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Summer Camp Positions

Bradford Woods is an extremely diverse and dynamic organization that has been providing programs for over 40 years.  As a global leader in Challenge Education and Recreation Therapy, we have earned a national and international reputation.  Bradford Woods offers unsurpassed experiences and opportunities in a wide range of positions. Bradford Woods is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate with regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, national origin, disability, or marital status.

To learn more about RT Summer Camp, watch The Summer Camp Experience, or for more information about any of the available positions, please contact us.  To apply for a position, please complete an application packet.

Summer Camp Staff Structure


Summer Camp Leadership Team Positions

Logistics Coordinator (2)
Cabin Life Coordinator (2)

Summer Camp Program Staff Positions

Program Staff (7)
Waterfront Director (1)
Waterfront Assistant Director (1)
Adventure Challenge Director (1)
Media Specialist (1)

Summer Camp Cabin Staff/Counselor Positions

Cabin Head (10)
Cabin Counselor (25-30)
Cabin Counselor Assistant (1-2)
Cabin Counselor/Lifeguard (5-10)
Cabin Counselor/Adventure Challenge (1-2)
Laundry Staff (2)

Nursing Positions

Registered Nurse/Graduate Nurse (1-2)
Health Center Aide/Cabin Counselor (5-10)

Interns

Recreation Therapy Intern (2-4)


Logistics Coordinator (2)

Description of Position
Logistics Coordinator positions involve working hands-on with children and adults with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses, as well as taking a leadership role in the overall facilitation and leading of all program activities and working closely with all program instructors and camp sponsors. This position will work closely with the Director and Assistant Directors of camp and will lead all programmatic activities. This position will be an integral part of the Summer Camp Leadership Team.

Position Prerequisites

  1. Prior experience in working with people with disabilities, strong leadership skills, and leading summer camp programs is highly preferred.
  2. Knowledge of Bradford Woods’ camps and programs is also desirable.
  3. CPR and First Aid certification are required.

Cabin Life Coordinator (2)

Description of Position
The Cabin Life Coordinator positions works closely with the Director and Assistant Directors of camp in leading all staff in developing a positive experience for the participants. This position involves supervision and support for all cabin staff, as well as communication with the families of the campers, camp sponsors, and the medical staff. This position will also lead orientation and training for new staff. This position will be an integral part of the Summer Camp Leadership Team.

Position Prerequisites

  1. Prior experience in working with people with disabilities, strong leadership skills, and leading summer camp programs is highly preferred. Bradford Woods provides all necessary training.
  2. Knowledge of Bradford Woods’ camps and programs is also desirable.
  3. CPR and First Aid certification are required.

Program Staff (7)

Description of Position
The Program Staff design and implement programs and activities in the areas of Recreation, Creative Arts, Nature, Music, Nutrition/Dietetics, and Evening Program (program areas assigned by sessions).  Programs and activities will be developed around camper needs, interests, and goals. This position will also assist in the development and implementation of evening activities including but not limited to: campfires, game nights and scavenger hunts. When the activities at the assigned program area are not in session, this position works with the campers and assists the Cabin Staff in all activities of daily living. The opportunity may also exist for Program Instructor to assist the Logistics Coordinators in the overall coordination and administration of our smaller camp programs.

Position Prerequisites

  1. Prior experience in leading programs and activities is highly preferred. Bradford Woods provides all necessary training.
  2. Interest in working with people with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
  3. CPR and First Aid certification are required.

Waterfront Director (1)

Description of Position
Organize, lead, and supervise a program of instructional and recreational waterfront activities at both the pool and the lakefront, designed to meet each participant’s needs. Assist in developing and implementing activity plans for activities including, but not limited to, swimming at pool and lake, fishing, pontoon boating, and canoeing. Provide on-going supervision, training, instruction, and evaluation to the Waterfront Assistant Director and Waterfront Staff.  Conduct and document pre and post inventories of all aquatic equipment.  Conduct on-going equipment checks to ensure optimal safety of staff and participants.  When the activities and responsibilities at the assigned program area are not in session, this position works with the campers and assists the Cabin Staff in all activities of daily living.

Position Prerequisites

  1. Must be at least 21 years of age to meet ACA requirements.
  2. Current Lifeguard Certification, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, and First Aid certifications are required.
  3. Waterfront module certification highly preferred.
  4. Prior knowledge, training, and/or experience in designated program area.
  5. Interest in working with people with disabilities and chronic illnesses.

Waterfront Assistant Director (1)

Description of Position
Assist the Waterfront Instructor in organizing, leading, and supervising a program of instructional and recreational waterfront activities designed to meet each participant’s needs.  Develop and implement activity plans for each activity including, but not limited to, swimming at pool and lake, fishing, pontoon boating, and canoeing.  Provide supervision, training, instruction, and evaluation to the Waterfront Staff.  Assume the role of Waterfront Director when he/she is absent or otherwise assigned.  When the activities at the assigned program area are not in session, this position works with the campers and assists the Cabin Staff in all activities of daily living.

