Staff Positions

Creative Themes is a family owned and operated Day Camp!

WHAT MAKES A CREATIVE THEMES DAY CAMP TEAM?

Each member of the Creative Themes team makes important contributions towards creating a phenomenal summer for our campers. The following job descriptions offer some brief insight into the summer staff positions available at CT. A complete personal interview is necessary for all prospective staff. During this interview we will discuss further details regarding job requirements and responsibilities.

  • LEAD COUNSELORS
  • GENERAL COUNSELORS
  • AREA SPECIALISTS
  • COUNSELORS / LIFEGUARDS

Lead Counselors are adults in charge of a specific age group of campers and those campers’ assigned staff members. For example, a group of 30 first graders would be supervised by one Lead and a staff of 3 General Counselors. The Lead’s main responsibility is to ensure the safety and welfare of their designated campers and staff. Lead Counselor’s are also responsible for overseeing camper progress while keeping to our camp schedule. They additionally serve as the direct link between camp and home, and must be capable of maintaining a strong camp/parent partnership.

Lead Counselors must possess strong organizational and leadership skills, be adept at multi-tasking and be able to motivate their General Counselors and campers. Successful Leads are enthusiastic, supportive, caring and kind individuals. They possess strong communication skills and are spirited, reliable and professional at all times. We have an exceptionally high return rate at the Lead levels…Our Lead Counselors are highly experienced, capable camp pros!


General Counselors are the “foot soldiers” of our camp-wide staff. Each group at camp has several General Counselors assigned to it. These General Counselors maintain a high level of supervision at all times as they care for campers and assist them in all activities.

A General Counselor must be an enthusiastic, caring individual with the capacity to be a supportive role model. General Counselors must possess the ability to work well with children ages 4 through 14. They also need a background in sports, the arts and swimming. General Counselors must be fun-loving, spirited, reliable and conscientious. They should have a sincere interest in serving as a strong, positive influence in the lives of our wonderful children.


Area Specialists are people who work in their assigned area and know that area well. To be an Area Specialist possess a high level of experience and expertise in a particular area such as Nature, Sports, Theater/Music, Arts & Crafts, Swimming, & Adventure.

An Area Specialist’s skill set must include the ability to lead campers through a curriculum-based program in a specific area. Area Specialists must be prepared at all times with the appropriate equipment and materials to be successful. They must also maintain a clean and well-organized activity area. CT Area Specialists are safe, creative and spirited in their approach to campers at all times. Activity Specialists need to be able to motivate campers and staff, teach skills and create FUN!


CT maintains a staff Certified Lifeguards and American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors (WSI). All pool staff members are also required to have current CPR certification. We look for staff members who hold these certifications to help maintain a level of safety that keeps us above all other places.


JOIN THE TEAM

We typically have openings for:
  • Lead Counselor (Able to lead a group of 40 campers and a staff team)
  • Counselor (17+ yr. old)/ Lifeguard
  • Swim Instructors/ Lifeguard
  • Canoe Instructors
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Theater
  • Adventure (ropes course, team building, working with teenagers)

JOIN THE TEAM

CREATIVE THEMES JOB APPLICANTS

Thank you for expressing an interest in working at Creative Themes Day Camp this summer. At Creative Themes, we have a number of staff openings each year. Creative Themes first accept applications from returning staff and from these returned applications evaluate what positions are available for the upcoming summer. Creative Themes has a low staff turnover rate, so jobs are very limited and very competitive.

Creative Themes is looking for applicants with a background working with children and an interest in the well-being of children. Previous camp experience or applicants with Red Cross certifications (Lifeguards/WSI/Canoe Instructors) is a plus. You must be honest, willing to work in a team environment, be safety conscious and like working in an outdoor environment with and for children. All applicants will have their references checked and a background search completed as a condition of employment.

MORE INFO

STAFF FAQ


  • How do I apply for a job as Creative Themes Day Camp Staff?
  • What will I get out of being a camp counselor?
  • What skills are you looking for in a CT Day Camp counselor?
  • How long will the job last?
  • What are the daily work time requirements?
How do I apply for a job as Creative Themes Day Camp Staff?

Looking to apply simply click here and start to fill out our online application. As part of the application you will be supplying contact information for two references, these contacts will be sent a reference form to complete on your behalf. Once we have received those reference forms, you will need to contact the office to set up a personal interview by calling us at (585) 385-6830.

What will I get out of being a camp counselor?

You can gain so much from a summer working at CT!

  • You will experience the unique feeling of satisfaction that results from being a positive influence in the development of children.
  • The potential exists for you to discover new interests, new friends and new skills.
  • You will spend the entire summer in the outdoors and will engage in physical activities that promote your healthy physical development.
  • You will gain increased abilities in working with children and other adults and increased interpersonal skills that will benefit you in your future career plans.
What skills are you looking for in a CT Day Camp counselor?

The skills that make a successful counselor are:

  • The ability to work well with children of all ages.
  • The belief that you can make a difference in the life of a child.
  • The willingness and ability to foster self-esteem, cooperation, courage, responsibility and FUN!
  • The ability to work well in close proximity with others.
  • A love of the outdoors – in all weather conditions.
  • The ability to take charge and motivate others.
  • Creativity, patience, kindness, cooperation and spirit.
  • The ability and willingness to be a positive role model.
  • The willingness to pitch-in and go the extra mile…
How long will the job last?

The summer season varies for each staff member. Some staff start in early June and work all summer, about 13 weeks. Other staff start the end of June and average 9 weeks of camp. Because of school, sports and professional job schedules, each applicant’s job length may vary.

What are the daily work time requirements?

Lead and Area staff: 8-4pm Monday through Friday.

General Staff: Monday 8-4pm, Tuesday-Thursday 8:30-3:30pm, Friday 8:00-3:30pm.

Note: We have the entire staff meet on Monday mornings and afternoons and Friday morning. These are used to organize and plan the week of camp. This is an opportunity for staff to share ideas, problems and concerns.

Extended day hours are done on a weekly basis for staff interested in making some extra pay. There is a small team for AM Care and between 6-8 staff required for PM Care.



APPLY FOR A POSITION


  1. Review our website and see if CT is a place that you would like to work for the summer.
  2. Fill out an application and submit. We will review application and email you a response.

The following are positions we typically have openings for:

  • Lead Counselor
    (Able to lead a group of 40 campers and a staff team)
  • Counselor (17+ yr. old)/ Lifeguard
  • Swim Instructors/ Lifeguard
  • Canoe Instructors
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Theater
  • Adventure (ropes course, team building, working with teenagers)

Email: Denise at ctdaycamp@cthemes.net

Mail address:
Creative Themes PO Box 127, Penfield NY 14526
Please call Denise with any questions 585-385-6830 or email ctdaycamp@cthemes.net.


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