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Ridge Leader

Prior Sanborn Western Camps staff experience is required. Open to women and men 4 years out of high school – traditionally college graduates and older. This position is residential and encompasses a variety of roles:  counselor, peer supervisor, trip leader, office assistant and logistics coordinator.  A highly qualified candidate will have a high degree of self-motivation and have experience with and be comfortable counseling children ages 7-16 in the residential camp setting; managing and working with a specific group of staff members; modeling healthy choices and behaviors for all campers and staff; leading safe, fun and enriching trips and activities; mediating conflicts in the living units and on trips; representing the goals and mission of the organization; acting with integrity and maintaining impeccable judgment; and assisting to create a respectful community.

Ridge Leader Specific Responsibilities:

  • Comprehensive personal knowledge of the group of campers and staff living on the assigned ridge
  • Planning, executing and leading on or off camp trips, activities, evening and weekend programs and special events
  • Being responsible for management and equipment of specifically assigned program areas (e.g.: fishing, rock climbing, biking, water sports, etc.)
  • Providing tent or cabin coverage for other counselors and staff as needed–occasionally (but rarely) requiring you to spend the night in a cabin
  • Reading and editing the ridge counselors’ weekly letters and camper documentation to parents and making sure any corrections are made in a timely manner
  • Being highly flexible, in response to current and emergency situations and to shifts in responsibilities when camp is underway
  • Actively participating in Community Care Duty (preparing the kitchen/lodge for meals and cleaning up afterwards on a rotational basis)
  • Evaluating ridge staff in two formal (mid-session and end of summer) evaluations, as well as in ongoing informal nightly check ins
  • Comprehensive understanding and ability to support all aspects of the camp organization; including mission, policies, and management

Benefits: Competitive salary starting at $3800-$4400/season plus stipends for pertinent certifications, lodging, meals, paid sick leave, laundry, and the opportunity to influence the lives of children in the out-of-doors

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