How to Apply
Before you apply for employment, please make sure you have carefully read the preceding staff section of our web site and understand the guidelines, expectations, and the requirements of the job.
Your primary responsibility as a counselor is the safety and well-being of the campers. You will work closely with other counselors in your tribe and activity, and you will report to your Tribal Leader, Activity Leader, and the Camp Directors.
Duties and Responsibilities
Activities at Camp
During the day, the counselor teach in one or more activities that he or she is qualified to teach or instruct. These are determined by the Directors based on skills, previous experience, and camp needs. These may include and are not limited to the following:
Archery, Riflery, Tennis, Fishing, Basketball, Cross Country, The HEAT, Lacrosse, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Flag Football, Indian Lore, Nature, Gardening, Arts & Crafts, Pottery, Swimming, Water Polo, Library, Weight Lifting, Climbing Wall, Music, Backpacking, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Mountain Biking, Paddling, Blacksmithing, Woodshop, Horseback Riding, Fishing, Lifeguarding, and Van Driving.
- Falling Creek Camp is accredited by the American Camping Association. Counselors are responsible to abide by all camp policies, procedures and guidelines. Counselors are “at-will” employees and any disregard or violation of these policies, procedures or guidelines may lead to the direct dismissal and termination of employment.
- Use of controlled substances, including marijuana, is absolutely prohibited during employment at Falling Creek Camp. Counselors, as condition of employment, may be required to participate in a pre-employment and / or random drug screening.
- All counselors and staff (including full-time employees) are required to have an annual background check, including a criminal records check, a sex offender database check, a social networking search and driving record search as a condition of employment annually.
- Staff Orientation is required for all staff members annually.
- Attending Staff Meetings on Sunday nights, or Tribal Meetings when called by your Tribal Leader.
- Between session Staff Meetings to prepare camp for the closing or opening of session.
- Be present and engaged at all meals while on duty.
- Be present and engaged in tribal gatherings, all-camp gatherings, programs, and games.
- Nightly cabin meetings (excluding during time off) with your campers to create sense of community.
Skills and Abilities
A minimum of 19 years of age and completed one (1) year of college. Current students in their first year of college are eligible upon completion of their first year of college.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
- Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.
- Ability to write routine reports and parent/guardian correspondence on a weekly basis.
- Ability to speak effectively with parents and staff members of the camp.
- Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in a written and/or oral format.
The counselor is responsible for eight (8) campers in their assigned cabin. Also for the campers signed up for the counselor’s specific activity during the designated time the qualified campers are scheduled to attend or participate in the designated activity. There are occasions that the counselor will be responsible for the supervision of campers due to unforeseen circumstances for an unforeseen period of time.
Certificates & Licenses
Counselors selected to drive for Falling Creek Camp must be at least 23 years of age and have an approved driving record by Falling Creek Camp’s insurance company. Once approved, selected drivers are required to participate and pass a driving seminar administered by Falling Creek Camp’s Director of Transportation.
A review of this description has excluded the marginal function of the positions that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. All duties and requirements are essential job functions. All requirements are subject to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the counselor occupying this position. Counselors will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job related duties requested by their supervisor. Minimum requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills, and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. This document does not create an employment contract.
Falling Creek Camp Staff Guidelines
Our goal is to create a safe and fun atmosphere where boys can build self-esteem, learn new skills, and develop true friendships. The Counselors are the most important ingredient to achieving this goal. An effective Counselor must be able to function in a variety of roles. You will be called upon to be a teacher, parent, leader, mentor and friend.
Advocate for Campers: Campers thrive when Counselors give them undivided attention and serve as an advocate for their best interests. I understand the importance of “being with campers” includes sitting with them at Morning Watch and Morning Assembly, enjoying conversations at meal time, walking and talking with campers on the way to activities, during cabin times such as rest hour and call-to- quarters, and being proactive about supporting and finding solutions for what’s best for the campers in your cabin and activity.
Confidential Information & Staff Meetings: I understand and agree that staff meetings provide an open forum for discussion and that information discussed should be kept confidential. These meetings are typically held on Sundays at 10:20pm. Attendance and active participation is required. I understand that every family has a different dynamic and that we must be respectful of each family and situation. I understand it is my duty to maintain the privacy of each camper and their family. Medical Forms, Camper Information and Counselor Information Sheets are also confidential and should not be discussed in front of campers or left in a location that is accessible to campers.
