Summer Positions

Village Leader

At Merrowvista, Village Leaders can expect to lead 2-4 cabins of 8-12 campers over the course of the summer. They role model “best self” philosophies to campers from grades 3-8 as they discover and develop new strengths in 1, 2, 3 and 4 week overnight camp programs. The primary responsibility of cabin leaders is to help each camper adjust to camp life and achieve their personal best. Village leaders also manage the group dynamics of the village, and carry out the Pioneer & Trailblazer programming.

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What should I know before applying?

Our Village Leaders...

- 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.

Full Job Description

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DO WE DO IN STAFF TRAINING?

Leaders will learn all about the mission, philosophy and values of the American Youth Foundation. They will learn how to work with campers, how to teach activities, and will work to build our positive community. By the end of staff training, Village Leaders will be prepared to guide their group through positive experiences, teach interest groups, and more.

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY AS A LEADER LOOK LIKE?

Leaders will begin and end their day with their village and their assigned co-leaders, helping the campers prepare for the day and later for bed. In the morning leaders will travel with their campers to a flag raising ceremony, and eat all their meals at a table with their cabin. During the morning and afternoon, leaders will teach 3-4 activities for campers that align with their interests and abilities (Interest Groups), will facilitate a rest hour for their cabin, and will engage with campers during Free Time. After dinner, leaders will engage with the entire camp during a night time activity and will participate in an evening reflection. After helping the campers prepare for bed, leaders will lead their cabin in an activity to close out the day.

WHAT DO THE LIVING ARRANGEMENTS LOOK LIKE?

Village leaders are expected to sleep in the cabins with the campers. We have a range of cabins, some more remote and rustic than others. All cabins have trail access to bathroom facilities.

HOW MUCH TIME DO I GET OFF?

Village leaders will get one day off for every six days worked.