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Category: Activity Specialist
Date Posted: 2011-04-27
Last Modified: 2012-02-22

Job Title: Canoe Instructor/ Camp Counselor
Job Location: Friendsville, Pennsylvania
Number of Openings: 12
Job Code: 3713

Job Description

Canoe Instructor/ Camp Counselor

Camp Choconut is a Boys' residential camp for ages 9 – 15 founded in 1896. Our 88th season will be a six-week session from June 23 – August 4, 2012. A concurrent three-week session is available from June 23 – July 21, 2012. We are a wilderness camp of 55 boys on a private lake in the middle of 800+ acres, a safe place for boys to explore in a clean, natural setting under the supervision of counselors who are carefully chosen as good role models. Our program is designed to build the whole boy, establish a sense of self-awareness with one's surroundings, and develop character in a safe, secure environment - all while having fun.

We teach outdoor living skills – knife & hatchet, shelters, fire building, cooking, hiking & backpacking skills with an eye on environmental responsibility. Swimming, canoe skills, woodshop skills that include using hand tools, archery, fishing and team building work project activities are all a part of the program. There are overnight hiking and camping trips and sometimes a 3-day canoe trip for our older campers.

The daily schedule is very structured, yet provides enough free time where the boys do not feel overwhelmed with always "having to do something". The boys get up at 7:30 and we keep them busy with scheduled activities throughout the day and evening. We get to bed at 8:30 and the boys either read to themselves or the counselor appointed to the cabin for the evening reads to them. Interjected within our daily routine are "Big Games". These are camp wide games that take up about a 4-hour block either in the morning or afternoon. The boys love these games. And, of course, there is the infamous "Villa Hunt" - a three-day game of hide-and-seek within the 800+ acres available to us.

This summer we will have no more than 55 boys attend Camp Choconut. This small number is conducive to allow for individual attention; while at the same time allows the boys to feel a sense of camaraderie between all. The boys are split-up by age group and the cabin sizes range anywhere from 4 – 12 boys in each cabin. The counselor to camper ratio is 5:1 or 6:1.

We are interested in our staff’s personal growth, with the underlying attitude that everyone has something to learn. Our program encourages you to explore your interests and push your limits while working in a program that has evolved for over 110 years. We are always looking for counselors, including waterfront safety instructors, nature, wood shop and general counselors.

The mission of Camp Choconut is to promote the highest standards of creativity, responsibility, confidence, independence and reliance in one’s surroundings and abilities through the teaching of outdoor living skills and, to instill in young people an awareness of nature's important role in the enrichment of the human spirit.

It will be your job to provide direct supervision of a group of children in a residential camp program. The Camp Counselor is responsible for the safety, health, and welfare of the youth participating in camp. In addition, you will act as lifeguard at the waterfront of our lake during scheduled swim times.

The qualified person for this job will have had experience working in a summer camp setting or camper experience. This person will enjoy working with children 9 – 15. This person will minimally have their Lifeguard Certification, First Aid & CPR Certification; camping and/or hiking experience helpful, but not necessary.

Do you have what it takes? You should love the outdoors and have the patience, understanding, flexibility, and energy to work and live with campers and peer staff.

Compensation for the right person $275 – $300/week, dependent on experience - plus room and board, 1 day off a week, time off every day.

Primary responsibilities: Responsible for direct care of campers swimming at the waterfront of our lake. Responsible for the care and leadership of a group, implement activities that broaden waterfront and swimming skills, create cultural experiences and stimulate children's curiosities, attend staff meetings and trainings; adhere to Camp Choconut policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, child abuse prevention, and emergencies; communicate with parents via letter once or twice during the camp session. Good communication skills and team work skills a must with working with peer staff and children. Assist in the maintenance of the highest standards of safety and cleanliness, and keep daily attendance, other duties as assigned.

The qualified applicant must be available from June 14th – August 5th, 2012. Or, June 14th – July 21st, 2012.

To Apply:
To apply, please visit our Web site for the proper staff forms needed at Join Our Staff. Also include your cover letter and resume. Or, feel free to use this service to apply.

Review of our Web site is highly recommended prior to applying or calling with any questions. You can visit us online at Camp Choconut.

Job Criteria

Type of Position: Full-Time Temporary
Starting Date: 2012-06-14
Salary: $225 - $295/week
Experience Required (years): 2
Education Required: High School
Room and Board Provided: Yes
Transportation Provided: No

Certifications Required



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Camp Profile and Contact

Contact Name: Fred Lorber
Camp Name: Camp Choconut
Camp Focus: Adventure Camp
Camp Profile: Camp Choconut Description
Street Address: POB 10
City: Friendsville
State/Province: Pennsylvania
Zip/Postal Code: 18818
Country: USA
Telephone Number: (651) 338-3042
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E-Mail Address: [email protected]
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