Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) Camp Counselor Crosslake, MN · Maple Lake, MN · Full time

Since 1977, the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) has provided accessible summer camp experiences for autistic youth and adults. AuSM is seeking Camp Counselors to support and supervise campers at AuSM's Camp Hand in Hand, in Crosslake, MN, and Camp Discovery in Lake George, MN.

Description

A Camp Counselor provides direct support to one or more autistic campers in collaboration with Cabin Leaders and other personnel. Camp Counselors must have experience working with autistic people ages 8 and up and experience working at AuSM Camps is strongly preferred. The primary function of a counselor is to act as a mentor, cheerleader, personal care attendant, and friend to one to four autistic campers, both encouraging and challenging the campers according to their strengths and needs. This includes but is not limited to assisting the camper with daily tasks of living (dressing, bathing, toileting, etc.).

 

Responsibilities and Duties

Before Camp:

  • Review camper information packets to familiarize yourself with the needs of incoming campers.
  • Participate in pre-service training and meetings.

During Camp:

  • Meet parents/guardians during camper arrival and check-in.
  • Ensure that assigned camper’s access needs are met, that they receive all medications, and maintain prescribed dietary or activity restrictions.
  • Follow the schedule and participate in all activities. This necessitates walking around camp throughout the day, swimming with the camper each afternoon, and eating all meals in a community setting.
  • Share sleeping and bathroom accommodations with campers and other camp staff, including one overnight supervision assignment.
  • Implement proactive strategies that support autistic campers, help campers to self-regulate, and intervene if moods or behaviors indicate a need for help.
  • If illness, injury, or unusual incidents occur, address the situation at hand and notify the on-site directors.
  • Maintain camper safety, including ensuring that campers report to the nurse to receive any prescribed medications and/or special dietary meals.
  • Collaborate with other AuSM camp staff and our partners, Camp Knutson and True Friends.
  • Be a fun, engaged, enthusiastic, supportive, inclusive, and encouraging role model to all campers and staff.
  • Remember and demonstrate that camper needs always come first.
  • Complete any paperwork requested by the on-site directors: Camper Illness/Injury Form, Incident Report, Camp Evaluations, etc.
  • Help maintain a clean and orderly cabin space.
  • Communicate your needs to the on-site directors.

Last Day of Camp:

  • Return all camper packets to the designated camp filing box.
  • Assist campers in packing belongings, preventing lost and found as much as possible.
  • Assist in cleaning all cabin common areas.
  • Participate in camper pick-up, answering parent questions and sending campers home happy.
  • Pack personal belongings.
  • Participate in post-camp evaluations, including completion of parent feedback forms.

 

Qualifications and Skills

AuSM has a strong preference for candidates with experience serving autistic youth and adults in an inclusive school or camp-based setting, including:

  • Prior experience working at AuSM Camps is preferred but not required.
  • Respect for the dignity of every human being.
  • Experience working with autistic people ages 8 and up.
  • Working knowledge of ASD and best support practices.
  • Experience facilitating groups.
  • Ability to collaborate with other camp staff and lead by example.
  • Effective communication and organizational skills.
  • Friendly, encouraging, compassionate, reflective, patient, and fun-loving.
  • A team player with a good sense of humor who engages all campers and staff.

 

About the Autism Society of Minnesota

The mission of the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) is to create connections, empowering everyone in the Autism community with the resources needed to live fully. AuSM seeks to enhance the lives of all who are a part of the Minnesota autism community, with a fundamental commitment to advocacy, education, support, collaboration, and community building. 

 

About Camp Hand in Hand

AuSM Camps serve autistic children and adults of all abilities. Camp Hand in Hand, held at Camp Knutson in Crosslake, MN, is an overnight camp with a staff-to-camper ratio of at least 1:1. Camp Hand in Hand can accommodate the support needs of all campers except those who require extensive nursing care. AuSM offers four sessions of this camp each summer:

·      Session #1 (June 19-23) is for campers ages 18-23

·      Session #2 (June 25-29) is for campers ages 14-17

·      Session #3 (August 5-9) is for campers ages 10-13

·      Session #4 (August 11-15) is for campers ages 24+


About Camp Discovery

AuSM Camps serve autistic children and adults of all abilities. Camp Discovery, held at True Friends Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN, is an overnight camp with a staff-to-camper ratio of at least 1:4. AuSM offers two sessions of this camp each summer:

·      Session #1 (July 1-5) is for campers ages 18+

·      Session #2 (July 7-11) is for campers ages 11-17


Compensation

Camp Counselors will receive a stipend of $450 for each session worked.


Nondiscrimination Policy

The Autism Society of Minnesota does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices because of race, color, age, religion, creed, sex, gender, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under federal or state law, or local ordinance.

Salary

$450 - $450 per week