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Camp Kaleidoscope Day Camp Counselor

Laughter. Fun activities. Friendships. Making a difference.

Camp Kaleidoscope, a summer day camp, draws creative youth interested in the arts, science and the outdoors. Supportive, experienced counselors and teachers guide campers in drama, filmmaking, music, cooking, science, sports and games as they develop and build self-confidence. The energy of the camp is lively, playful and warm, as both campers and staff develop lifelong friendships.

JCC Greater Boston welcomes staff from diverse backgrounds. Our camps are guided by Jewish culture and values (which resonate with many who do not identify as Jewish). Kindness, service, and joy are examples of the values we live by. Our children also come from diverse backgrounds.

Most camp activities this summer will be held outdoors. Kaleidoscope anticipates welcoming 150+ campers to our beautiful campus in Newton. Staff must be available for the full season, June 28-August 20, unless otherwise arranged. (Four-week minimum.) Camp day is 8:40am -4:10pm, Monday through Friday, with orientation the week of June 21 and staff meetings on Monday evenings.

Lower and Middle Camp Counselors work with campers entering grades K-3. They support and nurture campers throughout the day.

Upper Camp Counselors work with campers entering grades 4-8. They teach or assist in classes, activities and performances. Open positions include general counselors, as well as leaders in theater, dance, magic, video production, music (piano or song leading skills preferred), knitting, sports and games and acrobatics.

10 things you gain while being a summer camp counselor:

1. Leadership skills
2. Ability to "think on your feet"
3. Problem-solving techniques
4. Project management
5. Social/emotional knowledge
6. Collaboration skills
7. Negotiation and conflict resolution
8. Physical fitness
9. Flexibility
10. Fun!

- ensuring the safety and well-being of campers in structured and unstructured time
- creating a fun/joyful dynamic
- working in partnership with peers and Camp Leadership to provide a happy, safe and memorable summer for the children
- leading or co-leading activities
- mentoring counselors in training

- must have completed 11th grade (or equivalent) and be at least 16 years of age
- experience with young children
- a love of children and a strong desire to make a difference every day
- leadership skills including teamwork, relationship building, patience, flexibility and diplomacy
- ability and commitment to build strong relationships with campers, co-workers, and camp leadership

JCC Greater Boston takes the welfare and safety of staff and children very seriously. We have aligned all of our operating procedures with guidance from the CDC, DEEC (Department of Early Education and Care) and the local and state Departments of Public Health. Our practices include ensuring proper physical distancing, sanitation, hygiene, and use of face coverings to promote the health of our staff and children.

While camp will be held primarily outdoors, it remains crucial that staff and children continue to follow the appropriate COVID safety guidelines.

Although these requirements may change with evolving guidance from the CDC, government and regulatory agencies, these are the requirements at the time of posting. Camp staff will be required to wear appropriate personal protective gear during camp. Children and staff are expected to wear masks at all times, except when in the water or eating. Physical distancing will be adhered to throughout the camp day. Bunk sizes will be small and counselors will work with the same children every day to limit exposure. Children and staff will be encouraged to hand wash often and sanitizer will be readily available. Additionally, we conduct a health screen for all children and staff prior to entering camp each day. This screening includes a questionnaire about symptoms and possible exposures as well as a temperature check.

JCC Greater Boston will also conduct remote interviews and virtual meetings ahead of camp.

JCC Greater Boston is a nonprofit organization with roots in earlier Settlement Houses and Young Men’s Hebrew Associations; JCC Greater Boston today offers a wide range of services and program activities throughout the Greater Boston region (~50,000 individuals annually in 98 communities). The organization provides a variety of programs and services to children and adults in the Greater Boston Jewish community including: four preschools, three day camps, a regional model of Jewish family engagement, a fully equipped fitness and aquatic center, arts and culture classes, performances, lectures, and Jewish holiday celebrations.

Our vision is to create a vibrant and evolving Jewish community where everyone belongs. Our mission is to be at the heart of that community by:
- creating a thriving community that nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships
- welcoming a growing and increasingly diverse set of individuals and families from all over Greater Boston
- supporting the building of unique identities rooted in Jewish values and deeper connections to Jewish life
- nourishing minds, bodies, and spirits through dynamic, innovative, and accessible experiences
- expanding engagement by partnering closely with other organizations to ensure the continuing vitality of our community as whole

Duration full-time
Benefits In addition to a rewarding position where you care for a community, JCC Greater Boston provides competitive benefits including: salary, complimentary summer access to JCC Greater Boston facility in Newton – offering indoor swimming and workout facilitie
Ad Posted On 2021-05-24
Times this Ad has been viewed 512 times
Ad is posted for 90 days
Categories Summer Staff
Focus Camps & Camping, Youth
Organization Name JCC Greater Boston
Job Location 333 Nahanton St
Newton, Massachusetts
United States
Application Instructions
We hope you are interested in joining us for the fun summer ahead! For more information or questions, please email [email protected] or complete the Kaleidoscope application for which can be found on our website at: : .
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