Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) AmeriCorps members commit to direct Service, intentional Community, and Spirituality/reflection in Appalachian Kentucky. Camp Educators/Summer Camp Counselors are based out of CAP’s Camp Shawnee and Camp Andrew Jackson. Educators serve in elementary and middle schools during the academic year to implement a practical living curriculum and tutor reading and other academic subjects. Members also plan teen retreats at the camp and other events in the community, help camp staff maintain the facilities, and recruit campers in the schools and community. When summer camp is in session, members will serve as camp counselors or other camp staff.
• Responsible for implementing presentations during the school year for school age students.
• Acts as a liaison between the camp, schools, and community groups to schedule presentations and meet the needs of students and uses these contacts to promote CAP’s camp program.
• Promotes school-based programs, establishes contacts with schools and community agencies; initiates and maintains relationship with school personnel, social services and other community agencies.
• Plans and implements after-school activities for at-risk children and youth.
• In cooperation with the camp Manager and coordinator, assists in the development and implementation of the educational curriculum for all the summer camps.
• Provides leadership and supervision to camp children and summer camp volunteers and staff to assure conformity with CAP’s Mission Statement, Organizational Policies and Procedures, Program Standards Manual and Staff Handbook for the effective and professional delivery of services to children.
• Supervises an assigned group of campers throughout the daily program to include meals, activities such as swimming, hiking, indoor/outdoor games, arts and crafts, and dorm duties.
• Attends staff meetings.
• Responsible for addressing the needs of the children in a positive manner (i.e., homesickness, peer group conflicts, learning new skills, reluctance to participate, etc.).
• Assist with set up and clean of camp areas for groups using camp.
• Serves as the camp safety monitor. Responsible for checking the first aid kit and restocking when needed; reports any unsafe conditions/equipment to supervisor for correction; submits work orders; ensures exit plans are posted in each facility at camp; responsible for maintaining safe camp environment free of clutter and safe for all who visit.
• Serves in other CAP and AmeriCorps programs when doing so does not interfere with the above duties.
• Participates in additional training and enrichment opportunities as assigned.
Community Need Addressed
Low academic and (conflict resolution, consumer awareness) social skills among elementary and high school students in rural Appalachian counties; lack of affordable summer programming for youth.
Corps members will increase the academic and social skills of elementary and middle school students through in-school character education, tutoring, and summer camp programming.
Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Housing, Relocation allowance (if applicable), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
All food and housing is provided for members who choose to live in community. The stipend ("living allowance") is $115 bi-weekly for members who live in community and $235 bi-weekly for members who live independently.
GED/High School Diploma
CPR, First Aid
Skills you will gain
CPR, First Aid, public speaking, teaching, communication, conflict resolution
Competencies You Will Develop
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner
Creativity & Problem Solving
Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment