Phone: (813) 685-4224
Fax: (813) 689-9170
info@cedarkirk.org


1920 Streetman Drive
Lithia, FL 33547
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Summer Staff Positions

Counselor (~26 positions)
Counselors must have an understanding of the developmental characteristics of children and youth and be able to nurture and respond to the needs of each camper in their small group. Above all, counselors serve as strong Christian role models and caretakers for their campers – they will share in their campers’ triumphs and challenges and guide them through their fears, questions, and faith development. Each counselor is paired with a co-counselor and a small group of campers to comprise a “family group” for the week. Counselors are responsible for supervision, recreation, community building, and the leadership of all small-group activities. Counselors rotate weekly among varying co-counselors and programs to experience a variety of age groups and specific types of camp programs. Staff training is extensive and will equip those who are willing to learn with the skills needed to minister in this setting.  Counselors need to be flexible and willing to serve in many different capacities at Cedarkirk, including some sessions as support staff.  Pay for first-year counselors is $245 per week in addition to room and board.

Traveling Day Camp Counselor (~4 positions)
Applicants for the this position must have an understanding of the developmental characteristics of children and youth and be able to nurture and respond to the needs of each camper in a small group. Above all, counselors serve as strong Christian role models and caretakers for their campers – they will share in their campers’ triumphs and challenges and guide them through their fears, questions, and faith development. These counselors adapt to a new environment each week and work with different volunteers at each new location to create camp experiences at churches all over Southwest Florida! Pay for first-year counselors is $245 per week in addition to room and board.

Unit Coordinator (3 positions)
Unit Coordinators are responsible for managing staff leadership, logistics, safety concerns, and maintaining parent relations for multiple camp programs or mission groups at Cedarkirk. Applicants for this position need to have a working knowledge of a summer camping program and possess leadership experience in that setting. Unit Coordinators will work closely with the directors, counselors, and volunteers. They will maintain lines of communication with: directors; fellow UCs; counselors – to assist and support as issues arise; and volunteers – to help them integrate into the camp community. Other responsibilities include large group leadership (recreation, worship and singing, etc.); organizing and facilitating the Check-In process; creating and distributing weekly schedules; leading staff meetings; maintaining records of the summer’s programs; mission-site coordination; transportation of campers; and providing guidance and discipline for campers when needed. Unit Coordinators also assist the directors to lead and teach components of staff training. Pay for first-year unit coordinators is $300 per week in addition to room and board.

Lifeguard (1-2 positions)
The Lifeguard are responsible for the safety of any group engaged in activities at the pool. The lifeguard must be open to learning Cedarkirk pool rules and site protocol, and be willing to assist with daily pool maintenance. In certain instances, the lifeguard may also supervise groups engaged in activities on the river or on off-site trips. The lifeguard will also have an active role as support staff – supervising and leading recreation, providing time off for other counselors, and assisting in program areas as needed. Pay for first-year lifeguards is $245 per week in addition to room and board. **Applicants must be lifeguard certified (or willing to become certified) and be willing to learn light pool maintenance.

Canoe Instructor (1 position)
The Canoe Instructor will instruct campers in aquatic safety and canoeing skills and lead each canoe trip. The applicant must be comfortable paddling in natural bodies of water (rivers and lakes) and making emergency decisions in the event of sudden weather changes or emergencies. As many campers find canoeing difficult at first, it is necessary for the Canoe Instructor to be patient, gentle, and willing to allow campers to struggle through mastering skills while maintaining an environment that is physically and emotionally safe. The Canoe Instructor will also have an active role as support staff – supervising and leading recreation, providing time off for other counselors, and assisting in program areas as needed. Pay for first-year canoe instructors is $245 per week in addition to room and board. **Applicants must be lifeguard certified (or willing to become certified) and/or attend a canoe instructor training course.

Challenge Course Facilitator (1 position)
The Challenge Course Facilitator will train, supervise, and lead groups on an elevated challenge course 25 feet high. Applicants must be competent and skilled in emergency rescues, belays, and creating an environment that is challenging, but physically and emotionally safe. The Challenge Course Facilitator is responsible for all aspects of managing the course: equipment checks, safety inspections, training campers in the use of the course and equipment, and debriefing the experience from a perspective of faith. The Challenge Course Facilitator will also have an active role as support staff – supervising and leading recreation, providing time off for other counselors, and assisting in program areas as needed. Pay for first-year challenge course facilitators is $245 per week in addition to room and board. **Applicants for this position must possess current certification in challenge course technical skills or be willing to attend a comparable course prior to the beginning of the summer.

Crafts Facilitator & Photographer (1 position)
The Crafts Facilitator and Photographer is responsible for leading craft projects for small groups of campers and should possess the skills and creativity to plan and facilitate projects for 1st-12th grade campers. The applicant should be able to teach craft projects, make purchases while working within a budget, and supervise campers. When not with arts and crafts groups, this person is responsible for taking quality digital photographs of campers and groups throughout the day and cataloging/archiving the photos. This applicant should have a working knowledge of digital photography, be skilled at capturing creative and well-composed images, and have basic computer skills to manage images. The Crafts Facilitator and Photographer will also have an active role as support staff – supervising and leading recreation, providing time off for other counselors, and assisting in program areas as needed. Pay for first-year crafts facilitators is $245 per week in addition to room and board.

Summer Chaplain (1 position)
The Summer Chaplain is primarily responsible for the creation and implementation of a pastoral care program for summer staff, but will also plan and lead creative and developmentally-appropriate worship services for campers of various ages. Applicants should have experience planning and leading devotions and personal spiritual disciplines/practices, and be prepared to counsel staff who may want to discuss questions of faith. The Chaplain will work closely with the directors to adapt and adjust curriculum as needed and assist counselors in the planning and execution of creative and engaging Bible studies for their campers. Most importantly, the Chaplain will interact with staff and campers in a manner which reflects the grace and love of Jesus Christ. Outside of normal duties, the Chaplain will have an active role as support staff and assist in program areas as needed. Pay for chaplains is based on experience and will be determined at the time of hire.