Current College Students - Climbing Instructor / Counselor
Company: Camp Cobbossee for Boys
Posted on: June 7, 2019
Thanks for your interest in working at Camp Cobbossee!
Cobbossee is a 4-week, 2-session sleepaway summer camp in Maine.
The dates for this position run from June 5th to August 10th, 2019.
For more on what summer camping actually is, see the very bottom of
Cobbossee is looking for a few talented and motivated Climbing
Instructors / Counselors. Looming large above the entrance road to
Cobbossee lies our two 30ft climbing walls (linked by a bridge),
the High Ropes course and our zipline! It's here the boys of
Cobbossee learn how to climb, hang and fall safely, they also have
a ton of fun. Through a professionally run program, boys at
Cobbossee learn the fundamentals of climbing and ignite their
passion for swinging in the air and from the trees. It's not just
climbing that we do. A ropes counselor will operate our High Ropes
course, Our 100m Zipline and a host of other adventure course
elements including the Leap of Faith, Flying Squirrel and Low ropes
If you haven't used these elements before don't worry. We offer a
three-day certification course in Belaying and equipment management
as well as then providing an extra three days training on our
equipment as a team. We don't ask anything of you that you haven't
been trained on. Our systems are all closed and have relatively
simple equipment associated with it. This means you only have to
learn the basics and become proficient at this. You will also be a
part of the 'Adventure team'.
The Adventure Team is made up of six ropes staff, two mountain
bikers and two archers. We are a unit who operate all of the
adventure activities at camp under the Head and Assistant Head of
Adventure (Jonesy & Johnnie). This also means stepping up on
overnight camping trips setting up equipment and more
responsibility around fire management. We train on these things so
you can be proficient and safe. There is a lot of variety
associated with the Adventure team, alongside your role you would
likely also have opportunities to assist at archery, mountain
biking or fire-building sessions. We run the program as a team and
love to mix things up.
At Adventure we push kids outside of their comfort zone. We do this
safely and in a supportive way. There's no better feeling that high
fiving the kid who was scared of heights who just climbed to the
top of the climbing wall with through your instruction. The program
area we run has real scope for danger which is why we set our
standards high in safety procedure which then provides us with
enormous scope for fun!
Alongside the activity role in the day a Climbing
Instructor/Counselor lives in a bunk with (and cares for!) a set of
campers and works at their activity area during the day, teaching
their passion to a range of age groups and skill sets, all under
the watchful eye of our Adventure program head Jonesy. This
position is also responsible for the upkeep of the equipment,
inter-camp competitions and generally contributing to a strong
team. You want to belong to an amazing crew and do good work all
summer? The Adventure team is for you.
THE BOTTOM LINE
"Summer jobs" are often seen as throwaway jobs. Not here. This job
is going to challenge you. You are going to give of yourself, have
an absolute blast, develop strong friendships with your peers, and
really make a difference in young people's lives.
You should come work at Cobbossee because we are one of the best.
We develop counselors like we develop campers. You will change for
the better. It will truly be the summer of your life.
For anyone not familiar with the huge world of sleepaway camps in
New England, it works as follows:
All over the northeast each summer, families send their boys and
girls up to New England to spend anywhere from a couple weeks to
the entire summer at a sleepaway camp. Sometimes people who are not
from the east coast see this as a strange choice, maybe even a mean
choice! "Don't they like their kids?" the question goes. Of course
they do. They love their children and it's hard for them to be away
from them for the time they are at camp. But parents sacrifice time
with their kids in the summer because summer camp is really good
for young children. Camp (especially longer-term camps of
four-to-eight weeks) teaches children independence, self-reliance,
and confidence through the teaching of new skills, improving at
sports, and living away from home. It isn't always easy. But it is
worth it! Crucial to this process are you, the counselor. You
become like a family member to the campers in your cabin. In fact,
you will find yourself developing really fast yourself, just so you
can be the best counselor and instructor possible for your kids! It
is rewarding, challenging, and transformative work to care for
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