In 1908, a group of Princeton University undergraduates founded the Princeton Summer Camp to serve young boys from urban Philadelphia. With the goals of sharing Princeton’s rich heritage, as well as providing an opportunity for Princeton students to give back to the broader society, the founders were determined to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged inner-city children by offering healthy and character-building camping experiences.
Over our 113-year history, our name has changed several times but our mission is quite similar. Today Princeton-Blairstown Center (PBC) serves young people, primarily from historically marginalized communities, by nurturing their social-emotional skills through experiential, environmental, and adventure-based programming. Developing these skills enables our participants to engage in self-discovery and transform their communities to create a more just world.
In 2013, the Center became a stand-alone non-profit and in 2015, we started our award-winning Summer Bridge program, a week-long academic enrichment and leadership development program designed to lessen summer learning loss and build leadership and social-emotional skills.
Students are divided into cohorts of 10-12 and paired with a PBC Facilitator and a teacher or chaperone from their own organization. Each cohort spends approximately three hours a day engaged in hands-on literacy; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); and project-based learning work; an hour-and-a-half a day in waterfront activities (swimming/canoeing/kayaking); and two hours a day in leadership, team-building, and problem-solving activities on our ropes and challenge courses. Students also engage in their choice of several recreational or STEAM activities for an hour each day along with daily restoration duties (stewardship of their cabins, the dining room, and the wash houses) that are designed to teach responsibility and community. This daily schedule is subject to change based on COVID guidelines.
PBC will benefit greatly from sponsoring PICS interns. Having PICS students work at our Blairstown facility as Facilitators or Instructors allows PBC to offer more intensive experiential STEM and Literacy programming to the at-risk youth that we serve which will ignite their curiosity about the natural world and written word. It will engage them in a dynamic way of learning about topics ranging from pond & stream study, composting, solar and hydro-electric power, the flora & fauna of the eastern woodlands, organic gardening, script writing, journaling, college essay writing, and many other topics. It also serves to deepen our relationship with the University community.
Summer Experiential Education Facilitator
- Develop, facilitate, and debrief adventure based/experiential education curriculum including adventure course, low and high ropes course, rock climbing, hiking, canoeing/kayaking and swimming, and restoration programming designed to help students develop social-emotional skills that include learning to communicate cooperatively, problem solve, and work together to achieve common goals.
- Facilitate occasional unchaperoned groups and provide overnight supervision.
- Design a sequence using PBC curriculum, create lesson plans, and develop new program activities appropriate to the participant population.
- Ensure the safety of all participants at all times.
- Maintain a friendly, cooperative, and professional relationship with fellow staff, chaperones, and partner organization stakeholders.
- Correctly teach outdoor adventure, environmental education and expedition specific skills to participants as per PBC expectations and protocols.
- Lead off site day trips, river expeditions, and rock climbing.
- Assist with program logistics and administrative duties.
- Assist with housekeeping and facility upkeep as needed.
- Participate in job-related training and staff meetings.
- Perform statistical, narrative, and record keeping duties as required including data entry.
# of weeks
|10||6/19 - 8/26/2022||8:00am||9:00pm||Yes||Yes - free of charge||In person|
Interns reside in PBC housing located on the Blairstown campus.
- Experience working with young adults, individually and in groups.
- Knowledge of and comfort in the out-of-doors with an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), STEAM, or Literacy.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Outstanding customer service skills, group facilitation skills and logistical planning experience.
- Experience living or working with people from diverse cultures or backgrounds preferred.
- Outdoor leadership skills (Outdoor Action)
- Experience as an RCA or Community Action Leader
- First Aid, CPR, Lifeguard Certification, Ropes/Challenge Course experience
Writing Sample Requirement
- Background Check
- Occasional additional work requirements