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Summer Programs - Discovery Camp Assistant Counselor

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The Potomac School - McLean, VA


The Discovery Camp Assistant Counselor is a seasonal position that reports to the Discovery Camp Head Counselor. This program will run from June 26-August 4, 2023 (no camp on July 3 and 4) and the expected hours of work are 8:30 am-3:30 pm, Monday-Friday. The Assistant 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:

  • Assisting the Head Counselor in leading their workshops and homebase time. Discovery camp offers a wide variety of workshops which may include Archery, Camp Crafts, Tinkering, Tabletop Games, Coding, Web Design, sports.

  • 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.

  • Assist in cleaning, maintaining and ensuring proper use of Summer@Potomac facilities and equipment.

  • Use positive and proactive techniques to resolve any camper behavioral issues. Effectively communicate such issues to the Head Counselor.

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

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

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Must be 16 years of age. 

  • Previous experience of providing care to children 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.

  • Ability and willing to follow all policies and procedures outlined in the Summer@Potomac Handbook.

  • 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.