Chautauqua Institution

  • EDUC: Youth Leadership Program (Boys and Girls Club; formerly CIT) *Minor Friendly*

    Job Locations US-NY-Chautauqua
    Posted Date 3 months ago(1/28/2019 9:36 AM)
    # of Openings
    Education: Youth & Family Programs
  • Overview

    The pre-eminent expression of lifelong learning in the United States, Chautauqua Institution comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. Over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 people visit Chautauqua and participate in programs, classes and community events for all ages — all within the beautiful setting of a historic lakeside village. As a community, we celebrate, encourage and study the arts and treat them as integral to all of learning, and we convene the critical conversations of the day to advance understanding through civil dialogue.


    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 swimming, volleyball, tennis, arts and crafts, nature and sailing, 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



    To apply, please complete online application and upload resume. In addition, please attach a cover letter, addressed to Club Director Greg Prechtl, expressing your interest in the position and addressing the following topics:

    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 or college clubs, service organizations, athletic teams, etc., that you believe might help you as a camp counselor.


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


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