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Counselor Application

Counselor applications are due by May 31

 

Counselor Job Description

By the nature of its responsibility and the influence on campers, a counselor is one of the most important persons at camp. The guiding list of a counselor’s responsibilities will ensure productive and fun weeks at camp for all.

Counselors:
  1. Are to report to camp on Sunday by noon
  2. Are assigned to his/her own group
  3. Will sleep in the same room with his/her group
  4. Ensure that campers attend scheduled classes and all other activities
  5. Attend church services with campers and ensure that they are on time
  6. Supervise campers’ behavior in church
  7. Counsel campers; if a problem arises, consult with the camp director, camp chairman, or camp co-chairman
  8. Will not use verbal or physical punishment at any time (or have campers walk/run through graveyard at night)
  9. Set an example of Christian behavior for the campers
  10. May leave the premises only to accompany and supervise campers on field trips
  11. Attend meetings called by the coordinator or priests
  12. Will be required to meet for a mandatory orientation (date to be provided) prior to camp with the Camp staff
  13. Must comply with the established dress code
  14. May not bring outside food or treats for health and safety reasons (and if found, will be confiscated)

 

Rules and Responsibilities

There are many rules and responsibilities that make for a good counselor. Read the list below carefully. You are the key to making each camper’s experience a great one. And, whatever you do, have fun at camp and make memories with our campers that will last a lifetime.

If your actions are unbecoming a counselor, we may ask you to leave. We may also decide not to have you on staff in the future.

  1. Being a counselor requires a cheerful, hard-working attitude; you will spend 24 hours a day with an active group of children; make sure you truly like kids
  2. Divide your time equally among each child in your room; treat all your campers as your favorites
  3. Be a good role model to the campers and conscious of what you say and do; don’t use rude language or make indecent remarks; be enthusiastic, polite, cooperative as you are the one who sets the tone for the campers
  4. Lead the campers without them feeling that they are being led; motivate them without barking orders; gaining their confidence and respect will have them follow you anywhere
  5. Have patience; not every camper moves at the same speed and not every camper catches on to what you’re doing or saying right away
  6. Communicate with the group as a whole and with each individual camper; many campers have never been to camp before; calmly and clearly explain any rules, etc.; let them know that they can talk to you if they don’t understand something
  7. If needed, talk to a camper privately – away from the others; if it’s personal, speak with them and help find solutions to problems or behavior issues; if it’s a problem you feel you can’t handle (misbehavior/dangerous conduct) contact the Head Counselor or Fr. Serafim
  8. Our camp program is filled with activities all day long and you need to keep up your enthusiasm and energy until the end of the day; eat at mealtimes, drink plenty of water, try to get enough sleep
  9. Every camper deserves to be treated fairly and with respect, and every child should have the same chance to do the same things regardless of their abilities; get everyone involved and let everyone have a chance
  10. Kids come to camp to have fun; respect all the campers; don’t call them rude names or get rough with them; don’t ever make fun of them; avoid sarcastic remarks or ridicule, even if you think it’s all in fun
  11. Counselors and helpers should be willing to help out whenever and wherever needed at camp
  12. Cell phone usage is prohibited during the day (while campers are active); you may use your phone once campers are in bed
  13. Camp committee members periodically stop in during the week; remember to respect what they say to you or what they ask of you; they will do the same with you and will

 

Counselor Attire

NOTE: Counselors in attire deemed inappropriate by a staff member will be required to change.  If they do not oblige they will be sent home.

Church Attire – Modest and Appropriate

Male Counselor

  • Khaki pants or dress slacks
  • Collared dress shirt or polo
  • Dress shoes or loafers
  • NO t-shirts, jeans or gym shoes

Female Counselor

  • Dresses or skirts at the knee or longer
  • Sweater to cover shoulders (no bare shoulders)
  • Sensible shoes; no gym shoes
  • NO pants or shorts
  • NO spaghetti straps, tops that reveal navel/midriff area

 

Daily Clothing

  • T-shirts
    • No halter tops
    • No tops that reveal navel/midriff area
  • Shorts (appropriate length)
    • No shorts above mid-thigh
    • No short shorts or daisy dukes, etc.
    • No writing on the backside of shorts or pants
    • No vulgarity or profanity on any article of clothing
  • Jeans or sweatpants
  • Sweatshirt or light jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Pajamas and bathrobe
  • Socks
  • Gym shoes / running shoes
  • Sandals, slippers or flip-flops
  • Church shoes
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Swim apparel (modest one piece swimsuit for female counselors;  appropriate swim trunks for male counselors)

Bed & Bath

  • Sheets: fitted and flat (twin size)
  • Pillow and pillow case
  • Blanket
  • Towels: bath, hand, washcloth, beach towel

Bathroom

  • Brush & comb
  • Shampoo / conditioner
  • Soap / bodywash
  • Toothbrush / toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Razor / shaving gear (if shaving)
  • Kleenex

Miscellaneous

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Flashlight