Newton, MA

Laughter. Fun activities. Friendships. Making a difference. Camp Kaleidoscope, a summer day camp, draws creative youth interested in the arts, science and the outdoors. Experienced counselors and teachers guide campers in drama, filmmaking, music, cooking, science, sports and games as they develop and build self-confidence.  The energy of the camp is lively, playful and warm, as both campers and staff develop lifelong friendships. All counselors support and nurture campers every day.

JCC Greater Boston is deeply committed to valuing and celebrating the uniqueness of each constituent. We welcome staff and participants from diverse backgrounds. While being proudly Jewish, we strive in every way to provide an open and welcoming setting for all, irrespective of personal practices, beliefs or background. We are guided by JCC Greater Boston core values - Belonging, Joyfulness, Collaboration and Transformation - which resonate with many who do not identify as Jewish.

Staff must be available for the full season, June 27-August 19, unless otherwise arranged. (Four-week minimum.) Camp day is 8:30am-4:15pm, Monday through Friday, with orientation the week of June 20 and staff meetings on alternate Monday afternoons.

Lower and Middle Camp Counselors work with campers entering grades K-3. They supervise attendance, lunch, transitions, bunk activities and unstructured time, and assist in classes.

Upper Camp Counselors work with campers entering grades 4-8. They teach or assist in classes, activities and performances. Open Upper Camp positions include general counselors, as well as leaders in theater, dance, magic, video production, music, art, costuming, knitting, tennis and general sports. 

10 things you gain while being a summer camp counselor:

  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to "think on your feet"
  • Problem-solving techniques
  • Project management
  • Social/emotional knowledge
  • Collaboration skills
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution
  • Physical fitness
  • Flexibility
  • Fun!


  • ensuring the safety and well-being of campers in structured and unstructured time
  • creating a fun/joyful dynamic
  • working in partnership with peers and Camp Leadership to provide a happy, safe and memorable summer for the children
  • leading or co-leading activities
  • mentoring counselors in training


  • Must have completed 11th grade (or equivalent) and be at least 16 years of age
  • experience with young children
  • a love of children and a strong desire to make a difference every day
  • leadership skills including teamwork, relationship building, patience, flexibility and diplomacy
  • ability and commitment to build strong relationships with campers, co-workers, and camp leadership
  • JCC Greater Boston requires that new employees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 at time of hire.  The JCC will consider requests for medical or religious exemption that do not pose undue hardship or a direct threat to health or safety.


Compensation is based on staff member’s ability to meet camp licensing and training requirements

  • Junior Counselors (entering grades 11 & 12 or equivalent) - $2800-3500
  • Counselors (HS grads or equivalent) - $4,100     
  • College grads or with equivalent experience - $4,320 


In addition to a rewarding position where you care for a community, the JCC Greater Boston provides competitive benefits including:

  • a competitive salary
  • complimentary summer access to the JCC Greater Boston facility in Newton – offering indoor swimming and workout facilities
  • parents working full time may have their child attend camp for free
  • outstanding working environment including convenient, free parking


JCC Greater Boston values include: Belonging, Joyfulness, Collaboration and Transformation. The agency provides a variety of programs and services to children and adults in the Greater Boston Jewish community including: Early Learning Centers, summer camps, health and wellness programs, family engagement programs and cultural activities. The JCC is deeply committed to valuing and celebrating the uniqueness of each constituent. While being proudly Jewish, we strive in every way to provide an open and welcoming setting for all, irrespective of personal practices, beliefs or background.

Our vision is to create a vibrant and evolving Jewish community where everyone belongs. Our mission is to be at the heart of that community by:

  • creating a thriving community that nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships,
  • welcoming a growing and increasingly diverse set of individuals and families from all over Greater Boston,
  • supporting the building of unique identities rooted in Jewish values and deeper connections to Jewish life,
  • nourishing minds, bodies, and spirits through dynamic, innovative, and accessible experiences, and
  • expanding engagement by partnering closely with other organizations to ensure the continuing vitality of our community as whole.


JCC Greater Boston takes the welfare and safety of staff and children very seriously. Over 99% of our staff have been vaccinated. We have aligned all of our operating procedures with guidance from the CDC and the state. Our practices include ensuring proper physical distancing, sanitation, hygiene, and use of face coverings when appropriate to promote the health of our staff and program participants.


For more information or questions, please email, or fill out STAFF APPLICATION.