Service Learning Intern

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Camp Starfish
12 Camp Monomonac Road
Rindge, NH
Application Deadline: May 9, 2014
Position: 15 Full-time, Paid
Timeframe: 06/11/14 — 08/27/14

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Description

Camp Starfish was founded in 1998 as a not-for-profit summer camp for children with emotional, behavioral, social, and learning challenges. Since then, Starfish has grown to serve over 260 children by providing them the individualized attention they deserve in order to be successful in a traditional summer camp experience. We could not do it without our one-to-one ratio -- only two camps in America provide such a ratio! Will you join us?

We are offering a PAID INTERNSHIP to serve as a recreational intern at Camp Starfish. In this group counselor role, you will learn how to directly manage specific behaviors through a positive-based learning model. As part of the behavior management plan, you will become familiar with techniques and strategies that will become part of your professional arsenal for years to come.

Camp Starfish is located on beautiful Lake Monomonac in Rindge, NH - just a 1.5 hour drive to Boston. As part of your package, room and board will be provided for you, as well as internet access in the staff lounge ("The Attic"), a stocked camp store for those sweet essentials (Hungry? Grab a Snickers!), and the professional support you require to be successful.

This internship is NOT for the faint of heart. If you are ready to get dirty, obtain hands-on experience helping children with special needs develop, and become a lifetime role model for a young superhero, then don't hesitate! Send us your resume now!

Responsibilities

General Expectations:
• Live with campers in a cabin, helping them to adjust to camp life and to grow in understanding of other campers and of the dynamics of group living.
• Supervise all aspects of campers’ day, including wake-up, cabin clean-up, meals, rest hour, evening activities, bed-readiness, and after-hours duty (as assigned). Supervision of individual campers with attention to all of the following: program, health, happiness, discipline, cleanliness, safety, routine duties, character and skill development. Know the location of individual campers under your responsibility at all times.
• Provide a physically and emotionally safe environment for campers and coworkers. Provide opportunities for discussion of individual or group concerns. Set campers up for success.
• Nurture each camper’s development, self-esteem and therapeutic goals, including but not limited to: daily behavioral goals, social skills improvement, growth of coping skills, and appropriate peer/adult interactions.
• Be a role model in the areas of cleanliness, punctuality, sharing clean-up, sportsmanship, language, and table manners. Encourage respect for camp property/equipment, personal property of campers and staff, and facilities. Monitor camper health and hygiene daily.

Requirements

Minimum Requirements
• Desire and ability to work with children outdoors, in a mission-focused, not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering the success and growth of children with emotional, learning and behavioral problems by providing individualized attention as part of structured, nurturing and fun group program
• Good character, integrity, adaptability, flexibility, enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience & self-control
• Pass all background checks as required for seasonal employees of an organization working with vulnerable child populations
• Ability to understand, role model and follow Starfish policies and procedures, and to utilize the Starfish Tools as a background for professional development and interactions; ability to seek/accept supervision and guidance.
• Accepting of differences in religion/ethnicity/culture/race/gender/sexual orientation and/or other diversities. Willingness and ability to treat all campers and staff fairly regardless of background or preferences.
• Ability to work the entirety of the season, as stated in a letter of hire, and including staff training dates.
• Prefer at least 19 years old with one year of college/work/life experience outside of high school.

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