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We currently seeking dedicated, caring and enthusiastic summer counselors!
Summer Camp Counselors should be at least 18 years old with a background or studies related to working with people who have developmental disabilities, particularly those with ASD. It's also important to LOVE the outdoors and have a sense of adventure. Staff training begins the week of June 16th, with camps beginning the 23rd of June through the 16th of August. For more information check out our summer program page!
BOAT DRIVERS AND LAKE SPORTS INSTRUCTORS NEEDED – May 13, 2013
Extreme Sports Camp is looking for up to 2 boat drivers and 2 lake sports activity instructors to work with us in the Roaring Fork Valley this summer. Pay for this position is $300 – $350 (depending on experience) as well as room and board for the summer (June 10 – August 24, 2013).
The Lake Sports Instructor is part of a Lake Sports team of 4: 2 who drive the boats and 2 who instruct our campers on the sports. We have two ski boats and related equipment. The Lake Sports team provides instruction, manages safety on the water, drives boats and maintains equipment. Each instructor oversees the operations of one boat, including oversight of the driver. The Boat Driver will be responsible for safely launching and operating the boats at the lake, while towing campers on a variety of lake equipment (boards, skiis, tubes,etc.). The boat drivers should have a safe boating certificate as well as 2 – 4 years experience driving boats and must be 21 years of age.
The instructors are in charge of campers' progress in lake sports and of development and implementation of the details of the lake sports program. We have a teaching progression in place that is compatible with any level of autism spectrum disorder. In the past our campers have been able to achieve high levels of proficiency in these sports and this can easily be transferred back to the hometown of the camper. Campers are accompanied by counselors who assist the instructors and provide safety (observation) support. The instructors should provide input to counselors on tracking of progress in the lake sports and should identify the immediate objectives, which each camper should be working on for the sport and how to achieve them. The instructor will assist the Lake Sports Manager and Program Director in creating the lake sports instruction manual, which will follow the ESC sports instruction approach, which adheres to the ESC teaching philosophy and techniques.
Along with the other team members, the camp's lake sports instructors/boat drivers will:
· Provide instruction on waterskiing, wakeboarding, knee boarding, surfing and tubing to boys and girls with an autism spectrum disorder, aged from 8-17, as well as adults with an ASD ages 18 and up.
· Oversee the driving of the boats and oversee/implement safety practices.
· Maintain the boats and related equipment, and make recommendations for equipment purchases and servicing as well as implement approved purchases and servicing.
· Interact with the Logistics Coordinator to implement a smooth lake sports program and to ensure that ESC policies and practices are being adhered to.
· Help train the program staff on lake sports, both during the pre-season training week and as an on-going activity when sessions have started. This includes providing opportunities for the program staff to achieve some proficiency in lake sports.
· On days when there are no lake activities, the instructor will assist with other camp activities, which may involve counselor duties.
The instructors must exhibit the knowledge and ability to explain, demonstrate, facilitate and adapt waterski, wakeboard, kneeboard, surfing and tubing fundamentals and techniques. They must show the ability to communicate and model, with patience and clarity, to co-workers and to children/young adults with communication, social and behavior difficulties. The camp's one week training program provides instruction on autism fundamentals as applied to our program, and our staff includes experienced autism professionals who can help the instructors translate their sports knowledge into autism-specific teaching techniques.