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College Settlement Camps
Horsham, PA. A lovely suburban town with great amenities, easy access to Philly and other cool spots

Truly a special job for any youth advocate!

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SUMMER POSITIONS

We bring together over 100 energetic, inspiring, fun people each summer to bring our programs to life. With a wonderfully diverse staff and camper population, our camp programs are vibrant, inclusive and create an opportunity for personal growth in both our staff and campers.

College Settlement staff members can expand their own skills set by trying new activities, learning many leadership techniques and working within a collaborative group of great folks from all over the world.

Our comprehensive Staff Orientation begins June 10th for folks wishing to participate in extra training sessions such as lifeguard, ropes course and supervisor training. General staff orientation  begins June 15th and runs through June 22nd.

Campers arrive June 24th and camp sessions run through August 17th 2019.

Lifeguard and High Ropes training sessions offered June 12th-15th

Full job descriptions can be found under the JOBS LIST or can be provided by emailing camps@Collegesettlement.org

We have residential (live at camp) and day only (live at home) positions for each of the following positions.  All program staff members share counselor duties when not running their specific program activities.

All meals and accommodations are provided plus ample access to public transportation.  We are located in a small town so there are many great local amenities right around the corner, 

 


SPRING and fall POSITIONS 2019

Spring outdoor school staff orientation - March 11th 2019.  Season runs through June 5th 2019 with an opportunity to stay for summer.

Fall outdoor school staff orientation begins September 5th and runs up until Thanksgiving 2019.

  • Teacher Naturalists (Minimum age 21+)  Lead small and large group activities in environmental education, team building and outdoor recreation for school students ages 3-10th grade. Experience with teaching, environmental education, science education or other relevant experience required

  • Camp Cook (Minimum age 19+) Prepare daily meals for 50 - 250.  Previous experience and current Food Safety Handling certification required    

  • Kitchen Counter Assistants (Age 16+) Help serve meals, prep food, clean up.  Daytime, dinner and weekend flexible shifts available.

  • High Ropes Course/Climbing Program Leader

    Summer Program
    Horsham, Pennsylvania
    $3,000.00 / season

    High Ropes Program Leader (Min age 19+) 

    Our two high ropes courses (both with zip lines) and climbing tower are central to our camp's goal to raise campers' self esteem.  In combination with 2 low ropes courses and 2 group challenge fields, all campers have the opportunity to climb and expand their skills. 

    Lead climbing tower and high ropes activities for 2-4 hours most days, teach basic belay skills to staff.  Course set up/take down, safety checks, complete logs and reports.

    We use standard dynamic and static belay systems (one belayer with back up using ATC/stitch plate devices) and have 2 elements that use team belay systems.  We have stand alone and circuit high elements.


    When not running climbing activities, ropes course staff help with all other camp activities include mountain biking, boating, fishing, swimming and  general counselor duties such as supervision during meals and free time.  

    We look for our ropes course staff to be able to make good judgement calls, are flexible, enthusiastic and prepared to dive in with any and all activities.  Must have experience with belay systems and be confident enough to set up, take down and run the course with minimum supervision.  ACCT certification a definite plus!. 


    Brief overview of the position:

    • Prep for climbing activities - organizing campers to be properly clothes, oriented, physically and emotionally ready to go!
    • Set up high ropes, low ropes or climbing tower prior to use and conducting pre-use safety checks on all equipment and course.
    • Making sure ALL camp policies and procedures are followed at all climbing activities.    
    • Supervise and instruct campers on climbing activities, maintaining a physically and emotionally safe environment for all participants
    • Making sure the activities are safe, fun, safe, rewarding, safe and awesome.  And safe.   And fun.
    • Participate  in all camp activities

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    1. PREFERRED Red Cross First Aid and CPR or equivalent
    2. ACCT High Ropes Facilitation PREFERRED

    EXPERIENCE:

    1. 1 year of experience in camping, education, recreation, or group-related work.
    2. One years’ experience with climbing belay systems
    3. At least 6 months experience working with youth
    4. Age 20 years or more

    We also offer a lifeguard, first aid/CPR and high ropes training

     

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  • Spring/Fall Teacher Naturalist

    Spring/Fall Outdoor School PROGRAM
    Horsham, Pennsylvania

    Hands on environmental education is a huge part of Outdoor School programs.

