Summer Camp Assistant

Join the fun of Adler Summer Camps!

Big picture

Adler Planetarium Summer Camp Assistant Volunteer

Looking for a meaningful way to spend your summer months? Become an Adler Summer Camp Assistant! In this fun and active volunteer role, teens will assist senior camp staff, instructors, and camp counselors with operations of the Adler Planetarium's summer camps. You will help children between the ages of 3 and 16 learn and explore science topics through a variety of hands-on experiments and activities.

We look to Summer Camp Assistant volunteers to:

● Work with Summer Camp Instructor and Counselor(s) to implement a successful camp schedule by helping campers navigate the museum and lunch breaks.

● Ensure that camp supplies are replenished whenever needed


● Help campers complete fun, educational activities by encouraging participation in activities as needed, and providing individualized attention to campers who need help.


● Assist in camp drop off and pick up procedure. This includes playing games with campers or helping with morning registration.


● Set up and breakdown camp materials and activities. This includes organizing craft and demonstration materials, passing out materials, collecting projects, making photocopies, putting all materials away, etc.


● If available, assist with pre-camp preparations, such as creating name badges, organizing t-shirts, and gathering craft materials

Interested? Here’s what we look for:

● Must be at least 16 years old.


● Must have experience working with children or camp groups.


● Able to coach and/or work well with children.


● Must be responsible, dependable, flexible, patient, and energetic.


● High energy, able to move through museum and outdoor spaces through a busy day


● Strong interest in astronomy, earth science, technology, engineering, or education and a desire to learn more!

Schedule:

Training will consist of:

Attendance at a Summer Camp Training Day.


We ask volunteers in this position to:

● Be available for the full camp day (8am-3:45pm Monday-Friday, unless otherwise noted).

Commit to at least 1 entire camp’s schedule . (see below) Preference will be given to candidates available for multiple camps.

Camp Descriptions & Dates:

Astro Camps (half-day)

Working with campers in pre-k through 1st grade.

Staff hours: 8:00am - 12:00pm, M-F

Need: 2 teens


June 17-21

June 24-28

July 8-12

July 15-19



Astro Camps

Working with campers in Grades 1st - 4th.

Staff hours: 8:00am - 3:45pm, M-F

Need: 2 teens


June 17-21

June 24-28

Optional opportunity W-F 8:30am - 3:00pm during Summer Worlds Tour- July 8- August 2. 1 teen needed.



Astro-botics and Skyshow

Working with campers in Grades 4th - 8th.

Staff hours: 8:00am - 3:45pm, M-F

Need: 1 teen


June 17-21

June 24-28

July 8-12

July 15-19

July 22-26

July 29 - August 2



Mission Near Space

Working with campers in Grades 6th - 10th

Staff hours: 8:00am - 3:45pm, M-F

*** There is one extended day per week. It is weather dependent, but usually falls on Thursday. Hours on the extended day will be 7:45am - as late as 6:15pm. This will involve traveling off-site, possibly out of state in a van driven by Adler staff.


June 17-21

June 24-28

July 8-12