Alford Lake Camp

Head of Challenge Course and Counselor

The Head of Climbing for the Alford Lake Camp Challenge Course will be working in a co-instructor position, working closely with second facilitator to cover and share the instruction, supervision, safety, and debriefing responsibilities associated with the ALC Challenge Course. The facilitator will use the ALC program to provide an opportunity for campers to recognize and safely take risks, push themselves and reach their potential. This will include promoting self-confidence, positive group dynamics, and the expansion of their problem solving abilities. These individuals must be well organized, experienced, compassionate, and exceptional communicators when it comes to teaching others.

SAFETY: The Head will be responsible for insuring the safety of each camper participating in the program.
Work will include properly setting up the course, on-going inspection of the course and equipment and properly instructing the campers in proper use
Understanding of emergency procedures and being comfortable responding to situations in a professional AND calm demeanor
​LEADERSHIP AND PLANNING: Be a positive role model
Directs activities
Maintain records of equipment use and condition
Maintain records of camper participation
Aids in developing the full potential of the course
Deals calmly and efficiently with stressful situations
PHYSICAL: Able to tie specific knots, belay (rope technique) campers, move from element to element and climb structures as needed
SUPERVISION: The Head of Climbing will be responsible to supervise all activities connected with the course elements
Work will include directing activities and debriefing
Able to work independently
Train and manage one other climbing counselor
Communicate effectively with the Directors
COMMUNICATION: Excellent communication skills are required
Climbing Head should be adept at effectively communicating to a broad range of campers from varied backgrounds and encouraging communication between others
JUDGMENT: Uses good judgment while making independent decisions regarding all facets of the safe and effective use of the course
TEAMWORK: Works as a valuable team member within the community and with facilitating and operating the course with their staff member
DEPENDABILITY: Available for the summer to lead programs
Arrives on site on time. Maintains a commitment to the success of the course
Follows procedures
EXPERIENCE: Takes responsibility for knowing the ALC course and equipment
TEACHING: Cultivates learning among the campers, including the technical skills as well as the experiential aspects of the course
DEBRIEFING: Promotes constructive discussion processing the campers experiences in order to integrate what has been learned
Physical Requirements (must be able to):

Tagged as: Climbing Skills


Must have current certification: • American Red Cross CPRO, First-Aid, AED
Requires documentation of training and experience in Challenge Course facilitation

Required Skills:

Ability to quickly and confidently tie all necessary knots (including, Double Figure 8, Figure 8 follow through, Sliding double barrel knot (redundant knot), Bowline, Clove Hitch)
Capability to set up and take down each and every low and high course element
Ability to safely PBUS Belay and Team Belay campers
Successfully demonstrate a high course rescue
Ability to prepare (front-loading) and follow-up (debriefing) of the group
Understanding of all safety requirements of the following elements:

About Alford Lake Camp

An overnight camp for girls in Maine!
Here, on our 350+ acre camp environment, girls (between the ages of 8 and 15 - from grades 2 through 9) from all over the world have been sharing summers together for 110 years.
Experience the magic of living in our signature white tents, sharing the fun of amazing activities taught by our exceptional counseling staff and enjoy the traditions and camp life that have made a lasting impact in our campers' lives for many generations!

Application Instructions

Please complete our staff application which can be found under the staff tab at www.alfordlakecamp.com. Please be as detailed as possible with regard to experience or submit a resume to [email protected]