Kochavim Counselors work one-on-one with teens and young adults ages 12-21 in a self-contained program. Campers have moderate to severe disabilities. This is an excellent opportunity for high school, college, and graduate students, as well as professionals in the field of special education, therapeutic recreation, psychology, medicine, or other related fields.
Essential Functions of the Position:
- Engage and supervise the campers in programs and activities while under the position’s care.
- Be present at arrival and dismissal locations as scheduled. Ensure all children have been picked up by an authorized adult or guardian. Take daily attendance and complete dismissal reports.
- Know how many participants are under the position’s care and know who and where they are at all times. Safely escort children to and from activities.
- Demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of campers of all ages, interact appropriately with campers in a variety of situations, appropriately model behavior and use positive behavior management techniques – enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, good sportsmanship, and self-control.
- Work with Camp Leadership and co-counselors to plan and lead morning meetings and group activities that ensure the success of all campers.
- Utilize active supervision at all times.
- Creatively adapt and individualize activities to the specific needs of campers.
- Clean equipment between uses. Take part in the daily clean-up of the program area, including putting all toys and equipment away.
- Supervise in the pool with campers, assisting swim staff with their requests and needs, working hands-on with campers in the pool.
- Understand and implement the behavior plan specific to your camper as needed.
- Ensure that campers are brought to health room daily for medications, and that appropriate medications are taken with the group on any off-site activities.
- Provide daily written communication with camper’s parents concerning daily progress and other pertinent information.
- Effectively communicate with supervisor, staff and campers.
- Provide written evaluations to the Kochavim Director at the end of camp.
- Comply with and participate in the County, State and American Camp Association requirements.
- Recognize, respond and report to Unit Head or Head Counselors any environmental and/or other hazards related to the activity or the program.
- Attend all required orientation meetings, staff meetings and trainings.