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Camp Erdman

Summer Camp

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Why work at Camp?

Our goal is to provide a safe environment for our campers to develop life skills, create new friendships, and have a ton of fun! Anyone who has worked at Camp before knows the profound impact camp staff can have on campers. At Camp Erdman you have an opportunity to be a role model for youth from a variety of backgrounds and from all over the world. Being able to connect with and   Working at Camp can also provide unique opportunities to develop skills such as leadership, work ethic, and the ability to work as a part of a team. If you are looking for an opportunity to serve others in a fun and enriching way, camp might just be for you!

Who we are looking for!

Camp Erdman is looking for committed staff with a service-oriented mindset. Those that are willing to put other's needs in front of themselves and work in as a team to achieve a common goal. Summer Camp requires a very large investment of time and energy, but the reward of being a positive role model for youth is more than worth it. We also have need of those that are confident in their skills and hobbies, and would be interested in passing those skills on to our campers. We also have a ton of fun! Staff should be willing and able to participate in a multitude of camp songs, games, and activities.

You'll also be happy to know that all of our applicants are put through an extensive criminal background checks and all sex offender registries.

Types of Summer Camp Positions

All of our staff members are here to serve the kids. There a various roles and positions, outside of the typical "counselor", that help achieve this goal. We reserve our staff positions for those who can attend all relevant trainings and can commit to the entire summer camp season. All summer staff are provided housing on site, whether with campers or in shared housing, and have 3 meals provided a day.

Cabin Counselors are the primary caregivers and role models for our campers. They stay in the cabin with our campers and 1-2 other staff members. They are with our campers all session long, day and night. They are expected to provide a safe environment for campers to grow and have fun, as well treat their cabin as an 'Ohana. Counselors also facilitate programming such as archery, sports, arts & crafts, nature and more. Some counselors will serve as lifeguards and ropes course facilitators, after successfully completing a full week of specialized training prior to summer beginning. All staff will partake in a second week of extensive staff training before the summer begins, where they learn everything they need to be a successful Camp Counselor.

In addition, there are select specialty counselor position available. We offer 3 specialty camps - surfing, horseback riding, and ropes. These counselors spend the mornings either off-site with our surf and horse camp partners, or on-site teaching at our ropes course.

We have two Head Counselor positions available, one female and one male. The Head Counselors will serve as primary problem-solvers among counselors and role models for both campers and counselors. A Head Counselor can expect to assist in camper and staff placements, as well as other specialty programming throughout the day. This position is akin to a team captain. They will be placed in a cabin pod and live among campers and counselors.

The leadership team at camp consists of 5 people along with the Director. There are 4 Unit Leaders, 1 Day Camp Director, and 1 Assistant Director. The 4 Unit Leaders oversee a specific area of camp, as well as assist with all camp scheduling, providing daily leadership, and will ultimately supervise all counselors. Unit Leaders are typically experienced camp workers and will directly oversee one of four areas: (1)Ropes Course, (2)Archery Range, (3)Aquatics, or (4)Teen Programs.

The Day Camp Director will serve as the go-to person for Day Camp. This role includes scheduling, programming, counseling needs, and parent drop off and pick up. There will be a group of counselors that directly report to the Day Camp Director. The Day Camp team will be consistent throughout the summer and will be integrated into our overnight summer program after dinner. The Day Camp Director and their team will be lead-planners for our evening activities.

The Assistant Director will be the Director's right-hand person and will oversee all aspects of camp. They are typically someone who has a lot of experience in the camping world, specifically here at Camp Erdman. The Assistant Director will be responsible for supporting the Director through staff and program scheduling, as well as daily activities. The Assistant Director is expected to be available and ready to take on anything that comes up during a day at camp and to ensure that camp runs smoothly. This position will oversee any Counselor or Unit Leader concerns alongside the Director.

Program Staff
Program Staff are responsible for helping camp run smoothly, without serving as the primary caregivers throughout the day. There are 5 Program Staff positions: (1)Nurse, (2)Nurse's Aide, (3)Bus Driver), (4)Media Coordinator, and (5)Office Assistant.

The Nurse and Nurse's Aide make up our health center staff and are responsible for responding to and caring for any illness, injury, or medicine distribution. The Nurse should have their RN or BSN, and Nurse's Aide should be on a similar track or career path.

The Bus Driver serves as camp's main transportation organizer. A Bus Driver completes various tasks including pick-ups and drop-offs at the beginning and end of each session, as well as transporting campers and staff to our offsite specialty camps. This role also includes covering any staff or camper transportation needs. Bus Drivers must be 21 years of age and have held a valid driver's license for 3 years.

The Media Coordinator serves as the main social media correspondent for Camp Erdman's social platforms. This position is responsible for taking pictures and videos daily. These photos and videos are uploaded online for viewing. They will also be tasked with creating a weekly highlight video for campers and camp families to view at the conclusion of each session.

The Office Assistant serves as an assistant to our full-time Camp Registrar and assists with summer-related administrative needs. Administrative tasks can include work relating to camper registration, cabin assignments, our camp store, etc.

Staff Training

We require an intensive overnight staff training with all of our staff before the camper's arrive. Staff training takes place over two weeks. Certification week for our skill positions at camp takes place during the first week, while the second week serves as an opportunity for all staff to get together, bond, and learn the ins and outs of Camp Erdman and what it means to be apart of our Summer Staff. Staff training is *required* and we cannot employ any staff who can not attend this training. Our mandatory Orientation week for all staff is 5/22/2022-5/28/2022, with all staff expected to arrive by 5/21/2022.

The skill positions that require the extra week of training are Leadership, Lifeguard, Ropes Facilitator, Bus Driver, and Office Assistant. This week is 5/16/2022-5/20/2022. We would expect those staff members to arrive at camp on 5/15/2022.

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Questions? Contact Andrew Markey, Director of Summer and Family Programs, at amark[email protected]ymcahonolulu.org.

For International Applicants, please visit IENA to find more information about Visa's and how to apply for one.

For more information contact

YMCA Camp Erdman
69-385 Farrington Highway, Waialua, HI 96791
P (808) 637-4615 F (808) 664-8827