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Brooklyn Botanic Garden, May 2013
Meet Erin Shaw, BCAP Director
Erin Shaw is responsible for coordinating all aspects of BCAP's educational programming, including BCAP Summer Camp and BCAP After School. Erin received her MA in Educational Leadership from Lesley University, and her BA in Education and Studio Art from American University, along with a K-12 teacher certification. Erin has been working with kids and youth-serving organizations for over ten years, including: three years as a museum educator at the Carnegie Museum of Art; nonprofit roles as Creative Arts Coordinator, Community Youth Leadership Program Director, and Youth Development Specialist; numerous years as a teacher of art, dance, yoga, and gymnastics; and a year of service with AmeriCorps. Erin specializes in holistic youth development through community engagement in the arts and culture, and youth program management. She is thrilled to be leading the BCAP team.
BCAP Planning Committee
Each member of the BCAP Planning Committee is an experienced educator with expertise in hands-on learning in the fields of art, literacy, life science, history, and cultural studies. Every year, they work together to create a new thematic, multidisciplinary curriculum that takes advantage of the vast resources available through their institutions, providing BCAP Adventures a one-of-a-kind, fun-filled learning experience. Click here for more information on the BCAP Curriculum.
"Thank you for a wonderful two weeks for all our kids. The program is great but it's your staff that makes BCAP amazing. BRAVO to Brian and the company. Thanks!" -BCAP Parent
"Counselors were fantastic with the kids, which is the most important aspect for us. Thank You!"
"My favorite thing about BCAP was the counselors."
We Hire the Best!
Each year, BCAP Summer Camp hires mature, energetic, and experienced counselors from an array of professional backgrounds including visual arts, dance, education, farming, theater, and science. The program also benefits from having former campers return to BCAP Summer Camp as counselors, helping us continue our tradition of fun, learning and friendship.
Camp Staff Structure
Each group of BCAP Adventures is lead by a team of highly qualified BCAP Staff members. This includes one Head Counselor, two Group Counselors and at least one BCAP Intern. Activities at each institution are lead by one or more members, of their educational staff. In addition, groups are often accompanied by either the Camp Director or Assistant Camp Director. Through this structure, BCAP ensure that the staff to camper ratio remains 5:1 at all times.
High Standards for Camp Counselors
BCAP's high standards for staff members start with our age and experience requirements. Group Counselors must be at least 18 years old and have completed their senior year of high school. Head Counselors must be 21 years old, and have completed at least 2 years of college.
Candidates for the Group Counselor position must exhibit a capacity for leadership, including problem-solving skills, positive and effective communication and an ability to uphold high expectations. They must display an ability to serve as positive role models, set firm boundaries, exercise patience and see things from a child's perspective. We look for individuals that exude the same love for learning, discovery and creation that we aim to foster with our children. They must have experience with diverse populations. Finally they've got to know how to have fun!
Candidates for the Head Counselor position must possess the same qualities that Group Counselors possess. In addition, they must have prior experience teaching a group of children, either in the classroom or the Out-of-School-Time setting. They must demonstrate prior effective experience in a supervisory role. Due to these standards, our Head Counselors tend to be either experienced educators or veteran Group Counselors who have worked at BCAP Summer Camp for at least 2 years with a track record of excellent leadership.
Our Hiring and Employee Screening Process
All potential staff members must submit a current professional resume, provide three references and participate in an interview with the director. Candidates must exhibit experience with youth, an ability to work with others, high energy and motivation, and a willingness to learn and share with children while maintaining a safe environment. Upon successful completion of an interview, Heart of Brooklyn verifies references for all senior staff and conducts a search with the NYS Sex Offender Registry. (For more information on how to apply for a position as a BCAP Head Counselor, Group Counselor, Intern or CIT, please follow the link in the navigation menu on the left side of your screen labeled BCAP Career Opportunities.
Staff participates in an orientation program (approved by NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene). The Health and safety portion of staff training includes CPR training and first aid certification including treatment for severe allergic reactions and EpiPen training. Staff also learns camp-specific security procedures for each HOB institution. We prepare our counselors to foster a positive and dynamic camp culture through training in group management, team building, identifying and supporting the individual needs of each camper, disciplinary protocol. We work with our partners, the educational staff of each institution we visit, to ensure our staff is equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary for supporting camp curriculum and camper achievement.
Thank You To Our Supporters
Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program is grateful for leadership support from Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin, American Eagle Outfitters Foundation, American Ireland Fund, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Cashin Family Fund, Goldman Sachs Gives, Harry Chapin Foundation, Ingrassia Charity Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Senator Eric Adams, O. Paul Decker Memorial Foundation, Offensend Family Foundation, The Pinkerton Foundation, Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, and the generosity of individuals and member institutions. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
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