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Looking for 8th-12th Graders to Be Assistant Counselors This Summer!

Volunteers of high school age, assist Friends of Tryon Creek State Park's Nature Day Camp staff in the creation of a safe, fun and educational outdoor experience for children from age 4 - 5th grade. Each assistant counselor is assigned to a hiking group of 8 to 10 children led by an adult instructor. Care is taken to match the volunteer with an age group she or he can work with effectively.

We run both half- and full-day camps. Assistant Counselors are at camp for ½ hour before the campers arrive and stay ½ hour after campers leave. Therefore, AC hours are either 8:30-3:30 (full day) or 8:30-1:30 (half day). Our day camp sessions begin June 22 and end August 21.

Typical duties include the following:

•Assisting with arts and crafts, songs and skits

•Helping guide hiking groups

•Assisting in setting up activity stations

•Assisting in teaching activities

•Helping instructors manage groups of children

•Escorting campers to rest rooms

•Playing games with children during down times

•Supervising children in all activities

Assistant counseling involves listening, sharing, guiding and advising campers. Assistant Counselors help campers adjust to new situations, giving encouragement and showing care about each camper as an individual.

We ask for a commitment of at least two week long camp sessions (not necessarily consecutive weeks), though if a student can only volunteer for one week, we can usually accommodate him/her.

For more information please contact Casey Newman, Nature Day Camp Director, 503-636-4398 or [email protected].