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Summer Programs - Head Counselor - Nature Science Camp

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The Potomac School - McLean, VA


The Nature Science Head Counselor is a seasonal position that reports to the Nature Science Camp Director. This program will run from June 27-August 5, 2022 (no camp on July 3 and 4), with the week of June 20 being the orientation and lesson plan preparation week. The expected hours of work are 8:30-3:30 pm, Monday-Friday. The Head Counselor is an integral part of the Summer Camp Staff and plays a vital role in making summer camp a safe, fun and enriching experience for the campers. 


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create weekly lesson plans and schedules for campers and ensure the schedule is implemented. Plan, lead and supervise daily age appropriate activities including outdoor excursions, sports, arts & crafts, games, educational and recreational opportunities for the campers. 

  • Actively participate in all camp activities to help build relationships with campers.

  • Supervise campers at all times (including lunch time), prioritizing their well being and safety.

  • Follow all safety protocols and procedures established by Summer@Potomac.

  • Cleaning, maintaining and ensuring proper use of Summer@Potomac facilities and equipment.

  • Use positive and proactive techniques to resolve any camper behavioral issues. If needed, report such issues to the Camp Director.

  • Report any injuries or sickness to the Camp Director.

  • Serve as a mentor and trainer to the Assistant Counselors. 

  • Participate in staff orientations, pre-camp staff training, preparations for camp opening and meetings.

  • Obtain certifications required for the job before the camp season begins.

  • Adhere to the procedures and policies outlined in the Summer@Potomac Handbook.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Must be 21 years of age and possess a high school diploma or the equivalent.

  • Previous experience as a counselor, teacher, child care or a related field.

  • Love for nature and outdoor education is a plus.

  • Strong organizational and communication skills.

  • Responsible, energetic, enthusiastic and have a positive attitude.

  • Physical ability to participate in activities with campers (run, sit on the floor, walk and stand for longer periods of time).

  • Ability to recognize and respond to individual and cultural differences within a diverse population of campers and staff.

  • All employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background investigation which involves fingerprinting and TB screening.


In striving to fulfill its mission, The Potomac School seeks many different voices, viewpoints, and backgrounds. We recognize that differences are a source of strength, and we know that everyone is enriched when each person's contributions and perspectives are valued.