During orientation and prior to the start of each session, I agree to acquaint myslef with the details of each camper in my cabin. I agree to review the camper’s history at Falling Creek or another camp and make special note of any medical, emotional, or physical issues an individual camper may have. I also agree to pay particular attention to special notes and requests by parents and campers who have birthdays while at camp. I understand and agree that camper information is confidential and never discussed with campers or anyone outside of camp.
Harassment Policy: I understand that it is Falling Creek’s policy to prohibit intentional and unintentional harassment of any individual by another person on the basis of any protected classification including, but not limited to, race, color, sex, national origin, disability, religion, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or age. If I feel that I (or a camper) have been subjected to conduct which violates this policy, whether during the camp season or during the off-season, I should immediately report the matter to my supervisor. If the supervisor is the offending party, I understand that I should contact any other high-level manager or supervisor. Every report of perceived harassment will be fully investigated and corrective action will be taken where appropriate. Falling Creek can only enforce this policy if the incidents of harassment are reported. All complaints will be kept confidential to the extent possible, but confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. In addition, Falling Creek will not allow any form of retaliation against individuals who report unwelcome conduct to management or who cooperate in the investigations of such reports in accordance with this policy. If I (or a camper) have been subjected to any such retaliation, I should report it in the same manner under this policy. Violation of this policy including any improper retaliatory conduct will result in disciplinary action, up to and including discharge. I agree to cooperate with any and all investigations.
Sexual Harassment Policy: I understand that Sexual Harassment is not tolerated. Falling Creek prohibits harassment of any individual by another on the basis of sex or gender. While it is not easy to define precisely what types of conduct could constitute sexual harassment, examples of prohibited behavior include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, obscene gestures, displaying sexually graphic magazines, calendars or posters, sending sexually explicit e-mails, text messages and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, such as uninvited touching of a sexual nature or sexually related comments. Depending upon the circumstances, improper conduct also can include sexual joking, vulgar or offensive conversation or jokes, commenting about another’s physical appearance, conversation about your own or someone else’s sex life, or teasing or other conduct directed toward a person because of his or her gender which is sufficiently severe or pervasive to create an unprofessional and hostile working environment. If I feel that I (or a camper) have been subjected to conduct which violates this policy, whether during the camp season or during the off-season, I should immediately report the matter to my supervisor. If the supervisor is the offending party, I should contact any other high-level manager or supervisor. Every report of perceived harassment will be fully investigated and corrective action will be taken where appropriate. Falling Creek can only enforce this policy if the incidents of sexual harassment are reported. All complaints will be kept confidential to the extent possible, but confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. In addition, Falling Creek will not allow any form of retaliation against individuals who report unwelcome conduct to management or who cooperate in the investigations of such reports in accordance with this policy. If I feel that I (or a camper) have been subjected to any such retaliation, I should report it in the same manner in which a claim of perceived harassment would be reported under this policy. Violation of this policy including any improper retaliatory conduct will result in disciplinary action, up to and including discharge. I agree to cooperate with any and all investigations.
Bullying Policy: I understand that at Falling Creek Camp bullying is inexcusable and that the Camp has a firm stance against all types of bullying. Bullying is repeated inappropriate behavior, either direct or indirect, whether verbal, physical or otherwise, conducted by one or more persons against another or others. Bullying may sometimes rise to the level of harassment and will be governed by our harassment policies and corresponding corrective actions. Bullying is also a direct violation of the FCC Community Conduct Expectations (The FCC CODE) at Falling Creek Camp. Examples of bullying may include: when one or more persons are excluded, teased, taunted, or put down by others with the intent to cause emotional injury; slandering, ridiculing or maligning a person or his or her family, nonverbal threatening gestures, insults or name-calling, constant criticisms, public reprimands, spreading rumors or gossiping, and other humiliating behavior or conduct with the intention of causing emotional injury. Bullying may also occur electronically through the use of e-mails, text messaging, instant messaging or other communication through social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. If I feel that I (or a camper) have been subject to bullying, whether during camp season or during the off-season, I should report the incident in the same manner as harassment or sexual harassment. I understand that the Camp Leadership will address all incidents of bullying with a full investigation and appropriate corrective action will be taken where necessary. Every person has the right to expect to have the best possible experience at
camp, and by working together as a team to identify and manage bullying, we can help ensure that all campers and staff have a great summer at Falling Creek Camp.
