2018 Camp Counselor Application Process

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DATE / DEADLINE: Applications are due to the OSU Mahoning Extension Office no later than December 3rd by 4:30pm

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The 4-H Camp Counselors are a group of 4-H teens selected to assist in being responsible for campers ages 8-14 during 4-H camp. As a result of participation, counselors will develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations needed for adult success, and the Mahoning and Portage County 4-H program will be strengthened and expanded. Roles and Responsibilities of 4-H Camp Counselors include:

  • Attend required trainings prior to camp
  • Market and promote camp
  • Serve in a leadership and teaching role to other counselors
  • Serve on committees or other groups to plan programs at camp
  • Conduct self in an appropriate manner before, during, and after camp while serving as a role model to campers and peers
  • Assist staff and other counselors with camp activities; work as a team to implement the activities
  • Know and understand all safety guidelines, including emergency procedures, associated with the camp and program areas
  • Follow and enforce camp rules
  • Assure for safety of campers at all times including in cabins, sessions, and large group activities
  • Be aware of child protection regulations and report any child abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect in accordance with university policy
  • Identify and respond to camper behavior issues
  • Ensure campers’ health and hygiene, e.g., brushing teeth, eating meals, taking medication, etc.
  • Promote camper participation during camp
  • Lead and supervise campers in activities at camp including but not limited to songs, teambuilding challenges, group activities, challenges, etc.
  • Teach and lead campers at workshops or during other components at camp (table setting, song leading, etc.)
  • Mentor and give guidance to campers to encourage positive youth development and enhancement of life skills

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be at least 16 years old by July 7th.
  • Must be able to get transportation to meetings and events as needed.
  • Must complete a minimum of 20 hours of training.
  • Must complete Child Abuse Awareness training.
  • Must Sign Standards of Behaviors, complete the Code of Conduct form, and have a current Ohio 4-H Health History form on file.
  • First time applicants must provide two references, returning counselors must provide one reference.
  • If the individual is 18+ year old at least two months prior to camp, the individual must have their background check conducted.

 

SELECTION PROCESS:

  • Individuals who complete the application must also attend the interview process in order to be eligible.

 

MEETING DATES/TIME/FREQUENCY

4-H Camp Counselors will need to attend a retreat on a Saturday in February, Counselor Camp Weekend in March, and will meet on Thursday evenings starting in May. Counselors are expected to notify the Extension Office if an absence is unavoidable.

TO APPLY:

  • Complete the application in its entirety.
  • Turn in reference forms from two non-family members (returning counselors must turn in 1 reference).
  • Read and sign the Standards of Behavior and Camp Counselor Code of Conduct forms.
  • Complete Health History Form (parent/guardian signature required if under the age of 18).
  • Return all materials to the Portage or Mahoning County Extension Office by Monday, December 3, 2018 by 4:30pm.