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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 Gift of Disappointment

The Gift of Disappointment

Millions of children around the world are currently facing cancelled plans for vacations, graduations, sports competitions, performance and parties. Instead, they are given stay-at-home orders – with little or no socialising with friends. It feels horrible when something we’d been looking forward to doesn’t come to fruition.

This feeling is called disappointment.

We have all experienced being let down, from the grocery store running out of our favourite ice cream flavour, to a friend who failed to be there when we most needed.  While it doesn’t feel good, we know that situations not turning out as expected is a natural and expected part of life.

However, in this everyone-gets-a-trophy generation and where parents – with their best intentions, “snowplow” their children’s futures, clearing any possible obstacles so they don’t have to encounter disappointment and failure, can rob them of the opportunity to learn some of life most important lessons.

We may not be able to always control external events and we cannot prevent adversities of life, but we can certainly CHOOSE how to properly respond to it. We can control how we think about such events, and that we always have a choice to respond by reflecting how to cope with the presented problems.

In fact, without experiencing and confronting disappointment in an appropriate manner, resiliency and wisdom cannot be instilled.

Our children will experience disappointments in relationships, get passed over for a job that they really wanted, the rain when the picnic bag is packed…  Disappointment is a valuable teacher. It teaches them to evolve and adapt in ways that will serve them throughout life.

Nothing compares to the warmth of the sun on our skin after we’ve been standing in the rain, but we can only arrive here by enduring the other side. So while this pandemic is causing tremendous anxiety and disappointments,  it also presents us with an exceptional opportunity to teach our children real-life lessons that will mould their character and make them stronger.

 

 

 

 

 

Together we can get through this!

Dear campers,

More than ever, this is a time for us to stay united and support Singapore in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Please stay home. Let’s do our part in observing safe distancing. This is a great bonding time with mum and dad at home! We will be posting Youtube videos so you can still see our faces and stay connected with us 🙂

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our parents for their support and kindness during these challenging times. Please click here for our online support sessions via Zoom (parents only).

We will miss the children and look forward to having super-duper fun camps with them in the very near future.

Stay safe and stay supportive.

Love,
The Mindful Camp Team

 

The Open Centre Online Sit

Online Sit –

8th April theme : The pandemic has changed our world, it’s O.K to grieve. 

Together we can overcome.

Yes, the Coronavirus has affected every one of us. We are all struggling with loss in some way and it’s normal to feel anxious and even depressed. 

I invite you to join me for a short sit every week, to offer support to each other and calm our worries, so that we can better care for ourself and others.

This online weekly sit is offered free of charge to all –  whether you are new to meditation or have an established mindfulness practice.

Over the course of a 40-minute session, a teaching is offered, followed by meditation (the “sit,” silent or guided) and optional group sharing.

The session is held every Wednesday, 9:30pm – 10:10pm. Use the link below to register and you will receive a Zoom link via email.

*You don’t need a Zoom account to join the meeting.

Register Here

Day of Mindfulness – Silent Retreat

Day of Mindfulness –

Join like-minded individuals to sustain and deepen your mindfulness practices

Join us this Sunday, 15 March, from 10am to 4pm at the Swiss Club for a Day of Mindfulness.

This event is free and is open to all graduates of MBSR/MBCT , other 8-week Mindfulness Programs or anyone with a mindfulness practice.

Please note that this is not a workshop – participants are expected to be familiar with sitting/walking meditations.

Please bring your own lunch, yoga mat and cushion (optional).

The retreat has limited capacity and is offered free of charge as a form of generosity. Please be mindful and only register if you are ready to commit to the entire retreat. Do cancel your spot at least 48 hours before if you unable to attend.

To reserve a spot.

 

March Holidays are around the corner!

Decluttered, sanitised and alert:

We’ve got it together for Spring Camps 2020 – JOIN US!

 

We’re well into Spring of 2020 and so many has happened in the year already – it almost feels like we’ve been at it for a while! This year, our camps begin with the first holiday in March – and we would love for you to join us!

With the advent of the Coronavirus, our team has run through the steps of making sure our space is clean and maintains hygiene to accommodate our children, parents and teachers together. Our homely abode has been decluttered, after the last camp in December, to make physical space for a more figurative one in fun, creative imagination and really, peace of mind.

You know it, in short, we really Marie Kondo-ed it all and cleaned away the last piece of dust from 2019.

During this time, what we need is rest – to stay alert and carry out the advice of the right sources in the World Health Organisation and the Minitry of Health, amid misinformation.

Also, what helps build ours and our children’s immune systems is an active, healthy lifestyle. Get outdoors and under the sun, while practising good hygiene.

This is what we will be doing this March camp – practise good hygiene, stay alert and MORE OUTDOOR FUN!