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Camp Chihopi
August 8-11, 2014

In keeping with the goals of Camp Chihopi, preference for staff positions is given to transplant recipients, ages 16 and older, although hospital staff, students, and community volunteers are accepted depending on staffing needs. Parents/caregivers of campers are not eligible for staff positions.

There are six staff roles at Camp Chihopi:

Counselor

Counselor Qualifications

  • High school graduate or equivalent, 20 years of age or older.
  • Must have energy, creativity, enthusiasm, and the ability and desire to work with children.
  • Ability to accept supervision and guidance and to function both independently and as part of a team.
  • Must have previous experience as a camp counselor or assistant counselor at Camp Chihopi or another children’s camp, or have other supervisory experiences with children.
  • Must pass Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and State Police Criminal Record Check.
  • Required to be physically mobile on 200-acres of camp ground that includes rough terrain, hills and uneven pavement.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Accountable for the safety, hygiene and whereabouts of every camper in your cabin group, as well as maintaining the cleanliness and appearance of the cabin, and properly handling and maintaining all camp equipment used by your group.
  • Participates in all activities and provides positive encouragement towards their campers’ participation.
  • Acts as a positive role model and a teacher of life skills; displays respect towards peers, staff members, and to themselves; works within a team to accomplish cabin, unit, and camp goals; and offers guidance and support to all campers.
  • Manages a cabin group and helps campers deal with issues, challenges and problems as they arise.
  • Supervises and participates in all aspects of the camper’s day.
  • Actively participates in Camp Chihopi Orientation on August 7, 2014 and in other meetings as scheduled during camp.
  • Communicates effectively and is able to accept supervision from the Camp Director.
  • Communicates well and works effectively with the assigned Assistant Counselors.
  • Sets a positive example of responsibility, sensitivity, and motivation towards the Counselors-in-Training (CITs) in the cabin.
  • Follows all rules and regulations of the Emma Kaufmann Camp.

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Assistant Counselor

Assistant Counselor Qualifications
  • High school graduate or equivalent, 18 years of age or older. Staff who are 17 years of age and have successfully completed the CIT role at Camp Chihopi may also apply to be an Assistant Counselor.
  •  Assistant Counselors must stay for the entire camp session.
  • Creativity, energy, enthusiasm and the ability to work with children are needed for this role.
  • Able to accept supervision, guidance and function both independently and as part of a team.
  • Must have previous experience as a camp counselor or assistant counselor at Camp Chihopi or another children’s camp or have other supervisory experiences with children.
  • Must pass Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and State Police Criminal Record Check.
  • Required to be physically mobile on 200-acres of camp ground that includes rough terrain, hills and uneven pavement.
Duties and Responsibilities
Assistant Counselors work with the Counselors to fulfill the responsibilities listed below and to accomplish the goals of Camp. The Assistant Counselor will defer to the Counselor as appropriate.
  • Accountable for the safety, hygiene and whereabouts of every camper in your cabin group, as well as maintaining the cleanliness and appearance of the cabin and properly handling and maintaining all camp equipment used by your group.
  • Participates in all camp activities and provide positive encouragement towards their campers’ participation.
  • Acts as a positive role model and a teacher of life skills; is respectful towards their peers, staff members, and to themselves; works as a team to accomplish cabin, unit, and camp goals; and offers guidance and support to all campers.
  • Manages a cabin group with the Counselor and helps campers deal with issues, challenges and problems as they arise.
  • Communicates fully and effectively with the Counselor about any situation that may arise with your camper group.
  • Helps supervise and participates in all aspects of the camper’s day.
  • Follows all rules and regulations of the Emma Kaufmann Camp.
  • Actively participates in the Camp Chihopi Orientation on August 7, 2014 and in other meetings as scheduled during camp.
  • Helps set a positive example of responsibility, sensitivity, and motivation towards the Counselors-in-Training (CITs) assigned to the cabin.
  • Is able to accept supervision and guidance from the Camp Director.

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Counselor-in-Training (CIT)

CIT Qualifications

  • High school students who are 16-17 years of age.
  • Teens may be a CIT for up to 2 years. Some teens find it helpful to be a CIT for a second year before applying for the Assistant Counselor role.
  • CITs must stay for the entire camp session. Must have energy, enthusiasm and the ability and desire to work with children.
  • Has a sincere interest in becoming a future camp counselor.
  • Is willing to accept supervision and guidance from the CIT Supervisor.
  • Can function both independently and as part of a team.
  • Previous camping experience, particularly at Camp Chihopi, is preferred but not necessary. Previous supervisory experience with children is helpful.
  • Required to be physically mobile on 200-acres of camp ground that includes rough terrain, hills and uneven pavement.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Helps Counselors and Assistant Counselors as directed to provide for the safety, hygiene and whereabouts of every camper in a cabin group, as well as maintaining the cleanliness and appearance of the cabin and properly handling and maintaining all camp equipment used by your group.
  • Must participate in all camp activities and provide positive encouragement towards the campers.
  • Acts as a positive role model in sharing their skills and knowledge with the younger campers.
  • Works as a team to accomplish cabin, unit, and camp goals.
  • Assists in planning for the Camp Party and the CIT activity on Monday.
  • Communicates fully and effectively with the CIT Supervisor in planning and implementing CIT activities. Accepts mentoring from the CIT Supervisor to successfully implement the role of CIT.
  • Follows all rules and regulations of the Emma Kaufmann Camp.
  • Actively participates in the Camp Chihopi Orientation on August 7, 2014 and in daily CIT meetings as scheduled during camp.
CIT Application Process
  • Complete the CIT Application Form (PDF) 
    • CIT applicants will be called for a brief phone interview following submission of their completed application.
  • Print two CIT Reference Forms (PDF)
    • Give each form to an adult that knows you well and your ability to be a CIT. Your two references may include a teacher, coach, minister, employer, or Scout leader.
    • Relatives or family members CAN NOT be used as references.
    • References should be sent by the person completing the reference so the information is confidential.
    • Give the adult a reference form with your name printed on the top line and a stamped addressed envelope to:
Beverly Kosmach-Park
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Faculty Pavilion, 6th Floor
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

