9.Staff are chosen from a variety of church connections. A personal faith in God through Jesus Christ and a servant heart are primary features along with experience with the age group. The youngest staff position enters into the kitchen washing dishes and learning how to serve at camp. They're known as "Chili Dogs". Positions are filled with volunteers with hearts to serve and share the Lord.
Position availability is proportional to the number of campers registered. Selection of staff is based upon the completion of an application which evaluates their faith, experience, and references. A background check is performed on all staff from the Washington State Patrol. We take staff positions seriously with the needs of campers in our heart.
The following is a list of general characteristic requirements that make a great staff candidate.
1. Staff Age – fourteen to adult 2. Faith – Their life shows evidence of their Faith in Christ, and they are in agreement with the Doctrine of the Christian and Missionary Alliance 3. Experience working in Children’s ministry (preferred); Serving with CEF (Child Evangelism Fellowship), AWANA, Sunday School or VBS program with children camp ages and other Christian organizations. 4. Provide personal references from other ministry leaders who have seen staff work with children successfully 5. Energy to work with children 24/7 6. Time off from work or other responsibilities during camp week 7. Willingness to sacrifice personal goals and agenda’s to work as a part of the camp team 8. Able to follow a schedule and leadership 9. Able to attend staff training on Saturday, August 4th
Physical, Emotional, Spiritual Demands
Working on staff at a week-long, overnight junior camp can be physically, emotionally and spiritually exhausting.
One ought to be physically capable of walking, running, sleeping in vastly different temperatures, and operating with less sleep than normal. Physically, counselors and CITs are moving all day, playing physical games, walking to and from the cabin clusters to the activity places and meeting needs of the campers. Kitchen workers are preparing food, cleaning dishes, mopping floors and moving chairs and tables. Directors, program and operations staff are managing and executing the schedule, games and crafts, caring for and cleaning the grounds.
Emotionally, counselors and CITs, especially, are in the "trenches" with the campers 24/7. They are with 5-7 young "strangers" for whom they are caring, learning about their needs, their personalities and their capabilities. A counselor or CIT needs to be especially capable of patiently leading, guiding, teaching and these young campers, many of whom have not been away from home for more than a few days. Counselors/CITs need to work in cooperation, communicate well, practice peacekeeping and establish an appropriate chain-of-command within the cabin. Chili dogs are expected to work together as a team, problem solve and resolve conflict responsibly.
Spiritually, campers are at an age where the are either still just gathering information or they are beginning to process what they know to understand how things work together. Some may have strong knowledge of the Bible, others may not. Some ask difficult questions. Others may fall asleep during the meetings or evening devotions. One responsibility of the staff personnel is to be praying for the campers and for one another. Our mission is to present the Gospel to those who have not heard or understood it and to disciple those who have professed Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Any and all staff personnel ought to be prepared to present the Gospel message at any time...if not with your words, then with your actions.
Good preparation begins now through prayer and planning. Plan your schedule the week prior to camp, protecting your time so that you don't arrive at camp exhausted. Learn and practice conflict resolution and peacemaking skills. Pray for the staff, the campers, the speakers and the plans. The enemy does not want us to succeed. He comes to steal, kill and destroy, but Christ has come to bring abundant life (John 10:10). He will prepare you and sustain you through this amazing week of ministry.
What to Bring
Sleeping bag, Pillow (optional)
Towels (one to swim one to wash)
Washcloth, Soap and Shampoo, Comb or Brush
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Closed Toe Shoes suitable for field games
Sandals to wear to showers or go to the beach
Jacket and Sweater
Staff Shirt will be provided on Training Day
Camp Clothes for 6 days, t-shirts and long shorts required (just above the knee)
Swimsuit (2 piece swimsuits must be covered by a t-shirt)
Flashlight, Bible / Pencil or Pen
Bug Spray, Sun Screen
Envelopes with home mailing address on them. (often campers do not know their mailing address to send letters home.)
Decorations for your cabin
Clock for your cabin
What Notto Bring?
(in the cabin) Phones
Andriods, Electronic Games
Cash or Candy in suitcases
Medications in suitcases (nurse must keep)
Fire or matches
Clothing not allowed; tank tops, questionable wording on t-shirts, spandex
"We seek to be a camp who knows Jesus, Exalts Him as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King While connecting to His Great Commission." C.A.M.A. Kids Camp Millersylvania State Campground