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Senior Counselor
Oct. 25, 2012


AGE:Entering Sophomore in college or older

EXPERIENCE: Preferably at last one summer working in a summer camp environment or completion of the Goldman Union Camp Machon Program. Youth group and regional experience is a plus. While camp experience (especially GUCI or another URJ camp) is not mandatory it is preferred when recruiting new staff.

GENERAL COMMENTS: A cabin counselor must get along well with, and like to be with, children. He or she must be a positive role model that exemplifies maturity as a young Jewish adult. A counselor must have a well developed sense of responsibility with good judgment and common sense. Counselors are the people that will have the most impact on the campers’ summer experience.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Directly responsible for all the campers living in the cabin. This means day-to-day involvement with the individual campers. A counselor must effectively impart to all campers the policies and rules of camp. He or she must see that every individual camper makes friends, becomes acclimated to life at camp and grows towards his or her potential and becomes a part of the total camp community. It is the counselor’s job to act as the “early warning system” for campers with problems that may have to be referred to other staff. A counselor must be able to also work with others and communicate both with co-workers and supervisors. A counselor should take part in the planning and programming of activities required of them.

- Responsible for the health and safety of everyone in the cabin

- Insure that all campers exercise good hygiene and health practices

- Notify nurse of any suspected health problems

- Help campers keep track of their belongings

- Directly responsible for the cabin, its cleanliness and good repair

- Responsible for regular, enthusiastic participation in the camper education program

- Teach or assist in teaching specialties

- Responsible for the programming of bunk activities

- Help organize evening programs

- Attend pre-camp orientation and all staff meetings

- Being totally familiar with all emergency procedures and making sure they are posted in the cabin

- Be an active participant and role model at ALL program activities during the day

- To be role models and teachers for the younger staff members

Responsible to his or her assistant unit head and unit head

Counselors will be evaluated throughout the summer by the Unit Heads and Head Counselors

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