To give you a better picture of what it takes to be a counselor at Camp Sonshine, we’ve included a sample of our job description for you to look over. Don’t let this scare you away, but allow the weight of what is expected of you to sink in and take some time to become familiar with what some of your responsibilities may include this summer. Our extensive staff orientation will not only prepare you to survive, but will equip you to thrive!
- At least 18 years of age, have completed at least one year of college, or have special arrangements made with the directors
- Training and/or experience in ministry and in working with children
- A born again Christian with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Desire and ability to work with children in an outdoor camp environment
- Skilled in relating to children individually and in groups (i.e. group management, discipline, motivation)
- Able to identify and respond to hazards, and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of individual campers within camper group
- Physical ability to endure the strenuous physical challenges of camp life, including ability to walk, run, and lift in order to assist campers and others as needed
- Able to see, hear and verbally respond to a camper in distress
- Ability to relate to one’s peer group
- Ability to actively listen to campers and other counselors in order to offer support, encouragement, and positive feedback.
- Willingness to take care of self (physically, emotionally, spiritually) in order to perform responsibilities with excellence
- Attitude: positive, willingness, flexibility, enthusiastic, teachable
- Has a vision and personal goals for the position
- Able to see the overall picture of camp and it’s long term effects
- Ability to build trust and unity with individual counselors as well as the entire staff
- Able to be relatable by being fun & friendly, having a sense of humor, and patient
- Demonstrates high levels of integrity, servant hood, willingness to model tasks & attitudes
- Able to be creative and consistent in encouragement and appreciation
- Ability to give, as well as receive, guidance and supervision
To develop genuine and meaningful relationships with campers and to ensure their physical, emotional, and spiritual growth and safety.
- Cultivate personal relationships with each camper in your group.
- Attend all training sessions prior to camp.
- Plan and facilitate Counselor Planned Activities as required by your schedule.
- Monitor camper interactions to ensure a safe environment both physically and emotionally.
- Actively participate in all camp activities and encourage involvement from each camper.
- Encourage and support campers through verbal praise and positive reinforcement.
- Utilizing the behavior management philosophy through the use of warning, time-outs, and the involvement of camp directors as needed.
- Inform directors of any and all camper or staff problems.
- Complete and turn in all required counselor reports by the given deadlines.
- Attend all required meetings during camp season including the following:
- Daily morning meetings 7:00am-7:30am
- Evening meetings and debriefs 6:00pm-7:00pm
- Tuesday evening staff gatherings 6:30pm-7:30pm
- Any and all unscheduled meetings
- Work on action teams as assigned each session.
- Evaluate the current season and make suggestions for the following seasons.
- Monitor camp grounds; troubleshoot for areas to improve.
- Set a good example for campers and others in cleanliness, punctuality, sharing in clean-up and action team duties, sportsmanship, good attitude, and modeling Christian values and morals.
- Faithfully pray for all of the campers in your group and their families.
- Help plan and facilitate various all-camp-activities and special programming elements as needed.
- Share in the facilitation of the Saturday morning Parent Breakfasts.
- These are not the only duties to be performed. Some duties may be reassigned and other duties may be assigned as required.
- Head Counselors
- Program Managers
- Camp Directors