General Overview: Rhyolites work as leaders in training, learning a variety of camp roles. They work in trios or pairs with cabin leaders to lead a group of 10 to 12 campers. They also support the in-camp community through specialized work with the activities team and/or waterfront teams. In addition, Rhyolites receive additional training and evaluation beyond staff training, participating in regular group and one-on-one meetings for professional development.
- With support, provide leadership and guidance of a village of approximately 12 campers, single-gender identifying or all genders.
- With the support of 1 to 2 cabin leaders, provide 24-hour supervision and mentoring to campers in assigned group in a cabin setting. Live with and eat meals with a cabin group, helping each camper to adjust to camp life and to achieve his/her personal best.
- Teach interest groups, organize, and plan small group conversations, and lead or participate in Night’s Doings when assigned.
- When assigned, assist in setting up, facilitation and cleaning up of evening activities and special events, including Night’s Doings, County Fair, Water Carnival, Four Fold Tournament events, etc.
- Set a high standard of respect for self, others, and the space though promptness, language, attitude, and participation
- Promptly discuss any difficult situations that arise in camper or staff relationships, discipline, and other areas of concern with the Coordinator and Director
- Establish personal and professional goals for the summer and work toward those goals
- Complete all job functions, including requested records, written reports, and end-of-summer letters to camper families, and other duties as assigned.
- Encourage leadership development, healthy community living, and AYF mission and values driven practices.
- Protect the safety and health of campers by adhering to community expectations and following all policies and procedures outlined in the Staff Handbook, including our alcohol-, drug-, and tobacco-free camp policy and AYF COVID-19 Staff Eligibility and Expectations.
- Fully participate in and be present at all community activities and staff training
- Strong emotional and mental health. Must be adaptable and exhibit good judgement to determine what is in best interest of the campers in their care.
- Effective communication with youth participants and adult staff across a wide range of identities and backgrounds. Ability to foster positive relationships.
- Ability to understand, promote, actively include, and work effectively with diverse perspectives and identities
- Thorough understanding of critical issues shaping the lives of young people in the U.S., especially racial and gender equity, inclusivity, justice, ethics, and cultural competency
- Position is located at Merrowvista in Center Tuftonboro, New Hampshire. The Merrowvista site necessitates the ability to move through rugged terrain.
- Rhyolites will live onsite during staff training and during the two camp sessions.
Education, Experience, or Certifications
- Must either be 18 or have graduated from high school
- Previous experience working with children, adolescents and/or young adults required
- Strong teaching/facilitating and leadership skills preferred
- Current certification in CPR and First Aid (training available for accepted applicants)
- Weekly pay: $600
- Leaders will receive one day off for every six days worked
What should I know before applying?
- Love working with kids and being outside.
- Are enthusiastic about growing and inspiring campers to grow.
- See themselves as positive role models for the youth of Merrowvista.
- Have just graduated from high school.