Bay Cliff Health Camp

Address: 

N4175 Baycliff Dr.
Big Bay , MI 49808
Michigan

Site Housing: 
The service organization will house and feed the student(s). A counselor position must be on-site. Each student will have semi-private lodging for personal space. All counselors will sleep in-cabin with campers during work days.

Gender Requirement: 
Either Gender

Driver's License Required: 
License Not Required

Student Minimum Age: 
18

Language Requirement: 
Not Required

Transportation: 
The student will live on site or close enough to walk

Site Dates: 
Camp Session is June 11/12 through August 8, 2022

Social Issues: 
Disabilities
Overnight Camps

Bay Cliff Health Camp

Status: 
Open

Site Description: 

Bay Cliff is a very special place. It is a two-month therapy camp serving children (ages 3-17) through physical, occupational, and speech therapies. We work closely with the children to help them learn ways to be more independent. A summer at camp gives many of them the opportunity to participate in activities that they otherwise might not be able to do. Each summer, approximately 160 children are referred to Bay Cliff for the opportunity to receive physical therapy, occupational therapy, and/or speech therapy. They come for therapy and leave with new skills and friendships. Bay Cliff has a team of 130 staff members during the summer program. No matter the role, each staff member has the opportunity to make a positive impact on a child and help as they grow towards independence. The staff is responsible for the well-being of each child, assisting them with their care and helping them participate in their daily schedule of therapy sessions and other camp events & activities. Bay Cliff is located in Big Bay, Michigan, on beautiful Lake Superior about 28 miles northwest of Marquette, MI.

Student Responsibilities:
You may apply to be a cabin counselor, activities staff member, or (if certified) a lifeguard.

Counselors have the 24-7 responsibility of caring for the children under their supervision, providing for their safety, and engaging them in camp activities. As a counselor, you are like a mom or dad for the summer! With that comes the need for being more than just a friend to the children. You need to be their leader. That requires planning, organization, and good time management skills. It requires that you encourage them to meet their therapy goals while navigating the behavioral barriers that get in the way of their new learning. You will be an extended member of the therapy team which means working closely with your campers' therapists to ensure the carryover of therapy goals - always helping them to achieve more personal independence in activities of daily living. After you get to know your campers and the areas in which they could grow, you will help them set and work towards non-therapy goals as well as social skills, behavior, time management, personal responsibility, etc. It requires a great deal of self-sacrificing time and energy, but the return on that investment is beyond measure!

Lifeguards must hold current certification and have the responsibility for camper and staff safety and education in all water-related activities. You implement safe water activities with the campers and for staff, engaging them in learning and good fun, but always with safety first and foremost.


Bernadette Widjaja (bwidjaja@nd.edu )
Christopher Myers (cmyers24@nd.edu )

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