Cedarkirk Summer Staff live and work within a supportive community committed to leading small groups of campers through an exciting and life-changing week at camp. From counselors to canoe instructors, staff members have opportunities to develop leadership skills and self-confidence, make life-long friends, grow closer to God, and step away from the typical distractions of life, all within a beautiful, wooded setting. Serving at camp for a summer is not an easy job, but it is one of the most fun and rewarding experiences you will ever have. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and at least one year out of high school to be considered for employment.
What we expect from our staff!
Time Commitment: We are looking for energetic and talented staff who are available from May 20 – August 3, 2018. We sometimes hire counselors who may not be available for the entire summer, but our preference is to hire staff who can serve for the duration of our programs.
Character: Counselors must demonstrate strong moral values, set an example of living the gospel of Jesus Christ, and be willing to teach daily Bible studies consistent with the Cedarkirk Camp & Conference Center curriculum. Cedarkirk counselors possess the ability to communicate and work with campers of all ages and skill levels; work effectively with peers and share in the responsibility of leading small groups and facilitating activities; function as a role model, friend, and surrogate parent for campers in your group; and act in accordance with Cedarkirk policies and procedures.
Your Role: All staff are responsible for creating a safe and encouraging environment where the children and youth at camp can have fun, challenge themselves, work together, and grow in their faith. Every staff member hired contributes to the community created here. The ultimate goal of a Cedarkirk summer staff member is to make sure that every camper feels loved, valued, and experiences the love of Christ.
Energy: We expect counselors to be energetic and enthusiastic in everything they do! Campers are inspired by the positivity of their counselors, so we expect our counselors to maintain a high energy level every day of every program. If a counselor is having fun, their campers will have fun!
Long Hours: While on duty, Cedarkirk is a round-the-clock job. Staff are responsible for campers throughout the day, during each activity, and at night. Being a counselor requires the patience and flexibility to guide and nurture a group of children and youth for extended periods of time with limited time off.
What our staff can expect from us!
Competitive Salary: We offer a weekly salary that is comparable to – or better than – many similar summer camp programs and is based on the position and number of years a staff member has worked.
Room and Board: Summer staff members are compensated with room and board for the duration of their employment.
Time Off: Staff are off each weekend between camp sessions and are encouraged to leave camp during these times. Counselors also receive several blocks of off-time throughout the week and are free to spend these off blocks at camp however they choose.
Professional Development: During the eleven days of staff training, we teach our staff everything they need to know about working at Cedarkirk. We cover quite a bit of information and teach many skills, mostly focused on working with children and outdoor living skills. Much of what you will learn and experience at camp will prepare you for jobs and careers later in life, such as leadership, time management, working as a team, interpersonal skills, and problem solving.
Certification Courses: Cedarkirk provides all staff with training and certification in first aid, CPR, and the use of an AED. Depending on your role or personal interest, there are also opportunities for certifications in Lifeguarding, Challenge Course Facilitation, and Canoe Instruction.
Discernment and Direction: Something about spending time outdoors with children and youth seems to provide a clarity and insight that many of our counselors are looking for. After a summer at camp, many of our staff often decide to become teachers, counselors, or pastors because certain skills and a desire to serve others has been awakened within them. If you aren’t sure what the future holds for you, you just might find it at camp.
FUN!: Yes, we pay you to have fun.