Summer Adventures in Learning is a unique summer day camp experience hosted on the campus of Science & Arts Academy (SAA) in Des Plaines, IL. Programming is available for all 3 year olds through rising 8th graders in the community, including those who attend SAA and other schools during the year. There are no other eligibility requirements. Summer Adventures in Learning is a highly sought after day camp in the area and spaces often fill well before the summer begins! Staff choose to work at Summer Adventures because of the professional challenge, the opportunities to build meaningful relationships with campers, the creativity of programming, and the support offered by colleagues and administrators. More info at www.scienceandartsacademy.org/summer.
Families can register their child for one, two, or three sessions:
Session 1: June 15th - June 26th
Session 2: June 29th - July 10th
Session 3: July 13th - July 24th
Our Camp Counselors are multi-talented individuals who love working with kids! In this dynamic role, Counselors fulfill a range of responsibilities including facilitating camp programming to small and large groups, supporting the day-to-day camp operations and logistics, serving as teacher aides during the morning enrichment classes, and supervising our childcare service before and after the camp day. Our Counselors get career ready with transferable skills including leadership, critical thinking, problem solving, program administration, conflict resolution, communication and customer service. Counselors also learn teaching and classroom management strategies and receive mentorship from experienced educators.
Head Counselors take the lead with planning camp programming and schedules, organizing supplies and equipment, overseeing camper attendance and medical concerns, and serving in a mentorship role to their co-counselors.
This is a temporary, full-time position for seven weeks: June 8th (start of orientation) through July 24th (end of Session 3). Counselors work an average of 35-40 hours per week, typically from 8:15am-3:45pm. Counselors assigned to Beforecare begin at 7:15am and Counselors assigned to Aftercare leave by 6:15pm. Head Counselor applicants who are available to assist with program planning on a part-time basis in late May will be given priority.
A believer in the importance of summer camp and summer learning experiences for kids
Ability to manage campers in group settings and build relationships with campers on an individual level
Possess a high level of maturity, responsibility and accountability
Willingness to take the initiative with a “can do” attitude
Eager to build leadership skills and collaborate with colleagues from different backgrounds
Head Counselors must have demonstrated ability to lead by example and mentor less experienced staff, and possess superior collaborative and problem solving skills, especially in stressful situations
To Apply: Send resume, cover letter, and three references to Zach Elkin, Director of Auxiliary Programs. Applications are reviewed as they are received through February 2020.
SAA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin or sexual identity in its hiring processes.
Counselors must be 16 years of age, Head Counselors must be 18 years of age
All staff must have reliable transportation to and from Science & Arts Academy
Head Counselors must be in pursuit of Bachelors or Associates degree, preferably in an Education or other child development field
At least two years of relevant experience, preferably in a camp, school, or recreational setting
Must pass background check and complete all safety training and orientation requirements
Additional Salary Information: We offer a competitive hourly rate for counselors and a separate hourly rate for head counselors. The salary range will be discussed during the interview process and offer will include an hourly rate commensurate with experience.
About Science & Arts Academy
Science & Arts Academy is an independent, non-denominational, co-educational, not-for-profit day school for gifted students in Junior Kindergarten through eighth grade. Science & Arts Academy educates gifted children in an academically differentiated and enriched environment while recognizing the unique development of each child. Our supportive community encourages students to embrace their potential and cultivates their academic abilities, creative talents, and emotional growth.