The Inclusion Specialists are responsible for supporting and advocating for various dimensions of diversity (i.e. race, diverse ability, gender identity, etc.) and amplifying camper voice. The Inclusion Specialists work to effectively engage, connect, and serve all campers of the Camp Echo community. The Inclusion Specialist critically examine Camp Echo’s traditions, practices and activities through an equity lens and provide alternatives if needed.
They will collaborate with the Unit Leaders as they work to include and integrate individual campers’ needs to create a cohesive cabin group environment. They are also role models and leaders on camp and part of the summer leadership staff, working with other Team Leaders from all areas of Camp Echo.
· Works with the Summer Camps Director and other camp leaders to plan and implement Staff Training.
· Review camper personal histories prior to the start of each session, collaborating on cabin assignments.
· Attend pre session meeting to review and clarify questions about personal histories.
· Meets one-on-one with campers needing additional support as assigned, serving as their advocate.
· Ensures that all staff are always accounting for campers and emotional well-being and safety, especially campers who need additional support.
· Ensures that individualized needs of campers are met.
· Takes a major role in fostering a restorative community.
· Collaborates with Unit Leaders to provide resources to cabin counselors to support campers.
· Coach staff to work with campers with additional needs.
· Support counselors in fostering appropriate behavior and positive group dynamics with cabin.
· Directs appropriate in-service (skill, behavior, group dynamics) training for staff during camp season. (ACA HR-13)
· Document incidents and communication with parents/guardians on the CampMinder database.
· Spends free periods on the peninsula hanging out with campers.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF ALL ECHO STAFF:
· Models, teaches, and upholds the Camp Echo Code of Conduct and protects the well-being of all campers.
· Aids in the development and education of Leadership program participants.
· Maintains positive relationships with campers, parents and other staff.
· Encourages physical, emotional and spiritual growth and positive character development in all campers.
· Practices cultural humility, striving to actively learn about and be sensitive to cultures different than their own.
· Maintains the cleanliness of the living space (and office space) to which they are assigned.
· Cares for and maintains any program equipment, supplies and spaces they use including activity areas (and keeping track of keys) and any shared spaces like the Costume Closet and Staff Wellness Space.
· Handles whatever else is necessary to ensure that programs runs smoothly and safely, or is deemed necessary by the Camp Director.
· May be scheduled to work in-between sessions on at least one occasion to support the transition between groups.