At Camp JORI, you will...
- Acquire tools for teaching and leading
- Resolve problems and conflicts with newfound confidence
- Gain an understanding of child development
- Develop leadership skills
- Strive to help campers bring out the best in themselves
- Discover strengths and abilities you never knew you had
- Strengthen your commitment to helping children succeed
- Deepen your understanding of Jewish life and culture
- Enhance your appreciation for our natural world
- Work hard
- Share your talents, compassion, and good humor
- Earn the respect of your peers and the trust of your campers
What do we look for?
Competent, energetic applicants who demonstrate a love of working with young people; a desire to help build a community; an ability to work independently as well as part of a team; and a connection or desire to learn about Judaism. Previous experience isn’t the key to success at Camp JORI; it’s your attitude and willingness to learn that really make the difference. We provide training at the start of the summer season and offer ongoing support throughout the summer so your experience is as great as the campers’.
We expect that all staff members display a high level of personal and professional responsibility. Camp living is in “tight quarters” and works best when each person is caring, responsible and supportive. The camp has high standards for the behavior and conduct of its employees. While the work at camp can be very demanding, it also very fulfilling.
Living conditions at camp are simple. Counselors live with 10-13 campers in the cabins. Our camp season begins in mid-June and ends in mid-August.
Counselors live in cabins with campers and thus have the most direct influence on their campers’ summer experiences. Counselors serve as responsible, mature, Jewish role models and set the tone for the cabin community. In many ways, the cabin group becomes the campers’ family, and great counselors are the key!
Specialists supervise the bulk of the programming and activities that campers participate in on a daily basis: athletics (including basketball, archery, soccer, etc.); Jewish education; aquatics; the arts (such as drama, dance, crafts, etc.); adventure and outdoors (like ropes, overnight camping, outdoor cooking, etc.). The list goes on. Specialists offer campers the opportunity to develop new skills and talents and, along the way, build positive self-esteem. Thus they must come to camp with either previous teaching experience or a high level of proficiency in their specialty.
Support Staff are responsible for the day-to-day behind the scenes operation of camp. These staff members may be attached to the kitchen/dining hall, Health Center, maintenance staff, or the office.
Counselors move through the camp day along with their cabin group and enjoy the same activities as the campers. They provide individualized support to the campers in their care and help those children develop healthy social skills.
Like General Counselors, Counselors move through the camp day along with their cabin group, and provide individualized support to campers.
Oversee swim program; swim lessons, recreation swim and lakefront activities
Provide a safe and fun learning environment and serve as a positive role model
Supervise the aquatics team
Staff are responsible for the cleanliness and sanitation of the buildings, equipment and property as assigned.
Staff are also responsible to assist in landscaping around camp as well as repairs to the facilities or equipment. Positions are available in Landscaping as well.
"My favorite summers have been spent at Jori. I have loved getting to experience camp from the perspective of both a camper and a counselor. I will forever be grateful for the lasting memories and lifelong friendships I formed at camp."