Summer Employment

Staff members are carefully chosen and trained professional educators, childcare specialists, and energetic college students who share a genuine love for teaching and working with children.

Contact Caitlin Webster for more information about working at Summer Horizons Camp 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions about Working at SHC

What are the general staff duties at SHC?

All staff are responsible for the general health and welfare of our campers, and assist in the care of resources and equipment. In a classroom setting, teachers and counselors lead and supervise all activities, clean up, snacks, and meals. Counselors may also work in their specialty area, whether teaching or support staff duties. Staff help run special events as needed, and may be assigned to leave camp on trips to the pool or for Friday field trips to provide supervision. For detailed descriptions of duties, please contact Caitlin Webster.

Our staff values:

1) Campers First. The safety, enrichment, and enjoyment of our campers is our highest priority and steers every decision we make.

2) All Crew. No Passengers. We all do what it takes to get the job done—no matter how big or how small the task. We are helpful, enthusiastic, and professional.

3) See the Best in Each Other. We treat each other with care and respect. This empowers us to be better team players, to create a friendly atmosphere, to have fun, and to accomplish big things for our campers.

4) Celebrate Youth. We preserve the decade of childhood and look to celebrate and promote growth within those years. We encourage curiosity, exploration, and fearless joy. We build self-esteem and confidence.

Join Our Team!

  • Applicants for employment should fill out the Employee Application and send it to Summer Horizons Camp along with a resume and cover letter. Follow-up interviews will be held in person. Attach any additional materials or certificates that you wish to the application (copies, not originals).
  • Summer Horizons day camp operates for eight weeks starting June 19 and ending August 11. Specialty camps running August 14-25 have limited employment opportunities as well. Applicants must be able to commit to at least 6 consecutive weeks to be considered for employment.
  • After your interview, we may contact you with an initial offer and information on how to complete the background check process. After completion of this process, and pending acceptance of employment, you will receive a formal agreement of employment.
  • Employees MUST be able to attend mandatory orientation meetings over the course of June 14-17.
  • Applicants should be 18 years of age by June 12, 2017 to receive compensation.
  • Daily hours for most positions are 8:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • The completed application along with a resume and cover letter may be:
  • o Mailed to Summer Horizons Camp at National Presbyterian School, 4121 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

    o Delivered to the front desk at National Presbyterian School (Attn: Summer Horizons Camp)

    o E-mailed to summerhorizons@nps-dc.org


    Do you require a background check or fingerprinting?

    Yes. For the safety of our campers and employees, SHC maintains background information for all employees as a condition of all current and future employment. This background information includes state and local criminal background searches, federal FBI fingerprinting reports, DC Police Clearance, Child Protection Register, and multi-state sex offender registry searches. There is no charge to the applicant/employee for these checks. For the purpose of obtaining the necessary background information, all applicants must sign a release form authorizing NPS to request the appropriate background checks and fingerprint reports.

    Are there positions for high schoolers or middle schoolers at SHC?

    All staff members at Summer Horizons Camp must have graduated high school and be 18 years of age or older.

    High school students who have completed 10th or 11th grade are eligible to apply for our Junior Counselor volunteer program. Application and information found below.

    Students entering grades 7-10 may attend our Counselor in Training program, our teen leadership program. (Click here to register.)

    Junior Counselor Program Assignment Process

    The qualities of a successful Junior Counselor include good character, integrity, and adaptability. To apply for this program, interested parties must submit the Junior Counselor application and agreement forms to the Camp Director. A limited number of volunteers will be selected to participate and may be asked to complete a background check. Preference will be given to applicants who have previously completed the Counselor in Training program at Summer Horizons Camp.

    Employment Forms

    EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS:

  • Employee Application
  • Junior Counselor Application & Agreement
  • NPS Faculty/Staff Employee Application
  • TAX FORMS:

  • Federal (W-4)
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • FINANCIAL:

  • Direct Deposit
  • BACKGROUND CHECKS:

  • Voluntary Disclosure – return to Camp Director
  • DC Police Clearance (must be notarized—notary available at NPS by appointment)
  • Fingerprinting Instructions
  • OTHER:

  • Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9)
  • Health Form

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