Cabin Counselor

Hiring for 2016 at all sites: Camp Courage, Maple Lake; Camp Friendship, Annandale; Camp Eden Wood, Eden Prairie; Camp Courage North, Lake George


The Counselor should be a high school graduate, preferably in college. A successful volunteer experience True Friends may be an acceptable substitute for age requirement. Must be physically and emotionally strong, mentally alert, creative, and flexible. Must have the ability to lift at least 40 lbs. and work well with others

Functions and Responsibilities

• Responsible for the health, personal care needs safety and general welfare of all individuals who are assigned to their cabin. Assist individuals with physical disabilities or other limitations that need support with eating meals, walking, transferring, using the bathroom, etc.
• Responsible to assist in planning and implementing daily activities with Program Staff and coworkers to meet the needs and interests of the cabin group. Also to take part in all activities with encouragement and positive reinforcement.
• Responsible to the health care and administrative staff for notification of sickness/injury, or change in participant behavior and to assist with treatments needed by participant.
• Make sure all participants’ belongings are properly checked in upon arrival and all items are present and accounted for when leaving. Assist them in caring for personal belongings; see that soiled items are laundered and that a clean outfit is saved for going home.
• Responsible for the completion of a physical assessment of each participant within 24 hours of arrival and the continuous monitoring of the individual thereafter.
• Responsible for writing an experience report on cabin and other reports, logs, and forms as necessary; assist in writing postcards.
• Responsible for periodically serving as “Cabin Duty” person in assigned cabin (during rest hour and in evening after bedtime).
• Responsible at all times for the appearance and cleanliness of cabin.
• Write self-evaluations to be discussed and then filed. Personal evaluations are given by Village Leader upon completion of self-evaluations.
• Provide information for written evaluations of volunteers assigned to cabin. Counselors are required to model an appropriate example for volunteers.
• Participate in the planning and implementation of evening programs; such as skits, sing a longs, talent shows, etc. for all camp and village programs.
• To perform any miscellaneous duties requested by the administrative staff.

Physical Demands

• As an employee, you may also need to perform duties that involve a variety of physical challenges. Appropriate training will be given to ensure that correct techniques and precautions are used in this area.
These may include
1. Extreme heat or cold
2. High decibel noises
3. Physically exerting activities (walking, lifting, crouching, sitting for lengthy periods)
4. Exposure to ionizing/non ionizing radiation (from radios, walkie talkies, microwaves etc)
5. Physical aggression from campers who may display challenging behaviors

Work Environment

• You may also be exposed to some hazardous substances and harmful physical agents on a routine basis, meaning you may be exposed during the normal course of your work assignments. You will receive training on how to avoid illness or injury in this area.
These areas may include
1. Hazardous materials for cleaning (MSDS sheets available at each site)
2. Chemicals associated with protection of others (bug spray, sunscreen etc)
3. Environmental factors (Poison ivy, pollen, insect bites etc)
4. Gasoline or exhaust fumes from vehicles
5. Infectious agents such as blood or other bodily fluids
This job description is intended to describe the general nature of this job. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all requirements for this position, nor does it constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee. It is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.