Counselor

FOR ALL STAFF POSITIONS:

Minimum Qualifications

  • Commitment to the Christian faith, and a reasonable ability to articulate that commitment in ways appropriate to Christikon’s ministry and constituency.
  • Desire and ability to live together and work with other staff and with campers in an intensive and intentional Christian community.
  • Good character, integrity, adaptability, enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, self-control.
  • Maturity, common sense, good judgment.
  • Desire and ability to live in, work in and move about the mountainous terrain in which the camp is located.
  • Ability to accept guidance and supervision.
  • At least one year beyond high school, and at least 19 years of age during the camping season.

General Responsibilities

  • Carry out and provide necessary support for Christikon’s camping program in ways appropriate to Christikon’s Mission Statement.
  • Share responsibility for shaping a community of staff, campers and other guests that is grounded in Christian faith.
  • Follow and support Christikon goals, policies and procedures, and interpret them to campers, guests, and other staff.
  • Plan and lead worship, Bible study introductions, and group recreation as assigned.
  • Prepare for and participate in staff meetings and supervisory conferences.
  • Complete evaluations at the end of each camp session.
  • Lead “interest groups” during camp sessions according to one’s skills, background and interests, and as time and other assigned responsibilities permit.

COUNSELOR

Responsible to: Director. At times also responsible to Support Staff who are in supervisory roles (e.g. Head Cook, Lodge Supervisor, Trails Room Coordinator, Secretary, Heath Care Manager, Maintenance Supervisor.

General Responsibility: Assume responsibility for safety, health, social development and spiritual growth of assigned campers.

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Learn the likes, dislikes, hopes and special needs of assigned campers.
  2. Recognize and respond to opportunities for problem solving in the group.
  3. Develop opportunities for interaction between campers and staff.
  4. Provide opportunities for discussion of individual or group problems or concerns.
  5. Help each camper meet the goals established by the camp for camper development.
  6. Carry out established roles for supervising camper health.
  7. Carry out established roles in enforcing camp safety regulations.
  8. Instruct campers in emergency procedures.

General Responsibility: Carry out camp programs.

Specific Responsibilities

  1. In on-site program, reside in cabin and provide supervision for campers assigned to cabin, including personal hygiene, rising and retiring times, and cabin clean-up.
  2. In on-site program, lead “family group” in program activities, including Bible study and discussion, service projects, hiking and overnights, games and other recreation, small-group worship, and cleaning duties in kitchen and bath house.
  3. In trails programs, lead backpack and/or CreationCare and/or Wayfarers groups, working closely with one other counselor.
  4. Help campers plan their participation in “family group” and camp-wide programs, special events, and activities.
  5. Serve in Support Service position(s) one or more sessions as assigned.
  6. These are not the only duties to be performed. Some duties may be reassigned and other duties may be assigned as required.

Essential Functions

  1. Strength and endurance to maintain constant supervision of campers.
  2. Ability to communicate and work with assigned campers, and to provide them with necessary instruction.
  3. Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques.
  4. Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to camp activities.
  5. Mobility, strength and endurance to lead campers on hikes, overnights, and longer-term backpacks in mountainous terrain.

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