Camp Counselor Job Description
About Camp Ben Frankel
Camp Ben Frankel is an overnight summer camp located in Makanda, Illinois for Jewish children and teens ages 7-17. At CBF, campers build lifelong friendships, have wholesome fun, and learn valuable life skills. Jewish children from all backgrounds are welcomed to CBF’s inclusive environment. Enrollment is up to 120 campers.
Camp Ben Frankel’s Vision:
For every Jewish child, a place to belong
Camp Ben Frankel’s Mission:
To build a lifelong community for Jewish children of all ages and backgrounds to explore their identities in a fun and inclusive environment, one amazing summer at a time
Camp Ben Frankel’s Core Values:
- Prioritizing campers - We use training, experience, and good judgment as guides towards the primary responsibility of ensuring each camper’s physical and emotional safety.
- Enjoying good friendship, fun, and excitement - We endeavor to create an environment where every camper makes friends through fun and joyful experiences.
- Living Jewishly - We provide opportunities for each camper, from any Jewish background, to create meaningful Jewish experiences to ensure they feel positively connected with Judaism, tikkun olam, and Israel.
- Promoting inclusivity - We support and celebrate each camper’s individual needs by valuing diversity, guided by the belief that every Jewish child deserves a welcoming Jewish community that supports their emotional, physical, and financial needs.
- Pursuing growth, learning, and exploration - We create an environment that welcomes curiosity and embraces innovation by supporting campers as they develop the skills of independence, responsibility, confidence, and resilience.
- Creating immersive experiences - We encourage campers to feel immersed and present in camp’s rich experiences in order to appreciate the unique community and activities that camp offers.
- Creating family - We aim to build a lifelong community of campers and staff who respect and support one another through open communication, respectful debate, and shared experiences.
Statement of Inclusivity:
Although we serve Jewish children, we welcome camp counselors from all religious backgrounds into our inclusive environment. We believe it is important and enriching to have a diverse team of counselors. Our non-Jewish counselors are asked to respect our Jewish religious practices and to help our campers participate in them. Non-Jewish staff are never required or expected to say prayers.
- At least one year of college or its equivalent
- At least one year of experience working with children
- Prior work experience
- High school graduate or its equivalent
- Willing and able to comply with all covid-related safety measures
- Proven track record of reliability and trustworthiness
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Must be able to participate in potentially strenuous physical activity
- Must be able to attend camp dates in full from June 9 - July 17, 2022
- A group of campers. Campers range in age from 7-17
Duties of all CBF staff:
- To act as a positive role model at camp.
- To be ethical and act with integrity at all times. To do the right thing.
- To deliver a high-quality program that is safe, secure, and has great impact on the children we serve.
- Lead by example with your campers.
- Ensure that campers have a wonderful summer experience filled with joy and happiness while ensuring their physical and emotional safety and well-being through the use of great judgment.
- Lead camp activities, programs, and curriculum that are fun, safe, and fulfill the mission and goals of Camp Ben Frankel.
- Serve as a “force for good” in the camp community by demonstrating a positive attitude, by being a model for great judgment, by showing adaptability and flexibility through the changing needs in the camp environment.
Primary Counselor Responsibilities:
- Develop positive and appropriate relationships:
- Counselor responsibility involves listening, sharing, guiding, and advising campers and helping them to adjust to new situations, giving encouragement, and caring about each camper as an individual. Great regard must be taken not to favor one camper over another.
- Camper supervision:
- You should know where each of your campers are at all times and ensure their complete physical and emotional safety.
- Counselors should never be alone with a camper
- Participate in activities and lead by example:
- You will be expected to always model and encourage participation and acceptable behavior.
- Ensure health and hygiene of campers:
- Help campers maintain good personal hygiene.
- Ensure that the cabin is kept clean.
- Model healthy eating.
- All medical needs and emergencies should be directed immediately to your supervisor, no matter how small they might appear.
- Ensure your campers are prepared, on time, and present for their scheduled activities.
Lead or support successful camp activities
- Inspire campers by leading or supporting daily activities.
- Develop camper skills and interests: Activity leaders will be responsible for developing a curriculum together with the activity supervisor.
Plan and Run Evening and Special Programming
- Help plan programs and directly support programs planned by and for your campers
Provide support to CBF’s other areas as needed