Counselors live in the tzrif (cabin), a dorm-style building, in the same hallways as the campers. Most counselors will have their own bedrooms. There are coin laundry facilities in the building and space to store personal items. Some program staff will also live in their own rooms in the tzrif . Senior staff will live in apartment-style housing on campus with private bedrooms and shared bathrooms / living space.
Our staff is made of college students, educators, and people looking for a new summer experience. Our staff come from all over the United States (and beyond) with the common goal of giving campers the most fun and gratifying experience ever! Jewish, Jewish-adjacent, queer, straight, people of color, folks who’ve spent every summer of their life at camp, and total newbies. What’s important to us is a positive attitude, the ability to lead campers, and a strong desire to work in an intensive arts and Jewish environment.
Scripps College offers a high-quality dining experience using locally sourced, organic ingredients whenever possible. Great tasting, authentic, and nutritious food is made from scratch, using fresh seasonal ingredients. And they take their role in the community seriously, striving to make socially responsible purchasing decisions. We serve a mostly vegetarian menu, with Kosher meat offered a few times throughout each session; while the kitchen at Scripps is not certified Kosher, all of our meals are kosher by ingredient. Our staff works closely with the food services team to ensure we meet a variety of dietary needs, including vegan, lactose free, gluten free, and other allergy-sensitive options. The food service facilities at Scripps are nut-sensitive and our program is completely nut-free. Have specific allergies or needs? Just let us know!
All staff will have time off every day to rest, make phone calls, go to the campus gym, or hang out in the staff lounge. Additionally, counselors receive three full days off during the summer, teaching artists will be off the full Monday of each session, and senior staff will determine three days off in consultation with the camp directors.
In general, staff members are paid in two installments — one near the middle of the summer and the other upon completion of the summer season.
Here are tentative dates for Summer 2020:
|6/4/20 (Thur)||Teaching Artists & Leadership Team arrives|
|6/7/20 (Sun)||All staff arrives!|
|6/15/20 (Mon)||Opening Day|
|7/26/20 (Sun)||Closing Day & Staff Party|
|7/27/20 (Mon)||Staff departs|
|7/28/20 (Tues)||Teaching Artists & Leadership Team departs|
We’re located on campus at Scripps College in Claremont, CA — about an hour drive from LAX and a 20-minute drive from the Ontario, CA airport. Learn more about our summer home!
Havaya Arts is a truly extraordinary place—you will feel part of something bigger than yourself, help make camp such an incredible place for our campers.