Summer Camp Leaders
for Adventure Gaming Camp 2016
- Are you a professional educator or education student with proven experience working with youth who loves to tell stories?
- Are you a theatre professional, a creative "maker-type" person, or a tabletop roleplay gamer with professional experience as a teacher, coach or summer camp counselor?
If one of these descriptions apply, then we invite you to submit an application to become a part of our unique team of camp leaders for the summer of 2016!
We are The Game Academy, a newly-formed, non-profit organization that provides enriching, week-long day camps for bay area youth aged 10-16 years. Our participants engage in a combination of interactive storytelling games (RPGs), hands-on, project-based workshops and outdoor sports and games. This unique blend of activities is thematically related to the context-rich world of a collaboratively told story. Our program is proven to ignite imaginations and foster communication, creative play, collaboration and social-emotional learning for participants and providers alike.
We are seeking enthusiastic educators, tabletop role-playing game players, thespians, and makers who can help us bring to life this engaging, entertaining, and inspiring day-camp experience for participants aged 8-16 years this summer. If your sense of adventure and curiosity are piqued, and you think you’ve got what it takes to be a Camp Leader or Assistant, please read on and follow the instructions below to apply.
- Story Leaders (Gamemasters)
- Project Leaders
- Activities Leaders
Our camp Leaders and Assistants are responsible for planning, leading, and supervising camp programs and experiences for children ages 8-16 years in small or large group settings. They will help to develop and implement high quality recreational and educational experiences, and will be responsible for creating a safe, positive and fun environment that promotes social-emotional development, and 21st-century skills (p21.org) for all participants.
Specific duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Plan, organize and lead a variety of small and large group activities each week, such as:
- Storytelling Games (RPGs): Development & Implementation of week-long storytelling experience (required)
- Craft/Project Workshops: e.g. Maker Crafts, Creative Arts, Theater Arts, Costume Design & Craft, Cooking and Kitchen Safety (desired)
- Outdoor Games and Activities: e.g. Ultimate Frisbee, LARPing, Hiking & Herb Lore, Public Safety, Environmental Awareness & Stewardship (desired)
- Identify and respond to camper behavior issues and needs
- Communicate with camp directors and parents about participants’ experiences and report concerns to camp directors.
- Assist in maintaining accurate program records including incident reports, ‘table’ or ‘workshop’ notes, and daily attendance.
- Learn and understand ALL emergency procedures associated with the camp program.
- Learn and implement all safety guidelines associated with the camp and all program areas. This includes but is not limited to being responsible for your campers’ safety and their whereabouts at all times.
- Practice and support participants, assistants and peers in positive, collaborative and esprit de corps!
Requirements & Qualifications for Employment
- Demonstrated experience working successfully with youth in a camp, classroom or other youth program setting.
- Complete mandatory paid training (minimum 2 days) prior to 1st day of camp.
- Complete preparatory work (4-8 hrs) prior to 1st day of camp.
- Complete First Aid and CPR certification prior to 1st day of camp.
- Proven ability to work with and manage children age 8-16 years.
- Ability to lead a collaborative storytelling game.
- Ability to lead, plan, organize, and implement program activities.
- Ability to work and communicate as a member of a collaborative team.
- Ability to accomplish tasks with minimal direct supervision.
- Strong organizational and leadership skills.
- Gaming experience (RPGs or other) is a plus!
- Classroom experience and/or teaching background is a plus!
- Summer camp experience is a plus!
- Theater experience or background is a plus!
- Maker experience or background is a plus!
- You will be working in collaboration with your game-group (participants), other Camp Leaders and Assistants, as well as your two Camp Directors to craft, implement and facilitate camp activities and programs.
- You will report to the Camp Directors via submission of daily reports and an informal, daily meeting (debrief).
Job Location and Hours
- The camp location is 150 North San Pedro Road, at The Marin School, in San Rafael.
- Job will begin daily at 9:00am and finish at 5:00pm, Monday through Friday for at least one and up to four weeks in July and/or August.
- Training schedules are flexible and TBD
- Hourly rate will be $10-$15 per hour (depending on job title and experience).