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Camp Counselor, Summer 2019 - Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda


Locust Grove Nature Center
7777 Democracy Blvd.
Bethesda, MD 20817

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Locust Grove Nature Center is looking for volunteer camp counselors that are passionate about sharing their love of the great outdoors!

As a volunteer camp counselor, you'll assist staff in supervising children and leading activities. It's a great way to earn SSL hours while gaining experience working with kids and it's a lot of fun!

Check out this year's list of camps to see which topic fits your schedule and interests:

Week1: June 24 - 28
Nature Film Camp (Full Day)
Nature Explorers Camp 1 (Half Day)

Week 2: July 1 - 5
Hiking Through History Camp (Full Day)
*camp does not meet on July 4*

Week 3: July 8 - 12
Park Safari Camp (Full Day)
Nature Explorers Camp 2 (Half Day)

Week 4: July 15 - 19
LOST! Wilderness Survival Camp (Full Day)

Week 5: July 22 - 26
Water Adventure Camp (Full Day)
Nature Explorers Camp 3 (Half Day)

Week 6: July 29 - August 2
Creek Week (Full Day)

Week 7: August 5 - 9
*LOST! Xtreme Survival Camp (Full Day)
Nature Explorers Camp 4 (Half Day)

Week 8: August 12 - 16
Into the Woods Fairytale Fantasy (Full Day)

Volunteer hours are from 8:00am to 4:00pm for Full Day Camps, and 8:30am to 12:30pm for Half Day Camps.

See Duties and Requirements after clicking Job Details for a complete program description of each camp week.

*Volunteers for LOST! Xtreme must be at least 17 years old.

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Website: www.locustgrovenature.org

Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

Job type: Short-term (1-8 weeks)

Volunteer type:  Adult, Youth, Student Service Learning

Camp Counselors are required to volunteer for at least one week-long camp totaling 40 hours per session. Priority will be given to applicants who can volunteer for more than one week of camp.

Camps run Monday through Friday, volunteers start 1/2 hour before camp starts, and stay 1/2 hour after camp ends. There is no camp on Wednesday, July 4th.

All applicants must attend a Camp Counselor Training. Dates to be decided.

All volunteers must be at least 14 years of age (17 years of age for Lost! Xtreme Wilderness Survival Camp), and submit to a background check.


Nature Film Camp:
How do films get made? What is a storyboard? How do you edit a film? Spend a week making your own documentary from start to finish. Join us to learn how to design and document the natural subjects from our park system and film your animal stars in the wild. Ages 8 - 12.

Nature Explorers Camps (4 Sessions):
Nurture your child's sense of wonder and curiosity with activities that help them connect to nature! Sneak through the trees, look for animals, seek out new adventures, and get creative in nature's kitchen. Give your explorer a chance to uncover the wonders of the natural world through play, exploration, games, and crafts! Ages 4 - 5.

Hiking Through History Camp:
Explore a time before the invention of automobiles, cell phones, and pizza delivery in this weeklong trip into the past. We'll rediscover the traditional skills, games, and crafts of a different historical era each day, from Pre-Columbian American Natives through the birth of our nation to a developing modern age. Ages 6 - 10.

Park Safari Camp
Explore the hidden treasures of Montgomery County's park system by trail and water on a weeklong safari. Tour Little Seneca Lake in search of beaver lodges and hike the scenic and challenging Billy Goat Trail along the banks of the Potomac River. Campers will visit a different facility every day offering new adventures and hiking challenges. Ages 9 - 12.

Lost! Wilderness Survival Camp:
Think you have what it takes? In this action-packed adventure that closely follows a storyline, you and your friends must work together to survive in the wilderness. You'll build your confidence outdoors by meeting daily challenges to find food, water and shelter. We'll learn together through fiercely fun games and collaborative activities. Ages 6 - 10.

Water Adventure Camp:
Explore Montgomery Park's lakes and rivers through daily hikes and boat tours. Learn about the plants and animals that call our waterways home. Ages. 9 - 12.

Lost! Xtreme Wilderness Survival Camp:
Our most popular camp is back with exciting new challenges! Navigate a harsh and unforgiving landscape with adventure at every turn. You and your friends will learn additional skills to aid in your survival, such as how to shoot a bow and cook over a fire. Then you'll work together to complete the ultimate backpacking experience. Includes an overnight at the adjacent McDonnell Campground on Thursday evening. Ages 11 - 14.

Creek Week:
Get wet and go wild this summer with Creek Week! This water world summer camp will explore what lies beneath the surface of our local stream. Learn through games, demonstrations, experiments, and play about the unique aspects of stream life and how to keep our streams healthy. Warning: you will get wet! Ages 6 - 10.

Into the Woods: Fairytale Fantasy
Once upon an enchanted wood,
Campers made magic wherever they could,
Through music, drama, and dance galore,
They fought dragons, found fairies and played outdoors!

Locust Grove Nature Center

Jackie Raiford


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