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Day & Junior Day Camp Counselor

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The Headfirst Companies

The Headfirst Companies

Day & Junior Day Camp Counselor

Washington, DC
+2 locations
Bethesda, MD
Arlington, VA
  • Responsibilities

    Day and Junior Day Camp Counselors with Headfirst Summer Camps will work on site at our Bethesda, Maryland location with our youngest campers. Our Day & Junior Day Camp Counselors are specifically brought on to engage campers in a wide variety of activities related to a weekly story and theme. Day & Junior Day Camp Counselors are responsible for providing energy and passion to bring these stories to life through experiential learning activities and developmentally-appropriate projects. Day & Junior Day Camp Counselors are patient educators with strong attention to detail, knowing that they are pivotal to the success of our programs. Above all, they focus on building connections with their camp group, taking personal responsibility for each camper’s well-being, enjoyment, and development.

    The Work:

    • Bring the Magic of Day Camp to Life. Our curriculum is designed to engage all aspects of the mind, and you contribute to story time and hands-on projects with equal levels of passion. Our Day & Junior Day Camp Counselors are not afraid to step out of their comfort zone to bring a program to life, meeting campers where they are at on their developmental journey.
    • Care for Campers. You work directly with campers throughout the summer and are responsible for allowing them to develop their learning through hands-on exploration. From supporting your campers through new challenges to celebrating their victories, with the help of your Day Camp Program Leader and Specialists, you work to bring the best out of every camper throughout the summer.
    • Contribute to the Community. As a counselor with Headfirst Summer Camps, you are part of something larger than yourself, and you thrive as part of a team. You know how your actions can directly impact everyone around you and are constantly looking for ways to collaborate with and build up your fellow counselors.
    • Take on the Challenge of the Day. You will be responsible for your group throughout the day, keeping the emotional and physical safety of your campers as your priority. As the youngest campers on site, you understand that our Day & Junior Day campers are learning how to be independent, and you provide individualized attention and support where necessary.
    • Handle the Curveballs. No two days are the same at Headfirst, and every member of our team will have unanticipated challenges come their way. You may be asked to help problem-solve, lend a hand with inter-departmental projects, and take on other responsibilities as requested.
  • Qualifications

    You have:

    • Graduated from high school – or have equivalent educational experience (if you are still in high school, please apply for our Junior Counselor role).
    • Housing in the DC-metropolitan area and transportation to the location of your employment.

    You are:

    • Mission Driven. Here at Headfirst we’re inspired to make a difference in the lives of children and young adults everywhere and want you to be too.
    • A Positive Leader. You will be working directly with fellow on-site leadership and headquarters team members, as well as setting the standard of excellence for other seasonal team members.
    • Driven by the Details. You love organization and planning ahead and know that being effective in your role is tied to remembering the minor details.
    • A Coachable, Motivated Teammate. You know what it means to go above and beyond the call of duty.
  • Industry
  • Locations
    Washington, DC • Bethesda, MD • Arlington, VA
  • Fun Fact
    We have our own mascot! Gomer can be found all around our camps, our events and even popping in once in a while at our Headquarters!
  • About Us

    For over 20 years, The Headfirst Companies have been delivering experiential and sports programs and camps to inspire the personal best in high potential young people.

    We create experiences that inspire the next generation to discover their personal best, courageously engage with the world, celebrate the challenges that come with trying hard things and meet every opportunity with persistence, patience and a positive attitude. Headfirst is the country’s leading provider of transformational experiences for boys and girls 3-18 years old. Founded in 1996 in Washington, D.C., we have flourished into a national brand that operates numerous divisions with 37 full-time employees and 600 seasonal team members.

    Our diversity in experiences along with our industry-leading curriculum focused around social and emotional intelligence, we strive to inspire the artist, scientist, musician, athlete, explorer and the personal best in all of our young people. We are driven every day by one mission – to inspire the personal best in our young people experiencing our programs, our partners and one another.