4-H Camp Counselor-In-Training

Location: Iowa 4-H Center, Madrid, IA

Program Overview
The 4-H Camp Counselor-In-Training Program is designed to enhance the development of leadership skills in young people (grades 9-12 in the 2013-2014 school year) through experiential-based training and service.  It is an opportunity for you to build on your 4-H or other youth organization experience by sharing your talents and energy with 4-H campers from counties across the state. You will gain valuable life skills and develop leadership skills by practicing problem-solving and communication techniques. Your training and experiences as a Counselor-In-Training will give you skills and experience you need to compete in today’s job market.
Program Goals:     

  • To provide leadership development opportunities for young people (grades 10-12) serving in the program
  • To increase Counselor-In-Training knowledge about and ability to deliver educational programs for youth campers
  • To provide support for State 4-H camping programs

General Purpose:
Support Extension Program Staff, volunteers and youth in conducting meaningful educational experiences at State 4-H camps at the Iowa 4-H Center.
Working under the direction of the supervising staff members, the Counselor-In-Training will:
1.       Assist with organized educational, recreation or creative arts activities, including (but not limited to):

  • Assisting Camp/Event Director
  • Camper Counseling duties
  • Songleading
  • Recreation

2.       Work cooperatively with campers, Extension staff, and other Counselors-In-Training.

3.       Follow all guidelines and policies of Iowa State University and Outreach 4-H Youth Development and the Iowa 4-H Center.
4.       Exercise good judgment in assuming responsibility for and working with youth.
5.       Follow the direction of ISU staff supervising the assigned camp; perform various duties and provide reports as they request.
6.       Arrive at assigned site and conduct needed activities on a timely basis.
Individuals serving as 4-H Extension Camp Instructors must:

  • Be in grades 9-12 in the 2013-2014 school year
  • Have the ability to be energetic, enthusiastic, quick-thinking, flexible, diplomatic and prompt;
  • Have the ability to teach and motivate youth while nurturing positive self-esteem, decision-making skills, responsibility and leadership in campers;
  • Have a sincere commitment to cooperating with others to further the educational purposes Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
  • Have the ability to pass background screening.

Essential Functions:
Ability to communicate in written and verbal forms and work with youth and adults of differing age and skill levels; provide necessary instructions to youth;
Ability to observe youth behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations, policies, and emergency procedures;
Visual and auditory abilities to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to activities;
Ability to assist youth in emergencies (fire, evacuation, illness, injury);
Possess physical strength and endurance required to maintain supervision of youth and perform other assigned duties.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach programs are available to all without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries can be directed to the Director of Equal Opportunity and Compliance, 3280 Beardshear Hall, (515) 294-7612.
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