2023 EVkids Camp Counselor Application
Application Deadline: Rolling.  
Interviews are scheduled on a rolling basis once application is received.

Camp Dates
June 25 - July 29

Spend five weeks in the Green Mountains of Vermont with a dedicated team of education professionals hosting small groups of low-income Boston children and teens for a unique summer camp experience.

For 40 years, EVkids Camp has provided a life-changing summer immersion experience for Boston youth.  As an organization with roots in the Catholic commitment to social justice, EVkids Camp supports the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of our campers. Open to those of all (or no faith) traditions, various elements of camp are inspired from Catholic teachings and spiritual practices. Other structured activities — from volleyball to archery, from theatre improv to chess — build character, community, and sportsmanship. Hiking to the top of Vermont’s 4,000-foot peaks teaches challenging life lessons in perseverance and accomplishment. The impact of the camp experience is transformative for both youth and staff. Camp life is focused on support, positivity, and creating a safe and nurturing environment for our campers and Leaders in Training (LIT).

EVkids Camp is staffed by three Camp Co-Directors and six Camp Counselors who support our youth from low-income families in the Dorchester and Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston. Staff live, work, and share communal space with a dozen EVkids per session (a 2-1 camper to staff ratio) at our newly rebuilt camp farmhouse and barn on our nine-acre site. Camp consists of counselor training and three separate camp sessions (16-18 year old LIT week, 12 & 13 year olds week, and a two-week session for 14 & 15 year olds).

The Counselor Position:

EVkids Camp Counselors are key members of our summer camp staff. Counselors live, work, and share communal space with campers. During the summer, leadership staff will work with counselors to develop their leadership capabilities, an understanding of youth development, and behavior management techniques. At EVkids Camp we are committed to living in both the beauty of Vermont and the present moment. With this in mind, we adhere to a strict technology-free zone for campers and counselors alike. This means limited access to cell phones, internet, or TV. Our supportive community and focus on mindfulness creates a transformative space for campers and counselors alike.

Counselors should commit to the full five weeks of camp.

Compensation will be a one-time $3,000 payroll payment, paid at the end of July.

Required Background and Qualifications:
●Must be 18 years of age by June and preferably at least one year out of high school.
●Ability to attend the full five weeks of EVkids summer camp, including at least 1 virtual pre-camp meeting and training in Spring/early summer 2023.  
●Prior experience working with youth required (e.g. teaching, volunteering, coaching; camp counselor).
● Demonstrated leadership abilities and responsibility.
● Demonstrated professional behavior supportive of leading and counseling others.
● Patience, enthusiasm, self-control, mindfulness, and dependability.
● Able to work well with others and follow directions.
● Healthy understanding of professional and personal boundaries with campers and Camp staff team.
● CPR and First Aid Certified desired (EVkids can cover cost).
● Lifeguard certification desired (EVkids can cover cost).
● Prior experience working with youth required (e.g. teaching, volunteering, coaching; camp counselor).
● Ability to physically participate in active camp life (hiking, swimming, sports, cooking, etc.).
● Experience working with low-income youth and diverse populations strongly desired.
● Openness to and appreciation for mindfulness, spiritual reflection, and the Catholic faith with a deep respect for all faiths and spiritualities.

EVkids respects and welcomes staff and volunteers from various backgrounds, motivated to work towards a more equitable, compassionate, and socially just world. We are committed to a diverse workplace and do not discriminate based on race, age, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.

Please fill out the below questions and also send your resume to Liz Turnwald at lizturnwald@evkids.org to complete your application.

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Email *
Name *
Date of Birth *
Gender Identity *
Do you give EVkids permission to run a MA state background (CORI) check on you? *
Please list the last 6 digits of your Social Security number. *
High School (Name and Location) *
High School Year of Graduation *
College Graduation Year (Anticipated)
Cell Phone # *
Email *
Current Address *
Permanent Address (if different from above)
Health Insurance Provider *
Insurance Policy # *
Swimming Ability *
Do you have training/certification as a life guard? *
Are you CPR/First Aid certified? *
If yes, please list certification and expiration date.
Please list any allergies you have (seasonal, food, medications, etc.). *
Do you need to carry an EpiPen? *
Please list the date of your last Tetanus shot. *
EVkids camp requires counselors to hike mountains weekly, have the ability to lift up to 25lbs, the ability to climb stairs, and be comfortable standing in water up to waist level. Are you able to fulfill these duties? *
Do you have any dietary restrictions (i.e vegetarian, lactose intolerant, etc.)? If yes, please list the foods you cannot eat. *
Emergency Contact Person (Name and Phone Number) *
Please list your academic year and summer employment history since age 16, including job title and duration of employment *
Please list any experience (work, volunteer or familial) that you have working with youth. *
What clubs/teams/activities are you involved with (either at college or on your own)? *
Do you have any special interests or skills? (i.e play an instrument, languages spoken in addition to English, etc.) *
Being a counselor at EVkids camp is an extremely rewarding and rigorous experience, both physically and mentally.  We hike weekly and engage in physical tasks daily. We have little personal time and work long hours. Is there any reason you feel it would be challenging for you to be able to carry out these duties fully? *
Why do you want to work with young people at EVkids summer camp? *
What do you think your areas of greatest strength and areas of greatest growth will be (or have been for returning counselors) as a Camp Counselor at EVkids summer camp? *
Please list three words to describe yourself. *
EVkids is a faith-based nonprofit in the Catholic social justice tradition. We are open to and accepting of all faiths. Our summer camp is an experience in community living that includes mindful meditation, readings from multiple faith traditions, nightly reflections and  prayer. What role does faith/spirituality play in your life? *
Please list the names and contact info (email and phone number) for two professional references and indicate in what capacity each person knows you. *
(professor, employer, advisor, student organization leader etc.)
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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