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TEEN COUNSELOR PROGRAM INFORMATION

Application Deadline:  March 3, 2014 for First Year Applicants

 

Returning Counselors Application Deadline:  May 15, 2014

 

We are pleased to announce that OSU Extension 4-H will be sponsoring our annual 4-H Junior Wildlife Stewards camp for youth in grades 3-8. Invitations for to our last year's 2013 Junior Counselors have been sent. If you have received our invitation to apply please consider applying. Teen Counselors are high school youth with an interest in the outdoors and natural sciences and who enjoy working with youth to serve as Camp Counselors. The camp will be held at the 4-H Education Center in northwest Salem. We hope our invited 2013 Junior Counselors will take the time to review this packet and consider submitting your application for a 2013 camp teen counselor position.

Serving as a 4-H camp teen counselor is an excellent leadership opportunity and lots of fun. The OSU Extension 4-H faculty and adult leader staff will provide Training and support for the 4-H camp counselors. In partnership with the adult volunteer staff you will also have the opportunity to help us develop our 4-H Junior Wildlife Stewards Camp.

Please take the time to review the information about our camp. (NOTE:  This is an invitation only opportunity to our returning Junior Counselors)

4-H Teen leaders are a very important part of the camp staffing plan. 4-H Teen Camp Counselors are both givers and receivers of 4-H camp educational programs.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Sets a good example according to camp objectives
  • Be a good, enthusiastic camper
  • Be responsible for 5-6 campers
  • Be punctual and attend all camp programs
  • Associate with campers instead of other counselors
  • Accept responsibility for enforcing all camp rules
  • Never leave camp without permission from the Camp Director
  • Abide by all rules, policies, and procedures
  • Assume full responsibility of the safety of the campers
  • Assume responsibility for the behavior of the campers in the cabins
  • Sit at the head of the table at mealtime and assist with the orderly use of the dining hall
  • See that all campers participate in the daily fulfillment of cabin clean-up
  • Facilitate campers personal hygiene, practices, and make sure campers are properly dressed for different activities
  • Seek adult staff help with difficult campers
  • In partnership with other teen counselors and adult counselor liaison, plan and organize the "Evening All-Camp" programs
  • Assist assigned camper group (5-6 campers) for campfire program which include skits, camp songs and other special presentations
  • Prepare nametags for each camper in assigned camper group
  • In cooperation with other teen camp counselors decorate cabins using a wildlife theme and assist with camp clean up.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must have completed 9th grade by June 2014
  • Enjoy working with children
  • Willing to participate in counselor training sessions
  • Love of the outdoors and a willingness and enthusiasm for sharing it with children

SUPERVISOR: Camp Director (OSU Extension 4-H Faculty)

CAMP DATES:

  • Application Deadline- March 4, 2014
  • New Camp Staff Trainings - new counselor applicants must attend the following trainings   - Dates March 16 and April 13th

    (all trainings are held from 1-5 pm at the 4-H Club House at Alpenrose Dairy (Park near the bicycle velodrome and walk to "Dairyville village" The 4-H clubhouse is near the animal barns)

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  • Camp Staff Retreat - June 7-8(mandatory for all new counselor applicants)

at the 4-H Education Center in Salem

  • Camp Staff Arrival - Monday, July 28, 2014
  • Camper Arrival - Tuesday, July 29, 2014
  • Camper Departure - Saturday, August 2, 2014
  • Camp Staff Departure - Saturday, August 2, 2014

HOW TO APPLY :

New Counselor applicants must submit the their teen staff enrollment and counselor application by March 4th.

New Camp Counselor staff will be selected based on the final criteria

  1. 4-H Wildlife Stewards Teen Counselor Application
  2. 4-H Camp Enrollment
  3. Participation in the counselor trainings and weekend new camp staff weekend
  4. Interview with Camp Counselor selection committee (Individual interviews will be set up and conducted with each counselor applicant )

NEW COUNSELOR APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 4, 2014

COMPLETE ONLINE OR SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO:

4-H Wildlife Stewards Camp

3421 SE Salmon

Portland, OR  97214

(Fax: 503-916-2676)

QUESTIONS: Contact Maureen Hosty at (503)916-6075 or contact by email

New counselor applicants are required to attend the new camp staff retreat in June 7-8th.  There is no cost for this weekend.  During the weekend, counselor applicants will participate in various leadership opportunities and training sessions.  Counselor applicant interviews will also be conducted for all new applicants. 

Please Note:  There is no guarantee that all counselors applicants will be selected for camp staff.  Adult camp staff will select counselors for 2013 camp after the June retreat.  If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact Maureen Hosty, Camp Director at (503) 916-6075 or e-mail. We look forward to hearing from you.

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