YLP Counselor Apprentice (former ESF campers only)
ESF Camps - Greenwich, CT

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A Counselor Apprentice is a former camper who has been identified has a high potential leadership candidate. In this position the YLP Counselor Apprentice will engage with peers in a practical, highly engaging, thought provoking environment which enables them to further develop their leadership skills and style under the guidance of ESF mentors. Young Leaders will gain an understanding of their personal leadership style, build self-confidence and self-awareness, and learn in a setting that encourages practice and participation.

Position Objective/Purpose:

We are seeking motivated YLP Counselor Apprentices who believe deeply in the organization’s mission and who have a desire to develop personally and professionally.

Position Scope Factors:

Counselor Apprentices are employed in Day, Senior, Sports and Dream Camp in the following age groups;
  • Day Camp: 4 – 8 year olds
  • Senior Camp: 9 - 10 year olds
  • Sports Camp: 6 – 10 year olds
  • Dream Camp: 6 – 11 year olds (Trinity College & Girard College locations only)

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Attend daily morning briefing with Director
  • Assist counselors in preparing drop-off and pick-up area
  • Greet and welcome campers as they arrive to camp
  • Assist counselors in taking care of the administrative morning and afternoon responsibilities
  • Follow daily schedule
  • Assist campers with their food/drink during snack and lunch
  • Group supervision of campers with attention to: behavior and group management, health, safety, security, and personal and skill development
  • Attend weekly workshop with YLP Director
  • Promote and actively participate in all camper activities & projects
  • Work effectively with co-counselors and collaborate on daily responsibilities
  • Serve as a positive role model to campers
  • Follow the ESF Code and maintain the ESF Look at all times
  • Exhibit ESF Core Values at all times and to adhere to all company policies
  • Have fun
  • Other responsibilities as assigned


  • Position Competencies for Success:

  • Understand and support the mission of the organization
  • The ability to work effectively with others in all levels of the organization in a professional manner
  • Positive attitude
  • Commitment to the growth and development of youth
  • Patient, caring and creative
  • Commitment to producing consistent, high-quality work
  • Excellent judgment, ability to identify problems and works quickly to find solutions
  • Flexible, adaptive and a Team player
  • Desire to make a difference in the life of a child


  • Experience Requirements:

  • 16 or 17 years old
  • Former ESF camper
  • Community or school involvement, examples include but are not limited to; babysitting, academic/athletic tutoring , youth volunteer, classroom assistant, religious education teacher, clubs/organizations (required)
  • Previous work experience (preferred)


  • Other Skill Requirements:

  • Outstanding communication skills which include the ability to use clear, concise and grammatically correct written and oral language in all aspects of professional interaction with campers, their families, peers, leadership team and the larger community


  • Reporting Relationships:

  • Reports directly to and takes direction from YLP Director. May also take direction from and is overall accountable to the Site Director.


  • Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to push/pull, lift and carry a minimum of 35lbs
  • Endurance to work outside and on your feet for 6-8 hours per day
  • Ability to respond to emergency situations which may require running (up to 1 mile in some cases) and climbing stairs.
  • Good physical condition which enables candidate to execute all responsibilities associated with this position
  • ESF, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All candidates who meet the qualifications are encouraged to apply!

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