Junior Mentor Program

We are pleased to announce our new Junior Mentor Program for Summer 2020!

Our program provides a place for your 13 – 14-year-old to grow strong leadership skills, collaborate with their peers, and lead small groups.

Over a two-week session, the Junior Mentors program will provide opportunities for practical experience in classrooms with campers and include structured training facilitated by the Junior Mentor coordinator.

Enrollment Requirements:

  • Enjoy working with elementary-school-aged children
  • Comfort speaking in front of a group
  • Reach age 13 to 14 by the start date of their session

Participation Requirements:

  • Attend all session dates
  • Attend camp orientation (May 16 & 17)
  • Complete the online Junior Mentor form found here
  • Be a positive representative of the Museum of Life and Science
  • Exhibit maturity and a willingness to learn and try new things
  • Work well in a group setting
  • Agree to actively participate in camp activities
  • Maintain a positive attitude and open mind

Previous attendance to MLS Summer Camps is not a requirement for participation.
Participation in the Junior Mentor Program cannot be used for Volunteer Hours.

Important Dates:

Registration Opens: March 4th 
Camp Orientation Date: May 16 & 17

Date options:

  • June 8-12, 15-19 (Junior Mentor Session 1)
  • June 22-26, June 29-July 3 (Junior Mentor Session 2)
  • July 6-10, 13-17 (Junior Mentor Session 3)
  • July 20-24, July 27-31 (Junior Mentor Session 4)
  • Aug 3-7, 10-14 (Junior Mentor Session 5)

Members: $100/2 week session
General Public: $135/2 week session

Extended Care: $30/week (8 – 9 am and 3 – 5:30 pm)
Lunch: $70/two-week session (Vegetarian and Omnivore options)

Register Here. Once you have registered, please have your Junior Mentor complete this online form no later than 2 weeks before their session start date. 

A Day at a Glance

9:00 – 10:30 – Daily Huddle
At the start of each day, Junior Mentors will meet for their Daily Huddle. The Daily Huddle is a time for Junior Mentors to train on their daily tasks and work through their experiences in the previous day of camp. Training may include group game facilitation, reading aloud to a group, and methods for incorporating scientific and critical thinking skills into camper interactions. As the two-week session progresses, Junior Mentors will also have the opportunity each day to ask questions and share observations with the group regarding their experiences in camps the day before. The Junior Mentor coordinator will facilitate these discussions and share useful techniques to aid in the Junior Mentor’s growth.

10:30 – 11:30 Classroom Experience
At 10:30 Junior Mentors will join their designated camp group and aid in the facilitation of camp curricula. During this time, Junior Mentors main focus is on camper interaction and helping Assistants and Educators to maintain a positive atmosphere during camp activities.

11:30 – 12:00 Leadership Session
Before Lunch, Junior Mentors will facilitate a group game or other group activity. These activities will draw on the skills learned during that morning’s Huddle. Camp Educators will be present to aid, but this is an opportunity for Junior Mentors to take on more of a leadership role.

12:00 – 2:40 Classroom Experience
Junior Mentors will stay with their camp group, helping Educators and Assistants in passing out activity materials, interacting with campers, and providing leadership through example.

2:40 – 3:00 – Dismissal
Junior Mentors will accompany Educators bringing campers to the dismissal area. CIT’s will help entertain the campers during the dismissal period, playing games and leading songs with campers while they await pickup.