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Summer Challenge Course Facilitator

Company: The Fresh Air Fund
Location: Beacon
Posted on: January 20, 2023

Job Description:

Job DescriptionCHALLENGE COURSE FACILITATORSince its founding in 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit youth development organization, has provided free life-changing summer experiences in the outdoors to more than 1.8 million children from New York City's underserved communities. Young people also participate in year-round leadership, career exploration and educational programs. For more information, visit www.FreshAir.org.The Fresh Air Fund also owns and operates the Sharpe Reservation which houses five of the six Fresh Air Camps, the Sharpe Reservation Environmental Center which serves over 18,000 visitors each year. The Fresh Aid Fund also operates Camp Junior, a camp for young people from the Bronx in Harriman State Park.Position Summary:Challenge Course Facilitators work on the Sharpe Reservations and Camp Junior's custom team building and high ropes challenge courses. In addition to working and living in camp with campers, Challenge Course Facilitators work six hours each day running team and community building programs, SEL activities, and belaying on the high challenge course. Challenge Course Facilitators have the opportunity to work with all six Fresh Air Camps. All Challenge staff are required to attend a five-day custom basics training with The Fresh Air Fund's ACCT vendor. No experience is required. Employment Period: June 15th – August 18th, 2023Compensation Range: $2,400 - $2,600Responsibilities:

  • Teach at least two three-hour lessons each day, working with a group of twelve to eighteen campers, ranging in age from eight to seventeen.
  • Responsibilities include but are not limited to: running group dynamic sessions, leading ice breaker activities, facilitating on the teams and high ropes courses, belaying at the high ropes course, course maintenance, and leading activities such as games and group teambuilding programs.
  • Ensure the safety of campers in and out of the program area.
  • Help to maintain the High Ropes and Teams Courses in order to comply with all pertinent safety codes.
  • Attend the four-day technical skills training during orientation. Must have or obtain during orientation a current First Aid and CPR certification. Both trainings provided at Camp.
  • Submit all evaluations and records as required by the Summer Challenge Course Supervisor.
  • When not working at the Course, staff will take on General Counselor responsibilities at their assigned camp.
  • Provide 24-hour-a-day direct supervision, leadership, and guidance to twelve campers with assigned co-counselors. This includes supervising the group in between and during the daily program, planning cabin activities, eating meals with campers and behavior management.
  • Assume responsibility for the safety and well-being of campers.
  • Live in a cabin with 6-12 campers and co-counselors for the full duration of each camp session. Time off during each encampment will be arranged by a supervisor.
  • Understand that campers come first, and decisions should be made in the best interest of campers.
  • Address stressful situations appropriately in a fast-paced, interactive environment.
  • Be an active member of the camp community by participating in all camp programming including camp-wide events, overnights, hikes, swimming, activities, and village meetings. This includes but is not limited to going on hikes in the woods on camp property and going in the water during swimming activities. At times, lifting heavy objects may be necessary.
  • Write daily reports and a final evaluation for each camper to help evaluate their needs, goals, and progress during their camp experience.
  • Strive to work in a cooperative manner with fellow staff to achieve goals of the program.
  • Explain and enforce the policies, traditions, and rules of camp.
  • Invest time with campers to meet their needs, challenge their capabilities and serve as a role model during their time at camp.
  • Take ownership of the use and care of camp equipment and facilities.
  • Be totally familiar with emergency procedures and follow them when necessary.
  • Additional responsibilities as needed and assigned.Qualifications:
  • A minimum of one-year experience working with children is required. Staff must be passionate about working with children.
  • Interested in working and living in the outdoors for the summer.
  • Emotionally mature with a willingness to work as a team player and to maintain a positive attitude.
  • Flexible and willing to accept challenges and step outside comfort zone.
  • Available for the entire duration of the summer program.The Fresh Air Fund requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including eligible booster doses, or to apply for a reasonable accommodation.Application Instructions To apply please, submit a Challenge Course Facilitator application. We are hiring on a rolling basis and encourage interested applicants to apply as early as possible. No calls or recruiters, please. The Fresh Air Fund is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in its work and on its staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations, and communities to apply.

Keywords: The Fresh Air Fund, Danbury , Summer Challenge Course Facilitator, Other , Beacon, Connecticut

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