OVERVIEW AND PURPOSE
URJ Camp Coleman relies upon MESSH squad team in all aspects of camper and staff happiness and success. Working in tandem with the camp leadership, MESSH squad members focus on issues related to mental, social, emotional, spiritual health. They teach interface daily with campers, families, and staff to ensure the best possible experience for every camper and staff member in the Coleman community.
• Create an environment where inclusiveness and acceptance are part of the fabric of camp and camp culture, supporting campers with their needs as well as empowering staff by providing tools for them to best support their campers.
• Model and advocate acceptance and understanding for campers and staff, especially as it relates to mental, emotional health, and other special needs
• Work directly with campers who have identified mental, emotional, social health issues, especially when they are struggling the most or experiencing the most distress at camp. Providing short- and long-term support of staff members of campers with special needs
• Provide ongoing training and support to specialists, counselors, unit heads, faculty, health center and kitchen staff.
• Involvement in the camp crisis management plan
• Create and implement behavior contracts for specific campers as needed and communicate contracts with relevant staff, families
• Work collaboratively with the Camp Director and Associate Camp Director in creating an inclusive, accepting, healthy, safe, and truly diverse community in which all participants feel like they belong.
• Be present and approachable in camp for all campers and staff.
• Understand the fast-paced nature of camp life and adjust plans accordingly. Maintain a level of flexibility.
• Participate in all areas of camp that are within the scope of the role of a leadership team member.
• Degree in Social Work, Education, Counseling, Psychology or related field. Previous experiences in camp, school, or similar environment is preferred.
• Experience with children, teenagers, and adults mental, social, and emotional health.
• Excellent listening and communication skills, and comfort in communicating with children, young adults, and parents.
• Attention to detail in documentation and maintaining records.
• Empathy, patience, strong work ethic.
• Must have ability to function both independently as part of a team.
• Must live full-time at camp in Cleveland, GA during summer camp season
July 24-August 6