Is a Summer Camp Job Right for Me?
1. We want you to be successful in your ministry. Staff training introduces you to your co-workers as well as prepares you for a memorable summer. This is an active, intense time of preparation regarding Bible study research, child abuse advice, how to teach your skill area, and relationship development.
Required precamp training starts approximately 10 days before camp. Ropes course staff will have a two day training session. Staff members are required to report to camp with a current medical history form completed and two forms of identification such as their drivers license, a copy of their birth certificate, social security card, or passport.
2. All counselors/staff will have American Red Cross Standard First Aid/CPR. At the start of the summer Staff will be loaned a staff shirt, which will be worn on special occasions, such as incoming days, and Sunday. Staff Shirts are expected to be returned in good condition.
3. All staff/counselors evaluate their campers and programs twice during the summer, write parent letters home one time per camper, and complete mid-summer and end of camp evaluations before ending summer employment.
4. The transportation of young people is a very important part of our camping program. All counselors and staff who drive camp vehicles must have a clean driving record and be approved by the camp’s insurance company. Drivers License numbers will be required to allow the insurance company to complete a background check.
A CHECKLIST FOR PROSPECTIVE CAMP COUNSELORS
The following lists of characteristics essential to the role of camp counseling are a starting point for prospective counselors in their job considerations. Of course, no single set of characteristics could ever be devised that would guarantee successful counseling at any level, but counselors who can give an affirmative answer to the questions listed below will very likely possess the ability to make a significant contribution to the camp counseling mission.
Do I enjoy working with boys and girls (8-12 years old) and younger adolescents (13 – 16 years old) and have a desire to share my faith with them?
Campers are searching for new identities and new relationships and they need the guidance of adults who have a strong, secure sense of self. The insecure counselor may feel that his/her best efforts to help are often rejected and rebuffed. The successful camp counselor will take satisfaction in seeing dependent children grow into self-reliant young adolescents. The kind of counselor needed for campers (8-16) can be defined as “one who will enjoy children who are active, energetic, and loud, and will take teasing in stride.” He/she will be “flexible and sensitive to quick changes of moods and needs, and will sense group feelings and camper interaction.”
Do I have the interest and abilities to develop skill instruction in one of the organized camp activities?
The counselor who is developing his/her own self foundation in a particular activity area will have more respect for learning skills in general and will be better able to stimulate a camper to take delight in their activity skill development. Counseling in a camp setting will demand more specialization as the counselor is concerned about the attitudes of his/her campers toward the activity of skill learning and development as well as the skill itself.
Am I willing to learn to use a wide variety of approaches and programmed materials to help campers develop basic learning skills for today and tomorrow?
In general, educators have lagged behind industry, government, and business in harnessing the developing technology to aid in accomplished skill development goals. Camp counselors should be expected to take advantage of promising innovation in all physical, social, mental, and spiritual development areas.
Can I learn to work effectively in close collaboration with my colleagues in cooperative planning and skill development?
The potential cooperative planning and skill development at camp is fantastic. The traditional role of the camp staff member has stressed individual autonomy, and conventional camp staff training programs have emphasized this pattern. Accordingly, counselors have had little experience in the complex management of affairs demanded by cooperative planning and teaching. The prospective camp counselor needs to give this aspect of counseling and programming a fair chance to succeed.
Do I have an open mind toward innovation and change?
Many counselors are uncomfortable in an atmosphere of continual searching for new and better ways to organize, direct, and evaluate camping procedures and program, but we are committed to an innovative approach. Counselors in the camp program will be expected to try out many new plans, materials, approaches, and techniques. The process of change can be very stimulating, but it is also very demanding. The prospective camp counselor should face candidly the question of whether he/she prefers the stimulating challenges to the security of a comfortable routine.