Peninsula Young Writers seeks active, responsible employees who wish to share their love of creative writing and literature with summer campers, ages 8-14.
• SUMMER CAMP COUNSELOR/ TEACHING ASSISTANT
SUMMER CAMP COUNSELOR/ TEACHING ASSISTANT
Further develop your counseling and tutoring skills while working with youth in five-day creative writing workshops.
Summer Camp Counselors work closely with the Camp Director to:
- lead campers in group and individual writing activities
- coordinate a literary salon at the end of each session
- when appropriate, contribute to the writing curriculum designed by the Camp Director
- help with lunchtime supervision during full-time camp sessions
- work closely with Counselors-in-Training to help make each day of camp a success for each camper.
The ideal candidate will have:
- a positive attitude!
- experience teaching groups of youth in either a school or summer camp environment
- an interest in learning more about teaching from an experienced teacher and camp director
- an interest in child development
- patience, flexibility, a sense of humor
- excellent written and verbal communication skills
- maturity and a willingness to learn (minimum age is 16).
- willingness to take direction
- a strong sense of responsibility and reliability
- an engaging and/or outgoing personality
Employment hours and dates: Hired for one full-day session or two half-day sessions. Must be available for a two-week period from June 11 - July 13, 2017. Must also be available during May for orientation and training session to be scheduled. Competitive stipend offered.
To apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and two references to Camp Director Beth Harrison.
Application deadline February 18, 2018.
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Teens ages 14-16 are invited to learn about teaching as a volunteer in a supportive, engaging environment.
Counselor-in-Training volunteers will work closely with the Camp Director and more experienced counselors in the many facets of running a successful summer camp program. Duties include, but are not limited to:
- set up and clean up of activities
- help with check in/check out of campers
- set-up and shared supervision of snack, lunch and recess
- participation in writing activities and assistance to youth in their group and individual writing activities.
- assistance with supplies, literary salons and tasks as requested.
The ideal candidate will be:
- reliable: come on time, leave when dismissed, call ahead if sick
- cheerful and encouraging: campers need role models as they struggle with their writing. You are in an ideal position to do this!
- a team player: be aware of the activities and youth around you. Respond as needed or as requested by an adult.
- a leader: you will love working at PYW if you have good communication, problem solving and quick thinking skills.
Please send a letter of interest to Beth Harrison. Include your available and preferred dates. Camp sessions are: June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, and July 9-13. (All candidates should be available for at least two weeks during the camp season to allow scheduling.)
Include a paragraph explaining why this volunteer opportunity is of particular interest and any special skills or experience you bring to camp. You will be contacted for a telephone or personal interview and you will be asked for a letter of reference from a teacher or another non-family member adult who knows you well.
Deadline for application is March 9, 2018. Positions may be filled before that date if enough qualified candidates apply.
The successful Counselor-in-Training will receive a letter certifying the completion of volunteer hours, a letter of reference and a camp t-shirt.
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