Senior Counselor: Camp Half-Blood

    • New York, NY
    • Brooklyn, NY
    • Newark, NJ
    + 2 more

About Camp Half-Blood:
Camp Half-Blood is an outdoor adventure summer day camp for Demigod campers ages 7-12. Through mythological storytelling, live action role play and physically and mentally engaging activities, Demigods work with their friends each week to develop new skills, solve problems, and ultimately become Heroes. Learn more at:\

Camp Half-Blood is looking for Senior Counselors for its 2018 Summer Season at all 3 camp locations: Prospect Park Brooklyn, Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan, and South Mountain Reservation, New Jersey. The Senior Counselor is responsible for leading a cabin of 7-12 year-old Demigods on their weekly camp journey through the wild, magical world of mythology, and for developing them into the heroes they were meant to be.

The Ideal Senior Counselor is:
At least 18 years old with a passion for creating a fun, creative, and positive camp experience for campers and staff
Committed to building a safe, child-focused community
An honest, clear, and effective communicator and collaborative team-builder
Able to communicate clearly, maturely and compassionately with parents and families
Able to demonstrate professionalism and accountability
Flexible when met with changing work needs and demands
Often taking initiative to analyze and solve problems, and suggest solutions
Organized with an eye for detail
Open to feedback with a desire to grow professionally
Able to maintain a high standard of ethics, integrity and confidentiality, as well as an excellent work ethic, a high level of energy and exceptional enthusiasm all day, every day, for the entirety of the camp season

At least 18 years old by the start of work
At least 2 years of experience working with kids in a camp or equivalent educational setting
Completed at least 1 year of college or equivalent professional experience
Demonstrated leadership experience in a camp or educational setting
Interest & Skills in one or more of the following: literature, literacy, drama, theater arts, storytelling, music, visual arts, science & nature studies, fencing, combat, martial arts
Knowledge and passion for Storytelling & Mythology is a MUST for Camp Half-Blood
Must have read at least one book in the Percy Jackson series; additional knowledge/interest in the Rick Riordan literary universe is a plus
Current CPR & First Aid certification preferred

Every Senior Counselor will be paired with a Junior Counselor on a cabin of no more than 16 campers between 7-12 years old
Ensure children's safety, manage children's behavior and model constructive participation in all daily activities
Develop and teach weekly Elective classes
Act as a role model and mentor for campers and staff: model constructive participation in all daily activities, help Junior Counselors and CIT’s develop their counselor skills
Work directly with Program Directors and Quest team to actively engage with storytelling and character building with campers; act as a Quest Guide for cabin on weekly adventures
Work closely with Head Counselor and Camp Director to ensure safety of all children
Facilitate camper check-in and check-out, and communicate effectively and professionally with parents
Senior Counselors may be asked to help with morning camp set-up as needed
All staff must participate in training sessions before camp begins
Senior Counselors will report directly to the Camp Director during the camp season

Summer staff positions are temporary, seasonal positions and do not include benefits. Expectations for work hours at Plato Learning programs are outlined above; we are committed to competitively compensating staff.
$15 per hour
Payroll is processed biweekly

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Some lifting and carrying up to 60 lbs.
Typing, writing, reading
Seeing, hearing and speaking, both nearby and at a distance
Use hands and fingers to help with classroom supplies and operate equipment
Frequent sitting, standing, walking, running, kneeling

To apply, please submit a Resume and, in lieu of a cover letter, please include a short video of yourself (no more than 2 minutes). Your video should include why you’re interested in working for Camp Half-Blood, but how you communicate that is up to you. Tell us the story of how you discovered you were a demigod, share your most heroic adventure or achievement to date, or show us that crazy aerial backflip you can do. Your video should showcase the unique skills and talents that you feel you could bring to Camp Half-Blood. It doesn’t need to be fancy, a phone camera is fine! We just want to get to know a little more about you.

Resumes and videos should be sent to:

Please also indicate which location (Brooklyn, Manhattan, or New Jersey) you are applying for in your submission.

Start Date: May 15, 2019

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