What else does Christikon look for in staff people?
Maturity: Staff people carry a great deal of responsibility during the season, so maturity of judgment and character are essential.
Health: To carry out staff responsibilities adequately, you need to be in appropriate physical condition for a summer of vigorous living, hiking, and backpacking. If you have special dietary or medical needs, you must discuss those with the director during the application process so that we can determine our ability to meet those considerations.
Character: As a Christikon staff person you will work closely with campers and other staff people in an intense community setting. So you need to be open, sensitive, and able to adapt to a wide variety of people and situations. At the same time, you need to have a good sense of who you are and what’s important to you. And, as with most areas of life, a sense of humor never hurts.
Skills and Interests: General camping and backpacking skills are often helpful but are not necessary prior to the summer. Christikon provides you with three weeks of training (two weeks on-site and one week on a backpack) to prepare you for providing leadership in the Christikon life. At the same time, your participation is enhanced by the special skills, interests, and certifications you bring to camp with you (e.g., in ecology, geology, plant/animal identification, art, music, drama, crafts etc.).
CPR and Wilderness First Aid: In order to comply with American Camp Association (ACA) standards, all staff is certified in CPR and Wilderness First Aid (we provide you in both during staff training). But if you already have those certifications prior to coming to Christikon, you will receive a salary bonus (see the information on compensation).
A word on food: Eating together is a significant part of the Christikon life, and the meal is a chief metaphor in the way we shape our life together (see comments above). Staff participation in meals also has a programmatic impact, embodying the responsible use of food and gratitude for the giftedness of the meal. All our meals are served family style and offer a nutritious and well-balanced diet. We do seek to accommodate allergies or other medical limitations that prevent sharing in certain foods. We ask that you be willing to accommodate your preferences when necessary for the good of the whole (i.e. participate in the meal even if the menu item wouldn’t normally be your first choice).