Yunasa Camp Counselor
Location: Camp Shady Brook, Sedalia, CO (Yunasa West, elevation 6,700 ft.)
Dates: June 8-15, 2019
(Staff will be at camp June 7-15)
Location: Camp Copneconic, Fenton, MI
Dates: July 27-August 3, 2019
(Staff will be at camp July 25-August 3)
Overview of Program
IEA’s pioneering Yunasa summer camps unite students with experts in the social and emotional development of highly able youth. In a nurturing setting, campers explore and grow the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social, and physical aspects of their lives. Yunasa provides a fun-filled summer camp geared toward the uniqueness of gifted children while having all the enjoyment of a traditional summer sleep-away camp. Yunasa, the Lakota word for ‘balance,’ is a weeklong summer camp for highly gifted youth between the ages of 10 and 14. Qualified applicants are highly gifted and inquisitive individuals who aspire to develop their personal confidence, build community, and learn new things through exploration and discovery. Campers participate in activities designed to expand their horizons and provide them opportunities for support and growth.
Camp Counselors will work with Institute for Educational Advancement staff to provide a meaningful summer experience for the campers. They will reside with the campers in dormitory-style cabins and will be responsible for the supervision of the campers at all times. Each counselor will be assigned a small group of campers with whom they will engage in discussions and daily reflections in addition to being called on to lead large, whole-camp activities.
The ideal candidate will possess:
• Experience supervising students in a camp or school environment
• Knowledge of and ability to lead campers in various camp activities including: Ice Breakers, Hiking, Water Sports, Campfire Games and Songs, Teambuilding Activities, and various other outdoor recreational activities
• The ability to work with students, staff, faculty, and parents
• Creativity and enthusiasm
• A high level of personal initiative
• Excellent communication skills
• The ability to handle all contacts in a professional manner
• Physical fitness and love of the outdoors
• CPR and First Aid Certification
Counselors will be expected to:
• Supervise campers at all times when they are not involved in a small group or other supervised activity
• Maintain order in the camp housing facility • Plan and implement “camp-style” activities
• Assist with camper travel and transportation
• Assist with camper check in
• Act as the first contact for campers experiencing difficulties
• Act as a role model in both attitude and behavior
• Consult regularly with Institute for Educational Advancement staff about campers’ social and emotional welfare
• Inform Institute for Educational Advancement staff of any serious disciplinary, emotional, or other problem(s) a student may be having as soon as he/she is aware of the problem(s) and handle any such problem(s) according to the protocol established by the Yunasa Program Coordinator
• Be available on the final day to ensure that the camp housing facilities are left clean and free from damage
• Assist with the completion of any evaluations • Undertake other related duties as assigned
Camp Counselors receive full room and board for the week and a stipend (salary negotiable) upon completion of the camp.
If you are interested in this position, please submit your resume and a cover letter.