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Camp Wise Activity Specialists - Lifeguard/Lake, Guitar, Theatre, Judaics, Nature, Archery, Basketball & Pottery (SUMMER ONLY)
Mandel JCC of Cleveland
26001 S Woodland Rd
Beachwood, OH 44122

Principal Responsibilities:

The Specialist is the primary instructor in the Program Area who is responsible for planning and facilitating daily activities for small and large camper groups. The Specialist is responsible for designing meaningful and enriching skill-based activities for campers and building strong relationships with campers and staff. The Specialists primary role in camp is to run their program area, but they also have responsibilities to their cabin and village. The Specialist has two supervisors  one for your program area, and the other for your village duties.

Specific Specialist Positions Available: Pool/Lake (Lifeguarding), Pottery, Environmental Education/Camping, Theatre, Archery, Basketball, Guitar, Pottery

  • Serve as a positive role model in the camp community and represent camp values
  • Participate in required staff training prior to camp and staff meetings
  • Foster an atmosphere of positive energy and enthusiasm about your specialty area
  • Prepare materials, supplies, and/or equipment for all specialty area activities in advance
  • Create and implement activities for campers that align with overarching program curriculum integrating fundamental skill development with Camp Wise values and balance creativity with challenge
  • Ensure accommodations or alternative activities are provided for campers can learn and grow their skill set at their own pace and create back-up plans for rainy days
  • Facilitate activities in a way that engages campers at all times and fosters the development of respect, creativity, self-confidence, and positive social relationships
  • Manage program area space and equipment including maintenance and inventory
  • Support campers in developing positive attitudes toward learning new skills and refining old ones
  • Responsible for creating a fun, supportive, enriching space for staff and campers to learn and refine new skills
  • Manage camper behaviors using positive behavior management techniques, enforce appropriate safety policies, emergency procedures, and camp rules
  • Be an active staff member in your cabin and village, including but not limited to wake up and bedtime, evening programs, meals, and night-time supervision
  • Train and mentor the Staff-In-Training who are a part of your specialty area
  • Create a write-up of all activities and resources to turn into the Program Area Supervisor at end of the summer
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by Camp Director
  • Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years old by June 1st and have experience working with children ages 6-15
  • Must have demonstrated ability to instruct and lead a group of children in specialty area activities
  • Must be caring, empathetic, patient, hard working, and diligent professional who exhibits sound judgment
  • Must take initiative and be creative, enthusiastic, open-minded and high-energy
  • Must possess strong communication skills and comfort in communicating with children and peers
  • Must have ability to function both independently and as part of a team
  • Previous experience in specialty area instruction in a camp or similar setting is strongly preferred
  • Must be certified in specialty area, where applicable, prior to camp, (i.e. pool/waterfront staff must be lifeguard certified by approved trainer)
  • Must be available for full training and summer: June 1 - August 1
  • Agency Information:

    Camp Wise provides a friendly, supportive, and cooperative atmosphere that fosters individual growth at each campers own pace. Campers are encouraged to learn new skills and master old ones, to make decisions, to take responsibility, to be expressive, to live with others, and to have fun. Complemented by our Jewish environment, campers develop a deeper understanding of and appreciation for Jewish heritage and traditions while also developing a true sense of community. Camp Wise is committed to making sure that every camper leaves with a greater sense of self-esteem and self-confidence; and with memories that will last a lifetime.

    For more information about Camp Wise visit Interested candidates please contact Abby at or (216)-593-6293. To apply online, go to