KYC Job Descriptions

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KYC Sikh Dharma Teacher

Our goal at Khalsa Youth Camp is to give children a clear understanding of how to identify and align with their spirit and inner truth in day-to-day life through stories of Sikh history and other spiritual traditions.

We provide a sacred space experience for children during their time at Khalsa Youth Camp. They are given knowledge and skills to participate and serve in the Gurdwara--the Sikh worship service. These skills can be incorporated into any walk of life.

The children have an opportunity to learn Gurmukhi, the sacred language of the Sikh tradition and the source of many mantras in Kundalini Yoga. The children also have an opportunity to learn to express their voices through the singing of sacred chants and uplifting songs.

Duties:

1.   Set up and take down the Gurdwara before and after camp.

2.   Maintenance of all Gurdwara supplies and learning tools.

3.   Establish the sacred chant or Shabad theme for the summer and teach the children this chant, with assistance if necessary.

4.   Teach the children all of the Gurdwara seva duties as appropriate for each age.

5.   Prepare the class curriculum with the Shabad theme in mind.

6.   Coordinate with the Camp Director to bring the Shabad theme to other areas of the camp, like the art class.

7.   Bring in guest teachers as needed.

8.   Prepare the final Sikh Dharma contribution for the camp presentation, in the form of plays, Shabads, poems, or other creative endeavors.

9.   Ensure a well run Gurdwara for the daily sessions and larger Sunday gathering with seva coordination from the children, contributing teachers and other guests. This includes coordination of Gurprasaad and Langar preparation.

Overreaching Goal:

To maintain a beautiful, welcoming and inspiring Gurdwara for the children and staff and to have fun!

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KYC Director

Description:

The Khalsa Youth Camp (KYC) Director interacts with counselors, campers and families. He/She is responsible for promoting the camp in accordance with the teachings of Yogi Bhajan, and therefore should be knowledgeable in the developmental needs of children and pre-teens according to Yogi Bhajan’s teachings and other like-minded established experts in the field of education and spiritual growth.

The Camp Director sets the climate for the camp and has supervision over the camp counselors, program heads, and support staff. As such, he/she will closely work with the camp administration to ensure the camp is adequately staffed throughout the week. He/She is also responsible for the safety of all campers while in the camp's care. The Camp Director reports directly to the 3HO Camp Administrator.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Design and lead pre-camp orientation.
  • Oversee the general operations of the camp. The director is the “inspiring leader" and is in charge of the staff, including but not limited to, the camp counselors and kitchen and program directors. The camp director must be knowledgeable about all the different departments at camp, and must be able to make on-the-spot decisions when necessary.
  • The director is on call 24 hours a day to make decisions concerning campers and staff security and safety.
  • Be aware of campers’ physical and emotional needs as stipulated on each camper’s medical form.
  • Remain current with information on the developmental needs of youth.
  • Lead or facilitate the leading of morning children’s sadhana.
  • Collaboratively design, deliver, and evaluate camp’s daily activities which support the teachings of Yogi Bhajan and the universal experience of Sikh Dharma as it relates to all walks of life. All activities should meet the needs and interests of the camp’s target populations and ensure their delivery in a safe and quality manner.
  • Facilitate ordering of PE and other related sports and recreation equipment.
  • Collaboratively design and rehearse the All Camp Presentation.
  • Work collaboratively to find ways to responsibly increase enrollment to achieve and maintain the profitability of the camp.
  • Annually seek and analyze input from youth, families, and staff regarding the quality, safety, and enjoyment of the program and the staff through emails, facebook, and phone conversations.
  • Collaboratively design and ensure delivery of programs and activities which support the experience of each camper’s social, emotional, and spiritual growth, e.g. Circle of Power and Respect, daily Gurdwara.
  • Communicate with 3HO Event Administration throughout the year.

