Peninsula Young Writers seeks active, responsible employees who wish to share their love of creative writing and literature with summer campers, ages 8-14.

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Further develop your counseling and tutoring skills while working with youth in five-day creative writing workshops.

Job Description:

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 July 8 - 26, 2019. 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 15, 2019.

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Camp Counselor-in-Training

Teens ages 14-16 are invited to learn about teaching as a volunteer in a supportive, engaging environment.

Job Description:

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.

To apply

Please send a letter of interest to Beth Harrison. Include your available and preferred dates. Camp sessions are: July 8 - 26, 2019. (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 February 15, 2019. 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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