Staff Positions

Camp Counselor

Camp Counselors have a direct impact on the campers’ experiences each and every day! Along with your Co-Counselor, you will be responsible for your own group of campers, leading activities and building relationships within your group. Great Counselors are patient and love having fun and leading games with children in their assigned age group.

Unit Head

Responsible for supervising a camper age group, including developing and coordinating activities, themes, and schedules for the Unit while coaching Counselors through camper behavior challenges. Unit Heads work closely with the Camp Director, Specialists, and Counselors to coordinate Unit programming and activities.

Key Essential Job Duties:
  • Able to lift/move children up to 45 lbs.
  • Demonstrate physical stamina and agility required to be mobile for long periods throughout the day.
  • Move from sitting (chair and floor) to standing position easily and quickly.
  • Stand for long periods of time and be able to run and actively engage physically with children.
  • Ability to assist getting children on and off the bus and or cars.
  • Able to ride on bus for a field trip and or bus route.
  • Possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of children ages 3 – 12 years old.
  • Clearly and effectively communicate in a manner that children understand.
  • Actively participate with children during games including running & climbing.
  • Be in a swimming pool up to one hour, observing and supervising children in the water.
  • Move around with children at their pace and be actively involved with children rather than just watching them.
  • Supervise children, keeping them in sight and sound at all times.
  • Know the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behaviors. Prevent, circumvent, and deal with problem behaviors appropriately and effectively.
  • Maintain a sense of calm and perspective with physical and mental alertness during stressful times.
  • Consistently demonstrate and reinforce the values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility.
  • Ability to run up to 100 yards (in the case of a emergency).
  • Plan and implement activities to meet the physical, emotional, intellectual and social needs of the children in the program.

 

Specialist

Specialists are responsible for planning a customized curriculum of activities across all camper age groups. Specialists facilitate activities with campers and Counselors throughout the summer. Art Specialist, Music Specialist, and Sports Specialists are common – please contact your camp to see what Specialist positions are available this summer!

Adventure Tree Specialist (ZFA): supervise the Adventure Tree program, maintaining equipment, daily set up and take down, safety checks and teaching safety and climbing procedures to campers and staff. Must be 21 yrs. old without a fear of heights; we provide the one week of intensive training required for this position!

Art Specialists: create and implement a dynamic hands-on arts curriculum.

Climbing Wall/Ropes Course Specialists: outdoor adventure enthusiasts help campers build skills and self-confidence through wall climbing and small ropes course challenges.

Dance Specialists: teach campers a variety of cool, hip, fun methods including modern hip hop, jazz and movement!

Drama Specialists: Talented professionals develop curriculum focusing on improvisation games, movement, and storytelling.

Garoon Gateway to Science Educator (EFA): On this beautiful 2-acre hands-on experiential science park, the Science Educator will lead activities for campers, care for and feed the reptiles in the biodiversity area and oversee Garoon’s daily operations.

Gymnastics Specialists: teach Gymnastics to campers of a variety of ages & skills.
Israel Experience Specialists: organically integrate meaningful, purposeful, quality Israel content and experiences into camp life.

Lifeguards/Swim Instructors: American Red Cross certified Lifeguards maintain a safe environment for all participants. Swim Instructors teach “Learn to Swim” classes.

Song Leaders: bring passion and music into everyday camp life leading all-camp song sessions, small-group singing and spirit-building activities.

Sports Specialists: plan and lead fun and engaging activities in a variety of sports (basketball, soccer, baseball/softball, Flag Football, Gaga, etc.) with a focus on skills, teamwork and sportsmanship.

Yoga Specialists: plan and lead a fun Yoga program that get our campers moving and stretching in all kinds of cool ways.

Key Essential Job Duties:
  • Lift/move children up to 45 lbs.
  • Demonstrate physical stamina and agility required to be mobile for long periods throughout the day.
  • Move from sitting (chair and floor) to standing position easily and quickly.
  • Stand for long periods of time and be able to run and actively engage physically with children.
  • Ability to assist getting children on and off the bus and or cars.
  • Able to ride on bus for a field trip and or bus route.
  • Possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of children ages 3 – 12 years old.
  • Clearly and effectively communicate in a manner that children understand.
  • Actively participate with children during games including running & climbing.
  • Be in a swimming pool up to one hour, observing and supervising children in the water.
  • Move around with children at their pace and be actively involved with children rather than just watching them.
  • Supervise children, keeping them in sight and sound at all times.
  • Know the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behaviors. Prevent, circumvent, and deal with problem behaviors appropriately and effectively.
  • Maintain a sense of calm and perspective with physical and mental alertness during stressful times.
  • Consistently demonstrate and reinforce the values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility.
  • Ability to run up to 100 yards (in the case of a emergency).
  • Plan and implement activities to meet the physical, emotional, intellectual and social needs of the children in the program.

 

 

Aquatics Staff – Lifeguard, Swim Instructor, Pool Manager

Several of our camp locations have indoor or outdoor pools and are looking for Lifeguards, Pool Managers, and other aquatics-related positions. Please contact your camp to see what aquatics positions are available this summer!

Key Essential Job Duties:
  • Ability to lift/move children up to 40 lbs.
  • Physical stamina and agility required to be mobile for long periods throughout the day (up to 4 hours/day in pool).
  • Must also be able to hold and/or support children in chest deep water.
  • Ability to lift children and adults out of the pool in an emergency situation.
  • Ability to move from sitting (chair and floor) to standing position easily and quickly.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and be able to run and actively engage physically with children in and out of the swimming pool.
  • Ability to react with physical and mental alertness in emergency situations (jump into the pool to rescue anyone that need assistance; small child(ren) to adults weighing more than 200 pounds using proper rescue equipment).
  • Must be able to rotate head side to side to scan the pool while lifeguarding and be physically and mentally alert in emergency situations including rotating head to side to side.
  • Ability to use of hands and arms for grasping, pulling, pushing and sliding aquatic chairs, pool stairs and PVC benches both in and out of the water.
  • Ability to demonstrate, motivate and communicate a swim skill in the water and swim 50 yards.
  • Ability to use a loud voice during swim lessons and supervise children and adults around and in the pool by sight and sound.
  • Ability to set up and take down the pool each day (includes putting in/ removing stairs into the pool, placing lane lines in the pool by bending down and wrenching them in).

 

Other positions may be available as well! Please contact your preferred camp location and see what is available for the summer. Hope to see you at Apachi!

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