Summer Posted February 16, 2024

Summer Camp Counselor

Camp Urban Adamah


Urban Adamah is an educational farm and community center in Berkeley, California that integrates the practices of Jewish tradition, mindfulness, sustainable agriculture, and social justice to build loving, just, and sustainable communities. We provide training programs, educational workshops, and community celebrations for more than 10,000 visitors annually.

Every summer, Urban Adamah offers an outdoor summer camp for kids ages 3 – 14. Summer Camp features hands-on projects and activities exploring themes that integrate nature-connection, crafts, farming, community-building, and Jewish values. Camp Urban Adamah is designed to create a space for children to thrive and express their natural curiosity and passion, all within a vibrant, loving, and inclusive Jewish community.

We rely on an experienced and talented group of Camp Urban Adamah counselors to create loving, inspiring, memorable, and transformative experiences for children. Our counselors ensure that children of different ages can have wonderful experiences both as part of a large group, and in smaller age-based groups.

Camp Sessions: All counselors are required to attend staff training on June 5-7th, 10am-3pm. Camp will include 4 sessions: Session 1 (June 10-21), Session 2 (June 24-July 12th), Session 3 (July 15-26), and Session 4 (July 29-August 9). There is no camp on July 4th, and counselors will have that day off.

Counselors may work for less than all 4 sessions, however, priority will be given to applicants who can work all 4 sessions. There will also be the opportunity to help with post-camp clean-up from August 12-13 for additional pay, though this additional work is not guaranteed.


About the Role

Counselors are responsible for co-leading a chavura, or group, of up to 10-15 children during the camp day (9:00 – 3:00pm) with another counselor. Counselors have the support of their co-counselors and the Camp Manager, as well as an intern and CIT, when applicable. Counselors set the tone of the group through team-building games, fun beginning-of-day and end-of-day rituals, listening circles and more. Counselors are in charge of time and group management for their chavura group and for setting and upholding standards of safety and respect within the group.

Counselors are responsible for daily set-up and clean-up (in general and after specific activities) as well as other tasks related to camp operations on an as-needed basis. Our younger campers may also need help changing their clothes and using the bathroom (no diaper-changing). We appreciate an overall spirit of flexibility and enthusiasm!

All counselors ensure that camp is a safe environment for children, as well as other staff. Counselors make sure that all children are accounted for and within their specified locations from drop-off to pick-up time. Counselors keep a birds-eye-view of potential hazards around the farm, help children use tools safely, are available to administer basic first aid, and support emergency protocols and procedures.

Counselors help facilitate activities throughout the program. Activities include typical farm tasks such as planting, harvesting, tending to garden beds, and caring for animals; and creative projects involving the arts, music, dance, and drama. In most cases, counselors are not usually responsible for creating their own programmatic activities, but they provide a critical role in either supporting our summer specialists in leading activities, or at times, leading pre-designed activities.

Camp Urban Adamah has a small staff. Counselors will be asked to support camp in a variety of ways as needed. This may include song-leading, facilitation of camp-wide opening and closing circle, talent shows. Counselors are encouraged to bring their own creativity to camp. Counselors are expected to lend a hand when needed, which may involve stepping up and/or working with your supervisor to meet unexpected needs.




We are open to applicants with varying levels and types of experience, provided that the applicant displays the skills required to successfully execute the job described above. You might be a good fit if you:


You have a love of children and relevant experience working with children and in camp environments
You like being outside for most of the day, helping children learn about farming and nature
You are enthusiastic, creative, and sometimes even a little silly
You are receptive to feedback and taking direction
You demonstrate patience, compassion and understanding while maintaining strong boundaries and communicating clear expectations
You are flexible and are generally willing to try new things
You engage children with respect and model awe, compassion, and curiosity
You are excited about collaborating with colleagues and maintaining a positive work environment
You have a desire to explore and share Jewish environmental wisdom and spirituality (Jewish background / knowledge is not necessary)
You are a creative problem solver and are adaptable in the presence of strong emotions and/or needs
You can navigate urgent situations, identifying and tending to physical and emotional safety priorities


The physical demands listed below are representative of those that must be met by an employee in this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities.
Reading, hearing, and speaking in English
Use of hands, fingers, and feet to set up and run program materials and group activities
Standing and walking for several hours, as well as sitting, squatting, crawling, climbing, and occasionally lifting up to 30 lbs.
Comfort with animals, including goats, chickens, and rabbits


Required On-Site Staff Training & Site Setup: June 5th, 6th and 7th, 10:00 – 3:00 pm
It’s imperative we have staff on-site to review the procedures in-person at camp.

Camp: Session 1 (June 10-21), Session 2 (June 24-July 12th), Session 3 (July 15-26), and Session 4 (July 29-August 9).
The camp day is from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, which includes the camper hours (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) and set-up, clean-up, daily debrief, and prep time. Staff time includes a 40-minute mid-day break.

How to Apply

LEARN MORE & APPLY HERE: https://urbanadamah.pages.ontraport.net/jobs/4DSB7Q2/description

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