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Lead Counselor 


To lead Specialty Counselor(s), Junior Counselor(s), Counselor in Training, and campers within your respective Handwork Studio program. Assist the Site Director in the management and operations of The Handwork Studio Summer Camp at your defined location(s).

Position Requirements


  • Support the Site Director to operate a camp location
  • Teach class by following The Handwork Studio Curriculum
  • Assist in ensuring all staff are adhering to The Handwork Studio mission and values
  • Report all staffing related issues to the Site Director
  • Report supply needs to the Site Director and oversee proper use of materials to reduce waste and duplicate orders
  • Manage changes and additions to class enrollment
  • Participate in set-up and break-down of site(s). (Depending on region, may need to set up and break down multiple times throughout the course of your summer employment.)
  • Participate in all required trainings
  • Know the whereabouts of campers at all times
  • Ensure safety of children at all times
  • Complete self-evaluation, meet with manager(s) halfway through camp tenure and at end of camp season
  • Provide feedback for staff evaluations halfway through camp tenure and at end of camp season


  • Bountiful energy to sit, stand, sing, and stitch throughout the day
  • Classroom management and teaching skills
  • A passion for crafting
  • Crafting skill level: Competent crafter in any of the following needle arts but not limited to hand and machine sewing, knitting, crocheting, weaving, woodworking, baking etc.
  • Keeps work space organized and tidy
  • Interpersonal communication skills for working with counselors and children
  • Nurturing and compassionate with a sense of humor


  • Completed Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience
  • 1-2 years leadership experience
  • 3 years of experience working with children preferably through summer camp experience
  • Must have reliable transportation to arrive to shift on time
  • Available to complete approximately 15 hours of pre-camp training (generally the month of May)
  • Available to attend our Summer Orientation either on June 9th in Rosemont, PA (outside of Philadelphia) or June 10th in Washington, DC


  • Must be able to lift and carry 35 lbs, such as sewing machines, fabric bolts, trunks of materials, etc.
  • Must be able to stand or sit for long periods of time
  • Maintained mental and physical alertness
  • Required to wear The Handwork Studio apron during work hours. Apron is provided by The Handwork Studio


  • All other duties as assigned
  • Follow The Handwork Studio rules and regulations
  • Represent The Handwork Studio according to its missions and goals
About the Organization The Handwork Studio is where kids learn by making. Children explore and acquire a variety of skills from woodworking to cooking and learning to sew. The Handwork Studio Camps are where imagination comes to life.

We partner with some of the country's finest independent schools and universities. Our staff of professional artists, instructors, and skilled teachers love passing down the tradition of all different types of handwork skills.

The Handwork Studio is designed to...

Nurture its students

Provide a positive social environment

Encourage a "Can Do" attitude

Foster creativity

Instill learning lifetime skills

The Result: Making really cool projects with new friends while having Fun! Fun! Fun!  

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