Our Summer Staff
We hand pick our summer staff of about 35 young (and young at heart) adults who are chosen for their ability to share a strong Christian faith, character, maturity, creativity and ability to work with children. Staff spend over a week in training before campers arrive learning what you expect of a Holmes camp experience, how to engage campers quickly into camp groups, how to cook over a campfire, as well as receive certifications in American Red Cross First Aid and CPR. Some also learn specialty skills (lifeguarding, ropes course and initiative facilitation and archery instruction). Our dedicated staff come from churches in the United States and around the world to share faith and broad world views as we live faith together at Holmes.
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Summer Staff Positions
We are looking for persons with a Christian Faith to share who are interested in working with children for 7-8 weeks during the summer. Pay starts at $250.00 per week, plus meals and housing.
Staff Training begins for the whole staff June 23, 2018, with opportunities to receive optional certifications beginning June 18. Staff will end the summer on August 12, 2018, with time to close up summer facilities and celebrate our summer together. Some positions have longer time commitments, or the opportunity for longer time commitments.
We are looking for young adults and adults who:
- Have a strong Christian Faith to share
- Are interested in working with children
- Work well with children
- Are interested in a summer of mission work
- Are interested in developing Christian leadership skills
- Are at least 18 years old
There are opportunities for service and learning in the following job categories:
Group Counselors: Will live with campers, help develop weekly schedule of activities and lead Christian Growth of camper groups. During the course of the summer, counselors will work with both our Day and Residential programs, and with a variety of ages.
Assistant Program Directors: Will provide supervision of campers and staff. Assist with planning and implementation of Staff Training. Meet and greet each camper and their parents on arrival and closing program. Coordinate and circulate schedules. Support and encourage staff in their work with campers. Additional responsibilities will include rainy day activities, participation in Bible study and implementing meals and evening programs. This position requires a minimum age of 21.
Chaplain: Will serve as the Christian Education professional and Chaplain for the staff, campers and volunteers. Provide spiritual direction and support for campers and staff. Assist in the developing and implement the summer curriculum, including leading daily Bible Studies and Vesper Services. Additional responsibilities will include rainy day activities, participation in meals and evening programs. This position requires a minimum age of 21.
Challenge Course Director: Will provide supervision of the Challenge Course Staff and activities. Assist with planning and implementation of Ropes and Staff Training. Lead groups through teambuilding, initiatives and high ropes courses and debrief with groups to integrate learning’s into the Christian Education theme. Maintain accurate and safe records, logs and equipment. Additional responsibilities will include rainy day activities, participation in Bible study, meals and evening programs.
Waterfront Director: Will provide supervision of Waterfront Staff/Lifeguards and activities. Assist with planning and implementation of Aquatics and Staff Training. Lead groups in general swim, swimming lessons, and boating and canoeing on our three lakes. Coordinate the waterfront schedule for campers and staff both on and offsite. Additional responsibilities will include rainy day activities, participation in Bible study, meals and evening programs. This position needs to have Lifeguard and WSI Certifications. It would be helpful if they had a Lifeguard Instructor Certification as well. We may be able to provide or assist with finding training. This position requires a minimum age of 21.
Lifeguards: Will provide general swim supervision, swimming lessons, and boating and canoeing supervision on our three lakes. This waterfront staff needs to have Lifeguard Certification (we can provide training for strong swimmers). Additional responsibilities will include rainy day activities, assisting with camper groups as needed, participation in Bible study, meals and evening program. It is preferable that lifeguards live on site.
Activity Coordinators: Will coordinate activity scheduling and supplies for daily activities, such as arts and crafts, bakery, archery, music, and drama. Will lead activities for camper groups as necessary. Will manage Canteen, maintaining accurate records of camper accounts and inventory. Will coordinate supplies for cookouts and packouts with Kitchen staff. Additional responsibilities will include serving as supplemental supervision for camper groups, leading rainy day activities, planning and leading evening programs and vesper, participation in Bible Study and meals.
Environmental Educator: Develop and lead nature lessons with camper groups enabling them to discover the diversity of God’s creation in our camp surroundings. Work with Farmer to lead educational tours and lessons, plant and harvest at The Farm.
Media Specialist: Take high quality digital photographs and videos of all camper groups and activities each day. Upload and organize all photographs and videos. Assist in developing marketing materials for the summer camp program using photographs and videos taken.
Want to apply for one of these positions?
If you have any questions about working at Holmes as part of the summer staff, please contact Natasha Taylor, Summer Camp and Youth Programs Director by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (845) 878-6383.
The Presbyterian Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer for those with a demonstrated commitment to Christ’s service.