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Originally posted by Willy Franzen on March 14, 2010. Updated through a sponsorship agreement.
Posted by Willy Franzen on March 14, 2010. Positions below updated every five minutes.
|Camp Staff Intern||Red Feather Lakes, CO|
|Camp Assistant Director - Weinberg Family Center Y||Baltimore, MD|
|9th Assistant Boys Baseball Coach - Hawks||Ankeny, IA|
|Playground Coordinator||City of Lakeland, FL|
|PROGRAM LEADER SPORTS AND ADVENTURE||Nanjemoy, MD|
|Professional Baseball Instructor||Antioch, CA|
|Ski & Snowboard Instructor||Salt Lake City, UT|
|Software Consultant – New Graduate||Houston, TX|
|Men's Head Soccer Coach||Portales, NM|
|Baseball Instructor - Chevy Tour||Aberdeen, MD|
We’ve grown up in the age of extreme sports. Not only did we get to see the X Games when it was a new thing, but we also got to see sports like snowboarding make their way into the Olympics. I’m sure many of you have tried (and failed if you’re anything like me) your hand in at least one extreme sport. The best thing about extreme sports is that they’re huge confidence boosters for kids. While just playing baseball isn’t usually good enough—you actually need to be good at it—being able to do an extreme sports is an accomplishment in itself. That’s why it’s a perfect outlet to help “enhance the health, abilities, personal growth and social engagement of people with autism,” which is what the Basalt, CO based non-profit, Extreme Sports Camp, is all about.
I don’t know much more about autism spectrum disorder than what pop culture (Rain Man for example) has taught me, but I do know that Extreme Sports Camp sounds like an amazing opportunity for children with autism. The goal is to help campers “more fully engage in everyday life,” and I find that sports are often extremely effective at inducing that kind of positive change. The camp offers both summer and winter sessions, and they maintain a 1:1 counselor to camper ratio while only accepting 15 campers per session. The staff at Extreme Sports Camp “receives extensive training in autism learning styles and characteristics,” so they’re not just experts in extreme sports. If you’d like to join the staff, you should check out Extreme Sports Camp’s Jobs page along with their job application, which says that they’re looking for Counselors, Junior Sounselors, Ski and Snowboard Pros, Ski and Snowboard Pros Buddies, Program Staff, Office/Administrative Staff, and Fundraising/Event Support Staff. You can fill out the application to apply, and you better not be scared of extreme sports like I was as a kid.
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