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Preamble: All Capitol Debate Staff, regardless of title and/or experience, are here to: serve the best interests of the student, make it an amazing summer for all participants, show up every day as their best self, and be present to take on any and all responsibilities that create a successful camp! All Capitol Debate staff are considered Camp Counselors first and foremost.

Job Overview

As the Camp Director / Camp Counselor your job is to empower and support the entire staff to reach greatness. You are to make sure that things are running on time. The Camp Director / Camp Counselor is responsible for preparation of the camp, the overall success of camp from curriculum development and implementation, staff directorship and motivation, as well as camp operations and logistics. Report and work directly with the Capitol Debate Liaison to ensure a smooth camp experience.

Job Overview

  • You are a mentor and leader
  • You assist with planning and implementation of residential activities
  • You are a mediator, encourager, cheerleader, mentor, and motivator
  • You are responsible for helping lead and guide classes
  • You are responsible for helping students research, write their cases and/or presentations, and provide feedback on their practice speeches
  • You are responsible for judging the student competition and helping facilitate the student showcase. This will require camp counselors to work longer days during the student competition
  • You are responsible for gaining and maintaining student participation
  • You provide supervision to ensure student safety during all activities and dorm life
  • You are responsible for watching the residential halls until midnight each evening to ensure student safety and security
  • You are responsible for doing room checks at curfew
  • You are responsible for helping set up the camp and close the camp
  • You support the residential life director with any additional needs
  • Attend field trips as Chaperone
  • Participate in approximately 5 hours of pre-camp training with Residential Life Directors focused on camp & residential life training
  • Dedicate up to 10 hours toward independent pre-camp preparation/training for each camp session
  • Participate in an all-weekend online training summit March 21st and March 22nd

Returning Camp Counselor Expectations

includes all responsibilities of Camp Counselor plus:

  • Assist and facilitate class labs in the afternoon by yourself
  • Assist in the planning, preparation, and execution of Camp Life activities
  • Assist the Camp Director in administrative responsibilities
  • Act as a mentor-in-training to first-year camp counselors

Senior Camp Counselor Expectations

includes all responsibilities of Returning Camp Counselor plus:

  • Be responsible for facilitating class labs in the afternoon by yourself
  • Be prepared to take on camp administrative responsibilities
  • Responsible for taking more of a leadership role in the planning, preparation, and execution of Camp Life activities
  • Act as a mentor to returning camp counselors

Requirements & Experience

Instructors typically possess a degree within the field of Education, Child Psychology, Social Work, or an equivalent field. Instructors typically have a minimum of two (2) years classroom teaching experience and at least a Bachelor’s degree. Experience teaching Public Speaking and Debate plus working in youth-based programs. The Camp Instructor position is required to attend training sessions and/or planning meetings during the months leading up to summer, as well as participating in our all-staff orientation and training the day before student arrival at camp. Instructors returning year after year to coach with Capitol Debate are eligible for increased responsibility and compensation. Staff may be required to walk long distances, while supervising children, in between campuses' locations under summer weather conditions. Camp Counselors / Instructors are required to share common spaces and/or shared bathrooms with other camp counselors of the same gender.

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