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Discovery Overnight Camp Head Counselor
Camp Programs, Camp Programs
Summer Seasonal

KSS offers a range of programs that balance hands-on science activities, field-based exploration, and adventure programming. Curriculum themes include but are not limited to: environmental science (aquatic ecology, forest ecology, earth science, snow studies, winter ecology, weather and climate), leadership, community building, STEM, outdoor skills, and health. Keystone Science School’s Overnight Camp programs combine weekly curriculum themes with traditional summer activities like hiking, camping, songs, skits, archery, and more! Students stay overnight in dorms or canvas tents.

The Discovery Camp Head Counselor works with the Overnight programs. This position is responsible for planning, teaching, coordinating, and facilitating a wide variety of summer program activities in conjunction with the other Discovery Camp Head Counselors and the Discovery Overnight Camp Lead. This position is the primary caregiver for each child. They are also responsible for guiding children in their personal growth and daily living skills. It is the responsibility of the Discovery Overnight Camp Head Counselor to be completely familiar with the daily schedule, the client room and cabin/tent assignments, and the overall energy of the Overnight program.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan, prepare, and teach age appropriate activities;
  • Maintain quality programming by focusing on program development, delegation, implementation, training, and evaluation;
  • Oversee up to 32 children in one dormitory or tents during each 4-12 day session – the maximum capacity of students in the overnight programs is 90;
  • Oversee up to 13 children on one overnight camping trip and challenge hike session per week;
  • Oversee, mentor, train, and evaluate counselors in conjunction with the Discovery Camp Lead and Discovery Overnight Program Coordinator;
  • Plan, oversee and support a wide variety of KSS programs and activities, which includes but is not limited to: camper choice activities/freeplay, evening programming, special events, the end of season celebration, etc.;
  • Implement all logistical and operational tasks for Overnight programs, which includes but is not limited to: executing weekly schedules, overseeing group and dorm/tent assignments, etc.;
  • Oversee and maintain high standards of health and safety, and follow Risk Management policies in all activities;
  • Actively interact with and engage children during KSS programs;
  • Participate as a mentor in the Counselor Assistant Program (CAP), and write a letter and evaluation for each CAP;
  • Provide an electronics-aware experience for all children and enforce an electronics-aware environment with counselors;
  • Set up before children arrive and clean up after children depart from KSS campus;
  • Maintain storage of all KSS equipment, including teaching materials, gear, keys, toys, etc.;
  • Attend all staff meetings as assigned;
  • Lead overnight camping packing sessions;
  • Lead meetings and go over rules and guidelines of resident life in the cabins;
  • Abide by and uphold the policies and procedures set forth by KSS;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Education, Experience, and Certifications

  • Candidates will be asked to provide verification of 460 hours of experience working with school-age children;
  • Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR certifications, from an approved vendor, or the ability to obtain before the first day of employment;
  • Must be able to successfully pass a comprehensive background check.
  • Candidates age 21+ with a minimum of 5 years driving experience will be required to participate in and pass Van Driver Training, and they will be required to drive a 15-passenger van;

Preferred Skill Sets

  • Ability to communicate verbally and teach in Spanish.
  • Proficiency with Google Drive and CampSite camp management software.