High Ropes Assistant

Department: Program
Reports to: High Ropes Director
Dates of Employment:  June 20th – August 8th, 2021

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 High Ropes program allows campers to challenge themselves by completing our High Ropes course under the guidance of our High Ropes Activity Leaders. Our High Ropes Activity Leaders will work with the High Ropes Director to facilitate a challenging, adaptive team building experience for all campers through the successful completion of our 12 element high ropes course.

Main Responsibilities:

Pre- Session:

  • Collaborate as a team to 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 programming plans.
  • Collaborate with the High Ropes Director to create purchase orders to ensure the program has adequate supplies for the week.
  • Evaluate program area and supplies for safety and readiness according to safety sheet in program binder.
  • Thoroughly clean/disinfect high ropes program area
  • Become familiar with guidelines and policies in the Staff Manual and Program Policy Guide
  • Participate in High Ropes Certification Training

During Session:

  • Responsible for implementing a program that promotes safety and fun
  • Required to set up and take down the ground level parts of the course at the beginning and end of each day
  • Be aware 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, maintained, and disinfected between uses. Remove and report items in disrepair.
  • Ensure that all campers, staff, and volunteers are practicing proper hygiene and following COVID safety protocols while at the High Ropes program area.
  • Collaborate with the High Ropes Director to modify all activities due to inclement weather
  • Flexible to reschedule and facilitate all-weather programming for cabins who have had their rotation canceled to ensure all campers have the opportunity to go through the course
  • Required to be at program area whenever scheduled
  • Required to help leadership team set up and facilitate camp-wide programming when not scheduled at program area
  • Required to help create virtual content to keep campers connected who could not be on camp this summer
  • Attend and give updates at weekly Activity Leader meetings

Post Session:

  • Attend and give updates at weekly staff meetings
  • Ensure that all supplies are safely stored, maintained, and disinfected. Remove and report items in disrepair.
  • Review previous session activities and modify based on success of the activity
  • Provide feedback to High Ropes Director for weekly program area evaluation.


  • 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


  • 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 policies and procedures contained within camp manual.
  • Provide safe alternate activities when weather is inclement.
  • Follow all COVID-19 precautions; including appropriate mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing both in and out of session

 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 the High Ropes Director 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
  • Complete Inner Quest training prior to Session 1 (at Double H)
  • Complete and pass our background check protocol
  • Prior experience working at a challenge course with 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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