Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) Camp Program Staff Crosslake, MN · Part time

The Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) is seeking several Cabin Support People to lead and supervise campers at AuSM's Camp Discovery in Lake George, MN.

Description

A Program Staff (PS) serves as a direct support to autistic campers in collaboration with other camp counselors and staff. PSs must have experience working with autistic people ages 6 and up. A PS is responsible for reading camper packets and communicating with families before camp to answer family questions and to know our campers before they arrive. They participate in camp alongside campers and other staff, check in with group counselors each evening, and meet with on-site camp directors every night after campers have gone to bed.


Responsibilities and Duties

Before Camp:

  • Participate in a Twin Cities-based PS meeting with On-site Directors (usually in April).
  • Review camper information packets to familiarize yourself with the needs of incoming campers.
  • Call the parents/guardians of each camper at least ten days before the start of camp. Answer any clarifying questions, confirm drop-off and pick-up dates and times, and address parental concerns.
  • Participate in pre-service training at camp the Saturday before each session begins.

During Camp:

  • Meet parents/guardians during camper arrival and check-in.
  • Act as a mentor to cabin counselors.
  • Follow the schedule and participate in all activities.
  • 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 rules violations occur, address the situation at hand and then notify the on-site directors
  • Maintain camper safety, including ensuring that campers receive any prescribed medications and/or special dietary meals.
  • Facilitate the working team relationship between Camp Knutson staff and AuSM camp staff.
  • Be a fun, engaged, enthusiastic, supportive, inclusive, and encouraging role model to all campers and staff.
  • Remember and role model that camper needs always come first.
  • Attend PS and Director meetings each night after campers go to bed.
  • 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 up 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:

  • Respect for the dignity of every human being.
  • Experience working with autistic people ages 6 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 Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) exists to enhance the lives of individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD), 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 greater than 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 (Tuesday, June 27th – Saturday, July 1st) is for campers ages 20-25.

·      Session #2 (Monday, July 3rd – Friday, July 7th) is for campers ages 14-19.

·      Session #3 (Monday, August 7th – Friday, August 11th) is for campers ages 9-13.

·      Session #4 (Sunday, August 13th – Thursday, August 17th) is for campers ages 26+.


Compensation

Program Staff will receive a stipend of $600 for each session worked.

Salary

$600 - $600 per week