WE. ARE. HIRING. (Bum Bum Bum Bum BUMBUMBUM)

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If you read the title of this post to the cadence of:

“WE ARE FARMERS! Bum Bum Bum Bum BUMBUMBUM”

well then you just might have worked at summer camp! Or you’re just really intuitive and you probably should think about working at summer camp. Luckily for you- WE’RE HIRING!!

That’s right! It may surprise you to know that our staff does not just magically show up on the first day, excitement in their eyes and W-2’s in hand- they actually go through a whole process to work here! And we do our very best to select the most qualified applicants that also share in our values and mission.

TIC might be a good fit for you if:

  • You find joy teaching others and helping them achieve their goals,
  • You find that spending time with kids and adolescents gives you energy and brightens your day,
  • You yearn to make connections with the community and people around you, and
  • You have a passion for any of the technology or sports options offered at TIC (see positions at bottom of post). 

If you are pursuing a career working with youth, summer camp is an obvious employment choice, however camp also forces you to practice many skills that are applicable to a wide range of professions.

TIC might be a good professional option for you if:

  • You want to improve your interpersonal and communication skills,
  • You want to learn how to work with many different kinds of people with various needs,
  • You’d like to practice patience, understanding, empathy, and acts of compassion, or
  • You want to improve your time management skills, organizational skills, and experience working under pressure.

Don’t just take it from this completely anonymous narrator, though (Hi! It’s Leslie), we asked our Staff their favorite thing about working at TIC and came up with these top three things. LET THE COUNTDOWN BEGIN!!

3) A One-of-a-Kind Camp Experience! TIC has a unique format that offers not only a balance between technology and athletics, but also emphasizes self-efficacy, teamwork, and hands-on learning. We focus on both hard skills and soft skills, and we work hard to both intentionally create learning moments and take advantage of those that come up organically. Oddly, these moments are often either interspersed with, or completely during, times where you can also find a group of adults and kids flopping on the floor pretending to be beached whales or throwing cheetos at the shaving cream-covered head of a camper. TIC is the unlikely combination of complete silliness with the intense motivation to work hard and improve. It’s a place where a complex robot is built with advanced code simply for the purpose of making chocolate milk. It’s a place where a counselor with a BS in Computer Programming stands in front of 150 people and makes the joke, “What do you call a bee that is always complaining? A Grumble Bee!” Twice. It’s a place where a counselor with full-ride Football scholarship makes a home-made tin foil horn for Robot Unicorn day just to make an 8 year-old laugh. “Where kids learn by having fun!” isn’t just our slogan, it’s our every day, and there’s nothing else like it.

2) The kiddos! Our campers are a truly special bunch. TIC kiddos are intelligent, motivated, creative, and kind. Do they always know all these things about themselves? Absolutely not! And part of your job as a counselor is to help them see all the wonderful qualities they have and the amazing feats they are capable of. Being a mentor is one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have. Helping a child or teenager understand their potential and grow and accomplish their goals changes their life, and yours! It’s an empowering experience for everyone involved. Not to mention, kids are hilarious, often uninhibited, and they will always surprise you. For example, last year we asked a camper to act out the “essence of a banana” in front of the whole camp as a tie breaker (standard rules: 8th edition). He paused for about 10 seconds and just as we were about to cut it short this “ah-ha!” look came over his face. He then immediately went into a FULL SPLITS and said “Banana split!” The entire camp lost it. It was amazing. I’ve never seen that happen at an internship… just saying.

1) The staff! While the camp culture and the kids are super important, most staff said the best thing about working at TIC was their peers. Our staff has various backgrounds, specialities, and viewpoints, however we all have the same goal: to make camp the best it can be for our campers. Our staff is full of truly exceptional people with impressive intelect, incredible volunteer work, accomplished resumes, and a diverse set of passions. They are each experts in their own field and care deeply about connecting with others, sharing interests, and building strong relationships. Working with people you are friends with always makes work more enjoyable, but the relationships they build with each other end up going way beyond the 8am-4pm camp day. A lot of our staff make some of their best friends at TIC (myself included!) and it is amazing to see how they inspire, support, and motivate each other. From after camp basketball games, to going to watch the 4th of July fireworks together, to meeting someone from your same school and rooming with them the next year, to even getting MARRIED (that’s right- we have some TIC marriages), we see beautiful, valuable friendships develop all summer long. We’re not just a staff. We’re a community and a family, and we’d love for you to be a part of it.

