Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Camp Outright Seeking Volunteer Staff Members - Applications due April 11th!


 
From the SJTI listserv:

Come spend a few weeks in the Green Mountains! This opportunity is ideal for EVERYONE, from retirees, professionals of all ages, to undergraduate/graduate students interested in receiving a brief training and a lot of hands-on experience as camp counselors or activity leaders working with a vulnerable youth population.

Camp Outright is a seven day/six night traditional residential summer camp program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning youth and their Allies (LGBTQQA), ages 13-22. Campers will participate in a wide variety of daily activities based upon their interests, including swimming and boating, team games like soccer and baseball, archery, and tennis. Other activities will include visual and performing arts, nature exposure activities, and special topical workshops to address needs stated by LGBTQQA youth. 

“Serving as a volunteer staff member was an honor as I was able to maintain a connection with campers as well as tend to the development and care of staff. Camp Outright was an unbelievable and life-altering experience for youth coming into their own sexuality as well as the staff who worked with the youth tirelessly.” - Camp Staff

“There has never been a place that has felt more like home than Camp Outright. Everyone there is my family, and I love them all.” - Camper

A Camp Outright volunteer staff member is:
1.    Able to uphold the Camp Outright mission and values within the camp community.
2.    Dedicated to ensuring the safety, fun, growth, and well being of all campers.
3.    Committed to bring out the best in both self and others.
4.    Knowledgeable of and responsible to outlined standards, policies, and procedures.
5.    Consistent, patient, and enthusiastic.
6.    Invested in working with youth and adults of diverse backgrounds.

All Camp Outright volunteer staff must:
1.    Complete the application and interview process and pass a criminal background check.
2.    Fulfill position requirements.
3.    Attend one of the staff training weekends tentatively scheduled July 14-15 and July 28-29.
4.    Attend staff orientation on August 11, 2012.
5.    Present documentation of current First Aid and child and adult CPR certification prior to camp.
6.    Be at least eighteen years of age on August 14, 2011 (**and if directly supervising youth, must be at least 3 years older than youth being supervised)

Positions for full time volunteer camp staff include Cabin Counselors, Head Counselors, Floaters, Lead Medical, Lead Mental Health, Medical Staff, Lead Waterfront, Lifeguard, Program Head, Art and Craft Specialist, Drama Specialist, Land Activity Specialist, Nature Specialist, and the Camp Historian.
A number of the positions have overlapping responsibilities and all involve a lot of contact with you. 

If this is something that interests you, check out the camp for yourself at http://www.campoutright.org/.  First consideration for camp staff will be April 11, 2012, so start filling out your application now to be a part of this amazing experience! Contact Leigh at (802) 862-7520 or leigh@ywcavermont.org with questions and queries. 


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