Become a Camp Counselor
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 summarized below.
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 will teach in one or more activities that he or she is qualified to teach or instruct. These are determined by the Directors based on your 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, programs and games, and 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
- The physical demands described here are a representative of those that must be met by a counselor to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the counselor is regularly required to stand, walk, run and sit for prolonged periods of time on uneven terrain in a mountain top environment. The counselor is also required to use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The counselor may occasionally have to move or lift a minimum of 25 lbs.
- 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. The counselor is responsible 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
- All Counselors are required to be currently certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR. All adventure staff and tripping staff are required to have at a minimum, Wilderness Advance First Aid and CPR.
- Specialized activities may require additional certifications by a recognized certifying third party.
- 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.