Position Description: As Camp Director, you will hold a true leadership position, leading a diverse group of team members, maintaining oversight of everything that goes into the camp preparation as well as the actual execution of the camps. You will be responsible for planning the entire line-up of farms, chefs, and restaurants. You will also serve as a liaison between the chefs, parents, team of counselors, and Sprouts’ summer team of bakers. As Camp Director, you have the opportunity to make each camper’s time with Sprouts an unforgettable experience. A Camp Director must be organized, personable, passionate, hard-working, team-oriented, and inspiring.
The position will offer you priceless contacts within the culinary world. You will establish relationships, both working and personal, with restaurant owners, and prominent ‘movers and shakers’ within the culinary community.
Management Phase (Flexible, minimal hours. Based on applicant’s schedule and availability):
Phase 1, Pre-Camp Phase (July 3 – July 12): This phase requires 4 full office days a week. The beginning of Phase 1 is relaxed, and amps up as the start of camps approaches.
During Phase 1, you will work with the Camp Manager to complete a variety of tasks, including:
Introducing yourself to the members of your team as well as the parents and kids in the camps.
Overseeing that counselor intro emails are sent out to the campers.
Handling donation logistics with other team members.
You will also be organizing Chef Orientation – a key task in the pre-camp phase. This allows you to develop relationships with each chef that you will work with, as you introduce yourself and orient them with the camp logistics.
You will again work with the Camp Manager as ingredients, lesson plans, donations, and equipment lists are submitted, assigned, and organized. At this time, you will also meet with Sprouts’ directors and counselors, completing miscellaneous errands such as finalizing T-shirt orders or reaching out to potential sponsors.
Phase 2, Camps in Session (July 13 – July 30): This is the most demanding phase of summer camps, and the Camp Director’s leadership, endurance, and flexibility are vital. Typical hours will be Monday – Friday, 8:15am – 5:45 pm.
As Camp Director, you will be in charge of the organization and flow of each week of camp. This consists of:
Overseeing and running a team of interns.
Sending out an orientation email to parents.
Working with the Camp Director Assistant to oversee daily logistics.
Maintaining ingredient, equipment, and transportation checklists.
Most importantly, you will be responsible for setting a positive, cheerful, and energetic tone for your team of counselors, photographers, bloggers, bakers, and of course the children and parents!
Phase 3, Post-Camp (July 31 – August 7): As the summer camps wind down, you will only have to work 3 full days each week. Phase 3 entails post-camp follow-up, such as surveys and storage organization.
During the cooking camps, we are typically approached by a variety of people who propose collaboration projects and opportunities for the counselors. We reserve this phase of summer camps for follow-up emails, telephone calls, meetings, and overseeing that all summer matters are wrapped up.
The Camp Director and Camp Manager play critical roles in the summer. Together, they set the tone for a team of 15 counselors and summer team members, keeping classes running smoothly, children safe and cooking, and guest chefs happy! Both the Camp Director and Camp Manager have to balance hands-on cooking while constantly enforcing safety skills and teaching Sprouts’ standards of nutrition, affordability, and seasonality. This internship can also lead to a paid position following camp!