Camp Grassick staff are role models who are chosen for their caring personalities, leadership abilities and strong desire to make a difference in the lives of our campers. Staff members teach and guide, challenge campers and themselves to learn and grow, inspire kindness, and focus on each camper's strengths.
Camp staff should be at least 18 years of age. Applicants need to be in good health and able to lift at least 50 pounds. Working at camp with children and adults with disabilities is a demanding job and applicants must be able to handle the physical, mental and emotional demands and be able to
self-regulate and manage heightened or emotional situations.
Applicants must be mature, responsible and dependable. They must be willing to adapt to various weather and working conditions and must be able to or willing to learn to perform personal cares. Camp staff MUST be available for the entire summer and be able to work all sessions including staff orientation. (Typically, camp sessions run from late May until mid-August) Most staff members are also required to live on camp throughout their employment. Starting salary for most positions is $4,300 for the summer, approximately 10 weeks.
In depth information concerning job descriptions will be explained and discussed during personal interviews. In addition to specific duties described in the job descriptions, employees will be responsible for helping out at all camp activities. All staff are responsible for the health, welfare, and supervision of all the campers in attendance at all times. Staff members will attend an orientation session and training before camp begins. Being a staff member at Elks Camp Grassick is a very demanding, yet very rewarding job.
Please contact Camp Director Jenny Hunt for more information.
Counselors must be someone who is genuinely interested in working with children and adults with disabilities. This person should be patient, responsible, reliable, caring, understanding and willing to spend many hours with children as this will be a live-in situation with a number of children in each cabin group. Salary is $4,300 for the summer. There are12-14 counselor positions to be filled each summer.
Rec staff should be individuals who enjoy working outdoors and with children, preferably individuals working on a degree in a related field or those who thoroughly enjoy recreation and sports. The recreation staff will plan, schedule, and conduct daily and weekly recreational activities for the campers. They will supervise small groups in games, sporting activities and campouts. Recreation staff must have patience and energy! Salary is $4,300 for the summer. There are 3 rec staff positions to be filled each summer.
The waterfront staff should be a qualified lifeguard or water safety instructor (WSI) or be willing and able to complete lifeguard or WSI training. This person will be in charge of instructing small groups of children in swimming lessons and performing lifeguard duties throughout the day. This person should be familiar with all phases of boating and water safety procedures. Experience in working with children with special needs is desirable, but not necessary. Salary is $4,300 for the summer. There is typically 1 lifeguard position to be filled each summer.
Craft instructors should be individuals with abilities and interests in the area of arts and crafts and who has patience and enjoys working with children and adults with special needs. Craft instructors, with the help of the camp director, will plan projects suitable for different abilities, order materials, and conduct craft activities for small groups at the different camping sessions. Salary is $4,300 for the summer. There are 2 craft instructor positions to be filled each summer.
Speech Therapy Instructors must be individuals with a BA or BS degree in communication disorders or a related field or be working towards a graduate level degree in this field of study. This person will work under the supervision of the speech/language supervisor and the camp director. This person will plan and conduct individual speech and language sessions with campers as well as conduct small group language enrichment programs with other speech and language personnel. This person will also be responsible for writing final reports at the end of the camping sessions. This position provides excellent experience working with a variety of ages and abilities as well as various speech and language disorders. Speech Instructors will work as counselors for some camp sessions as needed. Salary is $4,300 for the summer. There are 3-4 speech positions to be filled each summer.
The speech therapy supervisor must have a master's degree in speech pathology (and CCC). This person will supervise the speech and language program, help arrange caseloads, be a resource person for the other speech/language personnel, observe sessions, conduct sessions, and read and approve final reports. The speech supervisor will work closely with the camp director in scheduling speech and language sessions. Salary is dependent upon schedule.
A COTA or student studying occupational therapy will work under the supervision of an OTR. This person will assist in planning and conducting therapy activity sessions for individual campers and small groups. He or she will receive a lot of hands-on training and practical experience in the area of occupational therapy. This person will work with the campers on daily living skills, fine motor, handwriting, hygiene and other skills associated with OT. The occupational therapy assistant will also be responsible for writing final reports under the supervision of the OTR. OT instructors will work as counselors for some camp sessions as needed. Salary is $4,300 for the summer. There is typically 1 occupational therapy position to be filled each summer.
The Occupational Therapy Supervisor must be a degreed person in the field of occupational therapy. This person, in cooperation with the camp director, will work with and supervise student occupational therapy assistants or COTA'S while conducting half-hour sessions for individual campers and small groups. The OT Supervisor will help set up therapy programs, supervise daily sessions, and read and approve final reports at the end of the camping sessions. Salary is dependent upon schedule.
The reading instructor must have a degree in education, ideally with experience in reading intervention or be working toward a degree in the education field. The reading instructor will follow IEP goals and school input to work with individual children, helping them maintain or improve their reading skills in specific areas of concentration over the summer. Final reports will be written at the end of the camping sessions concerning programs and campers’ progress or maintenance of reading skills. Salary is $4,300 for the summer. There are 2 reading instructor positions to be filled each summer.
Camp Grassick will hire an RN or LPN for the summer. The camp nurse will be responsible for administering daily medications to campers as well as treating any minor illnesses or injuries that occur. Our camp nurse also interacts with campers and other staff throughout the day by assisting in areas, with evening activities and other events as his/her schedule allows. Salary starts at $4,300 and is dependent on experience. There is 1 nurse position to be filled each summer.
Camp Grassick hires for several positions every summer that do not work directly with campers. Most of the requirements listed above also apply to these positions unless otherwise noted. These positions are good for local applicants who are not able to live on camp for the whole summer, but housing could potentially be provided. These positions typically begin at the end of May and extend a week longer than other staff positions. Salary is based on position and experience and will be discussed upon application.
The head cook is a qualified person experienced in the preparation of meals for large groups. The head cook is responsible for planning a well-balanced menu and preparing nutritional meals for the campers and staff. Some ordering responsibilities may also be required
The assistant cook is a person hired to assist the head cook in the preparation of meals and to take full responsibility for preparing meals in the absence of the head cook. This person should also have some experience in preparing meals for large groups and enjoy cooking.
Kitchen assistants may be as young as 16. These individuals are hired to assist the cooks with meal preparations, dishes, and general kitchen and dining hall cleaning and other duties before and after all meals. Kitchen staff are involved with the general camp activities as much as they wish.
Maintenance staff are individuals who are hired to complete cleaning and general maintenance tasks for all camp buildings and grounds.
Groundskeeping personnel will be hired to assist maintenance personnel in mowing grass, trimming, grounds cleanup and other tasks as needed.
These individuals must be able to work outdoors in varying weather conditions and do physical labor. Experience with a variety of hand and power tools as well as lawn equipment is beneficial.