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Company: IDEA Public Schools
Location: Brownsville, TX
Career Level: Associate
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education


Position at IDEA Public Schools

About IDEA Public Schools

At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years – that's 8 times the national rate for students in our communities!

IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA's co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve nearly 53,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. By 2022, IDEA will serve 100,000 students. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you—with continued growth in our current regions and new launches in Houston (2020), Permian Basin (2020), and Tampa Bay (2021)!

When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.

To learn more about IDEA, check out this video .

Role Mission: We are looking for an enthusiastic, attentive Camp Counselor to lead, support, and motivate campers as they enjoy all that the camp has to offer. The Camp Counselor will help plan events and lead group events, monitor campers and respond to incidents, such as behavioral problems or accidents, log events and maintain records relating to activities, and discuss camper participation and concerns with parents and other camp staff members. You should be positive, proactive, and caring while focusing on giving campers a fun, safe camp experience.


1.100% of camp activities are well planned, coordinated, and age-appropriate.

  • Working with other camp staff members to plan and coordinate camp events.
  • Leading and supporting campers as they participate in age-appropriate activities.
  • Monitoring campers to ensure compliance with camp rules and prevent accidents.
  • Cleaning, maintaining and ensuring proper use of camp facilities and equipment.
  • Reporting and recording details of incidents, such as accidents or rule violations, to parents and camp staff.
  • Memorizing all emergency procedures and enforcing camp rules.
  • Participating in staff meetings.

2. Supports Summer Camp programming

  • 75% of Summer Camp Registration (540/720) spaces across all sessions are filled by April 25, 2018; 95% of Summer Camp registrations (684/720) are filled by June 11, 2018
  • All six Summer Camp sessions have at least 75% of registrations completed (90/120) at least 3 weeks before the first day of each session.
  • Hands out fliers to eligible campers and encourages them to attend.
  • Participates in all summer camp promotional events
  • Develops engaging curriculum for summer camp.
  • Assists in the training of summer camp staff.
  • Serves in a leadership role over other adults in Summer.
  • Provides Operational level support for a variety of Summer camp operations.

3. Exemplifies Camp RIO's core values

  • Is a role model for campers and staff
  • Maintains a positive, service-oriented attitude
  • Follows policies given by supervisors
  • Demonstrates a passion for getting kids outdoors.
  • Is a good steward of natural resources.
  • Believes in and supports community
  • Is a team player
  • Values adventure education.

4. Manages assigned activity areas

  • Fixes/maintains equipment
  • Submits requests for needed supplies
  • Assures animals (if applicable) are well cared for
  • Assures staff are adequately trained in safety issues related to activity
  • Keeps curriculum folders up to date
  • Maintains inventory of supplies and equipment

5. Live Values of IDEA

  • Believes and is committed to our mission: that all students are capable of getting to and through college
  • Is driven by outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes
  • Embodies IDEA's core values


  • Assure campers are always properly supervised .
  • Develop relationships with campers that promote communication, respect, involvement, and empowerment.
  • Instill respect for environment, self, and others.
  • Reinforce IDEA's mission of College for All Students.
  • Maintain high levels of health and safety in all activities for campers and staff.
  • Participate in development and implementation of program activities within the mission and outcomes.
  • Be a role model to campers and staff in both attitude and behavior.
  • Openness to observation and critical feedback
  • Work duties on camp including maintenance and cleaning duties as assigned.
  • Be on time to all scheduled trainings and work days.
  • Excitement about working for a school system that is changing the status quo of education in Texas.
  • Responsible for equipment maintenance and supplies for assigned activity areas.
  • Assists with biological monitoring of property.


  • Education: High School Diploma, equivalent, or active enrollment in school
  • Experience: 1 year minimum experience with camps, children, or with specific activities is preferred.
  • Certifications: First aid, CPR, and additional training may be required or beneficial.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Physical ability to participate in activities, run, climb, swim, lift, or support the weight of children.
  • Ability to pass a background check, a physical, and proof of immunizations.
  • High level of responsibility and accountability.
  • Upbeat, engaging personality.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills.
  • Proven ability to work well with all age levels.

IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.

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