Job TitleBoys/Girls Head Counselor

Responsible toDirector Glenn Smith

Position Purpose:

To coordinate and supervise Camp Tall Timbers Counselors, ensuring the smooth operation of camp activities in cooperation with your Camp  Director.  To ensure the health and safety of Campers at all times, giving support and encouragement to maximize their camp experience.

Job functions will be across two key areas and in relation to Counselors and Campers

  • Work in conjunction with your camp director to establish guidelines regarding camp rules e.g. bedtimes.
  • Confidently enforce camp rules with both Counselors and Campers and oversee adherence to these rules. Be a good role model at all times.
  • Act as supervisor to Counselors concerning any issues they may have over their role and responsibilities. Liaise with your camp Director where necessary using good judgment at all times.
  • Assist Counselors with lesson plans for pre-determined activities, offering advice and support where needed.
  • Oversee predetermined activities, evaluating health, safety, and organization at all times.
  • On completion of activities collaborate with Counselors to evaluate the lesson, making changes where necessary for future implementation.
  • Both assist with and oversee the evening program.
  • Your camp Director will meet with you each morning to talk through the day ahead, work through any issues, giving you support and advice when needed.
  • Ensure Counselors and Campers work together to put a schedule in place, for the maintenance of health, safety, and hygiene in their cabins.
  • Complete daily cabin inspections with regards to maintenance and hygiene.
  • Oversee that the appropriate supervision is taking place by Counselors in their designated cabins and that all Campers are adhering to rules.
  • Ensure that each and every Camper enjoys their Camp Tall Timbers Experience as follows:
    • Together with Counselors be responsible for welcoming each and every Camper on arrival and throughout their stay at Camp Tall Timbers. Be mindful to remain supportive and approachable to all staff and campers.
    • Work with your Counselors to be mindful that all children have friends and are included.
    • Be alert to problems and concerns of Campers such as feeling homesick, behavior, or sickness, and support Counselors in working through these issues. Seek the support of your Director where necessary.
Role Model
  • Adhere to and ensure others adhere to all safety and security rules and procedures.
  • Set good examples all of the time to staff and campers in regard to teamwork, using initiative, being proactive and going the extra mile!
Other Duties
  • Contribute to verbal and written evaluations and communications as directed.
  • Assist in planning and participate in other camp activities as assigned such as evening activities, special events, and other camp functions.
  • Adhere to and ensure others adhere to all safety and security rules and procedures.
  • Participate in management and staff meetings. Work with Camp Director and other administrative staff to develop program schedules, award programs, and leadership schedules.
Qualifications and skill requirements
  • Must be 18 years of age or High School graduate.
  • Must be able to obtain or hold current First Aid Certificate/CPR.
  • Must submit a health history record and examination form prior to the first day of work.
  • Have the ability to work with people of all ages and levels.
  • Documented evidence of leadership/supervisory experience. Understand the development needs of the youth.
  • Demonstrate a proactive and positive approach to work all the time.
  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge in specific camp program areas.
Physical Aspects of the Job
  • Be able to work within a team of campers and staff and provide necessary instruction to campers and staff where appropriate.
  • Ability to observe staff and camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques.
  • Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity.
  • Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess the strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.
  • Ability to endure prolonged standing, bending, walking long distances, hiking, and stretching.
  • Necessary eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate outdoor equipment and camp activities.
  • The normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare and communicate appropriate camper activities/programs.
  • Willing to live in a camp setting and work irregular hours with limited or simple equipment and facilities; and with daily exposure to the sun, heat, and animals such as bugs, snakes, bats, etc.