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stem academy

join the STEM CAMP team!

Passionate about being hands on in the educational process? If so, we are
always looking for talented and dedicated individuals to work in our programs.

Joining The Team Is A Simple 4 Step Process...

STEP 1: REVIEW AVAILABLE ROLES. Whether you're a high school student looking to gain experience in the field or a professional seeking to share your knowledge and skills, we have a role for you! Review roles below to determine which one will be the best fit for you!

 

STEP 2: FILL OUT REQUIRED FORMS. Staff Info & Availability Form, Staff Health History Form, and W9 Form.

STEP 3: COMPLETE BACKGROUND CHECK & FINGERPRINTING. The safety of the campers is our top priority. To ensure a secure environment, all camp staff undergo a thorough background check process.

STEP 4: ATTEND PRE-CAMP TRAINING. This informative training session will cover policies and procedures, activity overviews, and more!

1. REVIEW AVAILABLE roles

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Educator (21+)

  • Guide curious minds through projects, experiments, and challenges, promoting teamwork and problem-solving skills.

  • Foster a fun and creative learning environment where exploration and discovery are encouraged.

  • Motivate and inspire curious minds to develop a love for STEM fields.

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Activity Assistant (14+)

  • Assist educators with setting up and running engaging STEM activities.

  • Provide positive reinforcement and encouragement to curious minds.

  • Contribute to a fun and collaborative atmosphere for staff and curious minds alike.

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Group Leader (21+)

  • Oversee a designated group of campers, ensuring their safety and well-being throughout the day.

  • Recognize and celebrate individual achievements and encourage participation in camp activities.

  • Identify camper concerns or issues and address them promptly or escalate to appropriate camp staff.

  • Enforce camp policies and procedures and maintain a positive and orderly environment within the group.

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Food Service Assistant (21+)

  • Assist with serving meals and snacks to curious minds and staff.

  • Maintain a clean and organized kitchen environment.

  • Ensure adherence to all food safety regulations.

  • Contribute to a positive and friendly atmosphere in the dining area.

  • Assist with other kitchen duties as needed.

2. fill out required forms

3. complete background check
and fingerprinting

To ensure the safety of our campers, our camp follows Maryland Youth Camp regulations, which require two types of background checks:

 

  1. CJIS Criminal Background Check: This comprehensive check uses the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) to search both Maryland state and FBI records. It involves fingerprinting for accurate identification.

  2. Child Protective Services (CPS) Check: This check verifies if the applicant has any history of reported child abuse or neglect. While fingerprinting is not required, you'll need to complete and notarize specific forms.

Note: If you've undergone background checks for childcare at another organization within the past year (less than 365 days), you may be able to transfer the agency affiliation to our camp through CJIS. However, any requests older than 365 days will be rejected. The transfer process requires contacting CJIS directly.

Background Check Fees will be covered by CITS.