We are still hiring for ALL POSITIONS but are starting to fill up! If you think TIC is the right fit for you,

APPLY NOW! 

Positions available: Programming, Robotics/Vex, Circuits, Filmmaking, 2D Animation, 3D Animation, Digital Photography, Digital Arts, Athletics, Drama/Athletics, Tennis/Athletics, Health Advisor, and Extended Day Supervisor.

Read Job Descriptions

RETURNING STAFF: Know a friend, coworker, or peer that might be a good fit for TIC? Help us spread the word and get a 100$ bonus for any staff we hire that you referred!

 

Announcing our Athletics Directors for 2018!

We are so proud to announce our Athletics Directors for the 2018 season! Although we are often characterized as a “Tech Camp”, the Athletics side is equally important to our success as a program. Athletics isn’t just a great way to get some exercise and have fun, it also teaches the necessary soft skills for success! Sports can build confidence, leadership skills, communication skills, empowerment, resilience, and so much more! Our amazing Athletic Directors for 2018 definitely embody all these skills and more. Here they are!

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Jon Casey and Chad Lynch will be running the Athletics Program at TIC-Virginia! Jon has been working at TIC since 2016 and is very loved by, well, everyone! Chad is a DC Sports fanatic, so he is really, really good at handling disappointment. You may recognize him as the guy sometimes inside the Talon costume at a DC United game or as the Incredible Hulk at TIC-DC West last summer!

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Malik Watkins and Chrissy Duffy will both be returning to TIC for their 3rd summers in the Athletics program! Malik, affectionately known as “The Goat”, is known for his ability to be simultaneously silly and also a ridiculous athlete. Similarly, Chrissy (who is a teacher in the off-season!) is an amazing athlete and probably one of the friendliest people you will ever meet. Just don’t stand in front of her in knockout if you want to make it past the first round. Also, they’re best friends.

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This dream team dynamic duo will be returning to TIC-Maryland for a 2nd year as the Athletic Directors! Camille currently studies at Emory and plays Ultimate Frisbee. Jay is a teacher and has some incredibly cute dogs that would make even the most die-hard cat person falter. Camille is best known for her athleticism and positivity while Jay’s claim to fame is starting the country-music-during-lunch craze that swept TIC last summer. And also his dogs. Seriously, they are ridiculously cute.

Welcome 2018 Athletic Directors!! We can’t wait for you to start!!

Announcing our Programming Directors for 2018!

We are very excited to introduce our Programming Directors for 2018! Our Programming Directors don’t just oversee our Programming program, they also oversee our Robotics rooms and Circuitry circuses (circi?)(nah.)

All our Programming Directors are computer science experts! When something is not working properly, they are able to come up with solutions beyond ctrl+alt+del, which in my opinion makes them equivalent to super heroes. Let’s find out a little more about them!

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Deirbhile “Derv” Larkin is returning to her position as Programming Director for a 2nd year! She comes to TIC-DC all the way from Ireland, bringing her passion for programming as well as an affinity for pranks. Each morning when taking attendance Derv asks each programming camper the “question of the day.” She listens intently to each answer because she knows everything is not #000000 or #FFFFFF.

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Jonathan Gelman will be joining us as a Programming Director for TIC-Maryland this summer!  He is known for being witty and having a zealousness for circuitry. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys fishing, although he admits that he cannot always get them to byte.

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Ben Young has been around TIC for many years, but is joining us as a Programming Director for this first time this year! Besides being a computer whiz, Ben also enjoys rowing crew and got 2nd place as the hide-n-seek world championships! First place went to ;

Since Programming requires so much expertise, we feel very lucky to have these Director’s on our team. We can’t wait to get these folks on-site and making our coding programs the best they can be! Remember friends: There’s 10 kinds of people in the world. Those that understand binary, and those who don’t.

TIC attends National Camp Conference!

When you think “Summer camp” you probably don’t think of words like “conference”, “professional development”, or “expert in their field”. That is probably because summer camp is fun and all those other words would sound super weird if you inserted them into a camp cheer. (“1, 2 Conference for you! 3,4 career growth some more!!”) The truth is, however, that although the reputation of camp is that it’s all about being silly, there is a ton of intentionality and learning behind our seemingly relaxed atmosphere.

