[Bryn Mawr] Seasonal Counselor Role

Seasonal Counselor Roles at Progressive Summer Day Camp
Camp Session: Jun 17 - Aug 16, 2019 (start and end date will vary depending on site-specific training and move-in/move-out dates)


We’re Steve & Kate's Camp, pioneers in self-directed learning, and we're looking for motivated babysitters, teachers, coaches, athletes, art, tech and education enthusiasts and anyone else that’s ready to play hard, be goofy, and help kids learn to trust themselves. As a Summer Staff member, you’ll sharpen your inherent leadership skills and do meaningful work, while getting an immersive summer of creativity and play that will do more for your professional and personal development than any of those fancy-sounding internships or corporate jobs your parents are pressuring you to get. 

The job in a nutshell.

We have a range of full-time counselor roles at our summer camps including:

  • Launchpad Staff, who are tireless advocates for our youngest campers (4 and 5 year olds) that help them transition into camp by introducing new activities, encouraging friendships and ensuring their basic needs are met
  • Studio Leads, who act as guides and facilitators to inspire camper’s curiosity while ensuring children are safe, engaged and supported in our five creative art and tech studios: Film, Music, Breadmaking, Fashion and Coding
  • Sports & Rec Leads, who run epic Dodgeball tournaments, fierce Capture the Flag competitions, and spirited Soccer matches (along with other Sports Activities), in addition to operating outrageous recreational equipment like giant inflatable slip and slides and state-of-the-art go-karts
  • And there’s typically plenty of opportunity to mix and match roles, so if you’re a coder who likes to crochet, or a sporty seamstress, you won’t have to settle on just one of your passions

How do you know if you’re the right candidate? 

If you answer yes to all of the questions below, definitely apply now.

  • Do you appreciate and agree with self-directed learning for kids and adults?
  • Are you comfortable leading groups of kids on your own, but also working with and being accountable to a team?
  • Do you have the stamina to keep up (literally) with 4-12 yr. olds bursting with energy and creative potential? And, if needed, can you bench press a kindergartener (or at least lift up to 30lbs)?
  • Are you serious about having fun?Are you willing to work hard but also let loose when the time calls?
  • Check out this doc for additional details regarding Steve & Kate seasonal staff responsibilities and requirements. 

Additional Pennsylvania requirements- a group supervisor​ (Studio Lead) shall have attained at least one of the following qualification levels:
  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field.
  2. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, including 30 credit hours in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field and 1 year of experience with children.
  3. An associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field and 2 years of experience with children.
  4. An associate’s degree from an accredited college or university, including 30 credit hours in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field and 3 years of experience with children.

Additional Pennsylvania requirements- an ​assistant group supervisor ​(working in multi studio space) shall have attained at least one of the following qualification levels:
  1. A high school diploma or a general educational development certificate and 30 credit hours from an accredited college or university in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field.
  2. A high school diploma or a general educational development certificate, including 600 or more hours of secondary training.
  3. A high school diploma or a general educational development certificate, 15 credit hours from an accredited college or university in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field and 1 year of experience with children.
  4. A high school diploma or a general education development certificate and completion of a post-secondary training curriculum.
  5. A high school diploma or a general educational development certificate and 2 years experience with children.

Even if you’re new to working with kids or don’t have experience in our specific programs, if you’re motivated to learn, we’ll get you up to speed with our paid training and development program. And if you’re inspired by what we do, but not cut out for these roles, we’re also hiring for Leadership, Admin, and Food Ops positions, as well as opportunities for Winter, Mid-Winter, and Spring employment. 


A bit more about us.

We’re the people who pioneered self-directed learning in a camp setting starting way back in 1980 when everyone else was doing tie dye. Actually, we did that too. It was the 80s after all. We also introduced the most flexible and fair attendance system in the industry. We offer 5 creative art and tech studios balanced out with our zany twist on sports and recreation programs. We’re owned by a husband and wife named Steve and Kate, and we’ve grown to nearly 40 locations in 10 states.


To create a camp where every child feels safe, respected, empowered, and a sense of belonging, Steve & Kate’s needs seasonal and year-round teams that represent the richness and diversity of our local communities. We are an equal opportunity employer that strives to have staff members of all colors, genders, ethnicities, sexual orientations, religions, socio-economic backgrounds and abilities join us in helping kids (and adults) learn to trust themselves and one another.  We also strive to create an environment where work, learning, and play is inclusive and accessible for all.

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