About The Job
What We Expect From Our Staff
- THE JOB
Each staff person will serve the Camp to the best of her/his ability in the specific capacity for which she/he has been hired, or in any capacity which, in the discretion of the Director, will benefit the Camp or Campers. Because of the unique nature of the Camp situation, it is not possible to specifically list every facet of responsibility that one assumes by accepting a Camp position. Therefore, it is understood that Staff Members accept the task of doing all things that may be necessary to ensure the success of this job and the general good and welfare of the Camp and all the Campers in attendance.
- HAVING CAMPERS INVOLVED IN PROGRAM PLANNING
Talking with campers, finding out their interests, discussing individually and as a group what may be possible programmatically. Trying to plan with them to meet and augment their interests - so they recognize that it's their program. Early Morning ski, tennis and swim periods are a stimulus to good use of time and facilities; it's a real change of pace and will help you provide your campers with more time in these popular areas.
- PROJECTS AND THEMES
These are a must if you intend to work at White Pine. They are a challenge to your campers and provide them with a memorable and rich program -- tapping their imagination and creative abilities while also exposing them to a variety of camp areas in innovative ways.
A project produces a tangible result. It requires thought and planning so as to make a genuine contribution, rather than being an exercise in the passage of time and waste of materials. Possibilities include decorating an area, building something, creating a movie or building a campsite.
A theme is a more comprehensive approach. It may involve a project, music, dance, costumes, construction, camping out, etc., etc.
- INDIVIDUALIZATION OF YOUR CAMPERS IS A KEY
This means knowing them, their interests, what they are most proud of, their needs, abilities, fears, skills, etc. That means spending time with them -- talking, listening, playing, problem-solving. You will get the most satisfaction by working hard in this area.
- PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT
The exact start dates vary from year to year. However, Staff employment usually begins in the third week of June until the end of the third week of August. The first few days of employment will consist of pre-camp training prior to the arrival of the campers.
- CAMPER ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES
All Staff, at the discretion of the Director, may be detailed to assist at points of camper arrivals and departures during the season.
- HEALTH AND PERSONAL PROPERTY
The Camp will provide a Health History Form to be completed by the Staff Member. This Health History Form can be sent to the camp office in early June, or brought to camp by the Staff Member.
The Camp shall not be responsible for any damage, loss or theft of any Staff Member's personal property, howsoever caused.
- PERSONAL CONDUCT
Bearing in mind that children emulate their elders and that we should set good examples, Staff are expected to dress, groom and conduct themselves accordingly.
- DRUGS OR ALCOHOL - anyone possessing drugs or alcohol in their belongings, anyone using drugs or alcohol, or anyone in the presence of someone using drugs or alcohol will be sent home immediately for the remainder of the summer. No discussions or second chances.
- STEALING - anyone who takes another person's belongings without permission will be sent home for the remainder of the summer.
- SMOKING - is not permitted in view of children on the camp grounds or on camp trips. Smoking may be done only in designated areas and times and with extreme caution (because of fire hazard).
- ABUSE - staff are not permitted to physically threaten and unreasonably punish campers. Physical abuse such as hitting, arm twisting, or exposing campers unnecessarily to the elements are not permitted. Verbal or emotional abuse such as threatening, swearing, and demeaning a camper reflect one's own frustrations. Staff must seek help rather than lose their temper. Any staff person who abuses another individual (camper or staff) will be dismissed immediately.
- LEAVING CAMP - leaving camp before your day off commences, or at any time (other than actually on your day off) without getting permission from the Director is NOT allowed.
- PHYSICAL APPEARANCE
Staff are asked to not change their physical appearance while at camp (e.g., dyeing hair, body piercing, tattoos).
- NIGHT WATCH DUTY
Night Watch is an important aspect and is a serious job, not only in terms of preserving peace and quiet, but in terms of health and safety. Raids are absolutely prohibited. You are on duty, visiting every cabin every 30 minutes, keeping down noise, stopping any running around by campers, assisting in medical problems, accidents, fears, etc. --- in essence, helping kids settle down and sleep.