Embrace the exceptional, experience an unmatched professional opportunity, and make a difference in the lives of children with special needs.
- Embrace the belief that all children want the same things.
- Embrace the opportunity to make a difference in the world and change the lives of children for the better.
- Embrace the challenge to serve children with social, emotional, and learning challenges, including those affected by autism spectrum disorders.
Join the Ramapo team today!
Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. We encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible. Phone and Skype interviews are available. For questions, please call 845.876.8423 or email email@example.com.
Applications for Summer 2018 open up mid-October 2017
- Counselors make a 9 week commitment to Camp Ramapo from mid-June to mid-August 2017. This includes a week long counselor orientation. Counselor positions are residential and require staff to live on-campus during their commitment dates. Room and board are included at no cost to hired staff.
- Leadership staff, education counselors, specialty counselors, challenge counselors and lifeguards taking the lifeguard certification course; all require additional training prior to Mid-June 2017. Exact dates are provided during the hiring process.
- There are a limited number of short-term counselor positions available. Short-term counselors make a 5 week commitment from late July to late August 2017. This includes a week long counselor orientation.
“Everyone has an experience that changes them. It forces them to grow up in ways they never thought possible and teaches them what being an adult really means. This was that experience for me.” –Casey Murray, Camp Ramapo counselor
Who Do We Look For?
Many counselors are emerging professionals in the fields of special education, social work, psychology, and related fields, but no previous experience in this type of work is necessary. We do ask you exemplify the following:
- Willingness to learn
“Although I already had a strong interest in children, mental health, and human psychology, Ramapo further enhanced all of these interests. Because of how uniquely special all the children I worked with were and the atmosphere of belonging that permeates across the camp, I understood the importance of investing in a professional path which could expand on the attitude of compassion and self-worth that I experienced at Ramapo.” –Sofia Ricci, Camp Ramapo counselor
What Would You Do?
Summer staff lives on the Rhinebeck campus from June–August working to make lasting contributions to children with social, emotional, or learning challenges. Ramapo has a 1:1 staff-to-camper ratio to benefit children who need more support, supervision, and attention. You will lead activities and serve as a role model to these children.
Apply to be a:
- General Counselor—Team up to oversee program activities and daily routines for a bunk of campers.
- Waterfront Counselor—Teach swim lessons to small groups of campers. Lifeguard certification is not required.
- Challenge Counselor—Facilitate adventure-based low and high ropes courses and many other outdoor activities.
- Specialty Counselor—Lead specialty activities in music, drama, arts & crafts, woodcraft, cooking, ceramics, athletics, or nature adventures.
- Educational Counselor—Work as specialists in our Reading and Discovery Centers.
- Health Center Position—RNs, LPNs, EMTs, and nursing students.
“One of the most worthwhile aspects of the job I held as Bunk Counselor was teamwork. We were expected to work as a team, not only with our co-counselors, but with our campers and the entire Camp Ramapo team, as well. Nothing was done individually. Every change made in someone's life was because of a group of people working together.” –Holly Kempler, Camp Ramapo counselor
Why Work at Ramapo?
Staff members leave at the end of summer saying Camp Ramapo changed their lives. The unmatched training and experience at Ramapo equips you with professional and personal skills that prepare you to be a strong leader in the field.
Staff members consistently say Ramapo was one of the most valuable experiences they’ve ever had. Working with special needs campers develops the skills to build relationships, create supportive environments, and manage all youth more effectively. Staff alumni have gone on to be teachers, psychologists, social workers, organization directors, and even founders of national service nonprofits.
The work is not easy, but comes with many rewards:
- Get hands-on experience—Ramapo’s 1:1 staff-to-camper ratio provides intensive hands-on experience for professional and personal growth.
- Receive state-of-the-art training—Ramapo’s summer staff receives the same training given to more than 10,000 teachers and youth-service professionals across New York City.
- Gain professional skills toward a career—Ramapo equips staff with valuable techniques to build positive relationships, create supportive environments for children with special needs, and grow to become leaders in the field.
- Earn College Credits—Ramapo for Children conducts an on-site college course, “Field Experience in Special Education” that can be credited in one of the following disciplines: Education, Special Education, Educational Psychology, Therapeutic Recreation, Group Dynamics, Outdoor Recreation, Physical Education, Recreation, Camp counseling, or Community Service. The National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS) has evaluated Field Experience in Special Education and recommended that colleges award up to 6 credits to students who complete it successfully. Learn More.
“Working as a camp counselor at Ramapo in my college years changed my life, was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done, helped me to become a more compassionate person, introduced me to some of the best kids and co-workers I have ever known, and put me on the road to becoming a psychologist.” –Ivan Kruh, Camp Ramapo counselor ’89,’90,’92