Through unique summer camp programs and year-round enrichment opportunities, we help children realize a future beyond anything they could have imagined and provide them with the tools to achieve it.
Sherwood Forest Camp is the only independent, non-profit youth development agency in the St. Louis region providing resident camp experiences for elementary school age children from economically disadvantaged families. We have a rich 75-year history, and with innovating programming being developed each and every year, a truly promising future.
Group Leaders/Instructors fill two important roles while at camp: as a grade-specific Group Leader and an activity Instructor. As a Group Leader, counselors work with and oversee a cabin group of campers. Each cabin group acts as a camp family and home base for campers. As an Instructor, staff teach and lead activities within different department areas, providing grade-specific programs as well as programs for campers at all age levels. Some staff may have specialized department training.
Job Requirements and Responsibilities:
- Supervise campers in all aspects of camp life, including during activity instruction, daily routines, meal times, and unstructured time.
- Establish and maintain safe operational procedures in villages and activity instruction.
- Assist in planning of special camp programs and events.
- Assist in coordinating overall scheduling of programs and activities in their program area.
- Instruct and supervise campers in a variety activities within the following program areas: Arts, Adventure Sports, Aquatics, Outdoor Living Skills, and Ideas.
- Ability to supervise overnight trips, including learning wilderness camping skills and teaching skills to campers.
- Provide social and emotional support for campers throughout their stay at camp.
- Meets with coordinators, department head, and village director.
- Participates in all aspects of camp life.
- Participates in personnel and all camp evaluations.
- Other duties, which may be assigned by Village Director, Program Coordinator or Camp Director.
Qualifications & Certifications:
- Minimum 18 years old
- Basic understanding of and desire to work with children
- One year of post-secondary school or work preferred
Skills & Abilities:
- Interpersonal skills, especially with regards to accepting guidance and feedback
- Organizational, written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to provide a safe environment and proper care for campers
- Ability to complete certifications and required trainings as outlined in Staff Employment Offer
- Possess strength and endurance to maintain constant supervision of campers and staff.
- Abilities to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques.
- Ability to effectively communicate in person, by phone, or in writing, and exchange accurate information.
- Ability to work and navigate in a variety of terrain and weather conditions.
- Ability to use visual and auditory abilities to identify and respond to environmental issues and hazardous situations.
- Ability to work long hours.
- Ability to live at camp over the summer.
- Ability to adhere to and uphold all regulations, policies, and procedures related to health and COVID-19.
Considerations for COVID-19:
Sherwood Forest is planning to operate Summer 2021 under strict COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions. All staff will be expected to adhere to all guidelines and restrictions in order to preserve a safe and healthy camp environment for each member of our camp community. Some of these guidelines include, but are not limited to:
- Remaining on camp property for the duration of the camp season.
- Following strict social distancing measures, including wearing a mask most of the day.
- Following strict sanitation and cleanliness guidelines as outlined by the Center for Disease Control.
To apply: Submit an application at https://sherwoodstaff.campbrainstaff.com/