staff)
- oversight and distribution of medication
- maintenance of digital health care log
- review camper and staff health forms and provide information to kitchen and staff as needed
- help educate activity and cabin counselors on their role in overall health and well-being of camp community
- work with camp doctor
- manage the health center
- prepare and maintain first aid kits in camp and for trips
- encourage and promote health and wellness and accident prevention
- communicate with camper families and leadership team
Dates of Service:
6/9/23 - 8/16/23
Competitive salary, travel allowance, plus room and board. Camperships possible.
Type of Camp:
The salary is negotiable and includes room and board, internet access, recreational opportunities, and laundry. If you have a camp-aged daughter or son, we would be happy to discuss scholarship opportunities at Agawam and/or a nearby girls' camp.
Camp Agawam is and always has been a camp centered on character and youth development. Boys certainly have a lot of fun while they learn and hone activity skills, but the real value of a summer at Agawam is the personal development and growth in character, leadership and responsibility. An Agawam summer is about building relationships, working on interpersonal and communication skills while “unplugged” from the pressures of electronics and social media.
Founded in 1919, Agawam is a traditional residential camp for boys located on beautiful Crescent Lake in Raymond, Maine. Our rustic 125-acre lakeside campus offers a unique combination of woods and athletic fields. Agawam offers a range of activities from sports to water based activities to nature and outdoor based activities to the creative and performing arts to traditional target sports.
How to Apply
Fill out an application via the link below and our Head Counselor, Luke Osselaer will reach out to you to set up an interview.
If you have any questions, call (207-627-4780) or email (email@example.com)