Communicating with Campers: When communicating with campers during and outside of camp operations, I understand that I must comply with the following:
- I must copy and include the camper’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) on all written forms of communications with campers. This includes letters, postcards and emails, unless otherwise specifically approved by specific parents.
- I must gain parents’ permission to talk or text on the phone or through social media (including skype, instant messenger, Google chat, facebook, instagram, twitter, snapchat, and any and all other web based communication applications or social media platforms) with the camper.
Alcohol: In keeping with NC state law, I understand that consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors (under 21) or providing to minors (under 21) while employed by Falling Creek is PROHIBITED (this includes time off and session breaks). I also understand that absolutely NO alcoholic beverages may be brought onto camp property and I may not return to camp under the influence.
Drugs: I understand the use of any drug is absolutely prohibited during my employment with Falling Creek Camp (this includes time off and session breaks even though you are not employed during session breaks). Drug use includes, but is not limited to, the use of controlled substances (including, but not limited to, marijuana since several states have legalized recreational use), prescription drugs not prescribed to me, or other natural or chemical substances used to attain a high, is. As a condition of my employment, I may be required to participate in an initial drug screening, as well as randomized drug screenings throughout my time of employment with Falling Creek Camp, to the extent such screenings are permitted by law.
Tobacco: I understand that Falling Creek Camp is a tobacco free community. Smoking, e-cigarettes, vapor cigarettes or the use of smokeless tobacco is prohibited on camp property or any camp sponsored trip.
Criminal record/ child abuse: I realize that sexual, physical or emotional abuse of any child, or any form of corporal punishment is not allowed. I certify by my signature below that I have never been accused, arrested or convicted of any felony and that I have never been accused, arrested or convicted of any crime related to sexual, physical, or emotional abuse or behavior.
Dietary: It is preferred that Counselors inform Falling Creek of any dietary needs prior to the execution of this agreement. I realize that Falling Creek serves well-balanced meals and snacks, and I also understand that my personal dietary preferences may not always be met while at camp. I understand that, unless a special diet is prescribed by a doctor during a camp session, any new or changed eating habits, practices or dietary restrictions may not be accommodated unless Falling Creek has been given notice prior to the execution of this agreement.
Counselor’s Lair: I understand that the Counselor’s Lair is a place where staff can store approved personal items, in their individually assigned cubbies. I understand that only my approved personal items may only be stored in my individually assigned cubby. I further understand that staff members have access to the Counselors’ Lair on their day off, evening off, and if they are off duty after 10:15pm. I agree and understand that Counselors are responsible for keeping the Lair clean. I also agree and understand that the counselors lair is off limits when on duty (included but not limited to visiting the Lair before or after meals, or between activities, unless given permission).
Internet Access: I understand that, being in a rural location, the bandwidth available to our campus is limited and, at times, must be reserved for general camp operations. The Dining Hall internet access is shut off at midnight, as we strongly encourage our staff to get a full night’s rest and be ready for the next morning.
Social Network Policy: Falling Creek Camp views social networking sites (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.), personal web sites, and Weblogs positively and respects the right of employees to use them as a medium of self-expression. I understand and agree that if I choose to identify myself as an employee of Falling Creek Camp on such Internet venues, readers of such web sites or blogs may view me as a representative or spokesperson of the camp. As a member of the Falling Creek staff, I understand that my reputation as a youth development professional and the Camp’s reputation as an organization are “on the line” anytime that I am “online”. When engaging in social media, I agree to the following:
- I agree to look critically at my online profile to make sure all photos and comments reflect positively on my character and I agree to delete any posts that cast you or your friends in a derogatory light.
- I agree not to harass, threaten, libel, bully or intimidate other employees or campers. I understand that bullying or harassment include but are not limited to, comments that are derogatory with respect to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, color, or disability; sexually suggestive, humiliating, or demeaning comments; and threats to stalk, haze, or physically injure another employee or camper.
- I agree not use obscenities, profanity, or vulgar language.
- I agree not to post picture of campers or other employees on any social media without obtaining written permission.
- I agree not to “friend,” “follow,” “add,” or otherwise associate with campers on any social media (including messaging, liking, or
commenting on their pictures or posts, etc), WITHOUT PARENTAL PERMISSION FIRST.
