Youth Development Counselor (Cabin Counselor and Activity Instructor)
Typically a rising college sophomore, counselors are the primary caregivers to each camper. Counselors are responsible for planning, teaching, coordinating, and carrying out activities and guiding campers in their personal growth and daily living skills. Counselors will be assigned to a cabin in one of three areas: Hillside (ages 5-9), Lakeside (ages 10-11) or Hilltop (ages 12-15). They will assist in the direction, supervision, and organization of campers in their cabin, within activities, and throughout the camp in order to make the campers’ three weeks at camp, the best three weeks of the year! Typically, Counselors will teach up to two different skills with other members of the camp staff. Here are a few of the specialized activities taught at Camp Ton-A-Wandah.
- Horseback Riding (English)
- Ropes Course & Rock Climbing
Both first-time and returning Youth Development Counselors are expected to stay the entirety of the summer season: late-May to mid-August. By attending the full summer, staff experience camp as intended and grow exponentially.
Activity Leader and Youth Development Counselor
An Activity Leader, a minimum of two years field experience and required certification, is responsible for the daily operation of one or more activities. In addition to their cabin duties, these activity leaders are in charge of a specific activity. They will oversee the calendar planning, staff assignments, equipment and safety checks, program evaluation, inventory, etc. Staff in this role must have expertise, experience and appropriate certification in their activity area(s) for which they are leading.
Junior Counselors (JC) are one of the primary caregivers for each camper. JCs are typically 17 years of age or are rising seniors in high school. Additionally, they have successfully completed Camp TAW’s CIT program or have participated in a similar leadership experience. JCs are responsible for assisting and leading in the planning, teaching, and executing activities, guiding campers in their personal growth and daily living skills.