TIC’s year-round team attends 3-5 conferences or professional development events during the off-season in order to keep up with the cutting edge research in the camp industry (yes, this is a thing- stay with me) and to continuously increase our knowledge in subjects that are important to us and our staff. This past week, Emily and our 3 Site Directors traveled to Orlando, Florida for the National Camp Conference run by the American Camp Association. We focused on new ideas for staff training, cultural competency, leadership training for campers, and understanding and working more effectively with campers with special needs. We also saw 3 keynote speakers, our favorite of which was Dan Heath who wrote “The Power of Moments” (he then proceeded to pull an Oprah and gave a free copy of his book to everyone at the conference!) (Thanks Dan!!) It was an amazing experience, but we are far from being done with our off-season education. In a few weeks we will attend the Tri-State Camp Conference in Atlantic City, then the Chesapeake Conference in Maryland (where we are also presenting!), and then Camp Con in early June in Northern Virginia (which all TIC staff are encouraged to attend!)

So why do we do all this? Because we apply the same values to ourselves as we do to our campers. You can always learn more, you can always improve, and you can always challenge yourself and your way of thinking. Kids are constantly changing, language is constantly evolving, and we are constantly understanding more and more about the best way to help others grow.

We can’t wait to apply everything we’ve learned so far to the 2018 camp season and make it our best summer yet!! Only 112 more days til camp!

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PS- Here’s a photo of us! The balloon represents our brains, which have been inflated with knowledge.

2018’s Leadership & Training Directors!!

TIC’s Leadership & Training Director (or LTD) is an elusive being that roams the campus doing basically everything you didn’t know needed to happen to make each and every day of camp epic. Many people ask, “but what does the Leadership & Training director DO?!?!?!” Well, that is a difficult question because the answer is essentially: everything. Attendance? Yep. Activity Planning? Yep. Being the Site Director’s best friend and confidant? You betcha! In fact, the Leadership & Training Director is pretty much the best friend and confidant of everyone on staff. They are the dependable glue that holds camp together if camp were, in fact, held together by glue. It’s not (because of the humidity), but you get the idea.

Probably the most essential job of the Leadership & Training Director, however, is training people on leadership. This extends to our staff, but is mostly all about our older campers. The LTD oversees all 3 of our leadership programs for teens, from the Leadership Training Program for rising 9th graders, to the more intense Counselor-in-Training Program for rising 10th graders, on to supervising our 11th & 12th grade Staff Assistants who are well on their way to becoming full fledged counselors. The Leadership Training Director teaches a specialized curriculum of these skills at no extra charge to our awesome participants (and in exchange gets to learn what is cool and hip with teenagers these days) (pretty sweet deal if you ask me) (which you can- on “the snapchats”) (see???)

This year we have 3 AMAZING Leadership Training Directors and there’s still time to sign up to gain insightful leadership training from their large and experienced brains! Click here for more information about our Leadership Programs for enrolled campers! The application deadline is April 15th!

Now, let’s meet the LTDs!

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Roshni has been at TIC literally forever and will be joining TIC-DC for her second year as a LTD! She studied at George Washington University and is a Spongebob Squarepants enthusiast.

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Christian is himself a product of TIC’s Leadership Training Programs and has now fortuitously risen to lead them for the first time. He studies at RIT and is an absolute beast at Rocket League.

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Colin has perfected the art of being the LTD for many years at our TIC-Virginia location. He studied at University of Pittsburgh and is now a 6th grade science teacher in Arlington, VA, although he does dabble in chemistry…PERIODICALLY.

If you have any questions about our Leadership Programs, please email [email protected]

Announcing Site Directors for Summer 2018!

We are very excited to announce the Site Directors for 2018! Here are some of their favorite quotes and a little more information about them:

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TIC-Virginia is proud to welcome back Joe Anderson! Joe is a long-time director for TIC and specializes in making people laugh and feel at home. He is excited to get back in the mix of camp and spend his summer back with his best buddies! During the off-season, Joe is an Elementary School teacher in Arlington, VA.

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Returning to TIC-Maryland for a 2nd summer in a row is Daniel Morais! Dan is almost as excited about the World Cup as he is about the 2018 camp season! He can’t wait to reconnect with all the staff and campers at TIC-MD. During the off-season, Dan coaches soccer and is TIC’s Program Director and one-man HR Department.

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After 2 summers at DC-West, Leslie Keller will return to the original DC Site for Summer 2018! Leslie is pumped for a summer full of surprises and the start of our new Girls Rock Our World program! During the off-season, Leslie is TIC’s Communications Director and an Ultimate Frisbee Coach.

