Love kids? Want to work in a creative, supportive environment?
Camp Kaleidoscope, an arts and science day camp in Newton, is looking for staff for Summer 2019.

Staff must be available for full camp season including orientation dates unless otherwise agreed on. Camp dates: June 24-August 16, 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday. Orientation the week before camp opens; staff meetings Mondays after camp. Although camp is not easily accessible by public transportation, buses are available from Brookline, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Framingham and Wayland. Kaleidoscope is a pluralistic Jewish camp welcoming the entire community. Full-time staff may send their children to camp for free.

Staff Positions

Unit Leader: Lower and Middle Camp

Responsible for overseeing campers entering grades K-3 and lower and middle camp counselors. Primary responsibilities include ensuring that camper needs are met; communicating with parents; supervising counselor staff; working with specialists; and working with program staff to refine daily activities. Must be a college graduate with a minimum of 3 years working in camp or camp-like setting. Previous supervisory experience is preferred.

Unit Leader: Upper Camp

Responsible for overseeing campers entering grades 4-12, upper camp and CIT counselors. Primary responsibilities include ensuring that camper needs are met; communicating with parents; supervising counselor staff; working with specialists; and working with program staff to refine daily activities. Must be a college graduate with a minimum of 3 years working in camp or camp-like setting. Previous supervisory experience is preferred.

Sports and Outdoor Activities Director

Experienced educator needed to teach and support joyful, active games at our acclaimed arts and science summer day camp. Teach creative outdoor classes and oversee athletic activities for campers grades K-3. Campers enjoy outdoor games typically taught in elementary school gym classes. Must be available for all 8 weeks plus orientation and planning. Must have a college degree and at least 2 years’ experience teaching children. Full-time staff may send their children to camp for free.

Drama Specialist

Drama specialist works with lower and middle campers entering grades K-3, teaching creative drama, adapting stories for performance, and directing short plays. Must have a degree in theater or education and experience teaching creative drama and directing young children. Must know how to have fun with young children as well as have excellent classroom management skills. Specialists teach five classes daily, culminating in original performances at the end of each four-week session. Performance pieces are based on picture books or folk tales. Commitment is 8 weeks plus orientation and planning.

Art Specialists: Full Summer and Half Summer

Art educator to teach creative, fun art techniques to campers entering grades K-8. Must have a degree in art or art education and experience teaching young children. Must know how to have fun with young children as well as have excellent classroom management skills. Specialists teach five classes daily, culminating in an Arts Night exhibit at the end of each four-week session. Commitment is 8 weeks plus orientation and set-up. A second Art Specialist is needed for general art and ceramics, first session only, June 24-July 19.

Science Specialist

Experienced teacher needed to lead hands-on activities in biology, chemistry, nature, physics and food science to campers in grades K-8. Our dedicated classrooms have access to nearby woods and the Charles River. Teachers plan projects, order supplies, and participate in the Arts Night exhibit at the end of each 4-week session, where campers show their arts and science projects. Must have a degree in education, science, or a related field, as well as teaching experience.

Costumers

Theatrical costumers needed for camp shows. Two positions available:

  • Costumer for Mainstage musicals with campers entering grades 4-11
  • Creative costumer for original, short plays with campers entering grades K-3

Each position may be part-time or full-time. If full-time, applicant will also teach art or other related subject. Must have experience costuming and organizing large shows, designing, sewing and fitting, as well as in creating simple whimsical costumes to be worn over street clothes. Must be available for both sessions. Shows are July 17 and 18, and August 14 and 15.

Tech Theater Specialist

Work with theater directors to design and build sets and props, teach classes to campers in grades 4-10, and manage the sound system for daily performances. Must know how to have fun with campers as well as have excellent classroom management and technical theater skills. Tech specialists teach 3-4 classes daily. Commitment is 8 weeks plus orientation and planning.

Boating

Boating teachers needed for canoeing program on the Charles River in Newton with campers grades 1-8. Lifeguard certification and experience with children and canoes required. Must be 18 years or older, responsible, mature, energetic, and able to organize groups of 10-15 campers on the water. Position may be full time, Monday through Friday, 8:30-4pm; or afternoons only Monday through Thursday, 1pm-3pm. Full time position includes supervising campers and teaching or assisting with other classes in the mornings, and afternoon canoeing responsibilities.

Camp Nurse

Camp nurse is responsible for administering medications, support and first aid as needed throughout the camp day, and for maintaining a medical logbook. Position reports to the camp director. Must hold valid RN license. Camp hours are 9am-4pm Monday through Friday. Competitive salary.

Camper Support Coordinator

Provide direct service and consultation services to children, parents, and camp staff in a nurturing environment. Interview prospective campers with special needs prior to camp and support camper success during camp. Work with parents and provide training and support to staff as needed throughout the summer. Must have a degree in Special Education, Developmental Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or related field, and two or more years teaching and/or counseling with school-age children. Hours are 8:30-4:30 daily, with Monday staff meetings until 5:30 and the expectation to stay after camp when needed. Dates are July 22-August 16, plus orientation June 21 & 23, and/or earlier as scheduled. Staff send their children for free; campers may stay in extended day for no cost while parents are working for camp.

Counselors

Counselors are mature, reliable, patient people who understand what it takes to make a camper's day a wonderful experience. While the JCC is not easily accessed by public transportation, buses are available from Framingham, Wayland and Brookline. Counselors are 18 years old or graduating high school or older, with demonstrated leadership skills and experience working with children. Internships are open to students entering grades 11 or 12,  with experience working with children. All counselors must be available through August 17. We have openings for June 24-August 16 and July 8-August 17, depending on the position.

  • Lower and Middle Camp Counselors work in pairs or groups of three and are responsible for a group of 10-15 campers entering grades K-3. They support and nurture campers throughout the day as campers attend activities in the arts, science, sports and swimming. Middle camp counselors may also assist in other areas throughout camp.
  • Upper Camp Counselors work with campers entering grades 4-8. They teach or assist in classes, activities and productions. Open positions may include guitar teacher, theater, dance, magic, video production, canoeing, sports and games, acrobatics, knitting and crafts. Upper Camp teaching counselors usually have completed at least one year of college.

To apply, send cover letter, application and letters of reference to:

Camp Kaleidoscope

333 Nahanton St., Newton, MA 02459

kaleidoscope@jccgb.orgor  617.558.6523

 

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