    Spring March 18 - June 5 

    Fall September 5 - November 22)

    Our Teacher Naturalists lead small groups of elementary and middle school students through environmental education, team building and retreat type activities.

    6-8 Teacher Naturalists offer a wide variety of activities for our participating schools. Almost 3000 students come through our programs annually.

    We work with a wonderful variety of schools, from public to private, charters and alternative curriculum schools.  School groups come for a 1 day trip or for our 2 or 3 day overnight programs. Our lessons are typically geared towards 3rd-6th grade students and usually fall within these topics

    • Archaeology
    • Animal Introductions (we have donkeys, goats, chickens, etc.)
    • Forest ecology
    • Aquatic ecology
    • Sustainable farming (We have a partner Organic Farm on site)
    • Soil study
    • Animal tracking
    • Nature hikes
    • Wetland ecology
    • Survival lessons
    • Wild edibles
    • Wildlife walks
    • Low ropes course
    • Climbing tower

    The Basic Low-down  on our Teacher Naturalists jobs

    Outdoor School spring and fall staff live in dorm style accommodation and do not have overnight responsibilities for students.  The school faculty have complete responsibility for overnight/cabin supervision.

    The outdoor school program includes Group Challenge "team building" activities, large group cooperative games and icebreakers.  It also includes  visiting the organic farm, learning about the animals, creek crawls, crafts, hikes or lessons requested by school teachers, 

    Evenings are typically large group activities such as Capture the Flag, campfires, camp quizzes, before school teachers take the students for snacks then head back to cabins for showers.  


    SEASON DETAILS (Staff can choose to combine spring and fall seasons with summer jobs)

    SPRING March 18 - June 5 

    FALL September 5th - November 22 

    EXPERIENCE:

    1. Experience in camping, education, recreation, or youth work referred.
    2. At least one years’ post high school "life" experience such as  college, travel, volunteering
    3. At least 6 months experience working with children or youth
    4. Age 19 years or more
    5. Previous experience with environmental education, ecology, biology, agriculture, animal husbandry or other relevant job/college background
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  • Summer Camp Counselor

    Summer Program
    Horsham, Pennsylvania
    $2,700.00 / season

    Summer Camp Counselor

     

    Camp counselors are at the heart and soul of our program.  With days spent guiding their campers through a wide range of activities such as sports, games, crafts, camp fire programs, high ropes, biking, boating, fishing, swimming and any other events that camp life presents, counselors truly are the ones who make the camp magic happen.  The counselor job requires stamina, patience, a great sense of humor.  The rewards camp staff can gain are immeasurable - raising self esteem , diversifying your range of skills, working with great folks from all over the world and gaining great job (and life) experience. 

    As the leader of a group of children or camp staff, you will learn to nurture an environment that encourages cooperation, personal growth, and positive participation. You’ll be that mentor and guide for the campers, requiring you to use your skills to manage group dynamics, to motivate individuals, to set common goals and keep group on track to accomplish them.

    The most important facet of being a great staff member is to be a positive and responsible team player.  Our most successful staff members are hard working, self motivated people that are flexible, enthusiastic and prepared to dive in with any activities that we run through. Counselors are positive role models who are patient, compassionate and genuinely committed with the welfare and development of young people.   Counselors are creative.  They are upbeat  They are the staff members kids look upto. Also – counselors are folks that really like to have fun!


    The Basic Low-down of the Counselor Job

    Our counselors work with their own group of 6-8 campers and can choose which age group they prefer to work with.  Counselors live in cabins with their campers and 1-2 other staff members.   The cabins are basic but comfortable with showers, electricity and wifi. 

    Evenings are typically large group activities such as Capture the Flag, campfires, tent camp-outs, camp quizzes, before everyone heads back to cabins for showers and snacks.  Staff have "bunk duty" about every 3rd night.

    EXPERIENCE:

    1. Experience in camping, education, recreation, or youth work referred.
    2. At least one years’ post high school "life" experience such as  college, travel, volunteering
    3. At least 6 months experience working with children or youth
    4. Age 19 years or older

    We are proud of the diversity embodied within our camp community.  With campers and staff from every walk of life, and staff from over 20 countries, our camp community is vibrant and embraces the richness of our differences.  

