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Gibush Counselors
Nov. 18, 2013


Gibush Counselors, URJ Kutz Camp


June 9-20 – Staff Orientation

June 21-July 17 – Kutz Leadership Experience

July 17-18– Staff Wrap Up




  • This position reports to the Gibush On-Site Coordinator
  • Gibush is a summer camping program for teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders that exists within the larger system of the Kutz Camp and the NFTY Leadership Experience. As a Gibush staff member, you can expect to find an intense and challenging environment where you will work one on one with students with ASD.
  • Kutz Camp looks to hire approximately 12 Gibush counselors for the summer of 2016 that will support the three one-week concurrent Gibush session.


Position requirements:

  • Gibush Staff member at Kutz are responsible for the supervision and support of all Gibush campers, as well as the Gibush teen Chaverim during the time they are with the campers.
  • The Gibush staff will work with as a team to provide the care and support necessary for campers to have a successful, safe, and fun experience.
  • The counselors will also be responsible for some camper programming as determined by the Gibush On-Site Coordinator and Program Director.
  • Care and support of Gibush participants, including:
    • Assistance and supervision in morning and bedtime rituals, mealtimes, personal hygiene, grooming, and camp activities.
    • Post-bedtime “Shmira” shifts (watching cabins between camper bedtime and staff bedtime to ensure the safety of campers).
    • Developing and executing camper programming (with support) as determined by counselor’s skills and areas of interest.
    • Being a cooperative and enthusiastic member of the Gibush Team, including:
      • Attending Gibush staff meetings, trainings, etc.
      • Supporting fellow counselors

In addition to this role, the members of this team are expected to:

  • Primarily be part of the Kutz Camp team of 2016, and come into the role with a camp-first mentality in order to build meaningful bridges and relationships with the entire staff community in camp.
  • Be a positive role model and influence within the Gibush community and camp community as a whole
  • Look for other opportunities as appropriate to be involved and active within the camp community


  • Drive
  • Patience
  • Heart


  • Be A Mensch.
  • Do the right thing.
  • Be kind.
  • Share your thoughts with your supervisors, challenge ideas, push the status quo.
  • Accept feedback.
  • Accept responsibility for success and for mistakes.
  • Accept support from team members.
  • Share your passion and joy in the work you do.
  • Work daily to create a community of inclusion for every individual in camp.


  • High School Diploma.
  • Must enjoy working with special needs populations.
  • Experience in special needs mentoring or education preferred.
  • Familiar with the goals and mission of the Union for Reform Judaism, NFTY and the Kutz Camp.
  • Understanding of NFTY’s Thirteen Principles.
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