Summer Camp Special Needs Counselor - New Country Day Camp

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


Each summer, 800 campers entering grades K-8 come from Brooklyn and Manhattan to New Country Day Camp to play, learn and build friendships in the Staten Island Greenbelt; a beautiful forest setting only 10 miles from the heart of NYC.  In addition to hiking, singing, playing games, and our Red Cross-certified swim instruction program, campers partake in activities led by subject-area specialists from all over the country. These include classic summer camp activities like Visual Arts, Sports, Performing Arts, Science, and Martial Arts and some unique to NCDC: Journalism (blogging, investigative reporting, photojournalism), Imagination (game-making, LARPing, storytelling), Movement (dance and yoga), CPP (cooking, planting and pioneering) and Wilderness Discovery (outdoor adventure and pioneering skills). Our seasonal staff of 150 comes from every neighborhood of NYC and from all over the country.


We have an inclusive camp model, so all campers and staff are given the individual support they need to have a successful summer.  Some of our campers have special needs and our Support Counselors are there to offer the additional support they need to make camp a success! Counselors are the heart and soul of NCDC.



Support Counselors are enthusiastic, highly motivated, creative, and responsible role models who are directly responsible for the well-being of campers at New Country Day Camp from June 27th to August 17th 2018 with a special eye toward our campers with special needs who require additional support.



  • Direct client group: Campers ages 5-13, with special attention toward a small group of campers with special needs who require additional support.
  • Directly supervised by Support Supervisors & Division Heads



 Summer Camp Administration

  • Attend all days of staff orientation before camp
  • Attend all days of camp and after camp staff meetings during the summer
  • Learn about assigned campers who need additional support and help carry out their plan for success throughout the summer
  • Communicate regularly with Support Supervisor about the campers progress and challenges, and with Division Head about daily schedule and responsibilities
  • Work harmoniously with an assigned co-counselor
  • Maintain standards of camp conduct and punctuality


Camp Activities

  • Assume responsibility for the health, safety and well-being of campers
  • Keep record of camper attendance, activity, behavior and injuries/accidents
  • Participate in all camp activities
  • Provide quality supervision at all times with special attention paid to the locker rooms during changing periods, lunch, swim and transitional periods
  • Assist bus supervisors by engaging with campers on the bus ride to and from camp
  • Encourage all campers to do their best & be their on-site daily support system
  • Focus on social dynamics & friendship building of assigned camper group
  • Be a supportive partner for the campers with special needs to anticipate when they might need additional support, and proactively engage them in helpful activities
  • Write weekly progress reports to families of assigned campers



Required Knowledge and Ability

  • Availability to attend all days of camp from June 27th to August 10th and pre-camp orientation in late June
  • Currently pursuing a high school diploma (minimum), Bachelor’s Degree a plus
  • Interest and/or experience in working with kids who have special needs
  • Patience and willingness to learn about different special needs and ways to support kids who might need additional support
  • Willingness to embrace opportunities to build personal identity and explore Jewish identity
  • Willingness to learn about and participate in Jewish culture and traditions
  • Friendly, warm, active and genuinely enjoy working in an outdoor camp setting
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Collaborative, flexible, ability to work in a fast-paced environment and sometimes in stressful environments
  • Previous experience working with children from diverse cultural and social backgrounds
  • Experience working in a JCC or community center setting a plus


Role Key Competencies


Team Work



Safety Awareness



EEO Info

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. Educational Alliance takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

High School

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