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Summer 2022 Internship - Special Needs Youth Camp Specialist

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Camp Starfish
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Rindge, NH
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Published 26 days ago

We are looking for motivated individuals who have a desire to work outdoors with children who have emotional, learning and behavioral challenges.


About Our Organization:

Camp Starfish is a not-for-profit overnight summer camp that serves children between the ages of 6 to 16 who have emotional, behavioral and learning challenges. Our campers have diagnoses that range from anxiety to autism to sensory processing disorders. Our campers don’t always know how to make a friend, regulate their emotional responses, deal with frustration, etc. We combine a one-to-one staff to camper ratio with traditional camp activities to best serve our campers.


Basic Internship Details:

As a paid intern, you will receive over 140 hours of hands-on training as well as be placed in our Intern Seminar that meets weekly and focuses on professional development. In addition, interns are invited to apply to our 15-month Fellowship, which provides further opportunities for professional development and funds a self-directed project.

In addition, every year we welcome multiple individuals to our team who use their summer experience interning at Camp Starfish to obtain course credit through their college or university. In previous years, staff members studying Psychology, Social Work, Education, Recreation, Sports Science, Wilderness Leadership, Business Management and many other subjects were able to spend the summer having fun at camp while still working towards their degree!


Role Details:

Camp Starfish Specialists are our front-line staff (campers will know you as “counselors”) who live in a cabin with children and help campers have the best possible experience. Specialists provide behavior management support, work with campers on goals, and guide campers through their stay. All Specialists live in cabins with children, helping ensure their time at camp is beneficial and growth-oriented. During the day, campers participate in activities, and specialists are spread out in several roles across camp which facilitate this (see listed options below).

Types of Specialists:

Group Specialists accompany groups of campers through all daily camp activities. Responsibilities include encouraging camper participation, helping campers who may require additional time or explanation, supporting campers who may require extra attention, and implementation/monitoring of individualized behavioral plans. The group specialist role is a perfect fit for individuals wanting to work directly with campers in a broad range of camp areas and age groups. 


Lead Specialists are experienced staff who are comfortable taking on additional responsibilities in the cabin. In addition to the responsibilities of a Group Specialist, Leads are also responsible for nightly check-ins with staff and oversight of bunk structure. During daily activities, Leads work with their Group Specialists to provide support and structure to the activity group as their campers participate in different program areas.


Program Specialists live in cabins alongside youth campers and are responsible for the curriculum and teaching of a specific program/activity area on camp. Program Specialists plan lessons and teach a variety of activities within a specific program area (please see list below) and may also be responsible for special events and experiences that make camp such a special place. In a typical day at camp, Program Specialists lead approximately 2-3 activity periods; the rest of the day is spent with campers in other camp activities. Like all Starfish staff, Program Specialists will assist campers who may need extra help and will implement and monitor individualized camper behavioral plans.


Program Specialists are hired to teach:

Activate! (sensory gym), Arts & Crafts, Athletics, Boating (canoeing and kayaking), Challenge (teambuilding and ropes course), Dance, Discovery (wood working, raft building, etc.), Drama/Theatre, Learning Center (STEAM activities), Martial Arts, Music, Outdoor Cooking, Outdoor Exploration and Small Animals


Waterfront Specialists teach swim lessons and supervise water safety at our waterfronts on Lake Monomonac. Waterfront Specialists will obtain lifeguard certification and serve as lifeguards during camp activity periods, free swims and camper reward time. Every camper receives a 1:1 swim lesson each day and Waterfront Specialists may teach anything from first-time swimmers to junior lifeguard levels. Camp Starfish will provide waterfront skills training to all Waterfront Specialists. Strong swimming skills and the ability to pass applicable training curricula tests are required. 

While Waterfront Specialists do spend much time at the lake, they also live in cabins alongside youth campers and participate in other aspects of camp life, including assisting campers who may need extra help and implementing and monitoring individualized camper behavioral plans.


Camper Services Team Specialists work out on camp as Group Specialists as well as behind the scenes, providing support by contacting parents about campers' successes, tracking and awarding TagUp (Starfish merit badges) achievements, monitoring and coordinating campers’ goal progress and rewards, taking pictures, making sure campers return home with documentation of their skills growth, and more.


Successful Candidates Demonstrate:

  • Strong personal integrity, adaptability, emotional intelligence, enthusiasm, patience, grit and self-control
  • Ability to understand, role model, and adhere to Starfish policies and procedures
  • Willingness and ability to seek and accept supervision and guidance
  • Ready to embrace and accept differences in religion/age/ethnicity/culture/race/gender/sexual orientation and/or other diversities. Willingness and ability to treat all campers and staff fairly regardless of identity, ability, background, and/or preferences
  • Willingness to live, work and play in an outdoor setting with children who have emotional, learning and behavioral challenges. 
  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US

We are looking for motivated individuals who have a desire to work outdoors with children who have emotional, learning and behavioral challenges.


About Our Organization:

Camp Starfish is a not-for-profit overnight summer camp that…

Details at a Glance

  • Start Date
    June 12, 2022
  • End Date
    August 20, 2022
  • Application Deadline
    May 15, 2022
  • Internship Benefits
    Academic Credits
  • Payment
    Salary
  • Hours Per Week
    Residential position 6 days/week

Benefits

Salary and Perks of the Job:

  • Room and Board included
  • Laundry Service provided
  • Earn certifications
  • Travel Stipend available for staff members traveling over 250 miles
  • Earn course credit (dependent on your school’s requirements)
  • Gain valuable skills needed to work with a variety of children
  • Make friends that will last a lifetime
  • Salary and bonus information may be found here: http://campstarfish.org/staff/detailsmain.html 

Salary and Perks of the Job:

  • Room and Board included
  • Laundry Service provided
  • Earn certifications
  • Travel Stipend available for staff members traveling over 250 miles
  • Earn…

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