- I agree to respect all copyright and other intellectual property laws and I agree to provide references and accurately cite
copyrighted works in my online communications.
- I agree not to infringe on Falling Creek’s logo, brand, name, taglines, slogans or other trademarks.
I understand that violation of these policies may lead to disciplinary actions, up to and including, termination. I further understand and agree that nothing contained in this Social Media Policy is meant to prohibit, limit or impede an employee’s right to express themselves or exercise any other protected activities under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act.
Falling Creek Camp does host & sponsor social networking sites:
Electronics/cell phones: In keeping with the camp’s unplugged atmosphere, I agree to keep all electronics, laptops, cell phones, chargers, tablets, etc. out of sight and out of reach from campers. I agree to store my approved electronics in my assigned cubby in the Counselors’ Lair or in my personal vehicle. I agree that I will not keep them in my cabin, on my person, or in my backpack. I realize that personal cell phones can only be used in the Counselor’s Lair, or designated area, or off camp property during my specified time off. A small CD or Mp3 player is permitted to play appropriate and approved (music players that connect that connect to internet or also serve as a phone can not be used) music as further detailed in the Music Policy below.
Music: Music played at camp or on a camp sponsored trip must be appropriate for all ages. Explicit lyrics that reference drugs, alcohol, sex, profanity, or racism have no place at Falling Creek. We have made exceptions for traditional camp songs such as “Mountain Dew”.
- Since inappropriate music is frequently played on radio stations, only appropriate/approved CDs and mp3 (music only) players are used. Computers, phones, or similar devices are not allowed for playing music, whether in the cabin, van or off-site.
- Appropriate music may be played in a cabin during clean up in the morning and “Call to Quarters” in the evening, at an appropriate volume so as not to disturb neighboring cabins. Music may not be played, at all, during rest hour or after the lights out bell.
- Since ear buds and headphones are inconsistent with the purpose of music at camp, they are only to be used by staff while they are off duty and not with campers, however the use at any time is highly discouraged.
- Music is not to be played during activity periods unless approved by a director for a special program.
Vehicles: I understand and agree that personal cars are to be kept in the staff parking areas only. I agree to make certain that my car is pulled far enough forward so that it does not block the delivery areas, emergency lanes or any roadways. I agree to make sure that my vehicle, at no time, blocks any of the dumpsters in the back of the parking lot. I understand that if my vehicle blocks a dumpster, I will be held responsible for the charges to call back the dumpster truck. I understand and agree that personal cars are not to be driven around the camp property and at no time should campers be transported in private vehicles. No staff members or campers are allowed to ride in the back of pick-up trucks at any time for any reason.
We ask that you drive carefully and at a slower rate of speed on the roads to and from camp. This is for safety, as well as courtesy to our friends and neighbors along the Green River and Bob’s Creek roads. If you are running late, please slow down and call camp versus speeding!
Personal Appearance: I understand that I will set a good example in clothing and appearance while at camp. New body piercing, tattoos, and extreme hair coloring/cutting are not permitted during employment at Falling Creek Camp unless given specific permission by the Directors. Staff members will not be allowed to display body piercings or tattoos that would detract from an appropriate professional image. While there are many personalities and styles at Falling Creek, it is expected that Counselors will maintain good hygiene practices and a well-kept appearance (including shaving and/or proper grooming of facial hair). Beards and Mustaches are fine if you arrive with them and they are properly groomed, but growing facial hair while at camp is not approved. While at camp, I understand I will be required to be properly shaved for opening/closing days and special camp events such as dances with girls’ camps, etc. I also understand that I will be required to wear a white staff shirt on opening and closing days and during special camp events as requested. Hats, headbands and sunglasses are not acceptable on opening and closing days. It is expected that staff set a good example for campers regarding attire and are mindful of what is printed on t-shirts (examples being no beer/alcohol, tobacco, firearms, etc.). I agree and understand that all FCC staff must dress professionally, modestly, and appropriately for the given camp activities. Under garments of any kind should not be visible. Men should wear appropriate swim trunks and women are required to wear one-piece or tankini bathing suits (midriff must be completely covered). Extreme cut-outs, triangle tops, and bottoms that tie are not allowed. Outside of water activities, a shirt and shorts or cover up is to be worn over the bathing suit. If I have any questions about whether my attire or appearance is appropriate or in compliance with this policy, I agree to ask a director before wearing the attire or altering my appearance.
