If you are between 19-24 and enrolled in a post-secondary education program, we invite you to apply to be a counselor! To start your application for Pride Camp 2019, click below. Applications must be completed by June 1st, 2019.
Counselors are not just leaders for campers, but serve as role models for LGBTQ and allied youth. As a counselor, you will make a real impact this summer by bringing your passion and energy to Pride Camp. Counselors gain valuable leadership training and skills through hands-on participation under the supervision of camp staff. Providing campers with a quality camp program means having a highly skilled staff who bring with them their warmth and enthusiasm for working with students. We are looking for a diverse group of counselors who share the common goal of providing the best camp experience possible to LGBTQ and allied youth. If you have lots of energy, enjoy both group and one-to-one interaction with campers, and have worked with youth before, this could be the role for you!
LEAD BY EXAMPLE
Behave with empathy and integrity. We are all leaders.
OWN IT/ENCOURAGE IT
The results we produce reflect who we are. Take pride in being a counselor and the activities you participate in throughout the day. Encourage the campers you work with to be engaged in every aspect of Pride Camp.
Laugh. Be positive and help campers feel affirmed and safe in their identity. That’s what Pride Camp is all about!
Counselors are not just leaders for campers, but serve as role models for LGBTQ and allied youth. As a counselor, you will make a real impact this summer by bringing your passion and energy to Pride Camp. Counselors gain valuable leadership training and skills through hands-on participation under the supervision of camp staff. If you have lots of energy, enjoy both group and one-to-one interaction with campers, and have worked with youth before, this could be the role for you!
Qualifications An ideal candidate will have the following experience and qualifications:
Personal Qualities An ideal candidate will be:
This is a temporary position available from July 14-19, 2019.
All camp staff must complete an application, return a completed release packet and pass a criminal history check. Counselors must attend the mandatory counselor training on July 14th, 2019.
Please click below to begin your application.
8:15-8:45 AM Arrive at Grandview: Check in, room assignments, breakfast items.
8:45-8:55 AM Introductions
8:55-9:15 AM Ice-Breaker
9:15-10:15 AM Hand Out Folders, Break Into Tracks
Counselors break into their Track groups to define and discuss traits of each track, and what to expect at camp.
10:15-10:20 AM Break
10:20-11:00 AM Basic First Aid Training
11:00-11:30 AM Lunch
11:30-12:15 PM Review Day 1 Schedule and Responsibilities within Tracks
12:15-1:00 PM Review Day 2 Schedule and Responsibilities within Tracks
1:00-1:05 PM Break
1:05-1:55 PM Review Day 3 Schedule and Responsibilities within Tracks
1:55-3:15 PM Common Camper Issues
Counselors will receive training on common issues that campers experience like: homesickness, conflict resolution, etc.
3:15-3:20 PM Break
3:20-3:50 PM Group Facilitation/Creating Safe Spaces
Counselors will receive training on facilitating discussions within Tracks and small groups of campers, and creating safe spaces for campers to discuss issues and feelings they have experienced as LGBTQ students.
3:50-4:15PM Campus Tour
4:15-5:00 PM Door Décor
Counselors will create door decorations for their campers’ rooms that affirm and celebrate the unique identities of each camper.
5:00-5:45 PM Leadership Training
6:30-7:00 PM Connecting with Campers
7:00-7:30 PM “What Would You Do” Scenarios Activity
Counselors will discuss with Iowa Safe Schools staff what they would do in different situations at camp, including regarding personal safety, rule-breaking, etc.
7:30-8:00 PM Group Cohesiveness Activity
An activity that creates a sense of belonging to a team, fosters trust and communication among counselors and staff
8:00-10:00 PM Evening Activity
10:00-10:15 PM Review Plans for Pride Camp: Day 1
10:15-10:30 PM Get ready for bed
10:30 PM Lights Out!
**Schedule is tentative and subject to change.