Work at Smirkus Camp!

Smirkus Camp is hiring for the 2017 summer season in beautiful Greensboro, VT. Room and board can be arranged for all positions.

Click the job title to see job descriptions. All applicants should send their Smirkus job application, resume and cover letters to bill.merrylees@smirkus.org.

Note: All Applicants to work at Camp in 2017 must be 18 years of age on or before their first day of employment. Camp will be reviewing applications as they arrive. Please provide a Smirkus Job Application, a cover letter, and a resume in your application. Email your materials to bill.merrylees@smirkus.org.

 

Sky and Tent photos by Amira Silverman.

See http://www.smirkus.org/employment/ for even more jobs and details!

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CIT (Counselor-In-Training) Applications Now Open

Smirkus Camp’s CIT (Counselor-In-Training) Program is now accepting applications until March 4th, 2017. clownclappass

The CIT program is for current or former Smirkus campers, ages 16-18, who possess lots of enthusiasm, responsibility, and desire to maybe be a counselor someday!  2017 CITs will work one-on-one with an experienced mentor counselor throughout the camp session, and by the end will perform all of the tasks that their mentor counselor does. You will also meet daily as a group with a camp administrator for sharing, reflection, plus special topics and activities. At the end of the program, CITs will receive a certificate documenting their community service hours. Apply for this program by clicking here.

COUNSELOR-IN-TRAINING / AGES 16 TO 18

CIT applications are due March 4, 2017.

2017 CIT Tuition
Smirkling Camp: $200 June 22 – 23
Session I: $550 June 25 – 30
Session II: $550 June 2 – 7
Session III: $950 July 9 – 21
Session IV: $950 July 23 – August 4

Questions? Email Bill and Allie at camp@smirkus.org.

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The Big Top Tour is hiring!

The Big Top Tour is now accepting applications for adventurous and spirited folk to come work, travel, and have the summer adventure of a lifetime as the Big Top Tour goes down the road for its 30th Anniversary season!

All applicants should send their Smirkus job application, resume and cover letters to tour@smirkus.org. Click the job title to see job descriptions. Room and board is included for all of the traveling positions.

See the open positions below:

Assistant Cook

Head Concessionaire

Concessionaire

Counselor

Head Rigger

Production Intern

Stage Manager

Tent Crew

Tour Wardrobe Supervisor

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The circus is hiring!

IMG_7314_viewJoin us this summer on Breezy Avenue hilltop for a summer camp gig like no other! Smirkus Camp is seeking nurturing, enthusiastic and versatile coaches who specialize in clowning, acrobatics, aerial arts, and juggling. Camp is also hiring a skilled Head Rigger to support tent operations! At Circus Smirkus Camp, you’ll be an integral part of a team that upholds Smirkus Camp values- cooperation over competition, friendship, a love of learning, and fostering life-changing adventures in the circus arts.

Interested applicants should send their resume, cover letter, Smirkus job description, and promo video to camp@smirkus.org. Visit the employment page for more information.

Handy in the kitchen? Smirkus Camp is also hiring a Specialty Cook for vegetarian and gluten free campers! View the job application here.

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See you in Greensboro!

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Meet the 2017 Big Top Tour Troupers!

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GIRLS

Alexa Wang
Anna Zuckerman
Ariana Wunderle
Cheya Potter
Eva Lou Rhinelander
Hannah Grove
Ilse Bryan
Isabella Majzun
Jeannette Oubre
Laska Lèonard
Leah Zuckerman
Lola Picayo
Lucia Mason
Maedya Kojis
Saffi Watson
Sarah Norden
Serafina Walker

BOYS
Aaron Schondorf
Andrew Kaefer
Ben Kaufman
Chase Levy
Dylan Biedrzycki
Graham Reicher
Jack Miron
Keiran Sass
Liam Ryan-O’Flaherty
Nemo Mass
Patrick Chikoloma
Sam Landa
William Borges

Facts about this years troupe:

  • There are 22 returning troupers (in bold)  and 8 new troupers.
  • 17 Girls and 13 Boys
  • The troupers reside from the following United States (CA, IL, MA, ME, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT, and WA) and internationally (Zambia and Canada)
  • Ages ranging from age 12-18

Congratulations to all! The 2017 Big Top Tour route will be announced shortly!

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2017 Smirkus Camp Scholarships

2017 Smirkus Camp Scholarships are now open! Please click here to be directed to the application link.

Important information:

  • Applications must sign up by January 20th in order to not have to pay the $500 deposit on 1/25.
  • The final deadline for submitting your 2017 scholarship application is February 4th, 2017.
  • Applicants will be notified of their scholarship award by March 3rd, 2017.

 

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Questions? Please email Bill or Allie at camp@smirkus.org.

See you on Breezy Avenue!

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Jackie Davis, volunteer extraordinaire!

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With Ringmaster Residencies, Circus Smirkus joins students in the classroom with an artist-in-residency program that enlivens the classroom with the magic and joy of the circus while using the “CircusSecrets” to teach kids important life skills. These strategies are helping kids to develop their self-awareness and interpersonal relationships within the teaching framework of Social and Emotional Learning, or SEL for short. Educational researchers have shown that improvements in SEL are correlated with increased  engagement and improved performance in the classroom.

In partnership with Cirque du Soleil and the American Youth Circus Organization, we’re working on a study to demonstrate the impact of SEL. And we’re doing that right here in our hometown of Greensboro, Vermont with a year-long residency and study at Lakeview Elementary hosted by none other than the extraordinary Jackie Davis.

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Jackie has been an incredible driving force in making sure that a Smirkus Residency can change kids’ lives, even over the course or a week or two. With her late husband Rick Davis, she developed the initial CircusSecrets framework and has continued to revise it, informed by the very research she has conducted in exploring the deep connections between the circus arts and SEL.

As the news gets out about our new approach to circus arts education – and its impact on students, both in and out of the classroom – we’ve been getting more and more inquiries from schools that want to both infuse their classes with the joy and wonder that the circus brings and also help their kids to develop these critical life skills. We’re hoping that by publishing the findings of this study, that we can expand the CircusSecrets throughout the region (and beyond!), benefitting Circus Smirkus for years to come.

Ringmaster Residencies have been a point of entry into the magical carousel of the circus for thousands of kids. Once seeing the wonder and feeling the joy of a space where everyone can succeed, many continue their exploration by developing their skills at Smirkus Camp. Some of these passionate kids eventually make their way to the Big Top Tour, where they reach new audiences of kids who – until then – had never dreamed of running away with the circus.

And you can bring a Ringmaster Residency program to your school, too! To learn more about the program, please email bill.merrylees@smirkus.org.

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