Chautauqua Institution

  • Boys' and Girls' Club Youth Leadership Program (formerly CIT)

    Job Locations US-NY-Chautauqua
    Posted Date 5 months ago(1/3/2018 3:52 PM)
    # of Openings
    Youth Program/Boys&Girls/Childrens School
  • Overview

    Youth Leadership Program (formerly Counselor-in-Training) at Chautauqua's Boys' & Girls' Club


    The purpose of the Boys' and Girls' Club is to provide an opportunity for young people ages 7-15 to actively participate in a safe and supportive recreational day camp on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution. Activities include instruction in tennis, swimming, volleyball, arts and crafts, nature and swimming, along with enrichment opportunities that take full advantage of Chautauqua's natural and cultural resources. 


    The Boys' and Girls' Club encourages personal growth for participants and professional growth for staff. The enjoyment and appreciation of lifelong skills are emphasized, and the importance of Club as a source of lasting Chautauqua relationships is recognized and nurtured. 


    The Boys' and Girls' Club is considered the oldest day camp in the United States. With most buildings dating from the 1890s and the turn of the century, the Boys' and Girls' Club grows out of a Chautauqua tradition of excellence in sports and physical education.


    Chautauqua Boys’ and Girls’ Club Youth Leadership Program builds upon the camp-related duties and strong mentorship opportunities of the CIT program, with expanded educational opportunities inside and outside of Club and a formalized community leadership role on the Chautauqua grounds. While assisting in performing specific camp-related duties, Youth Leaders work under the close supervision and guidance of Club’s Youth Leadership Mentor, participating in weekly evaluations and leadership workshops. In addition, Youth Leaders are invited to play a larger role in the Chautauqua community, including:

    • Attending lectures in the Chautauqua Amphitheater, briefly meeting with the speaker, and participating in a lunch discussion immediately following. 
    • Invitation to enroll (free of charge) in up to two Special Studies classes scheduled outside of Club hours, with an emphasis on building skills that will prepare Youth Leaders for future education and employment, and allow them to pursue specific professional interests. 
    • Working with Chautauqua’s Youth department staff, Club staff and community members to evaluate and shape youth programming at Chautauqua Institution.

    Under the supervision of the Youth Leadership Mentor, Youth Leaders are assigned to an on-duty counselor or other staff member to assist in performing specific camp-related duties. Youth Leaders may not independently supervise campers. All Youth Leaders shall receive job training of very practical and specific nature.  Youth Leaders will be taught counseling techniques in workshops throughout the summer.


    Preferred applicant is a former camper who is at least 16 years of age and has at least one seasons's prior experience as a camper either at Boys' and Girls' Club or another camp.


    To apply, please complete online application and upload a cover letter, addressed to Club Director Greg Prechtl, that expresses your interest in this position

    and addressing the following topics where applicable: 


    1. The most recent year of schooling you have completed. 


    2. Describe employment and/or enriching experiences you feel are relevant to working at Boys' and Girls' Club.


    3. Describe leadership positions in high school clubs, service organizations, athletic teams, etc., that you believe might help you as a camp counselor. 


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