Camp Employment

For nearly fifty five years, Green Acres School Summer Camp has been operated by Green Acres School, a non-profit independent school, located in North Bethesda, Maryland.The staff is critical to the overall success of our camp program. This is a demanding and difficult (but fun) job! The Camp is well known for the excellent program it provides in part because the staff is committed and hard working.

To apply for a position, please fill out an application here. Email reference forms will be sent to the references you have listed. Please make sure you know the email addresses for your references prior to completing the application. We cannot consider your application until 2 references have been completed.

When hiring new staff we look for people who:

  • Enjoy working with children and genuinely care about their well being.
  • Appreciate the outdoors.
  • Are able to swim and are comfortable in the water.
  • Have high self-esteem and a positive outlook on life.
  • Are honest, responsible, and conscientious, with a desire to carry out one’s work assignment to the best of his or her ability.
  • Are team players.
  • Are flexible and easygoing even when the unexpected occurs.
  • Have a good sense of humor and the ability to have “fun” with campers on their level.
  • Have the ability to instruct the activity to which he or she is assigned with patience and understanding.
  • Are positive role models for children and take this responsibility seriously.
  • Get along with, enjoy being with, and respect people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Have the ability to recall your own trials and triumphs as a youth to better understand his or her campers.

General Information

OVERVIEW

There are 320 children enrolled in the camp. The Camp serves children aged three to twelve. The staff is approximately ninety people. The Director of the Camp, Marylouise Bracho, is an employee of the School.

To ensure continuity for our campers and to foster connections among the staff,  is important that you are able to make the full six-week (June 22-July 31, 2020) or seven-week (June 22 - August 7, 2020) commitment.

SCHEDULE

  • All Junior Camp staff and Lifeguards get in the pool every day. All new staff will need to pass a swimming test before camp starts.
  • Although 80% of the camp’s physical plant is air-conditioned, a lot of time is spent outside, so this can be a hot job!
  • Counselors eat lunch with their homeroom groups. Junior Camp staff units meet once a week during the camp day for planning and coordination. Each staff member gets a short break each day.
  • When camp units have an Extended Day or an overnight, the Counselors for that unit must stay after 3:30 PM (Units B & C) or overnight (Unit D).
  • All Junior Camp staff and Lifeguards get in the pool every day. All new staff will need to pass a swimming test before camp starts.
  • Counselors eat lunch with their homeroom groups. Junior Camp staff units meet once a week during the camp day for planning and coordination. Each staff member gets a short break each day.

SALARY

  • Staff members are paid every three weeks. Each staff group has a salary range that is determined by seniority and experience. CITs are paid a stipend in the range of $2406 to $2459; beginning Counselors make approximately $2511; Lead Counselors’ salaries begin at about $3940; and Unit Leaders’ salaries begin at about $5110. Pool CITs start at $2888; Pool Counselors start at $3120; Pool Lead Counselors make about $4512. Since this is a temporary job, no health insurance or other benefits are offered.

Staff Positions

The staff is critical to the overall success of our camp program. This is a demanding and difficult (but fun) job! The Camp is well known for the excellent program it provides in part because the staff is committed and hard working.

To apply for a position, please fill out an application here. Email reference forms will be sent to the references you have listed. Please make sure you know the email addresses for your references prior to completing the application. We cannot consider your application until 2 references have been completed.

When hiring new staff we look for people who:

  • Enjoy working with children and genuinely care about their wellbeing.
  • Appreciate the outdoors.
  • Are able to swim and are comfortable in the water.
  • Have high self-esteem and a positive outlook on life.
  • Are honest, responsible, and conscientious, with a desire to carry out one’s work assignment to the best of his or her ability.
  • Are team players.
  • Are flexible and easygoing even when the unexpected occurs.
  • Have a good sense of humor and the ability to have “fun” with campers on their level.
  • Have the ability to instruct the activity to which he or she is assigned with patience and understanding.
  • Are positive role models for children and take this responsibility seriously.
  • Get along with, enjoy being with, and respect people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Have the ability to recall your own trials and triumphs as a youth to better understand his or her campers.

