Helping Hand Mentorship Program

Contact Kim Murdock at 919-401-6001 or afterschoolartandmore@gmail.com for more information.

1st Summer Helping Hand Mentors

  • 1st Summer HHMs (ages 12-14) are welcome to contact us for camp placement. There is one 1st summer HHM position available per camp week. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis and also at the sole discretion of Program Directors Kim Murdock and Angie Marino.
  • 1st Summer HHMs enjoy 25% off the camp fee. They will be expected to help out 25% of the time and should consider themselves "in training" for future Exceptional HHM positions.
  • No cell phones are permitted during an HHM's "on duty" camp time. They may store their phones with their personal belongings but may not use them to text friends during camp hours.
  • Walkie-Talkies will be provided for communication between HHMs and Camp Directors, as needed.

Returning Exceptional Helping Hand Mentors

  • Returning Exceptional HHMs (ages 13-14) from previous summers will be invited back and enjoy 50% off the camp fee. There is one Exceptional HHM position available per camp week. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis and also at the sole discretion if Program Directors Kim Murdock and Angie Marino.
  • Returning Exceptional HHMs will have increased responsibilities but still enjoy being a camper 50% of the time. They should consider themselves "in training" for a future paid position as a camp counselor.
  • No cell phones are permitted during an HHM's "on duty" camp time. They may store their phones with their personal belongings but may not use them to text friends during camp hours.
  • Walkie-Talkies will be provided for communication between HHMs and Camp Directors, as needed.
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Volunteer Camp Counselors (ages 15 and up)

  • If your child has attended our camps before and would like to join us again as a volunteer, then they are welcome to join us at camp for free!
  • Volunteer Camp Counselors are welcome to contact us for camp placement.
  • Volunteer Camp Counselors will be held responsible for agreed to tasks. They should consider themselves "in training" for a future position as Paid Camp Counselor.

Paid Camp Counselors (ages 16 and up)

  • Paid Camp Counselors are welcome to contact us for camp placement. Due to the nature of our enrollment based programming, camp counselors will be hired based on need. Camp counselor positions are granted at the sole discretion of Program Directors Kim Murdock and Angie Marino.
  • Paid Camp Counselors will be held responsible for agreed to tasks and sign a non-compete agreement. They should consider themselves "in training" for a paid position as an assistant teacher (18 and up).
  • Walkie-Talkies will be provided for communication between Paid Camp Counselors and Camp Directors, as needed.

 Paid Instructor Assistants (ages 18 and up)

  • Paid Instructor Assistants (ages 18 and up) are welcome to contact us for camp placement. Due to the nature of our enrollment based programming, Paid Instructor Assistants will be hired based on need. Paid Instructor Assistant positions are granted at the sole discretion of Program Directors Kim Murdock and Angie Marino.
  • Walkie-Talkies will be provided for communication between Paid Instructors and Camp Directors.
  • Paid Instructor Assistants will be held responsible for agreed to tasks and must sign a non-compete agreement.

Is your child a great fit for our mentorship program?

We have learned that exceptional campers make exceptional mentors. If your child has demonstrated consistent positive behavior over the years in our camps and would like to take the next step please contact us to start the conversation.

What does a 1st Summer HHM do to help out at camp?

HHMs are expected to enhance the overall experience of the campers by lending a hand, if needed, and by modeling positive behavior at all times. We love working with proactive kids that recognize and offer to help with simple tasks like handing out materials, noticing if a younger camper needs our help, showing a new camper where the bathroom is, etc. Simply put, 1st Summer HHMs help us by role modeling positive behavior and by being tuned in to his/her fellow campers.

What does a Returning Exceptional HHM do to help out at camp?

REHHMs are expected to enhance the overall experience of the campers by lending a hand, as needed, and by modeling positive behavior at all times. They will put other campers before themselves and actively contribute to the camp, as needed, even if they do not finish their own artwork.