Position Prerequisites

  1. Current Lifeguard, CPR for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid certifications are required.
  2. Waterfront module certification preferred.
  3. Prior knowledge, training, and/or experience in designated program area.
  4. Interest in working with people with disabilities and chronic illnesses.

Adventure Challenge Director (1)

Description of Position
Organize, lead, and supervise a program of instructional and recreational adventure challenge activities designed to meet each camper’s needs. Develop and implement activity plans for each activity including, but not limited to, the climbing wall, Alpine Tower, the universal high rise, the teams course, and ground initiatives.  Provide supervision and instruction to fellow camp staff and Recreation Therapy Interns during challenge activities.  When the activities at the assigned program area are not in session, this position works with the campers and assists the Cabin Staff in all activities of daily living.

Position Prerequisites

  1. Previous experience facilitating challenge elements is preferred.
  2. CPR and First Aid/WFA/WFR certification is preferred.
  3. Interest in working with people with disabilities and chronic illnesses.

Media Specialist (1)

Description of Position
The Media Specialist position will lead all media needs with the Summer Camp program. This includes all photography, weekly newsletters, website postings, slide shows, and other special events.  This position will also assist the program staff in the implementation of media in programs and activities including dining hall programs and campfires.  This position will work closely with the Summer Camp Leadership Team and the Bradford Woods technology coordinator to maintain and develop all media programs.

Position Prerequisites

  1. Knowledge of digital camera use, PowerPoint, web-based programs, and other media technology is required.
  2. Experience in a camp and recreational setting and working with people with disabilities is highly preferred.
  3. CPR and First Aid certification are required.

Cabin Head (10)

Description of Position
The Cabin Head position will be the leader of all programs and activities within a cabin. Cabin Heads are the individuals primarily responsible for the physical, social, and emotional care of a cabin group. Each cabin group consists of approximately 8-10 campers and 3-5 staff. Cabin Heads live in the cabins with participants and staff and provide overall direction, support, feedback, and supervision. This includes, but is not limited to, overseeing activities of daily living, personal care and physical care of campers, overseeing and ensuring quality and timely camper documentation, enforcement of BW policies and procedures, regular staff meetings and scheduled staff evaluations.

Position Prerequisites

  1. Prior experience and/or knowledge in working with people with disabilities and chronic illnesses is highly preferred.
  2. Strong leadership and supervision skills are also preferred.
  3. CPR and First Aid certification are required.

Cabin Counselor (25-30)

Description of Position
The Cabin Counselor position involves working hands-on with children and adults with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses. Cabin Counselors will live in the cabins with participants and will be responsible for assisting participants, to whatever degree necessary, with their activities of daily living (showering, dressing, bathing, eating, and so forth). Cabin Counselors will also assist participants, on an as needed basis, in program areas (waterfront, creative arts, camp outs, etc). Documentation will be kept on all of the above, for which Cabin Counselors are highly responsible.

Position Prerequisites

  1. Interest in working with people with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
  2. Ability to serve as a role model for all participants.

Cabin Counselor Assistant (1-2)

Description of Position
The Cabin Counselor Assistant position involves working hands-on with children and adults with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses. Cabin Counselor Assistants will live in the cabins with participants and will be responsible for assisting participants, to whatever degree necessary, with their activities of daily living (showering, dressing, bathing, eating, and so forth). This will be performed with assistance and mentoring from the Cabin Head as well as other Cabin Counselors. Cabin Counselor Assistants will also assist participants, on an as needed basis, in program areas (waterfront, creative arts, camp outs, etc). Documentation will be kept on all of the above, for which Cabin Counselor Assistants will be learning and assisting the other staff in the cabin. The Cabin Counselor Assistant will have the opportunity to meet with a designated staff member periodically who will act as a mentor and provide guidance as needed. This position is for a two-week time period, one camp session, at which point skills and performance will be evaluated and if essential function of a cabin counselor are met, then the person in this role could stay for a longer duration as a Cabin Counselor.

Position Prerequisites

  1. Interest in working with people with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
  2. Ability to serve as a role model for all participants.

Cabin Counselor/Lifeguard (5-10)

Description of Position
This position will split time between the two roles.  This position will work closely with the Waterfront Director, lifeguarding activities at the pool and the lakefront. The position will work during the day and some evenings as a lifeguard. When not lifeguarding, this position will work as a Cabin Counselor. The Cabin Counselor position involves working hands-on with children and adults with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses. Cabin Counselors will live in the cabins with participants and will be responsible for assisting participants, to whatever degree necessary, with their activities of daily living. Cabin Counselors will also assist participants, on an as needed basis, in program areas (waterfront, creative arts, camp outs, etc). Documentation will be kept on all of the above, for which Cabin Counselors are highly responsible.