Footwear: To prevent injuries, staff and campers are required to wear appropriate footwear at all times. Athletic shoes must be worn for all sports and active games. Crocs, flip-flops, and sandals without a heel strap are not appropriate for camp. Due to our varied terrain and active culture, closed-toe shoes and socks are recommended.
Rest / time off: I understand that I need to maintain a healthy amount of sleep to insure I am ready to be the best I can be. I understand that the Counselor’s Lair closes at midnight and that I am expected to be in my cabin at this time (unless I am on my day off). I understand that all staff need time away from camp to rest and recharge your “batteries” to be ready to fulfill your Counselor obligations. Time off is not suggested as a time for long travel or trips. Reading is an enjoyable, worthwhile endeavor, but is limited to time off and only when Counselors are off-duty.
Role model: I understand that campers are very impressionable and look up to me as a role model. I pledge to provide a positive image through my actions on duty and off. I will take special care in the language I use at all times, especially with campers. Profanity, poor sportsmanship, and the sharing of inappropriate stories or behavior have no place at Falling Creek Camp. Since the camp community is year round, I will also agree to represent myself appropriately in regards to social networking on the Internet and in other public forums.
Visitors: I understand that if I plan to have visitors at camp, I will notify and gain the approval of Jim Goodrum, Staffing Director, with proper and reasonable notice. I understand that visitors are only allowed during my specified time off and that they are not permitted to stay on camp property overnight. I understand that my visitors must adhere to the same rules as Counselors while on camp property. I understand and agree that I am responsible for my visitors and their actions while they are on camp property.
Weapons: I understand that the property of Falling Creek is a weapons free zone. Possession and/or use on Falling Creek property of firearms or other dangerous weapons, or ammunition, explosives, and potential ingredients thereof, is forbidden by Camp policy. To possess or carry, openly or concealed of any firearm or dangerous weapon constitutes a violation. The policy extends to privately owned vehicles on camp property and any property owned or operated by Falling Creek. The no weapons policy is also in effect on all Falling Creek sponsored trips. Falling Creek makes exception for the marksmanship programs (Air Rifle and Archery) and firearms brought to camp by the head of Riflery, William Scott, for educational purposes. Staff and campers 13 years of age and older are allowed to responsibly use a small pocketknife following the stated guidelines. The Camp may make other occasional exceptions, on a case-by-case basis. In all such cases, advanced approval must be obtained by the Camp Directors, Yates or Marisa Pharr.
Wellness: If I become ill or injured, I understand the importance of reporting to the health center immediately and not putting others at risk. I will also be diligent and observant regarding my campers’ health. I understand that I am financially responsible for any prescribed medications or procedures that are not otherwise covered by Workers Compensation.
I understand that I am responsible for carrying my own comprehensive accident and illness insurance. Our local insurance agency has several short-term, affordable health and accident insurance policies available for staff if I am not otherwise covered by my own policy or family policy. I agree to contact the staffing director prior to the summer if I need assistance with acquiring the appropriate insurance.
Working at camp is a demanding and fun job. With any type of employment, we depend on each and every member of the team to perform at a high level and fully execute the camp’s mission. The expectations are high and so are the rewards. To ensure that we are producing at a high level, it is imperative that everyone be in the best possible health. Proper nutrition, sleep and exercise are essential to having a successful summer. Staff are expected to go to bed by midnight at the latest on days that they are on duty.
Counselor participation in camp activities: I understand that in order to participate in camp activities, I must participate in the same preps, training, and required progressions as the campers and must adhere to all safety guidelines and instructions, including mandatory use of helmets in whitewater paddling, biking, riding, and climbing and approved PFD’s when sailing or paddling. I understand that Counselors may not use the archery or riflery range, climbing wall, or horses without specific approval by that activity leader and proper supervision by those activity counselors. I understand that Counselors may not use any aquatic facilities or watercraft without proper lifeguard/ staff supervision. I understand that staff members may not use any camp equipment or supplies without the specific approval of the activity leader. Also, no counselor may ever take the place of a camper on any trip or in any activity. The one area that is completely off-limits to the staff, and any adults, is the Blob. I understand that only staff that have passed the swim test may only use the waterfront if and when the appropriate lifeguard coverage is available.