Inclusion Counselor

Bender JCC of Greater Washington | Rockville, MD, United States

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Posted Date 5/13/2024

Why this role matters:

This position works with campers 1:1 or 1:2 and is responsible for the supervision and safety of campers and activities at Lessans Camp JCC. You can choose to work as an Inclusion Counselor or a Kochavim Counselor.

Inclusion Counselors work 1:1 or 1:2 with campers ages 4-12 who need extra support in order to fully participate in camp.

Kochavim Counselors are responsible for teens and young adults ages 12-21 with disabilities. 


Core Responsibilities include:

  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of campers of all ages, interact appropriately with campers in a variety of situations, appropriately model behavior and use positive behavior-management techniques - enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, good sportsmanship, and self-control. 
  • Work with Leadership Team and co-counselors to plan activities that ensure the success of all campers. 
  • Creatively adapt and individualize activities to the specific needs of campers. 
  • Supervise in the pool with campers, assisting swim staff with their requests and needs, working hands-on with campers in the pool. 
  • Understand and implement the behavior plan specific to the campers as needed. 
  • Ensure that campers are brought to the health room daily for medications, and that appropriate medications are taken with group on any off-site activities. 
  • Provide daily written communication with camper’s parents concerning campers’ daily progress and other pertinent information. 
  • Effectively communicate with supervisor, staff and campers. 
  • Provide written evaluations to the Inclusion or Kochavim Director about your campers’ experiences at Lessans Camp JCC at the end of the summer. 
  • Comply with and participate in the County, State and American Camp Association requirements. 
  • Recognize, respond to and report to Inclusion or Kochavim Director any environmental and/or other hazards related to the activity or the program. 
  • Attend all required orientation meetings, staff meetings and trainings.


Qualifications include:

  • Ability to assist campers with reapplying sunscreen.
  • Ability to change soiled clothes as needed.
  • Ability to assist campers in the bathroom as needed.
  • Ability to get on the floor to participate and supervise activities.
  • Ability to spend your camp day outdoors and walk and travel long distances.
  • Ability to move equipment and supplies as required.
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.
  • Prior experience working with school-aged children preferred.
  • Knowledge or experience with children with disabilities is preferred.
  • CPR and First Aid certification preferred.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with campers, parents, and peers.
  • Ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards within the camp program.


Must be available the entire camp season starting on June 17 going through mid-August.


To Apply

To apply, go to:

Email [email protected] with any questions.


Research shows that women and underrepresented groups apply to jobs only if they feel that they meet 100% of the qualifications. If this role sounds interesting to you, we encourage you to apply! The Bender JCC is committed to building a diverse team that draws on the strengths of people with a variety of identities, backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.

Part Time, Contract, & Seasonal
Part Time Categories
Summer Staff
Organization Type
Camps & Camping | Community Centers
Job Location
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