Qualities and Attributes:

  • Practicing Sikh Minister and active teacher of Kundalini Yoga
  • Preferable undergraduate or graduate degree in education
  • Empathetic, sincere and assertive communicator with staff, children, and parents
  • Understands and relates well to children of all ages, and the staff
  • Positive, upbeat, and inspired
  • Preferably plays an instrument (guitar, harmonium)
  • Understands child development and appropriate discipline congruent with camp policy
  • Self-reflective and lifelong learner
  • Excellent work ethic and decision maker
  • Good sense of humor
  • Passionate about camping, and education of children of all ages
  • Committed to being part of KYC for the foreseeable future
  • Devoted student of Yogi Bhajan

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KYC Kitchen Manager

Description:

The KYC kitchen serves nutritious, delicious lacto-vegetarian meals and snacks to all participants in KYC, in accordance with a yogic lifestyle.

Under minimal supervision, the Kitchen Manager supervises essential areas of food service operations to include purchasing, preparation, nutrition, service, sanitation, day and evening security, personnel management, customer service, and record keeping.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage the daily operations of the camp food and dining service including coordinating activities between the kitchen and the Tantric Shelter.
  • Assists the Kitchen Head with planning and preparing well-balanced meals for approximately 50-60 campers and staff in accordance with a vegetarian sattvic diet. Menus are to be approved by the Camp Director prior to camp.
  • Assists the Kitchen Head to ensure a daily palatable menu for staff and campers.
  • Assists the Kitchen Head before and during camp with ordering of food to ensure menu planning and nutritional cost-effective meals in consultation with the Camp Director; checks incoming food orders with invoices; keeps records of food purchases at the beginning and during camp, i.e. Cisco.
  • Supervises storage of food to ensure it meets all regulatory health standards; coordinates food preparation with kitchen staff according to menu planning and camp diet; assists camp staff and campers with plans, packing, and distributing food for special occasions to facilitate safe handling and storage.
  • Maintains a clean and positive kitchen environment
  • Maintains positive written and verbal communication with all KYC and IWC staff and participants.
  • Supervises and conducts performance reviews with all kitchen staff. Makes schedules, assigns tasks, arranges time off and assists where necessary.
  • Perform other duties as deemed necessary by the Camp Director.

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KYC Kitchen Assistant

Description:

The KYC kitchen serves nutritious, delicious lacto-vegetarian meals, and snacks to all participants at KYC in accordance with a yogic lifestyle.

Under minimal supervision from the Kitchen Manager, the Kitchen Assistant supports essential areas of food service operations to include purchasing, preparation, nutrition, food accommodations, and customer service.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Help plan and prepare well-balanced meals for approximately 50-60 campers and staff in accordance with a vegetarian sattvic diet; menus to be approved by camp director prior to camp.
  • With assistance from the Kitchen Manager, prepares adequate meal substitutions for special dietary needs including allergies, food sensitivities i.e. gluten-free, and vegans.
  • Order food before and during camp to ensure menu planning and nutritional cost-effective meals in consultation with the Camp Director.
  • Monitor food and supplies inventory, and order as needed for efficient cost-effective use.
  • Ensure daily on time delivery and service of meals for staff and campers.
  • Facilitate an occasional age appropriate “cooking class” for campers In consultation with the Camp Director.
  • Maintain clean and positive kitchen environment.
  • Maintain positive communication with all KYC and International Women’s Camp staff and participants.
  • Perform other duties as deemed necessary by the Kitchen Manager.

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KYC Night Time Sevadars

For boys and girls ages 5-8. "Mata-ji" care to help us with night/morning time routines, helping children to brush teeth and hair, braid hair, do kirtan sohila with them after CPR group. Night time sevadars will be sleeping in the same cabin with the little ones, in case they need support during night time. Night time sevadars will be free after the children's guide comes in the morning for wake up. 

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KYC Guide

Goal:
Khalsa Youth Camp Guides provide for the health, safety, and general well-being for children under their care Guides need to be aware and responsive to the children’s emotional needs for connection and acceptance, and help children to cultivate a relationship with their spiritual identity through clear guidance and inspiration.

Duties:
The camp guides are the key to KYC’s success. Our policies, procedures, and routines are congruent with Yogi Bhajan’s teachings on raising children.