Position Prerequisites

  1. Interest in working with people with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
  2. Ability to serve as a role model for all participants.
  3. Current Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer certifications required.
  4. Waterfront Module certification preferred.

Cabin Counselor/Adventure Challenge (1-2)

Description of Position
This position will split time between the two roles. This position will work closely with the Adventure Challenge Directors to assist in organizing and leading a program of instructional and recreational adventure challenge activities designed to meet each camper’s needs.  He/she will assist in developing and implementing activity plans for each activity including, but not limited to, the climbing wall, Alpine Tower, the universal high rise, the teams course, and ground initiatives.  When not working with Adventure Challenge, this position will work as a Cabin Counselor.  The Cabin Counselor position involves working hands-on with children and adults with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses.  Cabin Counselors will live in the cabins with participants and will be responsible for assisting participants, to whatever degree necessary, with their activities of daily living (showering, dressing, bathing, eating, and so forth).  Cabin Counselors will also assist participants, on an as needed basis, in program areas (waterfront, creative arts, camp outs, etc).  Documentation will be kept on all of the above, for which Cabin Counselors are highly responsible.

Position Prerequisites

  1. Previous experience facilitating challenge elements is preferred.
  2. CPR and First Aid/WFA/WFR certification is preferred.
  3. Interest in working with people with disabilities and chronic illnesses.

Laundry Staff (2)

Description of Position
The Laundry Staff lead the organization and cleaning of all laundry at camp. This position also keeps the laundry area clean and operable and reports any maintenance concerns to the housekeeping team leader. This position is responsible for all duties involved in the laundry room.

Position Prerequisites

  1. Interest in working with people with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
  2. Ability to serve as a role model for all participants.

Registered Nurse/Graduate Nurse (1-2)

Description of Position
A nursing role at Bradford Woods is a very multifaceted, fast-paced position.  Nurses bring medications to the campers and staff wherever the campers and staff are, i.e. campers and staff only visit the Health Center under ‘atypical’ situations.  Therefore nurses are ‘out and about’ extensively, visiting our cabins as well as our program areas. A majority of the time at camp will be spent sorting and passing out medications.  Nurses will also serve as the primary support for campers and staff whenever campers are experiencing difficulty in their normal routine or normal functioning (troubleshooting, assessing, offering advice/support, etc). This support is provided very collaboratively involving the camper, the camper’s family, the cabin staff who know that camper best, as well as the camp physician (when on site) and the camp medical director. Camp Nurses will also be responsible for maintaining all aspects of proper medical protocol and proper medical documentation.

Position Prerequisites

  1. Must have a current license to practice nursing in Indiana.
  2. Must be a registered nurse or a graduate nurse.
  3. Must have an interest in practicing nursing in a non-traditional environment.
  4. Those in this role must love and embrace not only the camp environment but also the camp philosophy, which is one of campers coming first, community, and fun!

Health Center Aide/Cabin Counselor (1-2)

Description of Position
The Health Center Aide/Cabin Counselor position involves working hands-on with children and adults with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses.  Health Center Aides/Cabin Counselors will spend the majority of their experience living in the cabins with participants and will be responsible for assisting participants, to whatever degree necessary, with their activities of daily living (showering, dressing, bathing, eating, and so forth).  Health Center Aides/Cabin Counselors will also assist participants, on an as needed basis, in program areas (waterfront, creative arts, camp outs, etc).  Documentation will be kept on all of the above, for which all staff are highly responsible.  In addition, Health Center Aides/Cabin Counselors will also spend a duration of time in our Health Center (times TBD) where they will assist in all aspects of running an effective Health Care Center which follows a ‘camp model.’  This may include, but not be limited to, the sorting and passing out of medications, basic triage care, as well as transport of campers to Riley Hospital.  The position will work closely with the lead nurse and the other members of the healthcare team.

Position Prerequisites

  1. Interest in working with people with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
  2. Ability to serve as a role model for all participants.
  3. Must be a junior or senior in an accredited undergraduate nursing program and must have coursework in pediatrics.

Recreation Therapy Intern (2-4)

Description of Position
The Therapeutic Recreation Intern has a very multifaceted role at Bradford Woods.  The Intern will live in the cabins part of the time during the summer where they will assist with personal and physical care of the participants as well as gain training and experience in the provision of Recreation Therapy services for our participants.  This will include conducting assessments, writing goals and objectives, and keeping documentation throughout the participant’s stay at camp.  RT interns also rotate through each of our program areas.  While in these program areas interns will complete population analysis and be responsible for devising activity plans based upon these analyses and the goals/objectives of the group.  Interns may also be asked to facilitate activities in each of these areas. Lastly, interns will need to complete a project for Bradford Woods as well as keep a journal of his/her experiences.

Position Prerequisites

  1. Interest in working with people with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
  2. Ability to serve as a role model for all participants.
  3. Working toward a degree in Recreation Therapy and working toward certification as a Certified Therapeutic recreation Specialist.