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Summer Counselor for Children with Special Needs, Camp Grossman Day Camp

companyJCC Greater Boston
locationDover, MA 02030, USA
PublishedPublished: 6/14/2022
Full Time

Job Description

Do you have compassion, curiosity and creativity? Do you want to work with children with special needs? Do you have a sense of humor? Do you have patience, empathy, and compassion? Are you adaptable and flexible? As a Counselor in our Pathways program, you would guide and motivate children as they participate in various fun and exciting activities at Camp Grossman, including beautiful lakefront swimming, fishing, and boating, as well as arts, drama, sports, games, and more. Camp Grossman, a day camp located in Dover, MA, offers free camp bus service from over 20 communities in the Greater Boston area, making it possible for staff to receive transportation from their home communities! If you live in the Greater Boston area or have a place to stay in the area for the season, we would like to hear from you!

Orientation takes place the week of June 17th and ends with Visiting Day (a pre-camp visit for all campers and families to meet staff) on Sunday, June 23. The regular camp season begins June 24 and ends August 16 (with the option to work the following “9th Week” for additional pay). The camp day runs from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday, with 3 staff meetings on various Monday evenings. Counselors and staff also work 1 or 2 additional family nights or overnights, depending on their position in camp. While we prefer staff who can start Orientation Week and work the entire regular season, we are happy to consider quality candidates who may have conflicting obligations.


  • Responsible for caring for assigned campers, including leading group activities and supporting the group at all events (sports, theater, climbing wall, etc.). Supervise campers throughout both structured and unstructured periods of time
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of campers
  • Create a fun/joyful dynamic
  • Work in partnership with peers and Camp Leadership to provide a happy, safe, and memorable summer for the children
  • Senior Counselors communicate in writing daily with campers’ family


Must have completed 10th grade and be at least 15 years of age. Senior Counselors are high school graduates or equivalent.

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted at the JCC’s discretion to meet minimum criteria.

Skills & Abilities

  • Models maturity, reliability, flexibility, and patience
  • Experience with young children with special needs is helpful but not required
  • Leadership skills
  • A love of children and a strong desire to make a difference every day
  • Positive, proactive, and kind approach while concentrating on providing children with a pleasant and safe camp experience
  • Strong organizational skills, including teamwork, relationship-building skills, the ability to multitask, the ability to manage situations effectively and diplomatically
  • Ability and commitment to build strong relationships with campers, co-workers, and camp leadership

ADA Statement: Individuals must possess these criteria for knowledge, skills, and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation and using some other combination of skills and abilities.

Organization Information

Since opening its doors in 1983, JCC Greater Boston has been committed to its mission of creating a vibrant, inclusive, and diverse community by nurturing meaningful and lasting relationships. Through our network of early learning centers, day camps, regional teen and family programs, health and wellness offerings, and adult arts and ideas classes, JCC Greater Boston provides highly valued connections, learning, and experiences for the Jewish community and friends.

JCC Greater Boston staff enjoy working in an innovative, friendly, and welcoming environment where their talents and contributions are appreciated. In our recent employee survey, staff gave a rating of close to 90% positive for their experiences in direct management and organizational alignment. If you are interested in upgrading your working experience and/or having a better work-life balance, we encourage you to explore becoming part of the JCC team!

The JCC is deeply committed to valuing and celebrating the uniqueness of each constituent. We welcome staff and participants from diverse backgrounds. While being proudly Jewish, we strive in every way to provide an open and welcoming setting for all, irrespective of personal practices, beliefs, or background. We are guided by JCC Greater Boston's core values: Belonging, Joyfulness, Collaboration, and Transformation, which we hope resonate with all.

To learn more about what makes JCC Greater Boston a wonderful place to work, please visit our careers page at

JCC Greater Boston is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or disability. In a continuing effort to maintain and enrich a diverse environment, we actively encourage applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.


In addition to a rewarding position where you care for a community, the JCC Greater Boston provides competitive benefits, including:

  • A competitive salary
  • A fun, active work culture and community
  • Complimentary summer access to the JCC Greater Boston facility in Newton – offering indoor swimming and workout facilities
  • Parents working full time may have their child attend camp for free for the weeks they are working
  • Outstanding working environment, including convenient, free parking
  • Free camp bus service from over 20 communities in the Greater Boston area, making it possible for staff to receive transportation from their home communities

Benefits are subject to review and change by the Organization.

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