 

Volunteering

What does a Volunteer Camp Counselor do at camp?

Volunteer Camp Counselors are expected to enhance the overall experience of the campers by lending a hand and by modeling positive behavior at all times. They will put the needs of campers before themselves and actively contribute to the camp, as needed, at all times. They will do tasks to help the instructor prepare for class, when asked. They will accompany the Paid Camp Counselors (and/or Camp Directors) and the campers during snack breaks/ playground time, when asked. Although volunteers are not responsible for discipline, they provide an extra set of eyes/ears during camp hours. Volunteers must be ready, willing and able to help us maintain the safety of all campers, at all times. This is our highest priority.

 

Becoming a Paid Staff Member

What does a Paid Camp Counselor do at camp?

Paid Camp Counselors are expected to enhance the overall experience of the campers by lending a hand and by modeling positive behavior at all times. They will put the campers before themselves and actively contribute to the camp, as needed, at all times. They will do tasks to help the instructor prepare for class, when asked. They will accompany and oversee the campers during snack breaks/ playground time, when asked. Although paid camp counselors are not responsible for discipline, they provide an extra set of eyes/ears during camp hours. They must be ready, willing and able to help us maintain the safety of all campers, at all times. This is our highest priority.

What does a Paid Instructor Assistant do at camp?

Paid Instructor Assistants are expected to enhance the overall experience of the campers by lending a hand and by modeling positive behavior at all times. They will put the campers before themselves and actively contribute to the camp, as needed, at all times. They will do tasks to help the instructor prepare for class, when asked. They will accompany and oversee the campers during snack breaks/ playground time, when asked. Paid Instructor Assistants will conduct lessons/ activities on behalf of the Instructor, when asked. Although paid instructor assistants are not responsible for discipline, they provide an extra set of eyes/ears during camp hours. They must be ready, willing and able to help us maintain the safety of all campers, at all times. This is our highest priority.

The Nitty-Gritty Stuff

Everyone that participates at camp must acknowledge this opportunity as a privilege.

We all have good intentions but sometimes things go awry. This is a learning experience designed to foster positive role modeling, proactive helping, team-building and accountability. HHMs and volunteers have the potential to eventually earn a paid position. We absolutely wish to see everyone succeed. Our programming is designed to be fun and relaxed but at the same time we take camper safety seriously and will not allow unacceptable behavior to create a problem for our camp.

"Dos and Don'ts" - Behavioral Expectations For ALL Camp Mentors

Positive Behaviors

  • Proactive Helping
  • Following Directions
  • Positive Role Modeling
  • Using Encouraging Verbal Language
  • Demonstrating Appropriate Body Language
  • Respecting Facility Rules
  • Being In The Moment

Rewards For Positive Behaviors

1.) Verbal Acknowledgment Of Achievements

2.) Learning New Things About: Oneself, Others, Camper Management, Teaching Styles

3.) Lots Of Adoring, Happy Campers

4.) An Invite To Return

5.) The Opportunity To Become A Paid Counselor

 

Negative Behaviors

  • Not Showing Initiative
  • Unsafe/ Reckless Choices
  • Not Following Directions
  • Using Disrespectful Language
  • Using Punitive Language
  • Demonstrating Inappropriate Body Language
  • Not Respecting Facility Rules
  • Using Cell Phone During Camp Hours

Consequences of Negative Behaviors

1.    Verbal Reminder/ Email To Parent After Camp

2.    Verbal Reminder/ Phone Call To Parent Right Away

3.    Lose Privileges For That Day/ Phone Call To Parent Right Away

4.    Lose Privileges For The Rest Of The Week/ Must Pay Full Price For Remainder Of Camp Week If Chooses To Stay

5.    Dismissal Without A Refund Or Credit

 

No one is expected to be perfect. Our goal is to foster and cultivate positive leadership behaviors in our HHMs.

Our camps are camper focused and our priority is to maintain a safe, enriching environment for all participants.