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Riverbend Exploration & Adventure Camp
Gladwyne, Pennsylvania

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610.527.5234 x 106
hkunz[AT]riverbendeec.org
1950 Spring Mill Road
Gladwyne, Pennsylvania 19035

CAMPER AGES: ages 3-13

TYPE OF CAMP: Day Camp. Daily 9:00-3:30 pm, extended day option from 8:00-6:00 pm, some overnights and field trips

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Riverbend believes that amazing things happen when a child spends time in nature. Join us as we enjoy our natural world through inquiry and exploration based learning. We welcome campers ages 3-13 from June 12th-September 1st.

CAMP INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES OFFERED:
Science, Adventure, Wilderness/Nature, and more. Navigators (ages 10-13) Spend Monday At Riverbend To Build Trust & Teamwork & Then Head Out On Uniquely Themed Adventures For The Rest Of The Week Where They'll Learn New Skills & Gain Confidence & Independence.

CAMP LOCATION: We are located in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania just West of Conshohocken on 30 beautiful acres along the bend of the Schuylkill River.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Hiking, stream-stomping and bug-catching are a few of the key ingredients that have made Riverbend's summer exploration camp a sensation for 35 years. Our eleven-week program offers children the opportunity to unwind, explore nature and most importantly, have fun! Through nature study and investigation, games, crafts, hikes and more, our professional educators will guide your children in hands-on exploration and science-based learning that only nature can provide.

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: Summer 2017 EIT Educators-In-Training:

Dates:

3-6 weeks between June 12th - September 1st; Monday - Friday, 8:30-4:00

Weeks must be scheduled prior to the start of the summer & do not need to be consecutive

Mandatory EIT Training May 21st, 10:00-4:00

Program:

Riverbend believes that amazing things happen when a child spends time in nature.
Studies show that when kids spend time in nature they:
-Think more creatively and critically
-Are more social and less likely to be bullied or experience bullying
-Feel less stressed, allowing their emotional development to flourish
-Increase their fitness level and distance vision.

Riverbend is looking for energetic and motivated students between the ages of 16 and 18, to assist with our summer camp program and have a positive impact on the lives and education of younger children. Educators-In-Training will spend their time assisting professional educators and assistant educators with group management, daily activities, modeling of appropriate behavior, and providing nurturing support of campers. In addition, EITs will get to participate in activities with the children, including games, nature exploration, field trips, and more. EITs work primarily with our youngest campers and are a vital part to the success of the program.

Pre-requisites:

25 hours of cumulative experience working with children in a CIT program, babysitting, community experience, or similar experience.
Experience working with multiple age groups of children.
An excitement for the great outdoors and a passion for sharing it with children.

Responsibilities:

EIT's perform a vital role in Riverbend's summer camp program. Depending on the EIT's time and growth in the position there will be potential for increased responsibilities throughout the summer including but not limited to check in and check out, leading an Activity Day program, and planning and implementing lessons.

Basic duties include:
-Assisting camp staff with assigned tasks that help with the general management of educational groups, primarily for children 3-6 years of age.
-Providing a role model for the younger children on the appropriate ways to behave at camp and how to successfully explore the natural world.
-Assisting with the leading of Circle Time and Activity Day.
-Assisting with implementation of lesson plans and activities.
-Assisting with the clean-up of education spaces, including picnic areas, outdoor classroom, supply room and others.
-Assisting with camper lunch.

Qualifications:

-Successful completion of pre-employment screening including drug test and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and criminal background check.
-Ability to work actively outdoors during the hot summer months and in all weather conditions.
-No allergy to plants, animals or chemicals that may be used on the job that may interfere with ability to perform work.
-Ability to safely lift, carry, and load 40 lbs at a distance of 50 ft.
-No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance or agility of movement (which cannot be corrected with appropriate devices) that may interfere with ability to perform work.

Thank you so much for considering joining Riverbend's growing summer camp community! By taking part in our EIT program, you will build your resume, gain valuable leadership experience, meet new people, and have a fantastic summer outdoors!

To apply, email application to:
Hadley Kunz, Camp Manager
hkunz[AT]riverbendeec.org
Questions: Call 610-527-5234 x106 or email at above address

CAMP SESSION DATES & FEES:
Please check out our website for more detailed information on sessions, dates and fees.

SUMMER CAMP JOBS:
Summer 2017 Environmental Educator

Dates: June 5th - September 1st; Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 4:00 (some evenings and overnights required)

Program:

Riverbend believes that amazing things happen when a child spends time in nature.
Studies show that when kids spend time in nature they:

-Think more creatively and critically
-Are more social and less likely to be bullied or experience bullying
-Feel less stressed, allowing their emotional development to flourish
-Increase their fitness level and distance vision.

Riverbend is seeking self-motivated, energetic, and passionate educators to be a part of the staff of Riverbend's Summer Exploration Day Camp. Each week 80-100 children, ages 3–13, come to our 30-acre Gladwyne site for outdoor hands-on exploration and discovery. The atmosphere is friendly and child-centered. Curriculum is interpreted and delivered by professional staff with a strong emphasis on exploring and expanding children's interests and stimulating investigation. Some programs take place at other sites and include field trips, cook-outs, camp-outs, and camping trips. Groups are generally 12-14 children and are led by a lead educator and supported by an assistant educator.

Responsibilities:

Educators will work with a specific age group for the majority of the summer. Age groups will be designated based on experience and interest.
Educators will be required to interpret existing curriculum and amend it to be age appropriate lesson plans each day. Educators are encouraged to collaborate in this process.

Educators implement the lesson plans with a group of approximately 12-14 campers for whom they have primary responsibility, which includes group management, chaperoning field trips, and organizing cook-outs and overnights when teaching the older groups.

Educators and assistant educators are expected to work together as a team and supervise any Educator-in-Training (teen volunteer) assigned to their group.
General upkeep of the facility each day will be expected with weekly chores completed on Fridays.

Qualifications:

-Successful completion of pre-employment screening including drug test and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History -Clearance and criminal background check.
-Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (Education, Biology, Geology, Outdoor Recreation, etc.).
-Understanding of basic principles of environmental education
-Knowledge of environmental/science/natural history concepts
-1-2 yrs experience educating and managing groups of children in a professional setting.
-Strong oral communication skills
-Ability to work a flexible schedule which will include early mornings, late afternoons and occasional overnights.
-First Aid and CPR trained (will offer training option if not current)

Physical and Medical Standards:

-Ability to work actively outdoors during the hot summer months and in all weather conditions.
-Ability to work independently and in groups
-No allergy to plants, animals or chemicals that may be used on the job that may interfere with ability to perform work.
-Ability to safely lift, carry, and load 40 lbs at a distance of 50 ft.
-No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance or agility of movement (which cannot be corrected with appropriate devices) that may interfere with ability to perform work.

To apply, email resume, cover letter and list of three references to:
Hadley Kunz, Camp Manager
hkunz[AT]riverbendeec.org
Questions: Call 610-527-5234 x106 or email at above address


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