Counselor

Camp Lakey Gap Autism Program

About the organization

Camp Lakey Gap is a residential camp for people with autism spectrum disorders running from June 12 - August 7th. Our clients come for one week at a time, grouped by age, and we serve ages 4-adult. We support campers in all areas of daily living, and prepare our counselors to help with eating, hygiene, bathing, toileting, and behavioral needs.

Campers sleep in separate quarters with "night-duty" staff. This means that counselors have evenings off. The night-duty staff are rotated weekly, and each counselor pulls at least one week of night-duty (which is a third shift assignment.)

Our staff compensation includes professional training, an immersive learning experience, certificates in crisis intervention and abuse prevention, room and board, and a weekly stipend of $250, paid on the 15th and 30th of each month.

This position offers an opportunity to explore what it means to support campers with autism while offering a chance for tremendous personal and professional growth.

Duties

Counselor will have knowledge and abilities in the following areas:
a. Beginning knowledge on autism, and a willingness to learn new skills related to autism
b. Communication skills- both oral and written
c. Personal relations skills with the ability to work effectively with children, youth, and adults

Responsibilities:
-Be able to participate in physical activity for at least 10 hours a day in wooded and hilly terrain. Activities include hiking, swimming, outdoor games, canoeing, and more.
-Fully participate in and complete the camp training week.
-Read and learn all policy and procedures
-Develop a professional and respectful working relationships
-Review camper charts
-Follow up with Parents
-Prepare all necessary items needed before your camper arrives
-Act in a supportive and professional manner when meeting camper’s and their guardians.
-Support your camper at their level of need, and use the techniques taught during training
-Fully supervise your camper(s) and remain in arms reach at all times.
-Assist your camper with self care (ie, toileting, showering, eating, etc) at their level of need.
-Attend, listen and participate in all scheduled staff meetings.
-Be prompt to all scheduled activities and meetings.
-Complete and turn in all required paperwork in a timely manner

Qualifications

Counselor will have knowledge and abilities in the following areas:
a. Beginning knowledge on autism, and a willingness to learn new skills related to autism
b. Communication skills- both oral and written
c. Personal relations skills with the ability to work effectively with children, youth, and adults

Salary

$250 weekly Stipend

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

When registering, select "Camp Lakey Gap Staff" from the drop-down menu on the registration site. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

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