Wild Adventure Camp Youth Mentor
||Wild Adventure Camp Youth Mentor
||The Wild Adventure Camp Youth Mentor is responsible for assisting in the planning and execution of daily and weekly activities in a trips-based summer camp program for children ages 10-17. The WACC will organize and lead activities including hiking, rock-climbing/bouldering, whitewater canoeing/kayaking, backpacking, camping, and more. This position will supervise a group of youth both on on-site at YMCA facilities and off-site in backcountry settings, including state and national forests, swimming holes, and camp sites while ensuring a safe environment for participants at all times. The WACC will also be responsible for planning, organizing, and leading three separate, week-long sessions of “Wilderness Camp”, which includes adventure course work on Monday, and then a 4-day, 3-night overnight trip Tuesday through Friday at Camp Watia in Swain County. This excursion will include a variety of wilderness activities: hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, swimming, rafting, outdoor cooking, and/or service learning.
||Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and are preferred to have a Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree with at least 15 hours of credit in education and two years of experience working with children in a camp or child care setting. Incumbents will have understanding and knowledge of children, their behavior, and development. This position requires strong communication skills, logistical skills, and organizational skills related to administrative tasks, plus creativity and energy for daily implementation of summer camp programming. Incumbents will be required to have CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Outdoor Water Safety and/or a Lifeguard certification, and Wilderness First Responder, or incumbents must complete these courses during staff training prior to the first day of summer camp. A CDL is highly preferred. Staff must be available to start training the week of May 17th, with some weekend training required. Camp runs from June 4th through August 16th and preference will be shown to those applicants that are available to work the entire summer.
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