Camp Staff Positions

Unit Leaders

Unit Leaders oversee camper units in Junior and Senior Camp. Unit Leaders need to be experienced teachers or have equivalent experience and have a solid understanding of child development. Unit Leaders are responsible for overseeing a group of children as well as implementing a child-centered program. Under the guidance of the Camp Director, the Unit Leader develops the schedule and the structure of the program for the whole Unit. For the older Units, the Unit Leader needs to be specialized in a specific field. All Unit Leaders will be supervising Lead Counselors, Counselors, Counselors in Training, and Community Service Counselors. Unit Leaders communicate with parents as needed.

Lead Counselors

Lead Counselors must be majoring in education, or a college graduate, or have equivalent educational experience and training. They have responsibility for program planning, execution, and evaluation of their Unit’s program, plus homeroom responsibilities for children. They have responsibility for program planning, execution, and evaluation of their program, plus homeroom responsibilities for children. Lead Counselors in Senior Camp need to be specialized in a specific field.

Counselors - Finishing 12th Grade & Freshmen/Sophomores in College

Counselors must be a high school graduate and should have experience working with children. They help the Head Counselors execute the program in a specific age group or subject area.

Counselors in Training (CITs) - Finishing 10th or 11th Grade

CITs must be a junior or senior in high school and be interested in working with children in a summer camp setting. They are supervised by a program coordinator who meets with them each week. CITs work directly with a Head Counselor in a specific age unit or subject area. This is a paid position.

Student Service Learning Counselors (SSLs) - Finishing 8th or 9th Grade

SSL Counselors must be entering ninth or tenth grade and be interested in working with children in a summer camp setting. The first three weeks will be working in the classroom in the mornings and in training inthe afternoons. The second three weeks will be working in the classrooms. SSLs are supervised by a Community Service Coordinator and must be available to work for the entire session. This is an unpaid position. At the end of the 2017 session, counselors receive a certificate stating the number of community service hours completed.

Pool Staff - Finishing 10th Grade

Pool staff must have Advanced Life Saving certification. The Pool Staff has two Lead Counselors and several Counselors. The pool staff serves as lifeguards and give swim lessons to small groups of campers.

Application Details

If you are interested in a position with Green Acres Summer Camp, please complete the online application and reference forms here.

If you do not know the email address for your reference, please get the address before completing the staff application. We will not process an application until two references have been received.

If we have a position available and your application is complete, we will be in touch with you by email to set up an appointment in late winter or early spring.

If you have questions, call Judy Shniderman, the Camp Administrator, at 301.468.8110.

Staff FAQs

When do you start hiring new staff?

We will begin interviewing in January, after we know which positions will be open. We will continue interviewing until all of the positions are full. Submitting an application does not guarantee that you will be called for an interview. Generally, we are able to let you know shortly after your interview whether or not we will be offering you a position. If you are hired we will send you a contract which must be returned to us within two weeks.

Do I have to work the whole six or seven weeks?

Yes, it is important that you are able to commit to the entire six weeks.

What do I need to do to apply?

You need to complete the application and have two references submitted to us. When that information is in, if we have a position available, we will email you to schedule an interview with the Director.

How often do I get paid?

Paychecks are given out three times.

Who can be a reference?

We require you to have two written references. It is best that they come from recent employers. If no one is available, then a coach, teacher, or supervisor from a volunteer experience will be fine. The reference forms will be emailed directly upon completion of an online application. You may also download and have reference forms sent directly to Green Acres. It is important that you arrange for the references to be turned in. Once we have your completed application and both references and if there is a position available, we will contact you to arrange an interview.

Who gets the references?

It is your responsibility to get two written/email references and to follow up with the Camp Office to see that we have received them.

Do I have to go swimming?

All junior camp staff is required to be in the water swimming with the campers on a daily basis. If you are unable to swim for medical reasons you must bring in a doctor’s note. All junior and senior camp counselors must pass the Green Acres Camp swim test.

What is a Unit Leader?

A Unit Leader is responsible for the organization of a particular group or subject activity and the supervision of the staff and campers in that group or activity. In Junior Camp the Units are organized by the grade of the children. In Senior Camp, Unit Leaders teach a particular subject such as Photography or Science, etc.

How big is the staff?

We have about 90 counselors for 320 campers.

Do I have to attend Orientation?

Yes, the pre-camp orientation is required for all counselors. It is an important planning time as well as a valuable time to share experiences and get to know one another.