Required Facilitator/Counselor Forms
Application | Facilitator Code of Conduct
STEM Facilitators/Instructors Description
Varies depending on the type of camp selected, plus necessary pre-camp preparation time.
The instructors must be able to:
✓ Delivery oral presentation introducing campers to grade-appropriate STEM concepts.
✓ Facilitate and ensure safety during all grade-appropriate science activity or experiments.
✓ Engage with other camp instructors to ensure consistency of program mission and purpose.
✓ Assist other HSCF instructors/staff in rotating students between various activities.
✓ Communicate with the Heritage STEM Camp Global Leader and staff to maintain and improve the program.
✓ Complete and submit to HSCF all required and completed paperwork (counselor application, volunteer application, and code of conduct).
✓ Follow all guidelines and policies.
Camp Staff Expectation:
Participants in training, orientation, planning meetings and/or other preparation as deemed appropriate by HSCF.
Attend daily staff meetings to communicate needs and concerns, sing up for duties and support roles, and to provide other feedback regarding the program.
Participate or assist in supervising programs to help ensure that all camper have a positive camp experience
All HSCF staff members are expected to be up and present for breakfast.
Clothing will be appropriate. No clothing adverting drugs, alcohol, or inappropriate subjects or behavior will be allowed.
No alcoholic beverages are allowed at HSCF sponsored activities. Being under the influence or in possession of alcohol is grounds for immediate dismissal.
No drugs are allowed, except those being administered under doctors’ orders by the written consent from the parents and physician.
Tobacco use is permitted in designated areas only. Tobacco use is never permitted in front of campers.
Staff may never touch a camper in an effort to discipline, restrain or punish. Behavior problems need to be brought to the attention of the HSCF leaders.
NO ONE has the right to physically, mentally, verbally or otherwise abuse any child.
NO ONE has the right to make any child do any physical exercises of any type as punishment. This includes push-ups, sit-ups, running, etc. The health and well being of every camper is of primary concern.
NO ONE has the right to attach or put-down others by using words, name-calling, profanity or other demeaning statements. Caution and calm language must be used when addressing campers and staff.
Any and all problems or disagreements with staff should be brought to the attention of the HSCF leaders. Do not confront staff personally, unless the immediate safety of camper is at risk.
HSCF camp staff are to avoid situations which put them alone with a camper.
Staff with related children at camp are asked to NOT assign themselves to the related child’s group unless the child has a disability that requires assistance.
Staff with related children as campers are asked not to give special preference, perks or other special attention to their child while at camp.
Caution must be exercised in displaying affection toward a camper. Certain physical contact may be perceived as sexual or abusive.
Fraternization and/or relationships with individual campers, staff or volunteers which is inappropriate or reduces the effectiveness of the staff, or that which discriminates against and/or offends campers, staff, volunteers, or others is grounds for dismissal.
Unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment and will be dealt with according to local authorities.
HSCF camp staff will act in a professional manner and control emotions when problems arise. Staff will openly and honestly discuss problems with relevant parties to seek a solution which is in the best interest of the program and themselves.
Volunteers should not discuss any sensitive issues with or in the presence of other staff or campers.
Pranks, practical jokes and other behaviors which take advantage of or make fun of others have no place in HSCF camp environment. Seemly “harmless” activities can easily escalate into inappropriate harassment or bullying behavior or even more dangerous activities.
Instructors must have:
✓ Completed paperwork and pass background checks and drug test
✓ Bachelor’s degree in STEM education or related field
✓ Fundamental understanding of STEM and related concepts
✓ Teaching experience in a classroom, camp, museum, or other STEM education setting ✓ Passion for engaging children and adults in STEM learning
✓ Strong public speaking skills
✓ Strong interpersonal skills
✓ Ability to react positively to rapidly changing circumstances