Senior Counselor (Ages 18+)
Camp Raanana @ the J
Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor
2935 Birch Hollow Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
*Camp Raanana @ the J takes place for two weeks in August
Camp Raanana @ Cedar Lake
Michigan United Conservation Club
2500 Pierce Road
Chelsea, MI 48118
*Camp Raanana @ Cedar Lake (9:30 AM-3:30 PM), mid-June through mid-August. You will take a bus from the J to Cedar Lake and back each day.
Pre & Post Camp
Morning Drop-off (9:00 AM) & Afternoon Pick-up (4:00 PM)
Pre-Camp (7:30-9:00 AM) & Post-Camp (4:00-6:00 PM)
*Ability to work Pre or Post Camp for more pay
Responsibilities as a Senior Counselor
□ Supervise groups of junior staff and campers, acting as guardian, advocate, and disciplinarian, putting their best interests first
□ Maintain a safe and healthy environment for his/her campers, abiding by all camp rules/policies. Ability to assist in emergencies
□ Assist in leading all camp activities
□ Assist the Camp Director in:
o Creating a positive and inviting environment for staff, children and parents
o Taking an active role in professional development
o To promote and model a professional attitude in daily work
o Set standards that other staff should also adhere to
o Recognize and respect matters of confidentiality
o Ensure the needs of all programs are met
o Respond to the needs of camp with flexibility and willingness to work in required areas
o Perform other related duties as assigned by Camp Director
o Oversee any field trips
o Assist when the ratios are low or an additional staff’s presence is needed
o Constant promotion of camp
□ Set up, clean up and maintenance of all indoor and outdoor spaces and equipment
□ Provide service to campers meeting the objectives of fun, self-awareness, and community involvement
□ Supervise campers participation in structured and unstructured activities
□ Apply proper discipline in a caring manner so campers learn the difference between appropriate and inappropriate
behavior (at no time will corporal punishment or physical means be tolerated)
□ Serve as a role model for all campers, conducting yourself properly while participating in all required activities with an enthusiastic attitude, including swimming daily with the camper
□ Demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of campers served
□ Attend pre-camp meetings, trainings, orientations, pre-camp, post-camp, and overnights while being available for all other related dates, activities, and camp events
□ Listen to, respect, follow the decisions, and report any emergencies or any inappropriate behavior to the
Camp Director (Waterfront/Assistant Waterfront Directors during waterfront or water activities)
□ Listen to, and respect opinions of other staff including fellow Counselor’s-In-Training (CIT’s), lifeguards, and counselors
□ Respect the individuality of all parents/families and is sensitive to the stresses they may experience
□ Ensure that the daily communication with parents is open, respectful and confidential
□ Discuss the program’s daily events with families
□ Accommodate the families’ instructions for daily routines within the group routines wherever possible and make them aware of any concerns, incidents, disciplinary issues, or medical incidents that may have occurred over the course of the day
Physical Aspects of the Job
□ Ability to communicate orally and in writing
□ Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards
□ Ability to enforce safety regulations and execute appropriate emergency procedure
□ Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, injury) and possess strength and endurance require to maintain constant supervision of campers
□ Possess the strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.
□ Activities may require:
• Prolonged standing, walking
• Hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate equipment
• The need to lift up to 50 lbs
• Prolonged exposure to outdoor elements (sun, wind, rain, etc.) and animals or insects (bugs, etc.)
Must be at least 18 years or older with a High School degree, and a desire and attitude to work with children in a small group setting.
Preferred: 1-2 years camp experience whether as a camper, Counselor-In-Training (CIT), Junior or Senior Counselor (in previous years).
Must have proven management, good communication and organizational skills, and the ability to be creative and take direction/instruction.
Possess current First Aid/CPR certification.
Must be able to pass a background check.
*You are not required to be Jewish, but must be open to learning about Judaism (i.e. songs, prayers, etc.)
Waterfront Director (during swimming or water activities)
Assistant Waterfront Director (during swimming or water activities)
Staff training will be held prior to camp beginning. Applicant must be able to attend staff training in order to work.
□ Salaried for up to eight weeks between June and August. Commensurate with experience.
□ Certain overnights mandatory
Throughout the summer, Camp Raanana holds several overnights at the Cedar Lake location. The Senior Counselors will be expected to work a selection of these overnights.
Questions: Tamara Lewis, Programs Office Manager, (734) 971-0990 ext. 141 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org