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The Headfirst Companies

Day & Jr. Day Camp Counselor, DC: 2023-3004

Washington, DC

The Position

Headfirst Summer Camp Day & Junior Day Camp Counselors will lead campers in pre-written theme-based curriculum as our youngest campers try new things and experience camp through the power of play. We provide the training, curriculum & daily camp schedules along with all equipment for a successful camp day but need you to bring camp to life with your enthusiasm, dedication and un-matched energy.

Camper ages: 3-6 years old

Activities include: art, story time, swimming, sports and games, music and movement, moon bounce, playground, STEM

Weekly themes include: Animals, superheroes, insects, outer space 

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  • In-season (late June through mid August): 7:45 am – 3:30 pm Monday – Friday
  • Pre-season (early June): select weekends for training and site preparation

Compensation: $17 / hour

Additional opportunities: Morning Extended Day (7:15 am arrival)

What You'll Do

  • Bring Camp to Life
    • Lead a group of 12 to 16 campers with a co-counselor through a planned schedule
    • Teach pre-written curriculum, and engage campers during break times
    • Implement Headfirst’s safety protocols on supervision, bathrooms, emergency medications, and camper behavior management
    • Lead music and movement, story time, sports and games, moon bounce, bathroom & sunscreen breaks, transitions, lunch & snack
    • Support specialized staff during art, STEM, swim, morning and afternoon program meetings
    • Execute morning and afternoon carpool as a key player, welcoming each family to camp by name with fantastic dance moves and coordinated carpool procedures
  • Nurture Physical, Social & Emotional Safety 
    • Work directly with campers to support them in their emotional, physical, and social development through hands-on exploration and developmentally appropriate activities
  • Represent Headfirst for Families & Facility Partners
    • Represent the Headfirst brand daily to families at carpool and to school facility partners throughout the summer by being enthusiastic, helpful, hands-on, and in uniform
    • Actively participate in our efforts to take care of our camp facility and community 
  • Be an Active Member of the Camp Team
    • Arrive on time, communicate schedule changes promptly, be a loyal and consistent team member who shows up for the campers and your team
    • Be flexible with your assignment and open to supporting other programs on site
  • Handle the Curveballs
    • Practice resiliency and arrive with a “How Can I Help?” mentality that puts camper experience and team success at the forefront through problem solving and trying new things
    • Adhere to the Headfirst Cell-Phone free policy, powering down and putting cell phones in Yondr pouch for the duration of shift.

About You

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • If you are between 16-18 years old, please apply for our Junior Counselor role. 
  • Must be able to:
  • Work around small children including, sitting, standing, running, and climbing stairs for the full day.
  • Work in hot and outdoor environments while actively supervising campers and participating in dynamic activities for extended periods of time. 
  • Lift and carry up to 30 pounds occasionally. 

Perks and Highlights as a Camps Team Member

Headfirst Companies are proud to be Equal Opportunity Employers. We value diversity and inclusivity across our Headfirst community, and we strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply.

Client-provided location(s): Washington, DC, USA
Job ID: 31833004
Employment Type: Other