  • Attendance
    Campers are expected to attend all scheduled camp days unless prior arrangements have been made. If a camper has conflicting schedule commitments, parents/guardians are expected to communicate this prior to the start of camp. If it is determined that a camper will not be able to fully participate in the camp, that camper’s reserved spot may be re-opened for another child who is on the waiting list and can commit to full participation.
  • Required Camper Forms
    Parents/Guardians are responsible for filling out the required camper forms prior to the start of camp: Camper Info & Policies Agreement Form (this firm includes policies for sunscreen application authorization, photos, acknowledgement of risk, and liability release. Camper Health & Medication Form (Only If Required Per Form 1) Camper Immunization Form (Only If Required Per Form 1) Camper Pickup Authorization Form The above referenced forms are in accordance with Maryland state regulations and camper participation is contingent upon the receipt of such forms.
  • Acknowledgment of Risk & Release of Liability
    Participation in steam activities inherently involves risks, including but not limited to: Physical injuries: These could include, but are not limited to, scrapes, bruises, sprains, broken bones, and other physical injuries. Illness or disease: Participants may be exposed to various illnesses or diseases at camp, including but not limited to, common colds, flu, and more serious illnesses. Accidents: Accidents can occur at any time and can involve a variety of factors beyond the control of Computer Island Technology Services LLC. Property damage: Participants are responsible for their belongings and Computer Island LLC will not be liable for any loss or damage. By signing the acknowledgement of risk and release of liability clause in the camper info & policy agreement form, the camper's parent/guardian agrees to release Computer Island Technology Services LLC, its staff, volunteers, partner and sponsors from any and all liability arising from: Injuries, illnesses, or accidents sustained by the participant while participating in camp activities. Loss or damage to the participant's personal belongings. Any other claims, demands, or causes of action arising out of the participant's participation in the camp program.
  • Drop Off & Pick Up
    We understand the importance of a smooth and efficient drop-off and pick-up experience for both campers and parents. Here's a breakdown of our procedures to ensure a safe and organized process: Drop-Off: Arrival Time: Campers should arrive between 8:50am and 9:00am each day. Arriving within this designated window allows us to begin camp activities promptly. Drop-Off Location: Please proceed to the main entrance of the building upon arrival. Look for signage or staff members to guide you. Camp Staff Sign-In: A camp staff member will greet you and your child. Please take a moment to sign your child in on the attendance sheet and communicate any relevant information. Saying Goodbye: We understand goodbyes can be tough! Briefly say goodbye to your child, and a camp staff member will ensure they are comfortable and ready to start their day's adventures. Pick-Up: Pick-Up Time: Camp dismissal is at 3:00pm. Please arrive promptly for pick. Pick-Up Process: For security purposes, only authorized individuals listed on the emergency contact form will be able to pick up your child. A staff member will verify your identity and check your child out before releasing them. Late Pick-Up: We understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise. If you are running late, please call the camp office at 443.249.8030 or the camp coordinator at 443.477.7756 as soon as possible.
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  • Photos
    Photo Release: By checking the photo release box and signing the agreement on the camper info and policy agreement form, the parent/guardian grants Computer Island Technology Services LLC the irrevocable and unrestricted right to capture and use photographs and video recordings of the camper ("Images") for online and offline promotional purposes and releases Computer Island Technology Services LLC, its staff, volunteers, partner and sponsors from any and all claims, demands, or causes of action arising out of or related to the use of the Images, including any claims for defamation, invasion of privacy, or publicity rights. Photo Release Opt-Out Option: If you do not wish for your child's image to be used for the purposes mentioned above, you may opt-out by checking the opt-out box on the camper info & policy agreement form or by submitting a request via email to Computer Island Technology Services LLC at stem@computerislandllc.com before the start of the program.
  • Behavior
    Campers are expected to follow the behavior guidelines outlined below: Be Respectful: Treat everyone with kindness, including fellow campers, staff, and the camp facilities. Be Responsible: Follow directions from camp staff, listen attentively, and take care of your belongings. Be Safe: Always stay with your assigned group leader and follow safety rules during activities. Be Kind: Use positive language and avoid bullying or disrespectful behavior. Consequences for not following these guidelines may include warnings, loss of privileges, or even dismissal from camp in severe cases.
  • Staffing & Grouping
    The CITS STEM Camp Staff consists of: Directors (21+) A Camp Coordinator (21+) An Activity Coordinator (21+) Educators (21+) Activity Assistants (16+) Group Leaders (21+) Food Service Assistants (21+) Minimum Staff:Camper ratios are followed according to State of Maryland regulations. Groupings are as follows: (1) Group Leaders: (5) Campers Adult staff are required to have background & fingerprint clearance as well as pre-camp training.
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  • Health & Medication Procedure
    Parents/Guardians are responsible for addressing any pre-existing medical conditions with the camp staff and filing out the required camper health forms if applicable. Per State of Maryland regulations, a licensed health supervisor will be on call for advisement if needed while camp is in session. Health & Medication Procedures are on file and camp staff are trained for directives related to: Camper Medication Administration Emergencies & Accidents Infectious Disease Prevention
  • Emergency Procedure
    Emergency Procedures are on file and camp staff are trained for directives related to: Missing Camper Communication Protocol Drills Severe Weather Threats of Violence Power Outages Fire Shelter in Place Emergency Transportation
  • Child Abuse Prevention & Reporting Procedure
    Child Abuse Prevention & Reporting Procedures are on file and camp staff are trained for directives related to: Understanding Child Abuse The Types Of Child Abuse Signs That Indicate Possible Child Abuse Child Abuse Prevention While At Camp Reporting Suspected Child Abuse & Communicating With The Parent/Guardian
  • CJIS Criminal Background Check
    Print And Complete The LiveScan Document. Take It To An Approved Service Provider To Have Your Fingerprinting Done. Approved Service Providers Can Be Found Here: https://www.dpscs.state.md.us/publicservs/fingerprint.shtml CITS Will Cover The Fingerprinting Expense So Please Notify Us Before Going To The Approved Service Provider.
  • Child Protective Services (CPS) Background Check
    Directions for the CPS Background Clearance...
  • 365 Transfer Request Form
    If your would like to request a transfer of your previous background check to CITS please use the form below:
  • For Your Knowledge: Agency Privacy Requirement For FBI Background Checks
    Please read the following document that discusses your rights regarding FBI background checks:

4. attend pre-camp training

Date & Time To Be Determined!

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