Camp Hale AmeriCorps Member

Sandwich, NH

At United South End Settlements (USES), we offer programs that support the whole family in achieving economic mobility. We help parents and caregivers develop their own capacity to reach their goals, increase their income and assets, and connect with new networks of people through One-on-One Coaching combined with opportunities for personal development through Family Mobility programming. We provide quality education and enrichment opportunities for children and youth that foster personal development and social-emotional skills such as perseverance, communication, teamwork, and problem-solving – Early Childhood Education, club48 out-of-school time programming, and Camp Hale on Squam Lake in New Hampshire. We believe that as families increase their income and assets, become more resilient, and connect to a diverse network, they and their children are more likely to develop the necessary skills to disrupt the cycle of poverty.  

As United South End Settlements celebrates its 125th year and beyond, we are reaffirming our founding vision of an inclusive community where neighbors from all walks of life work together so that all can thrive while implementing a bold, new model designed to promote economic mobility and social capital to break the generational cycle of poverty.  

Summer 2024 Lakes Region Conservation Corps-Camp Hale members must be available from May 20-Oct. 13, 2024 

The location of this service opportunity is Center Sandwich, NH.  

Camp Hale provides room and board.  

   Camp Hale AmeriCorps Member  

Established in 1900, Camp Hale is a sleepaway summer camp for Boston-area youth ages 5 to 17 years old to experience a range of outdoor activities in the scenic environment of Squam Lake, located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Camp Hale transforms youth into resilient leaders as they discover the wonders of nature, build a diverse community, and embrace challenging experiences. The camp operates on the belief that all youth benefit from opportunities for physical, mental, and social growth and development. The goal is for campers to leave with an enhanced sense of well-being, improved social skills, and awareness of personal potential.   

Under the supervision of the Program Director and other designated staff (Assistant Director, Director of Camp Hale, etc.), members live with campers and participate in all daily routine activities, which can include leading activities, lifeguarding, eating all meals with the camp family, cabin cleanup, shower duty, and running errands. The primary focus of the AmeriCorps members is to provide guidance, leadership, and support, creating a safe and nurturing atmosphere that enhances campers’ physical, social, and emotional development. When not working with campers, members are responsible for planning activities, trail building and maintenance, and other environmental-based projects as assigned.   

Members will meet with the site supervisor as needed throughout the camp sessions, as well as for a midterm and final evaluation during their term. Members will also submit their timesheets every other week as established by the LRCC, and these will be discussed with the site supervisor as needed.   

What you will do:  

  • Help each camper adjust to life at camp, while providing a nurturing environment for campers.  
  • Plan and lead cabin-group activities, whole-camp activities and both day and overnight trips out of camp. Plan and lead environmental education programs on terrestrial invasives, local ecology, and conservation initiatives.  
  • Assist with trail building and other nature-based activities around camp.  
  • Assist each camper with meeting personal goals and those established by the camp for camper development.  
  • Actively participate in staff training, meetings, etc.  
  • Maintain established health, safety and cleanliness standards of Camp Hale and ACA.  
  • Demonstrate/teach Camp Hale values of community, diversity and opportunity to all campers and staff.  
  • Follow all camp rules, regulations and policies and enforce them among peers.  
  • Maintain positive relations with parents, visitors, and the general public at all times.  
  • Visually and audibly identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to assigned activities.  
  • Respond appropriately to emergencies and situations requiring first aid and/or CPR.  
  • Ability to lift up to 100 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or 20 pounds of force constantly.  

What we are looking for:  

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and have a high-school diploma or GED and possess a high level of maturity.   
  • Preference will be given to candidates with youth-related work experiences, camping experience or one year of college.   
  • The ability to work successfully with a diverse group of campers and other camp personnel.  
  • Must have health insurance for the duration of the program.  
  • Must meet the Corporation for National Community Service’s minimum requirements:  
  • Must clear all required National Service Criminal History Checks  
  • Must be a US citizen, US national, or legal permanent resident of the US  
  • Must be high school graduates, GED recipients, or must be working toward attaining a high school diploma or GED during their term of service.  

What you will love:   

  • An opportunity to draw on your own experiences, as well as learn and teach new skills, that will enhance your professional development.  
  • Members will receive:   
  • Free meals, lodging  
  • NH Commercial boating license  
  • Wilderness First Aid & CPR certification  
  • Loan forbearance and interest repayment on qualifying loans  
  • Bi-weekly stipend payments of $772.17 before taxes with an aggregate of $9,063.63 before taxes. 
  • AmeriCorps Education Award of $3,447.50 (subject to tax upon use) upon successful completion of program  

Important Camp Dates:  

Staff Orientation: (June 8-15 mandatory for all staff).   

The above statement reflects the general details considered necessary to describe the principal function of the job identified and shall not be considered a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position.    

How to Apply:  

Interested candidates should apply at