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Specialty Staff

Specialty Staff Qualifications

  • High school graduate or equivalent, 18 years of age or older.
  • Must have energy, enthusiasm and the ability and desire to work with children.
  • Ability to accept supervision and guidance and function both independently and as part of a team.
  • Previous camping experience or other supervisory experiences with children is helpful.
  • Must pass Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and State Police Criminal Record Check.
  • Required to be physically mobile on 200-acres of camp ground that includes rough terrain, hills and uneven pavement.
  • May attend for the full camp session or part-time.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Help supervise camp activities such as arts and crafts, outdoor sports and water sports with the counselors and assistant counselors as needed.
  • May be assigned a specialty role based on need.
  • Specialty Staff will rotate assignments to help cover other staff during their breaks and provide additional help during all-camp activities; others may have a specific role during camp.

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Camp Nurse

Camp Nurse Qualifications

  • Must be a licensed Registered Nurse with a current active nursing license in PA or WV.
  • Pediatric experience is preferred; previous camp nursing experience is helpful.
  • Must be capable of providing routine and emergency care for transplant recipients in a camp setting.
  • Must pass Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and State Police Criminal Record Check.
  • Required to be physically mobile on 200-acres of camp ground that includes rough terrain, hills and uneven pavement.
  • May attend for the full camp session or part-time.
Responsibilities
  • Review your assigned campers’ medications and treatments with a caregiver during Registration on August 8, 2014. Be sure that the camper has an adequate med supply and needed equipment/supplies.
  • Administer medications and treatments for each camper as prescribed from 11 a.m. on August 8, 2014 to 3 p.m. on August 11, 2014.
  • Complete medication administration records for each medication and treatment.
  • Provide basic First Aid as needed.
  • Provide any additional medical needs required by transplant recipients such as IV hydration, enteral feedings, TPN administration, ostomy care, biliary drain care, and glucose monitoring and insulin administration.
  • Provide emergency care as needed.
  • Work individually and as a team to provide for the campers’ health care needs.
  • Work as a team with the other camp nurses, camp physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners to provide a safe and healthy environment for the campers and staff.
  • Provide care as scheduled during 2-hour rotations for “on duty” periods during the day and if on call during the night.
  • Complete an incident report for any acute issue requiring emergency care.
  • Return equipment and any unused medications and supplies to the child and/or caregiver on August 11, 2014.
  • Maintain good communication with the Camp Director in regard to any problems or concerns about the campers’ care and Health Center issues.

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Senior Leadership

Senior Leadership Qualifications

  • High school graduate or equivalent, some college or college graduate preferred, 25 years of age or older.
  • Must have previous experience as a camp counselor at Camp Chihopi.
  • Must have energy, creativity, enthusiasm, and the ability and desire to work with children and staff in a supervisory role.
  • Able to accept supervision and guidance under the Camp Director and to function independently and as part of a team.
  • Must pass Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and State Police Criminal Record Check.
  • Required to be physically mobile on 200-acres of camp ground that includes rough terrain, hills and uneven pavement.
  • A maximum of 4 Senior Leadership positions are available. These will be filled based on the applicant’s qualifications, past performance, ability to work as a cooperative team member, and enthusiasm. Preference for Senior Leadership positions will be given to transplant recipients, but others may apply.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Accountable for overall supervision of camp activities and the safety of the campers as assigned by the Camp Director.
  • Provides encouragement and support and acts as a positive role model for the younger staff.
  • Works as a team member to accomplish camp goals. Works effectively with the Counselors to provide additional leadership or supervision as needed or requested by the Camp Director.
    • Counselors are always in charge of their assigned campers and cabin. If additional supervision is required, this should be done in a manner that does not affect the Counselor’s leadership in the cabin. Discussions should be held in private and away from camper activities.
  • Facilitates daily meetings with Counselors and Assistant Counselors as assigned by the Camp Director.
  • Meets with the Camp Director during camp as scheduled.
  • Rotates through activities to help during a Counselor or Assistant Counselor’s free periods.
  • Serves as a staff liaison with EKC staff to troubleshoot any problems at the lake, the aquatics center and the ropes course during camp activity sessions. 
  • Responsible for decorating and preparing for the Sunday night party with the CITs and the CIT Supervisor.
  • Organizes the “On Duty” schedule for Friday-Sunday night with appropriate staffing by Senior Leadership, Counselors, and Assistant Counselors. The schedule must be submitted by August 1, 2014 to the Camp Director.
  • Reports any significant problems or issues immediately to the Camp Director.
  • Follows all rules and regulations of the Emma Kaufmann Camp.
  • Actively participates in Camp Chihopi Orientation on August 7, 2014.
  • Communicates well and works effectively with Camp Chihopi staff and EKC staff.
  • Sets a positive example of responsibility, sensitivity, and motivation towards all Camp Chihopi staff.

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