Activity Staff

Department: Program
Reports to: Activities Coordinator
Dates of Employment: June – August
Compensation: Paid Weekly, Housing & Meals Provided

Job Summary: The mission of the Double H Ranch is to provide specialized programs and year-round support for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. The Activity Leaders meet the mission of Double H Ranch by providing campers with instruction and support in their program area. Activity Leaders are responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive, adaptive experience for all campers through all activities. Activity staff will also serve as cabin counselors whenever not scheduled at program areas.

Positions available in the following Program Areas:
Arts & Crafts
Creative Arts (Photography, Journalism & Talent Show)
Discovery (Hands-on Science Activities and Educational Experiments)
High Ropes Course
Outdoor Extreme (Environmental Education/Camping & Nature)
Team Adventure (Team-Building Experiences/Sports & Rec)

Main Responsibilities:

• Provide the Assistant Camp Director, Programs with a detailed plan of activities that will be implemented during the session. These plans should be engaging, adapted to meet campers’ needs, fit into the theme of the session and allow for flexibility. Must include all-weather plans.
• Collaborate with the Assistant Camp Director, Programs/Activities Coordinator to create purchase orders to ensure their program area has adequate supplies for the week
• Evaluate program areas and supplies for safety and readiness

During Session:
• Provide clear and engaging supervision of campers at their program area
• Awareness of camper’s personal fears and concerns
• Follow the model of Intentional Programming set forth by the Leadership team
• Act as a role model and set an example for campers, staff and volunteers
• Provide regular and positive feedback to campers, staff and volunteers
• Ensure that all supplies are safely stored and maintained, remove and report items in disrepair
• Modify all activities during inclement weather and report the decision to the Assistant Camp Director, Programs
• Facilitate all-weather programming during inclement weather
• Required to be at program area whenever scheduled
• Required to be a designated cabin counselor whenever not scheduled for program
• Attend and give updates at weekly Activity Leader meetings
• Facilitate specific activities that clearly provide campers with a take away skill

Post Session:
• Attend and give updates at weekly staff meetings
• Ensure that all supplies are safely stored and maintained, remove and report items in disrepair
• Review previous session activities and modify based on success of the activity
• Submit weekly program evaluations to Assistant Camp Director, Programs

• Establish a routine for campers, staff and volunteers when they attend the program area
• Use appropriate behavior management at all times
• Monitor children’s health daily: reporting any symptoms to the medical staff immediately

Safety: • Report any acts of maltreatment, neglect and/or any other violation of camp policies immediately to the Camp Director • Ensure that American Camping Association standards, SeriousFun Children’s Network standards and NYS Department of Health standards are being implemented and followed • Must complete all medical and employment forms • Must adhere to all safety rules and teach campers what those rules are • Responsible for knowing and adhering to the policies and procedures contained within the camp manual. • Provide safe alternate activities when weather is inclement Staff Team: • Actively participate in staff training • Support other members of the staff • Be a role model for all staff and volunteers • Complete mid-season and end of season evaluations of your Unit Leader and summer program • Treat other staff and volunteers with professionalism and respect • Accept supervision and guidance from staff and supervisors

• At least 19 years of age
• At least two prior seasons in sports and recreation instruction or equivalent role
• No criminal conviction record related to the treatment of children

Essential Functions:
• Must be able to provide complete, independent personal care for yourself in regards to: hygiene maintenance & medical needs & medication administration.
• Must be able to provide personal care for campers including: bathing, toileting, changing diapers, dressing, transferring children out of their wheelchair, etc.
• Must be able to physically and mentally able to work 12 hour shifts with limited breaks.
• Must possess the strength and stamina to maintain constant supervisor of campers for the duration of the season.
• Be able to push, pull, lift and carry items up to 50 pounds.
• Be able to supervise and instruct campers; this will require the ability to walk, sit, climb, kneel, crouch and stand.

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