Youth Leader Interest

Thank you for sharing more about your child's interest in joining our youth leader program at our classic Monkey Business Camps. Youth Leaders play such a vital role at camp, assisting the staff in creating the magic, fun and safety our camp is known for! 

This survey, especially if your child is fairly new or new to camp, really helps us get to know your child better, so thank you for taking some time to share more with us. If your child has been a youth leader with us already, you can fill out this shorter survey instead.

The youth leader program works best when kids
1) show a strong interest in mentoring younger children and kids look up to them
2) love the outdoors & camp in general- “It’s a lot of fun!”
3) have very good social emotional and group dynamic skills 
4) show strong capacity for kindness

If you wish this was true for your child, or only certain aspects are, it is best to wait and start out smaller, like perhaps with doing babysitting for a neighbor and seeing if there is some interest. 

Counselors in Training (CIT): Ages 11+
Junior Counselors (JC): ages 14+ 
JCs mentor the CITs, so if they have not been to our camp before, we begin them in the CIT role. Sometimes it is better for return CITs to remain in a CIT position, even once reach the age 14.  Please check in with us, if you are unsure of best placement. 

Camp Hours: 8:25-4:35pm, with mid day break

Sliding Scale Tier Choices: Three tiers offered, and you choose during registration your tier, based on your family’s financial resources at this time. Payment plans and limited scholarships available.

Covid-19 Vaccination required 2 weeks before the start of camp for all Youth Leaders (unless medical or religious exemption*).  Importantly, a booster is also required 2 weeks before the start of camp, if eligible (eligibility starts 5 months after second shot of Pfizer or Moderna, 2 months after Johnson & Johnson).* For medical exemption, submit a doctor's note and a negative Covid test within 72 hours before camp.  For religious exemption, a note from your religious leader and a negative Covid test within 72 hours before camp. 

For full details including camp hours and pricing, see camp webpage and youth leader details are at the bottom of that page.

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* 1. Parent/Guardian Name

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* 2. Parent/Guardian email address

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* 3. Please enter a cell number where we can text you in the case of an opening. Depending on the timing, we sometimes e-mail AND text, especially when more last minute.

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* 4. Name, date of birth and gender identity of potential youth leader. For example, Peter, 6.2.2008, non-binary, uses they/them pronouns.

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* 6. Current school (or name if homeschooled)

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* 7. New to Monkey Business Camp or Return?

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* 8. Which camp(s) do you want to register for? Choose all that apply. If you are unsure about all now, e-mail office@monkeybusinesscamp.com later with any updates.

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* 9. I can commit that my child will attend all dates of camp (they are only on weekdays) if accepted, and will show up on time daily at 8:25 and stay until the end of each day at 4:35 (note, if coming with sibling, it is okay for them both to come 8:30 and leave 4:30).  I will schedule appointments or vacation time after camp hours or on weekends.  Of course, for sickness, they should stay home.

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* 10. I understand that my child, as a youth leader does not have flexible arrival or pick up times, like campers do. The staff need their assistance at the start and end of the day. 

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* 11. I understand part of the orientation to camp is for my child and myself to read youth leader handbook to help us orient to camp and the youth leader role.  This is for both return and new youth leaders. If my child did not attend camp during summer 2022, they will also fill out a review question survey by the 1st of the month before the camp program.

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* 12. Tell us about your child's interest in being a youth leader at our camp. Do they have any experience in this role or with volunteering or working with groups of kids?  Especially if they are new to camp, it is helpful to get more information here.

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* 13. The youth leader program works best when kids have 1) shown a strong interest in mentoring younger children and kids look up to them 2) a love of the outdoors & camp in general- “It’s a lot of fun!”, 3) very good social emotional/group dynamic skills & show strong capacity for kindness, 4) ability to put the campers needs before own and 5) interest in gaining more training and volunteer experience, so that eventually more qualified for paid camp position at this or another camp or kid’s program. Do you agree these things apply currently to your child?

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* 14. Share more about the above in regards to your child and include some qualities they will bring to camp

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* 15. Which three would your child be most called to help kids with at camp?

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* 16. What were some activities they enjoyed when they were younger and what are some now?

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* 17. What could be a challenge for them?

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* 18. Anything else you would like to share that was not covered on this survey?

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* 19. New to camp or it has been a while? Please also send up a video of your child answering some questions: 
Name a couple things you are most excited about camp if you were to join Monkey Business at Tilden Park.
Name a favorite board or card game that you'd like to play with the kids.
Is there anything that makes you nervous about being a youth leader?
Name an adult in your life who you look up to and what you admire about them?
Why do you think kids like you?
If you cannot do this, but have another video that shows us more about who they are, send that, so we have a better sense of them.  Thank you!  E-mail camp (might need to send link, due to videos usually being too large to attach): office@monkeybusinesscamp.com

IMPORTANT NEXT STEP: Please email us at office@monkeybusinesscamp.com so that we know that you submitted this and can review your request.  We will get back to you ASAP.

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