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The Mindful Camp by The Open Centre

The Mindful Camp has been hosting fun, enriching and safe multi-activity camp experiences for thousands of happy campers ages 6 to 12 since 2013. Our wholistic approach to child development supports their break away from academics and screens; giving them the environment to connect with nature and new friends in a memorable week together. We believe in empowering our children to grow and thrive as confident, compassionate and responsible leaders. Using Mindfulness and Social-emotional Learning as a framework, The Mindful Camp works to provide a nurturing space to nourish each child in their heart, body and mind; in turn allowing imagination and joy to reign free for learning and growth.

 

Our motto: Mindful leaders, Happy campers

 

Open Positions

Please email info@theopencentre.com.sg with your resume, stating the position you are applying for, and how you align with the nature of the job. 


CAMP LEADER, The Mindful Camp

Job title: Camp Leader 

Reports to: Director

Contract: Permanent Part-time, with commitment to camp weeks

Based:  On-site at The Open Centre (camp prep and camp running); with some hours working from home (administrative duties) 

Apply by:  October 2nd, 2020

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 

This ​portion illustrates what the role entails. We are in search of an enthusiastic and committed new member to our team who is comfortable leading while being open to collaboration.

We are in search of a nurturing mentor to our Mindful Campers; a patient, compassionate and adaptable adult who can not only empathise with our young ones but also provide them perspective at the same time.

Administration and Camp Preparation

  • Working with the team in designing a programme of new experiences for children
  • Organising and planning the agenda for each camp season
  • Coordination with vendors and service providers for each camp week
  • Assisting the management of customer enquiries, including aligning requests to availability
  • Keeping updated with developments of child-care and safety, education and new activities to serve the camp’s vision and mission
  • Training new facilitators for each camp season

Camp Running

  • Management of relevant information and concerns provided by the parent of each camper
  • Leading a team of facilitators in child supervision and bonding
  • Leading a team of facilitators in equipment and space management and maintenance
  • Planning and overseeing a schedule of activities
  • Guiding and supervising children in a range of activities, including swimming, cycling, hiking, and other varied sports (you should be physically fit and preferably skilled in a range of activities exampled above to guide and bond during activities)
  • Ability to conduct a programme (e.g., teaching an activity in the arts, sports and/or a craft)
  • Ensuring the safety and well-being of campers
  • Ensuring the safety and conduct of facilitators
  • Conducting and/or instructing safety and emergency procedures and guidelines.
  • Working one-on-one with campers

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Diploma/Degree or equivalent (required)
  • Computer skills, Google Suite and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel)
  • Associate’s degree, or two (2) years or more of full-time college coursework equivalent (preferred)
  • Previous experience as a counselor-in-training, teacher, child care, or related field (preferred)
  • Training in First Aid and CPR (preferred)
  • Qualifications in Outdoor and Adventure (preferred)

DESIRED TRAITS

  • Ability to multitask, prioritize, and manage time efficiently
  • Resourceful and versatile in taking up new tasks
  • Encouraging to campers and patient when instructing
  • Ability to serve as a positive role model and mentor
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Comfortable in a team-player role
  • Creative and innovative thinker and planner
  • Strict adherence to camp philosophy, standards, and goals.

BENEFITS

Salary

Negotiable, competitive, plus annual bonus

Training

  • 1-Week Camp Facilitators training in preparation and prior to the start of each camp season
  • 4-week in-camp training period to learn the ropes of facilitation, as well as running the camp as a leader
  • Following a 4-week probationary period of running a camp team
  • You may complete a mindfulness-based training at your own time in the duration of serving this role
  • You may complete an educational or child-care related course in the duration of serving this role

What you may gain from the role:

  • Experience in programme instruction (conducting in a class of up to 20 children)
  • Experience in child-care (well-being and safety)
  • Training in Mindfulness and better social-emotional skills

CAMP FACILITATOR, The Mindful Camp

Job title: Camp Facilitator 

Reports to: Director; Running Camp Leader

Contract: Weekly Basis; Oct-Dec 2020 Camp Season (availability to commit to subsequent seasons would be preferred)

Based:  On-site at The Open Centre (camp prep and camp running)

Apply by:  October 2nd, 2020

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 

This ​portion illustrates what the role entails. We are in search of a new member to our team who is an energetic and driven team player.

