Counselors in training are tasked with supporting and learning from PALS counselors. This role is the perfect opportunity for (a) individuals who are 16-17 at the start of camp, OR (b) individuals who are better suited to, or who would prefer, a training role before becoming a counselor with PALS. CITs are assigned to a camp team and develop close bonds with all team members, emerging with lasting friendships and invaluable knowledge of the counselor role and all it entails.
Responsibilities and Duties:
- Complete volunteer training as directed by PALS staff and camp directors
- Attend a full session of camp including pre-camp training
- Room with another camp attendee (likely a head counselor, leader in training, or fellow counselor in training)
- Promote inclusion, acceptance, and dignity by remaining open-minded, patient, and mature in all situations and encounters
- Help facilitate and remain flexible and prepared for daily transitions where you are paired for a short period with an individual on your team with Down syndrome, acting as a stand-in counselor and abiding by all the same protocols
- Remain, when unpaired, attentive and enthusiastic to support the unique dynamic of the team
Qualifications and Skills:
- Ability to maintain high energy and enthusiasm for a strenuous week of activities
- Willingness to follow instructions carefully and trust in the guidance of superiors
- Patience and respect for individuals with disabilities, which could potentially include: their unique perspective and approach to daily tasks, need for more structure or support, and the unlikely possibility of managing, with dignity, tact, and respect, any delicate and potentially embarrassing situations or encounters
- A fun and positive approach to camp and life in general!