2017 Summer T-Shirt Design!

With only 7 weeks until summer starts, we are pleased to announce the 2017 TIC T-shirt design! This past summer, campers and counselors submitted designs to our year-round team. After a thorough and exhaustive review process including many sleepless nights of debate, we finally reached a quorum. Behold, Raleigh and Callista’s  camper created 2017 T-shirt design coming to a TIC Site near you!

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3 Reasons to send your child to a STEM Camp

Stop me if you have heard this before: “Technology is the future.” All of us have, and when it comes to preparing our kids for tomorrow, we all want them to have all the tools needed to succeed. During the school year, kids are so busy they barely get time to relax and just have some fun. Enter summer. We assume summer is a time to let them relax and clear their schedule, but what if there was a way to continue their learning WHILE allowing them to relax and unwind from a busy year? You guessed it, there is. STEM Day Camp. Here are 3 reasons to send your child to a STEM camp this summer:

 

dsc_02281. Develop Social Skills

Regardless of what type of camp your child attends this summer, it really just matters that he or she attends CAMP. Camp is so important in developing trust, responsibility, social skills, teamwork, and respect amongst kids. I know you have heard it before; kids are spending more time in a virtual world rather than out meeting people face to face. Why not send them to a place where the virtual world does not exist? Or rather it does exist, but only through actual real life interactions with their friends. At a STEM camp, campers work together to create something unique and entirely camper driven. There are no presets, no online walk-through to guide them. There is only the real life interaction between peers that helps develop confidence and social skills for life.

 

 

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At school, kids are confined to the curriculum and rarely allowed the opportunity to be creative and express their interests. The exact opposite is true at camp! At camp, nobody tells a child exactly what they should be doing every second of the day. Rather, the kids tell themselves what they want to be doing. They are provided the opportunity (and trust) to captain their own ship and pursue their own interests. This is such a rarity in today’s world, especially at such a young age. Most people follow the blueprint of school, college, maybe more school, job, career, etc. All along the way, they are constantly following directions and working for somebody else (often times for someone else’s ideas). At camp, the only person kids are truly listening too is themselves. The follow their own dreams, get lost off the beaten path, and complete challenges that they set out themselves. Camp offers kids a unique opportunity to try something new and stop following directions for a change. Who knows, they may even enjoy the freedom.

 

dsc_03553. Learn a college level skill

Yes, you read that correctly. At a STEM camp, not only are kids provided the chance to be creative and socialize, but they are also learning a skill (programming, robotics, graphic design, etc.) that can help them on those college applications! Many of the STEM camps in the area teach college level skills not to mention those skills are taught by college students. When your child is finally ready to head off on their own (*GASP!) he or she will be prepared and will have already been exposed to the material that most other students will not. He or she will immediately feel at ease and comfortable in what can be a very VERY overwhelming environment. At TIC, we have had campers arrive with no prior computer experience, fall in love with programming, and leave only to end up pursuing a career in computer science. These kids came to camp for the fun, creativity, socialization, and freedom, and left with the knowledge and skills required to succeed later in life. Oh, and they also had some fun on the way.

 

Whether you choose TIC or not, we hope you at the very least make the choice to send your kid(s) to camp. There is so much to be gained and I promise you, they will thank you for it down the line. STEM camps offer kids the traditional camp experience (and benefits), while at the same time allowing them learn a useful skill in a great environment. We hope to see you at camp this summer! Happy camping!

Thinking About Projects Year – Round!

Written by former Technology Director Nola E.! If you would like to be a featured blogger, email [email protected]

Living in New Hampshire and watching the snow pile higher and higher has really made me miss the sunny summers at TIC! While shoveling snow for the millionth time, I started thinking about how great it would be to have a robot to do this for me. A quick search online showed me that such a thing does exist and can also clean up leaves in the fall!

This neat little robot reminded me of some of the amazing projects I saw when I entered the robotics room at TIC. While we don’t have to deal with shoveling snow during the summer, there are problems that need innovative solutions, regardless of what season it is! When I searched a little more, I discovered another fascinating robot that does its work during the summer! This robot provides a new and interesting way to make art at the beach by drawing intricate patterns and portraits in the sand.

Seeing a winter themed robot as well as a summer themed robot reminded me of how important it is to be thinking creatively year-round. No matter what tech option you’re in, you’ll be able to express yourself creatively, using the inspiration all around you! So even though camp is several months away, it’s never too early to start brainstorming projects to do with your fellow campers!