     

     

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  • Teen Adventure Program Leader

    Summer Program
    Horsham, Pennsylvania and Spruce Run Outpost, Pennsylvania

    Our Teen Adventure Program (TAP)   staff spend their summer leading all activities for our 13 - 14 year old campers.  Activities include white water rafting, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, river tubing and rustic camping.  Programs  include time at both our beautiful mountain outpost in Pennsylvania's Pocono mountains and our base camp centrally located 40 minutes from Philadelphia, PA. at our beautiful mountain outpost.


    Base camp activities include high ropes, biking, boating, fishing, swimming and  river tubing.  During the trip to our mountain outpost where the campers learn how to cook their own meals, get to sleep in Adirondack shelters, take a white water rafting trip and hike some of the most breathtaking trails in Pennsylvania. The outpost program encourages our campers to push their comfort levels, to be brave, to be independent as the group participates in a series of more challenging outdoor activities.


    We look for our TAP leaders to be an avid outdoors enthusiast who can share that love for all things outdoorsy with our campers!  We look for leaders who can make good judgement calls, are hard working, self motivated, are flexible, enthusiastic and prepared to dive in with any and all activities.  Leaders must have experience with camping, hiking and have great organizational skills. 



    Brief overview of the position:

    • Prep for trips - organizing campers to be properly clothes, oriented, physically and emotionally ready to go!
    • Making sure ALL camp policies and procedures are followed at the outpost site.    
    • Supervise campers on on hiking and rafting trips, and all outpost activities such as meal prep and clean up, night hikes, 
    • Making sure the trips are safe, fun, safe, rewarding, safe and awesome.  And safe.   And fun.
    • Participate  in all camp activities -  such as hurling, rugby, drama, weird and cool crafts, bug hunts, instrument making, cricket - who knows what each summer's crew of counselors will bring.

    QUALIFICATIONS and PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:

     

    1. Red Cross First Aid and CPR or equivalent
    2. Valid driver's license and ability to drive 15 passenger camp vehicles
    3. Two years of experience in camping, education, recreation, or group-related work.
    4. One years’ experience with adventure based activities such as kayaking, rafting, climbing, hiking and camping
    5. Age 21 years or more

    We also offer a lifeguard, first aid/CPR and high ropes training

     

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  • Camper Advocate

    Program
    Horsham, Pennsylvania
    $3,000.00 / season

    This job changes lives.

    The Camper Advocate is one of the most essential positions in our summer  program.  The main role of the Camper Advocate is to be the support for campers who need TLC, redirection, a moment to talk things out, and generally take time to work through any difficulties they are having with being at camp.  Although our camp does not "specialize" in behavior modification or offer therapeutic problems, we have always firmly believed that in the busy bustle of summer camp, some kids just need time to talk, chill, reset and be heard.

    The goal of the Camper Advocate is be that person. Sometimes that means resolving any issues that may be causing a camper to have a tough time at camp, sometimes it means setting boundaries, sometimes it means just listening. Ultimately it means getting them back up, feeling valued and participating in the day's activities.

    Camper Advocates work very closely with counselors to come up with strategies to help the campers.  Often Camper Advocates will call parents or guardians to discuss these strategies.

    Camper Advocates also lead activities that promote positive social interactions, peer mediation and positive self image.

    This is a GREAT position for anyone with experience or heading into a career in youth work, social work, special education or psychology.  It is a position that requires some experience with youth, and a passion for helping those kids that just need someone in their corner.

    QUALIFICATIONS/EXXPERIENCE:
    1. A college degree--or at least 2 years experience - in social service, human services, education, youth work, recreation, mentoring, youth leadership, coaching, peer mediation or equivalent experience
    2. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with children, parents and community
    3. A valid driver’s license (preferred)
    4. At least 21 years of age

    Broad Responsibilities

    1. To assume full To implement a positive behavior management program to enable campers to have a successful camp experience

    2. To provide a short term respite for campers that require one-on-one counseling

    3. To communicate with parents and guardians of campers experiencing difficulties at camp (with support from Camp Director)

    4. To lead team building and peer mentorship activities for groups of campers

    5. To work with counselors during staff orientation with positive behavior modification techniques

    6. To assist with any required reports for social work, therapeutic support or family support workers.

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How to Apply

Please contact us for more job specific details.

Email  Karyn@collegesettlement.org

Or apply directly online. We look forward to hearing from you!


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