We are in search of a nurturing mentor to our Mindful Campers; a patient, compassionate and adaptable adult who can not only empathise with our young ones but also provide them perspective at the same time.

  • Ensuring the safety and well-being of campers
  • Guiding and supervising children in day-to-day tasks and camp activities, including meals, cleanup and encouraging participation
  • Guiding and supervising children in a range of activities, including swimming, cycling, hiking, and other varied sports (you should be physically fit and preferably skilled in a range of activities exampled above to guide and bond during activities)
  • Conducting a programme each week (e.g., teaching an activity in the arts, sports and/or a craft)
  • Encouraging and supporting the campers in challenging tasks (e.g., learning a new craft)
  • Setting up and ensuring recreation equipment is secure and stored properly
  • Supporting the team in the preparation and cleanup of each activity, ensuring the smooth transition of campers
  • Following safety and emergency procedures and guidelines.​

REQUIREMENTS

  • 21 years old and above
  • Diploma/Degree (required; related fields preferred)
  • Previous experience working with children (teaching, coaching or training capacities preferred)
  • Final Year University Students are welcome ​
  • Ability to commit during Camp Seasons (preferred)

DESIRED TRAITS

  • Caring and passionate about working with children
  • Enthusiastic, positive, energetic, fun-loving
  • Team player with the desire to learn and lead
  • High level of responsibility and accountability
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Resourceful and versatile in taking on new tasks

BENEFITS

Salary

Competitive, on a weekly basis

Training

  • 1-Week Camp Facilitators training in preparation and prior to the start of each camp season. 

What you may gain from the role:

  • Experience in programme instruction (conducting in a class of up to 20 children)
  • Experience in child-care (well-being and safety)
  • Training in Mindfulness and better social-emotional skills

Please email info@theopencentre.com.sg with your resume, stating the position you are applying for, and how you align with the nature of the job. 

THE GREATER GOOD CAMP

NEW! We are excited to launch a special themed camp – The Greater Good Camp during this Mar/Apr school holidays!

A mindfulness camp centred on cultivating important values of empathy, responsibility, true connection and shared belonging in our children; to realise the power of an individual in a global community. Through this experience, we hope to empower our children to celebrate both their individual uniqueness and embrace a collective approach to living, positively adding to the greater good in the world.

Besides our usual popular camp activities, others that encourage the sharing of collective success and challenges include:

  • Communal art
  • Collective games
  • Mindfulness for self and beyond

DETAILS:

@ The Open Centre

Dates & Times:

  • 12th Mar – 16th Mar 2018, 9am to 4.30pm daily
  • 2nd Apr – 6th Apr 2018, 9am to 4.30pm daily

Fee: S$680 

REGISTER NOW!

For Returning Campers / Siblings, REGISTER HERE

The Giving Project

 

The Giving Project is a charity project created by The Open Centre. Its main goal is to facilitate creative opportunities for children to learn how they can provide supportive resources for individuals living with challenges.

For 2017/2018, The Giving Project will be running an art assignment to help raise funds for Touch*A*Life.  Touch*A*Life is an organisation based in Siem Reap, Cambodia, who provides free healthy lunches for children from families whose household income lies below the national’s poverty line. 

To find out more about the organisation and its mission, please visit: http://www.touchalife.org.my

For this art assignment to take shape, we wish to invite your child:

1)  to come by our studio to create a drawing (theme will be provided). A gathering of children’s artworks will serve as a pattern for a fabric product (kitchen towel – see sample below), that will aid in the fund-raising process.

2)  Prior to the art-making, we will be sharing the works of Touch*A*Life, the steps with which the organisation is taking to assist children from disadvantaged families, and what your child can do to help others.  

