Summer Camp Counselor

@Hugs & Bugs Club Email Job

Job Detail

  • Job ID 111894
  • The City Hoboken
  • Amount of Hours Full-Time & Part-Time
  • Virtual / Remote No
  • Industry Education

Job Description

Are you looking for a creative and inspiring summer camp position? Are you seeking a position that gives you creative freedom and positive working environment? If so, join us at Hugs & Bugs Club! We are currently seeking a summer counselor to join us beginning this summer at summer camp, June 17th thru September 1st!

Hugs & Bugs Club in Hoboken, NJ is a Reggio inspired preschool focusing on nature play and play based learning for children 2-7 years old. We are a child-led learning center, enjoy snack time together, play outside every day regardless of weather conditions and love playing and learning together. We are a small, but growing community of curious and engaged children, teachers and families.

We are looking to hire a summer camp counselor. We welcome a self-starter who enjoys learning alongside children, 2 to 7 years old, and who is dedicated, energetic and creative with a passion and strong interest in Reggio inspired and child-led learning education model.

Early Childhood Education or degree and/or working towards a degree in related fields such as art, music, science, is required. We value kindness and empathy towards others as the most important quality and are looking for counselors who can guide children through a fun summer with awareness and compassion. The ideal candidate would be able to be highly flexible and adaptable to the role and be able to work with other teachers and specialists. This candidate would be a team player and be prepared to lead as well as follow the other teachers as needed. Flexibility in schedule and ability to improvise.

Highlights of Position

  • Supports the social and emotional development of children through the use of conflict resolution, reflective listening and inquiry
  • Utilizes the environment as the third teacher by creating a beautiful, intentional and stimulating indoor and outdoor classroom
  • Communicates regularly with parents in order to make learning visible through daily and weekly documentation such as notes, portfolios, posting on our private app, documentation boards, etc.
  • Seeks parents and family input as a way to extend projects, reflect on past work and build relationships in our Hoboken community
  • Collaborates with colleagues to analyze and interpret documentation and envision/create the next steps for small group exploration
  • Comfortable working in an environment where the children’s interests serve as the catalyst for learning versus a predetermined curriculum
  • Appreciation for and a desire to scaffold nature-based education


– Lead, set up, and organize play and exploration areas for preschool aged children.

– Research and design Reggio Emilia and play-based experiences for children.

– Enjoy daily in town field trips.

– Document and communicate children’s progress to families which includes but is not limited to a daily private app post.

– Create safe opportunities for children to build confidence in physical movement

– Research and develop social emotional learning opportunities for children that are age-appropriate.

– Guide children to build inquiry skills: observe, document, investigate, problem solve.

– Filling in for other teachers when they are absent

– Keeping the learning environment and office space organized and clean

– Participate in group collaborations and activities

– Participate in professional development

– Find opportunities to support other teachers.


– Passion for learning and teaching

– Calm and patient

– Team player

– A true sense of adventure, curiosity, and compassion

– A love of the outdoors

– Creative

– Flexibly

– A problem solver

– Adaptive


– Ability to pass an in-depth background check

– Valid driver’s license and CPR Certification

– Bachelor’s degree or higher or in the process of completing degree

– 2+ years experience working with children

– Comfortable self-managing and taking direct feedback