Job ID: 2012-2294 # of Openings: 17
Camp: ESF Dream Camp at Trinity College (Hartford, CT) Job Location: US-CT-Hartford
Type: Seasonal Full-Time
More information about this job:
An Activity Specialist is responsible for the supervision of campers, the implementation of camp curriculum, promoting and actively participating in all camp activities, providing a safe and fun learning environment, and serving as a positive role model for campers and counselors.
We are seeking motivated team members who believe deeply in the organization’s mission and who display a record of achievement in effective supervision & management of youth, building positive relationships and ensuring the safety and well-being of people of all ages.
Position Scope Factors:
Activity Specialists are employed in the following camps;
Day Camp: 4 – 8 year olds (Dream Camp: 6 – 9 year olds - Trinity College & Girard College locations only)
World Tour: Campers discover various cultures, traditions, languages, geography, music, dance, festivals, outdoor games, folklore and more!
Project Discovery: Campers become scientists and environmental stewards through scientific investigations and outdoor explorations.
Creative & Performing Arts: Campers will make music, dance their hearts out and create tribe cheers while learning improvisation techniques, telling stories, playing charades, singing karaoke and performing skits. You’ll also help them prepare for our two Day Camp shows.
Special Events: Campers participate in theme-related games and activities, obstacle courses, relays, and more during this exciting team building time.
Sports: Campers build sportsmanship and teamwork while learning the fundamentals of soccer, street hockey, basketball, baseball, flag football, tee-ball, track and field, wiffle ball and more. Campers also enjoy weekly recreational games and age appropriate, athletic tournaments.
Keepsake Crafts: features hands-on, keepsake craft projects
Fine Arts: introduces campers to the various genres and media of famous artists.
Reading (Dream Camp only): Each day, Dream Campers dive into the wonderful world of words as they engaged in books by renowned children’s authors through our literacy curriculum. Our reading program reached children at all different levels by incorporating weekly themed short stories to challenge our campers with vocabulary and reading comprehension.
Dance (Girard College only): Through different forms, techniques, and styles, camper’s fine tune their skills and create a team dance to be performed at the end of the summer show.
Senior Camp: 9 – 15 year olds (Dream Camp: 10 – 16 year olds (Trinity College & Girard College locations only))
Quest: Campers learn about group dynamics, gain valuable communication and problem solving skills, and develop a better understanding of leadership fundamentals in this unique program.
Eco-Venture: Eco-Venture exposes campers to the worlds of science, nature and environmental stewardship.
Sports: Instruction, game play and fun! Get energized while playing soccer, street hockey, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, flag football, and ultimate frisbee. Campers also enjoy weekly recreational games and age appropriate, athletic tournaments.
Art: Campers explore a variety of artistic techniques and create masterpieces with oil and acrylic paints, wax, dye and more. Projects include candlemaking, tie dying, printmaking, fashion designing and cartooning.
Tennis: (Trinity College, Moorestown Friends School, The Lawrenceville School, and The Haverford School only) Through individual and group instruction, our teaching staff pinpoints areas of improvement and helps campers enhance stroke production, footwork, consistency, and shot placement while learning in a fun camp environment.
Robotics (Trinity College students only): Campers are introduced to the basic principles of robotics using NXT Mindstorm Lego Kits.
Showbiz (Trinity College only): Campers discover the many facets of being on a theatrical team and explore all aspects of dramatic and musical theater including auditioning, acting and improv, movement, dance and choreography, theatrical make-up, stage management, sound technology, and more. They work as a team to produce a high-energy theatrical event and create costumes and set designs in preparation for its debut!
Healthy Living (Trinity College only): With obesity on the rise, this mandatory program teaches campers about the importance of good nutrition, exercise and good personal hygiene. Through participation in discussion, power points, dance interpretations, and aerobics, the campers gained a greater understanding of being active.
Conflict Resolution: (Trinity and Girard only) Lessons encourage campers to consider and define their values in a variety of situations, which should help to provide the foundation of pre-deciding their reaction to challenging situations.
Music Production (Girard College only): Campers of all ages communicate and express themselves through the creation of lyrics and song while understanding different tempos, beats, and genres. The ability to learn, play and incorporate different instruments adds to the experience
Chess (Girard College only): Campers are taught the basics at the beginning of the summer and challenge different tribe members daily. At the end of the summer a two week tournament takes place where one student will hold the title of champion until the following summer.
Reading (Girard College only): Each day, Dream Campers dive into the wonderful world of words as they engaged in books by renowned children’s authors through our literacy curriculum. Our reading program reached children at all different levels by incorporating weekly themed short stories to challenge our campers with vocabulary and reading comprehension.
Yoga (Girard College & Greenwich Academy only): Yoga allows for campers to grow in different techniques such as stretching, deep breathing, meditation, as well as journaling.
Essential Job Responsibilities:
Group supervision of campers with attention to: behavior and group management, health and safety, security, and personal and skill development
Organize and prepare daily lesson plans in a fun and creative manner
Implement ESF curriculum; bring lesson plans to life for campers through your participation, support and guidance
Motivate campers by creating fun for them in your activity (i.e. - songs, games, cheers, etc.)
Encourage creativity and critical thinking while making a positive impact on each of your campers
Use effective classroom management skills to lead the activity and effectively create an inclusive, fun environment.
Promote and actively participate in all camper activities
Work effectively with fellow Activity Specialist and collaborate on daily responsibilities
Complete assigned paperwork
Serve as a positive role model to campers
Follow the ESF Code and maintain the ESF Look at all times
Employee is expected to exhibit ESF Core Values at all times and to adhere to all company policies
Other responsibilities as assigned
Position Competencies for Success:
Understand and support the mission of the organization
The ability to work effectively with others in all levels of the organization in a professional manner
Commitment to the growth and development of youth
Commitment to producing consistent, high-quality work
Excellent judgment, ability to identify problems and works quickly to find solutions
Patient, caring and creative
Flexible, adaptive and a Team player
Desire to make a difference in the life of a child
Minimum of one year of post graduate classroom teaching experience or 3 years comparable ESF experience
Previous experience working with children, examples include but are not limited to; babysitting, academic/athletic tutoring, camp counselor, youth volunteer, classroom assistant, religious education teacher
Previous camp counselor/teaching experience (preferred)
Teaching certification (preferred)
Other Skill Requirements:
Outstanding communication skills which include the ability to use clear, concise and grammatically correct written and oral language in all aspects of professional interaction with campers, their families, peers, leadership team and the larger community
Reports directly to and takes direction from Activity Specialist Director. May also take direction from and is overall accountable to the Site Director.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
Ability to push/pull, lift and carry a minimum of 35lbs
Endurance to work outside and on your feet for 6-8 hours per day
Ability to respond to emergency situations which may require running (up to 1 mile in some cases) and climbing stairs.
Good physical condition which enables candidate to execute all responsibilities associated with this position
ESF, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All candidates who meet the qualifications are encouraged to apply!