As a Counselor/Staff Member, you will share your responsibilities with co-counselor. You will eat many meals together, sleep in the same cabins as your campers and participate together in evening program and cabin closing. A significant part of your job is to communicate with your co-counselor and develop guidelines so that everyone in your cabin has a consistent framework for dealing with conflicts. You are expected to be active participants with your cabin and must communicate effectively with your co-counselor so that both of you are comfortable with the cabin dynamic. All staff must have Current CPR & First Aid certification. Experience working with young people in one-on-one and group situations is recommended.
Boys / Girls Cabin Counselor
# of positions: 20 (10 male, 10 female)
Cabin counselors are responsible for their cabin group as they travel around camp to their daily activities. Cabin groups are all one grade or a mix of two consecutive grades. As a cabin counselor you remain with your group the entire day and participate in activities with your campers. In a typical day you will need to be a coach, an older sibling, a parent and a friend. This is a general position. You do not need experience in any of the program areas, though it helps. You do need to be able to be around campers for long extended amounts of time. Comfortable traveling by boat as you will make bi monthly trips to the mainland to pick up new campers
Activity specialists spend the majority of their day teaching in a particular program area. Each activity period lasts 1 hour 20 minutes and there are four activity periods per day. Activity specialists must have previous teaching experience or significant personal accomplishment in the program area they are applying to teach. Camp activities are geared to the level of the participant and though campers can choose not to participate we do have minimum participation requirements for some activities (i.e. putting on a harness even if the camper is not going to climb).
IMPORTANT NOTE: Though we provide training at camp in program areas, this training is to help staff members become familiar with our program. We do not teach you how to belay or sail, if you are an instructor. We ask that you come with that knowledge and experience.
All Waterfront Positions as well as Naturalist must have Current or previous Lifeguard certification & Experience upon arrival at camp. (Waterfront LG course taught at camp).*
# of positions: 4+ 1 Lead Sailor
Teach sail theory class in the A.M activity periods when the winds are low. In the afternoon you will rig boats and either sail a 14ft Capri with 3-5 campers or teach our older campers how to sail the OPPIS from a chase boat. Sailing instructors will also have shifts as the tower lifeguard.
Position requirements: Experience with 8-14ft centerboard and keel boats. Previous teaching and sailing experience preferred.
# of positions: 2 + 1 Lead driver
Wake-up at 6:00 A.M. to drive and instruct early morning waterskiing and wakeboarding. Continue driving and teaching through the morning. In the afternoons you will refuel your boat, perform routine maintenance and possibly drive chase boats for the sailing program, cleaning the hull of the boats, maintaining equipment, etc. Each instructor will also have shifts as the tower lifeguard. Other duties include assisting in the camp store during store time and select evening programs.
*Contact office for more specific requirements.
# of positions: 5 + 1 Lead diver
Job description: Skin divers teach a variety of activities including skin diving, marine ecology, and ocean kayaking. All skin diving instructors will be on a teaching rotation so that each instructor will teach each program area. Each instructor will also have shifts as the tower lifeguard. Specific training for these activities is provided during staff orientation.
Skin diving: Outfit groups with mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits. Teach campers how to clear mask and snorkel after diving underwater. Take groups to the various sides of the cove to explore. Explain and identify basic marine animals and plants.
Ocean kayaking: Teach campers basic paddling techniques. Practice paddling and playing games in the cove. Take groups on paddling outings to other coves.
Stand Up Paddle Boards :Teach campers basic paddling techniques. Practice paddling and playing games in the cove. Take groups on paddling outings to other coves.
Marine ecology: Play a variety of games which illustrate very basic marine science principles. Use identification sheets to explain to campers the different sea-life they will encounter while skin diving.
Any of the following: Experience skin-diving or scuba diving. Experience Ocean kayaking. Background in a marine science helps but not necessary. Previous teaching experience preferred for all of the above. (Please note: as explained above, specific training for our program is provided for these activities during staff orientation, experience is needed.)
Arts & Crafts-
# of positions: 1
Work with a variety of artistic mediums including leather, paint, clay and wax. Focus is on a relaxed and traditional craft program. Projects include: sand candles, lanyards, friendship bracelets, leather tooling, clay sculpting, etc. Every second week during badge more specific crafts are created
Job requirements: Experience working with children and art projects. Able to create activities for different age groups, with the same materials. Able to work with various age groups simultaneously.
# of positions: 2
Job description: Instructors teach the basic skills of handling archery and riflery equipment. Instructors will be trained with the Civilian Marksmanship Program.
Job requirements: Familiarity with archery safety requirements and rudimentary skills or experience with basic gun safety and operation.
Challenge Instructor –
# of positions: 5 + 1 Lead
Job description: Challenge instructors teach a variety of activities including climbing, high ropes course, low-ropes initiatives and group games. All Challenge instructors will be on a teaching rotation so that each instructor will teach each program area. (Please note: as explained above, specific training is provided for these activities during staff orientation, experience is needed.)
Climbing Wall: Set-up ropes and safety equipment. Outfit groups with harnesses and helmets. Teach basic climbing moves. Belay campers on the wall and teach cabin counselors to belay.
High-ropes course: Set-up ropes and safety equipment. Outfit groups with harnesses and helmets. Explain each ropes course activity. Belay campers on the ropes course.
Low-ropes initiatives: Facilitate group initiatives with and without equipment. Process group experiences so that cabin groups begin the process of communicating and team-building.
Group games: Lead a variety of team-building games with one or two cabin groups.
Program is designed to facilitate play in a safe atmosphere so that as many children as possible want to participate.
Job requirements: Any of the following: Experience belaying and climbing. Experience playing a variety of games that involve 10-20 people. Experience participating in initiative/challenge course activities. Previous teaching experience preferred for all of the above.
# of positions: 2
Job description: Naturalists teach a variety of activities including gardening, composting, nature hikes and tide pooling. All naturalists will be on a teaching rotation so that each instructor will teach each program area. Specific training for these activities is provided during staff orientation.
Job requirements: Experience with gardening, composting, or environmental education. Previous teaching experience preferred.(Please note: as explained above, specific training is provided for these activities during staff orientation, experience is needed. )
# of positions: 3
Job description: These positions are typically filled with returning staff that are comfortable with our program and the island. They are responsible for the planning in Day Trips, Little Geiger, Outdoor Cooking and wherever else they are needed throughout the day. This job requires versatile staff members who are capable of instructing a variety of program areas. Specific job responsibilities change daily as different needs arise. Outdoor Leaders will not live in a cabin with children.
Job requirements: Minimum age 21. Previous experience leading groups. Able to think on the fly. Must be a quick learner who is extremely flexible and comfortable working in a variety of settings with a variety of people. Previous resident camp experience preferred. These positions are very intense and generally reserved for previous CIC staff.
Photography & Go Pro Video
# of positions: 2
Job description: Using a digital camera, photograph campers and staff participating in camp activities as well as introduce cabin groups to the basics of digital photography and newsletter development. Using Go-Pro and video to create stories and short clips. Develop an all camp slide show for each camp session.
Job requirements: Experience with digital photography and PCs and Video. Teaching experience preferred.
# of positions : 1
Job Description : Responsible for managing the camp store. Items include Camp Apparel and treats. Duties also include “mail runs”, prepping for evening programs and assisting in program areas where needed and available.
Job requirements: Experience working with young people in one-on-one and group situations. Must be able to work alone.
ADMINISTRATIVE and LEADERSHIP POSITIONS. (These positions may or may not be available)
Boys Camp Director
Girls Camp Director
Assistant Boys Camp Director
Assistant Girls Camp Director
Lead Boat Driver