Camp Counselor/Program Staff (Summer) – Roscommon, MI

Camp Westminster-Roscommon

State: MI

Job Type: Part-Time

Denomination: Other

Church Description:

Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake has been a vital ministry of Westminster Church of Detroit since 1925.

Camp Westminster is a rustic summer camp and year-round retreat center located in northern Michigan. We create the opportunity for discovery, joy, and the freedom to be yourself.  Camp Westminster’s summer programs enable children and youth to try exciting activities, gain confidence, make real connections with new friends and positive role models, and spend valuable time splashing in the lake, all while growing in their faith.

Our Mission:

Through the wonder of creation, the rich abundance of inclusiveness, and the challenge of adventure, Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake creates community and extends hospitality where all people experience the love of God.

So who makes up the staff at Camp Westminster?

The amazing staff members at Camp Westminster are one of the big reasons so many campers love to return year after year! Camp Westminster intentionally seeks a diverse range of summer staff from local churches, area colleges, camp alumni, and from around the world. Through an intensive staff training, this group of individuals bonds and grows together to form a warm and welcoming community to any camper who comes to CW. We look for: enthusiasm; a strong work ethic; people who take initiative; individuals who LOVE children and youth so much that they are led to invest in a summer of ministry; and those who desire to know God better and grow in their faith.

Why work at Camp Westminster?

Working at Camp Westminster is a life-changing experience. Aside from having an immense amount of fun and adventure, you will be emersed within a community that celebrates you and fosters lifelong connections.  Your experiences at CW will support your development in leadership, collaboration, mindfulness, risk-taking, flexibility, self-confidence and many more skills that are applicable throughout life. Many of our staff members describe their time at camp as being one of the most important, fulfilling, and spiritual moments of their lives.

Job Description:

Summer Counselor Job Description

Dates: June 3-August 11, 2024

Overview:

Camp Counselors are the core of our summer staff and are a massive part of what makes our summer program shine! As a counselor, you will be responsible for the emotional, physical, and social well-being of a group of campers aged 7-17. Most weeks, counselors stay in cabins with campers overnight and, during the day, lead activities, encourage connections, and make the most of every teachable moment.

Counselors should be 19 years or older. We will make exceptions for the right 18-year-old counselor.

Most counselors will also receive training to be a lifeguard or ropes facilitator.

As counselors are also activity leaders, this provides an opportunity for individuals to bring their passions to our program.  As a staff, we work collaboratively to provide the best experience not only for our campers, but for our staff members as well.  This summer will be one of the most memorable moments of your life.

 

Responsibilities

  1. Direct, one-on-one supervision of up to 12 campers each camping session, including sleeping, eating and working with campers assigned to his/her cabin
  2. Serves as a teacher, counselor, friend, role model to all campers and especially to those assigned to their cabin and instructional group.
  3. Supervises and assists campers with daily chores, cabin hour activities, evening program involvement and all other aspects of regular program schedule.
  4. Assists cabin with participation in evening vespers.
  5. Shares meals with cabin group.  Assist in leading songs after meals.  Responsible for campers eating 3 balanced meals a day.
  6. Supervises cabin group during rest hour.
  7. Teaches one or more daily instructional activities as assigned by the program director.
  8. Covers for fellow counselors during scheduled time off.  
  9. Responsible for instructing cabin groups in Camp rules and regulations, and for familiarizing campers with camp’s grounds.  Instructs campers in all emergency procedures.
  10. Performs various staff duties as assigned by the program director, waterfront Director or camp Director.
  11. Attends Pre-camp training.  Assists in preparing campgrounds for open and close of camp.
  12. Responsible for opening and closing inventory of assigned program areas under supervision of the Program or Waterfront Director.
  13. Participates in all camp activities and events unless otherwise excused.
  14. Performs other tasks as assigned by the Program Director or Camp Director.

 

The above statements are intended to describe the general functions of a counselor.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties of this position.

 

Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 yrs (19 preferred) and have graduated form High School.  
  • Experience and/or strong desire to live and work with children.  
  • Ability to follow directions and work collaboratively as part of a team. 
  • Ability to maintain an enthusiastic outgoing positive attitude.  
  • Teaching/instructional ability and/or experience.  
  • Ability to listen to and to counsel children.  
  • Must be adaptable and patient.

 

Accountability

Program Director

 

Evaluation

At the end of summer by Program Director and Camp Director.

 

Physical Requirements

This role requires a moderate amount of physical activity that may include but is not limited to: ability to move from one end of camp to the other (approximately ¼ mile) without tiring at speed sufficient to keep up with campers, safe movement over uneven ground in various lighting, manipulating boxes and storage up to 25 pounds over short to moderate distances.

Salary Range:

$3,500-$4,250 plus end of summer bonus

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