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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

The Camp Counselor is responsible for assisting with and participating in all camp residential life activities, student engagement, classroom facilitation, judging practice debates or speeches, tutoring students in debate and safety, as well as supporting overall camp operations and logistics. Report to and work directly with the Camp management and other Camp Counselors to ensure a smooth camp experience. The Camp Counselor is required to live on the campus with the students, and the summer camp staff, during the duration of the camp.

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

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

Camp Counselors/junior instructors are often current college students working toward a degree within the field of Education, Child Psychology, Social Work, or an equivalent field. Camp Counselors have public speaking and debate experience (or equivalent, such as DECA, Model UN, and/or Mock Trials) and are involved in the debate community. Camp Counselors with experience working in youth-based programs is a plus. The Camp Counselor position is required to attend training sessions and/or planning meetings in the weeks leading up to camp, as well as participate in our all-staff orientation and training the day before student arrival at camp (Day 0). Camp Counselors 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 are required to share dorm rooms with other camp counselors of the same gender.

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