  1. Wake the campers in the morning and up put them to bed at night, facilitating bathing, dressing, and organization of their personal belongings.
  2. Bring campers to (and participating in) morning Sadhana and Gurdwara on time and to all meals and classes (if scheduled).
  3. Help facilitate evening Circle of Power and Respect (CPR). Campers will be supervised during these times.Responsible for knowing where each child is at all times and what they are doing.
  4. Assist the program area teachers with camper engagement during class time.  Gracefully communicate to teachers any suggestions or ideas for improving classes.
  5. Supervise and/or conduct “family” free time activities.
  6. Communicate to Camp Director or other administrative support staff any behavior or health problems.
  7. Responsible to attend camp meetings unless arranged otherwise with administrative staff.

Overreaching Goal:

To maintain a positive mental attitude throughout the weeks of camp and to have fun!

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KYC Junior Guide

Goal:
Junior guides support guides in maintaining a safe, healthy, and uplifting environment for all children in their assigned missal (family).

Duties:
The Junior Guides (ages 13 to 15) are guides in training and participate in camp activities.  Junior Guides report directly to the Jethadar and are responsible for aiding in the supervision of campers.They are asked to work a few hours each day to assist with essential child care and movement management needs.

  1. Assist in waking children up in the morning and preparing for showers and sadhana.
  2. Sit and participate with children during Gurdwara.
  3. Assist during breakfast, Seva, and/or Marching.
  4. Do head-counts of campers throughout the day.
  5. Assist teacher with one morning class.
  6. Assist during afternoon free and dinner times.
  7. Assist during preparation for bedtime.

Junior Guides are expected to participate in morning sadhana.

These basic duties may be changed on an individual basis according to missal and camp needs.

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KYC Outdoor Skills Director

Goal:

The KYC Outdoor Skills Director encourages a love and appreciation for the mountain desert environment of Ram Das Puri. He/she develops and delivers an outdoor skills program that is appropriate for the age and ability of the campers and that utilizes the natural environment and the value of minimum impact camping.  

He/she has an understanding that children learn best by engaging in hands-on learning experiences. The process of doing is as important as the product in a child’s development. Children need to explore, create, and solve problems.

Duties:

  1. Establish and maintain a safe and healthy learning environment.
  2. Support social and emotional development of campers and provide positive guidance.
  3. Ensure a well-run, purposeful program responsive to campers needs.
  4. Design lessons that meet camp outcomes and the abilities of the campers, and that encompass skills in safety in the outdoors, nature exploration, fire building, outdoor cooking, and other camp craft skills.
  5. Design and deliver outdoor skills activities that ensure production of varied projects for each camper.
  6. Evaluate the success of the outdoor skills program.
  7. Support guide duties in the evening when deemed necessary by camp administration.

Overreaching Goal:

To maintain a positive mental attitude throughout the weeks of camp and to have fun!

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KYC Martial Arts Teacher

Goal:  

The KYC Martial Arts Program is a fun, challenging and dynamic first step to becoming peaceful and loving no matter what. The Martial Arts program builds self-confidence and self-esteem, and integrates their mind, body and spirit. They will have an experience which shows them the connection between yoga, meditation, and positive human interactions. These skills can be incorporated into all areas of life.  

Qualifications:

The instructor for this position must have a demonstrated record of teaching children ages 7-12. He or she must be a certified black belt or other certified senior instructor. The qualifications for a martial arts instructor vary depending on the discipline. Some teaching certification must be presented from another licensed or certified instructor of the system in order to qualify for this position.

The instructor must possess and be able to demonstrate the skills that he or she is attempting to teach to others. The instructor must be a well-versed and proficient practitioner, possess patience and excellent communication skills, work with others in a camp/team setting, and be organized.

Duties:

As a martial arts instructor, he/she is responsible for planning class content and structure, designing games, performing warm ups, and demonstrating techniques from the system being taught. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation and stories from Sikh history can be woven in throughout the class to give students a greater sense of what they are doing and how it relates to the KYC camp experience as a whole.

The instructor is also responsible for crafting and delivering a martial arts demonstration for the All Camp Parents program which typically takes place at the conclusion of camp. When appropriate, the Martial Arts instructor may be asked to assume additional camp roles to help KYC run smoothly.

Overreaching Goal:

To uplift the children - help them to feel inner strength, to have the skills to be present during hard emotions, and to have fun!

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