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WORK AT TERP QUEST

Here’s the truth—working at Terp Quest Summer Day Camp is hard. It’s not a vacation, nor is it just a job. Ask most of our former day camp counselors and they will tell you working here is one of the most challenging things they’ve ever done. They will also tell you every moment was completely worth it! Nearly all of our counselors return for a second, or third, or fourth, or fifth summer. 

As day camp staff, you have the opportunity to positively impact campers' lives and to help them create lasting memories.

Contact: terpquest@umd.edu 

 

Employment Details

Important Dates Toggle Accordion

February 10

Applications open

March 13

Applications close

April 6 - 10

Interviews

June 22 – June 26

Training Week (full)

June 29 – August 2

Camp (OFF July 3)

Day Camp Counselor Toggle Accordion
Group Counselors must be 18+ years old and in college or have graduated college and will work with all camp groups throughout the summer. Counselors are the primary caregivers for each camper. Please note this position is primarily located in the Eppley Recreation Center on the College Park Campus of the University of Maryland.  
 
RESPONSIBILITIES
Guide a group through their daily camp experience. 
Specific duties: 
  • Monitor the health and safety of campers
  • Supervise campers as they move through scheduled daily activities 
  • Organize and lead games and activities 
  • Promote safe participation and exploration 
  • Enforce camp rules
  • Manage behavior problems 
  • Prepare facilities for daily activities
  • Cleanup facilities at day’s end 
  • Assist with planning of weekly and daily activities and camp program evaluation 
  • Supervise extended care activities as scheduled
QUALIFICATIONS
Candidates must...
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be working toward or have completed a bachelor’s degree
  • Have work or volunteer experience working with elementary school aged children 
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for helping children explore participation in varied recreational activities and an ability to relate to children of diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrate reliability and work ethic
  • Complete a state and federal criminal background check. 
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Experience working with children in a in a camp or recreational setting
  • Majoring in education, sport and leisure studies, social work, sport management, or similar field
  • Ability to relate to people of all ages and diverse backgrounds
  • Be conscientious and dedicated
BENEFITS
  • Leadership and professional development 
  • Convenient, on-campus location
  • Competitive pay
  • Fun and professional working environment
  • Daytime only working hours
  • No weekend work
WORKING CONDITIONS
  • Work with groups of up to 10 elementary school age children
  • Some light maintenance including trash disposal, sweeping or mopping
  • Active in and out of doors, sometimes in high heat or humidity
  • Actively engaged with campers in an aquatic environment daily
EXPECTATIONS
  • Sign a criminal record disclosure form and get fingerprinted
  • Be successfully vetted by Child Protective Services for the State of Maryland
  • Follow department safety and risk management practices
  • Follow department policies and procedures
  • Attend pre-camp training
  • Successfully complete all required certification trainings
  • Available at least 47 hours, weekdays between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Must attend all training dates and work all 6 weeks of camp.

PAY: Competitive salary based on education and experience for all training and weeks of camp.

University Recreation & Wellness has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich the current culturally inclusive environment. 
 
 
 
 
 
Junior Counselor Toggle Accordion

Junior Counselors must be 16-18 years old and will work with all camp groups throughout the summer. Junior Counselors will not be primary caregivers of campers but support Day Camp Counselors. Please note this position is primarily located in the Eppley Recreation Center on the College Park Campus of the University of Maryland.   RESPONSIBILITIESAssist Day Camp Counselors with a group through their daily camp experience. Specific duties: 

  • Assist in monitoring the health and safety of campers
  • Assist in supervising campers as they move through scheduled daily activities 
  • Organize and lead games and activities 
  • Promote safe participation and exploration 
  • Enforce camp rules
  • Prepare facilities for daily activities
  • Cleanup facilities at day’s end 
  • Assist with planning of weekly and daily activities and camp program evaluation

QUALIFICATIONSCandidates must...

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Currently enrolled in high school
  • Have work or volunteer experience working with elementary school aged children 
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for helping children explore participation in varied recreational activities and an ability to relate to children of diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrate reliability and work ethic
  • Complete a state and federal criminal background check. 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience working with children in a in a camp or recreational setting
  • Ability to relate to people of all ages and diverse backgrounds
  • Be conscientious and dedicated

BENEFITS

  • Leadership and professional development 
  • Competitive pay
  • Fun and professional working environment
  • Daytime only working hours
  • No weekend work

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Work with 1 Day Camp Counselor and groups of up to 10 elementary school age children 
  • Some light maintenance including trash disposal, sweeping or mopping
  • Active in and out of doors, sometimes in high heat or humidity
  • Actively engaged with campers in an aquatic environment daily

EXPECTATIONS

  • Sign a criminal record disclosure form and get fingerprinted
  • Be successfully vetted by Child Protective Services for the State of Maryland
  • Follow department safety and risk management practices
  • Follow department policies and procedures
  • Attend pre-camp training
  • Successfully complete all required certification trainings
  • Available weekdays between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Must attend all training dates and work all 6 weeks of camp.

PAY: Competitive salary based on education and experience for all training and weeks of camp.

University Recreation & Wellness has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich the current culturally inclusive environment.      

Arts & Crafts Specialist Toggle Accordion
The Terp Quest Arts and Crafts Specialist is responsible for the provision of all art-based camp activities, employing a variety of mediums to ensure a varied experience to participants. This person will be a good steward of Camp resources and creative in the planning and implementation of an art program for children ages 6 - 12 with the support of Terp Quest Summer Day Camp Counselors and Counselors in Training. 
 
RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Planning, organization of and implementation of daily craft activities for all ages.
  • Plan a variety of projects that are age group appropriate and also relate to the week’s theme
  • Manage a class 20 - 25 participants 4 - 6 times per day, M - F
  • Prepare supplies and facility prior to each activity
  • Maintain a clean and safe art room
  • Provide care and prevent loss of art supplies
  • Maintain an accurate inventory of all supplies
  • When not teaching or preparing for an art activity, join an assigned camp group to assist counselors
  • Compliance with department regulations and state certifications.
  • Assistance in general maintenance of assigned area, safety and security of participants.
  • Other duties as required.
QUALIFICATIONS
  • May be currently working in an elementary school-aged classroom setting as an art instructor
  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree in Art or Art Education.
  • Have work or volunteer experience working with children ages 6 to 12 (working with children in an art education setting is preferred).
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for helping children explore participation utilizing a variety of artistic mediums and forms.
  • Must possess the ability to relate to children of diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrated reliability and work ethic
BENEFITS
  • Leadership and professional development in the classroom setting 
  • Convenient, on-campus location
  • Competitive pay
  • Fun and professional working environment
  • Daytime only working hours
  • No weekend work
WORKING CONDITIONS
  • Majority of time will be spent in an air conditioned classroom
  • Significant standing and walking
  • Some light maintenance including classroom clean-up, trash disposal, sweeping or mopping
  • Active in and out of doors, sometimes in high heat or humidity
  • Actively engaged with campers in an aquatic environment daily
EXPECTATIONS
  • Follow department safety and risk management practices
  • Follow department policies and procedures
  • Attend pre-camp training
  • University Recreation and Wellness requires a state and federal criminal background check to be performed on all new camp staff hires. Hired must sign a criminal record disclosure form and will be fingerprinted
  • All Terp Quest employees must be successfully vetted by Child Protective Services for the State of Maryland
  • Successfully complete all required certification trainings
  • Meet all responsibilities as associated with the position
  • Available at least 47 hours, weekdays between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Must attend all training dates and work all 6 weeks of camp.

PAY: Competitive salary based on education and experience for all training and weeks of camp.

University Recreation & Wellness has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich the current culturally inclusive environment. 

 
 
 
 
Extended Care Staff Toggle Accordion
Terp Quest Summer Day Camp provides parents an option to drop children off prior to the start of the regular camp day (7:30 - 8:30) and to remain onsite beyond the end of the camp day (4:30 - 6:00 pm). Also available to parents are the options to enroll their child in Swim or Tennis lessons. We are seeking highly responsible, organized and energetic staff to monitor campers at base camp as well as assist campers in getting to and from lessons. You may elect to apply for mornings, afternoons or both. 
 
Morning Care working hours: 7:00 am - 8:45 am, M - F
After Care working hours: 3:45 pm - 6:15 pm, M - F
 
RESPONSIBILITIES
Specific duties: 
  • Greet parents and campers in a friendly manner
  • Follow protocol and sign in/out campers
  • Assist in coordination of after camp swim lesson changing and transportation.
  • Prepare morning before care activities 
  • Prepare evening after care activities
  • Requirements:
  • Monitor the health and safety of campers
  • supervise campers during participation in Morning or Afternoon care
  • Move campers enrolled in Tennis and Swim lessons (after camp) safely to and from their lessons
  • Supervise campers during Swim and Tennis lessons
  • Manage behavior problems
  • Prepare facilities for daily activities
  • Cleanup facilities at day’s end
  • Assist with camp program evaluation 
  • Perform other duties as assigned
QUALIFICATIONS
Candidates must be...
  • At least 18 years old
  • Working toward or have completed a bachelor’s degree
  • Must have work or volunteer experience working with elementary school aged children 
  • Ability to relate to children of diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrated reliability and work ethic
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Experience working with children in a in a camp or recreational setting
  • Conscientious and dedicated
  • Majoring in education, sport and leisure studies, social work, sport management, or similar field 
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for helping children explore participation in varied recreational activities
BENEFITS
  • Leadership and professional development 
  • Convenient, on-campus location
  • Competitive pay
  • Fun and professional working environment
  • Daytime only working hours
  • No weekend work
WORKING CONDITIONS
  • Staff to participant of up to 1:10 for elementary school age groups and older
  • Some light maintenance including trash disposal, sweeping or mopping
  • Active in and out of doors, sometimes in high heat or humidity
EXPECTATIONS
  • Follow department safety and risk management practices
  • Follow department policies and procedures
  • Attend pre-camp training
  • University Recreation and Wellness requires a state and federal criminal background check to be performed on all new camp staff hires. Those hired must sign a criminal record disclosure form and will be fingerprinted
  • All Terp Quest employees must be successfully vetted by Child Protective Services for the State of Maryland
  • Successfully complete all required certification trainings
  • Available at least 47 hours, weekdays between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Must attend all training dates and work all 6 weeks of camp.
PAY: Hourly at a rate of $11.50 - $13.50, commensurate with education and experience
 

University Recreation & Wellness has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich the current culturally inclusive environment.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Counselor in Training (CIT) Toggle Accordion

Counselors in Training (CIT) are looking to become camp counselors one day. The goal of the program is to guide CITs with knowledge and experience into their adolescent years. They will be expected to have an increased level of maturity, responsibility, and willingness to grow. Their primary role is to support the counselors in daily activities. Other typical duties may include: 

- Weekly CIT meetings

- Assignments correlated to the theme of the week

- One "takeover" day in which they will plan out a camp day

Camp counselors are assisting CITs through the entirety of camp to ensure a successful learning experience.

CITs selected will be required to pay a $150 per week enrollment fee.