The Woodworking Instructor position may or may not also be a counselor position, depending upon the individual applicant. If it is a counselor position, the specialist will live in a cabin with 7-8 campers and 1 or 2 other counselors. Together they will be responsible for overseeing the daily domestic issues that occur within the cabin and among the campers. While the specific duties will vary based on the age of the campers in the cabin, all counselors are responsible for the following:
Ensuring the use of proper hygiene throughout the day.
Escorting campers to lineups and/or meals.
Helping the campers choose their daily elective activities.
Ensuring that campers are maintaining a healthy diet.
Ensuring bunk cleanliness.
Helping to resolve any disputes or dilemmas among the cabin mates.
Being available to any camper that needs additional attention.
These are the core elements of being a counselor and always are given top priority.
If the Woodworking Instructor is not also a counselor living in a bunk, the position would be considered a “non-bunk” position, meaning that the staff member lives in their own private room. However, it is expected that the specialist is self inclusive in many areas of camp, and has a full understanding of the scope of the entire camp program.
Specialty Responsibilities: Each specialist works 5 or 6 of the daily activity periods at their specific activity. The Woodworking Instructor works under the direct supervision of the Arts Director. He/She provides instruction to campers in the fundamentals of woodworking skills and the use of woodworking tools. Classes are generally given to groups of 6-8 campers, but could sometimes be more. Instruction includes the development of basic skills and knowledge.
Qualified applicants for this position should have a strong woodworking background with formal educational training. He/She must also be capable of handling the equipment in a safe and appropriate manner and ensure the safe and appropriate use by the campers.