To participate in this project, a purchase of a minimum of 2 kitchen towels @ $15 each (great gift idea for Christmas!) is required.
 
Please choose one of the timings below and inform us by emailing us at info@theopencentre.com.sg 

1) 14 & 15 October, 10 – 10 45am

2) 21 & 22 October, 10 – 10 45am

Four Lessons from “Inside Out” to Discuss With Your Child

5-new-inside-out-characters-posters-meet-joy-disgust-fear-sadness-and-angerIn the movie “Inside Out”, there are many meaningful lessons embedded within which are very relevant and align with the Social & Emotional learning and Mindfulness practices that the children have learned in our programmes:

– It’s normal to feel a myriad of emotions, and that all emotions are OK.

-To be mindful and aware of our emotions; and not judge ourselves too harshly based on the emotions felt in any given situation.

A fun and meaningful movie that will artfully open the door to conversation about emotions with your child!

Click here to read on four lessons from Inside Out that you can discuss with your child.

Enjoy!

Chinese New Year Visit: Bright Hill Evergreen

The Open Centre will be organizing a visit to Bright Hill Evergreen Home this Chinese New Year.

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Resilience and Mindfulness Programme

The Open Centre offers a 10-session 
Resilience & Mindfulness programme based on Social and Emotional Learning and Mindfulness courses, adapted specially to suit 
our local children’s needs.

Using striking visuals, film clips and activities, we present these life skills to children in a fun and engaging way.

The Director of The Open Centre, Dawn Sim is a member of a SEL & Mindfulness in Education community led by Linda Lantieri, an internationally renowned expert on Social Emotional Learning, and one of the founding board members of CASEL and Daniel Rechtschaffen,  author of The Way of Mindful Education and creator of several mindfulness curriculum

The integration of Mindfulness practice into Social Emotional Learning (SEL) helps students pay closer attention to their inner lives and cultivate skills that foster calm and resilience. The integration of Mindfulness practice into Social Emotional Learning (SEL) helps students pay closer attention to their inner lives and cultivate skills that foster calm and resilience. Integrating SEL and mindfulness can help nurture a child to become more holistic and resilient.

Click here to know more about our Resilience and Mindfulness Programme!

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5 Day Resilience & Mindfulness Camp 2014

We have just completed 3 runs of our Resilience & Mindfulness Camp this November/December holiday.

The children spent about 2 – 3 hours of classroom time each day where they engaged in experiential learning with lots of activities and group sharing. Some of the skills they took away from this camp were – Breathing techniques, effective listening, relationship skills (maintaining healthy relationship based on cooperation and resolving personal conflicts), perspective taking, gratitude as well as how the brain processes information and is biologically wired to react under stress.

They also took part in other activities such as horse riding, kids yoga, creative arts, and Brazilian Capoeira & drumming. 

We hope all the children had fun during the camp, as the facilitators sure had a wonderful time interacting and learning with them!

We look forward to our next camp in June 2015!

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.b Mindfulness in Schools Project

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The Open Centre is excited to bring you .b,  a mindfulness program for youth.  We deliver .in private groups, schools and organisations.

Mindfulness practice is a way of paying attention to, and seeing clearly whatever is happening in our lives. This helps us to respond to life in a calmer manner, cultivating clarity, insight and understanding. Practicing mindfulness allow us to be fully present in our life and work, and improve our quality of life.

.b is a mindfulness program that is carefully crafted by experienced classroom teachers and mindfulness practitioners. It is suited for a wide range of contexts and age ranges, including adults. It is taught using striking visuals, film clips and activities that bring mindfulness to life without losing the expertise and integrity of mindfulness teaching.

At the most simple level, .b is an awareness-raising exercise to give all individuals a taste of mindfulness so that they know about it and can return to it later in life if they choose to do so.

However for many people, the course can lead to immediate and striking results including, feeling happier, calmer and more fulfilled, getting along better with others, able to concentrate and learn better, and being able to cope with stress and anxiety more efficiently.

Click here to know more about .b program