• Rescue Ranger, Headfirst Summer Camps: 2018-1811

    US-DC-Washington, DC
    Counselor & Junior Counselor - Seasonal

  • The Position:

    Reporting to the Site Leader, Rescue Rangers at Headfirst Summer Camps are responsible for bringing the Headfirst camp experience to life by tapping into the power of play to excite, entertain, and inspire. Our Rescue Rangers are jack-of-all trades, able to work with whichever camp needs them most on a day-by-day basis. Rescue Rangers must have the flexibility and versatility to implement any and all Headfirst Summer Camps curricula with meticulous attention to detail and an emphasis on consistent and enriching instruction. Because of their dynamic role, Rescue Rangers must possess the ability to communicate and work with a variety of age, interest, and skill levels, and must be able to approach each day and its unique challenges with enthusiasm, patience, and a sense of humor. Depending upon their strengths and the day’s needs, Rescue Rangers may be placed in Headfirst Summer Camps’ Junior Day, Day, Connect. Create. Discover., STEM, Multi-Sport, Soccer, and/or Basketball Camps.

    The Work:

    Pre-Camp Season

    • Attend orientation and training days in late May and/or early June.
    • Participate in all required webinars and online trainings.
    • Master any and all required Headfirst Summer Camps curriculum and other materials provided prior to the start of camp.
    • Submit all required paperwork on time.

    Camp Season

    • Execute any and all Headfirst Summer Camps curricula with high energy, integrity, and passion.
    • Build strong connections with campers, taking personal responsibility for each camper's well-being, enjoyment, and development.
    • Tackle daily tasks with adaptability and versatility, working in whichever program has the greatest need.
    • Serve as a role model for campers in demonstrating positive attitudes, respectful communication, appropriate attire and grooming, and a diligent work ethic.
    • Work as part of a team to foster a safe, fun, and supportive camp environment that is centered upon Headfirst Summer Camps’ mission and values.
    • Implement Headfirst Summer Camps’ traditions, games, policies, procedures, and safety protocols.
    • Maintain enthusiasm and focus throughout busy days during which you will supervise and participate with campers in every aspect of programming.
    • Assist aquatics staff with swim instruction by getting in water to provide supervisory support and ease any camper fears.
    • Communicate respectfully, clearly, and kindly with all members of the Headfirst Summer Camps community, including HQ, camp leadership, fellow team members, campers, and campers' families.
    • Work in all weather conditions.
    • Execute AM/PM carpool assignments.
    • Participate in all required trainings, webinars, and team meetings.
    • Prepare, organize and set up/take down all programming areas, taking responsibility for campers’ belongings for safe keeping throughout camp day.
    • Meet Headfirst Summer Camps dress code and appearance requirements.
    • Communicate professionally with parents as requested by leadership in order to provide customer connection and relay important information on camper experience.
    • Attend all special events as assigned, facilitating activities, interacting with families, and assisting with set up/clean up.
    • Report any issue, question, or concern regarding the campers promptly to the Program Leader; notify appropriate leadership immediately of any evidence of substance abuse, child abuse, child neglect, severe medical conditions, individuals appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances around campers, or any other potentially dangerous conditions or situation.
    • Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior in working with campers, campers’ families, fellow team members, leadership, and facility partners while upholding the Headfirst Summer Camps core values at all times.
    • Adhere to state law, Headfirst Summer Camps policies and procedures, and contractual obligations.
    • Take on additional responsibilities as assigned by the Headfirst Summer Camps leadership team and not otherwise prohibited by law or regulation.

    The Requirements:

    • At least 16 years of age.
    • Preferred: Experience supervising or working with children, and completion or pursuit of a degree in an education-related field.
    • Ability to communicate effectively and respectfully at all times and in all situations.
    • Ability to work well with a variety of age, interest, skill, and developmental levels.
    • Ability to exercise good judgement, follow instructions, and properly implement Headfirst processes and policies in order to ensure the safety and emotional well-being of campers and team members.
    • Ability to approach each day and its unique challenges with enthusiasm, patience, and a sense of humor.
    • Ability to successfully complete a background check subject to applicable law.
    • Ability to successfully perform all essential job functions (please note: this description reflects the current assessment of essential functions; it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned). Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Please contact the Headfirst Summer Camps Talent Department for more information.

    The Character:

    • An impassioned enterpriser who shares The Headfirst Companies’ core mission and values, and believes in our ability to work together to make a difference in the lives of children and young adults.
    • A highly motivated self-starter who is autonomous and dependable.
    • A team player who approaches professional hurdles with a strong sense of individual responsibility and a sincere emphasis on team over self.
    • A consummate professional who has the ability to prioritize and multi-task, managing several projects concurrently, sometimes under pressure, and often with tight deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and professional demeanor.
    • A vocal, energetic, and enthusiastic leader who possesses the charisma, passion, and polish to serve as an ambassador of The Headfirst Companies.
    • A doer who has an entrepreneurial spirit and a focus on finishing the job every day.
    • A problem-solver who assumes responsibility beyond what is asked, and takes initiative.
    • A flexible, coachable, and down-to-earth teammate who has the desire and capacity to grow through self-reflection, and by both providing and receiving thoughtful, constructive performance feedback.
    • A patient individual with a stellar sense of humor.

    The Headfirst Companies are proud to be Equal Opportunity Employers.


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