Summer Camp Junior Counselor at Nevins Farm
Dear MSPCA Children’s Summer Camp Families –
We love running camp for you and your family. The MSPCA Children’s Summer Camp staff pour their hearts into preparing all year in anticipation of seeing our campers and helping to build their connection to animals and the environment. So it is truly heartbreaking to inform you that we will be unable to operate camp as originally planned this summer. As a parent myself, this is especially difficult news to share, as I think of what parents are already supporting this spring. We know you are going to need a break this summer, and that kids will be yearning for in-person connection, fun, and learning. The health and well-being of our staff, campers, and their families is our number one priority and concern. Health officials have indicated that large groups continue to be unable to safely gather, and that this may carry over for much of the summer. Governor Baker’s decision to extend his order closing all non-emergency childcare programs until June 29th effects our ability to hire and train our summer camp staff in a timely manner. We held out hope as long as possible, but we now have to acknowledge that this is where summer is headed.
We greatly appreciate your continued support of the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, and we are looking forward to our 2021 camp season being our best ever!
Junior Counselors are volunteers (age 15 and up) who work directly with the Camp’s Head Counselors to help make sure Camp runs smoothly and is educational and fun for all our campers. Responsibilities include coaching campers through animal care chores, assisting with discussions and crafts, helping with set-up and clean-up each day, participating in games and songs with campers, and being great role models by demonstrating a positive attitude and kindness to animals.
If you’re interested in becoming a JC, please apply! Applications are submitted electronically, using the form on the bottom of the page. Applications for the summer of 2020 will be taken February 1st – April 30th . Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with scheduling priority given to the earliest applicants. If you have questions or wish to check on the status of your application, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Full time Junior Counselors (JC’s) work 8:30am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday. Part time JC’s work 3-5pm Monday through Thursday (part time positions are limited to four JC’s per week). JC’s are asked to commit to at least two weeks of camp during the summer (the weeks do not need to be consecutive). JC’s must be age 15 by the start of their employment, as required by the state of Massachusetts, no exceptions. JC’s for Session G must be at least 16, and for Session H must be at least 17.
- There is a mandatory JC Orientation for all JC’s on Friday June 19th from 5-7pm. This is a great opportunity for all of the volunteers and staff to meet, learn our camp songs, go over the discussions that the campers participate in, and review camp policies and procedures (safety, etc.)
- A JC’s main responsibilities are: (1) assisting campers with chores, crafts, and other activities, making sure they are safe and having fun while doing so (2) setting a great example for campers by being upbeat, motivated role models ready and willing to sing songs, play games, and get kids excited about camp, and (3) taking on the majority of the set-up and clean-up each day, as assigned by the Head Counselors (camp staff).
- JC schedules will be confirmed once their paperwork is submitted in it’s entirely. In addition to filling out your online application, all JC’s must submit a copy of their most recent immunization records, and submit a work permit if they are under the age of 18.
- New JC’s are required to submit a letter of recommendation with their application (even if you have been a camper in the past). Please do not send this letter separately from your application. If you have been a JC before, you must reapply electronically, but you DO NOT need to submit a letter of recommendation. We suggest asking a teacher, coach, or employer to write one on your behalf.
- ALL paperwork MUST be attached to your application at the time it is submitted. Applications that are submitted without immunization records, or letters of recommendation (if required) will not be considered. All JC’s under the age of 18 are required to submit a Massachusetts work permit – work permits may be submitted by email or fax (preferred) or hand delivered to the animal shelter. Schedules will not be assigned until your work permit has been received.
- There is a nonrefundable $20 application fee, which helps to offset the costs of training, uniforms, and background checks.