Welcome to the 2018-2019
Camp Kesem Professional Staff Application!

This summer, we will have over 100 sessions of camp and two professional staff roles, Nurse and Mental Health Professional.

Professional Staff Position Descriptions

Preference will be given to applicants who wish to volunteer.  Compensation at an agreed-upon weekly rate as an independent contractor may be arranged, and independent contractors will be required to sign an Independent Contractor agreement and provide a signed W-9 form.
Reimbursement of agreed-upon travel expenses may also be provided for both volunteers and independent contractors.

Nurse Position Description

Nurses should be passionate about ensuring the well-being and general safety of children and staff members. The MHP works as part of the Health & Wellness Team (mental health professional, another nurse, and one Camp Adviser).

Nurse Position Requirements:

  • Must be a Nurse Practitioner, RN or LVN (LVN qualification varies by state) and must hold a license (or temporary license) to practice in the state in which camp is held.

Nurse Responsibilities:

  • Manages and distributes all camper medication, and documents all medications given.
  • Is in charge of all medical events.
  • Responsible for all medical needs of campers and staff.
  • Must adhere to Camp Kesem rules and policies, including following proper reporting processes.
  • Is present for at least a portion of counselor training (if possible) and all parts of camp in which campers will be present, including camper check-in on opening day. It is very important for the nurse to speak with each camper’s guardian at check-in to make sure that the proper instructions are given for that camper’s medication.
  • Must remain at camp the entire session.
  • Must complete all of the required forms and training, including a background check.

Additional Nurse Information:

  • The nurse should always be available at camp in case needed for a medical event or injury.
  • Nurses may not leave camp at any time, unless they require medical assistance. No outside visitors will be permitted at camp.
  • The nurse should have a walkie-talkie at all times set to a designated Nurse’s Channel so that they can be contacted at any time.
  • The nurse is an integral part of the camp staff. They should be included in camp activities. This is a great way for the nurse to get involved with camp programs and to be interacting with campers, counselor, and staff.
  • The nurse, as a medical professional and responsible, respected adult, can be used as a resource for a variety of issues. Counselors and staff should feel comfortable consulting with the nurse regularly on matters of camper behavior, counselor issues, etc. The nurse should help the counselor or camp leader manage the situation. The nurse should avoid stepping into the situation directly unless it is absolutely necessary for the safety of the camper or counselor.

Mental Health Professional Position Description

Mental Health Professionals (MHPs) should be passionate about ensuring the well-being and general safety of children and staff members. The MHP provides multiple layers of support as needed to campers, their families, counselors, and other staff at camp, most of which is focused on emotional and behavioral needs that emerge. The MHP works as part of the Health & Wellness Team (potentially another mental health professional, at least 2 nurses, and one Camp Advisor) and reports to the Program Director (full-time Camp Kesem staff who will visit camp), Camp Advisor (point-person at camp), and Hotline Operators (who will provide assistance remotely).


Mental Health Professional Requirements:

  • MHPs must hold, at minimum, a Master’s in psychology, social work, or a related field.


Mental Health Professional Responsibilities:

  • Is a consultant for camp staff and leaders to help them better interact and communicate with campers and each other.
  • MHPs may not leave camp at any time, unless they require medical assistance. No outside visitors will be permitted at camp.
  • Is a “mandated reporter” in charge of helping report situations to law enforcement or social services as required by state law.
  • A support for camp staff, to help ensure the well-being and preparedness of camp staff when dealing with emerging camp situations.
  • Is present for at least a part of counselor training (if possible) and all parts of camp in which campers will be present.  Must remain at camp the entire session.
  • Must complete all of the required forms and training, including a background check.
  • Note: The MHP may not play each of these roles at their specific camp, needs vary among camps and emerging situations.
  • The MHP is NOT a therapy provider or caregiver: We do not provide therapy to campers, their families, counselors, or any other staff members.


Additional Mental Health Professional Information:

  • The MHP should always be available if needed by a counselor or staff member. The MHP will do their best to meet with each counselor individually throughout the week for “counselor check-ins” to help ensure staff well-being.
  • The MHP is an integral part of the camp staff. He/she should be included in camp activities. This is a great way for the MHP to get involved with camp programs and to be interacting with campers, counselors, and staff.
  • The MHP, as a professional and responsible, respected adult, can be used as a resource for a variety of issues. Counselors and staff should feel comfortable consulting with them regularly on matters of camper behavior, counselor issues, etc. The MHP should help the counselor or camp leader manage the situation. The MHP should provide support to counselors working through difficult situations, and may be asked to directly step in to help resolve behavioral or personnel issues.

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