PURPOSE: Leadership for a group of campers in the
QUALIFICATIONS: A group counselor should
1. Be a committed Christian with a dedication to the
church. His/her life should exemplify the Christian way
of life. Each counselor is called upon to spread the
"good news" of the gospel and should be a facilitator of
growth and change.
2. Have some training and/or experience in small-group
camping and camping skills.
3. Attend pre-camp training event or orientation.
4. Be able to relate to others, especially children
5. Have some ability in group dynamics.
6. Possess some knowledge of the characteristics of the
particular age group.
7. Show interest and desire in being a facilitator and
be understanding of and open to any problem or concern
of the camper. Give honest answers to questions.
8. Exhibit knowledge of responsibilities.
9. Be 18 years of age or older and exhibit maturity of
emotions and thought.
10. Must complete the online Sexual Abuse and Molestation Awareness curriculum
pass each of the three
modules prior to the start of camp.
11. Must be able to attend the mandatory staff training
prior to the beginning of camp.
RESPONSIBILITIES: It is expected that each
counselor will —
1. Abide by SLUMBER FALLS CAMP POLICIES and PROCEDURES.
2. Live with a small group of 5-8 campers (cabin group)
and be a friend who is worthy of respect; a counselor is
not just one of the boys or girls and must be
responsible for physical, emotional and spiritual
well-being of the camper. Counselor is responsible to
know where his/her campers are at all times.
3. Share responsibilities for a co-ed family group of
l0-l2 campers with a co-counselor.
4. Guide campers in following all camp policies,
procedures and rules and must be willing to abide by the
same rules by which the campers themselves live. (Lights
out, rise-up time, morning watch, promptness at meals,
wearing of shoes, etc.)
5. Guide campers in participation in group, individual,
and all-camp activities. The counselor should encourage
healthy relationships and competition between campers
6. Practice good, effective, and shared leadership with
co-counselor and campers.
7. Practice Christian principles in group
decision-making, and help campers to understand these
principles and live their faith. Counselors should be
able to stimulate interest in the beauty of God's love,
God's world, God's purposes.
8. Participate in all activities with the group and must
be willing to involve and submerge themselves in the
activities of the group.
9. Cooperate with the authority and duties of hired camp
10. Act as host/hostess in dining hall during meals. Sit
with campers in dining hall.
11. Supervise camper chores (restroom, cabin and grounds
clean-up, dining hall duties, etc.)
12. Begin the week prepared, ready and rested for the
13. Greet campers and parents on opening day, and help
campers settle in and adjust.
14. Plan activities for the campers with co-counselor,
15. Assist in program activities with Event Director, as
16. Give aid to less experienced counselors.
17. Report to Camp Director matters s/he cannot handle,
e.g., discipline, communication problems with staff or
18. Must prevent romantic entanglements which could
disrupt the life of the whole camp and destroy the
a. Set tone for end-of-week camper evaluation.
b. Fill out evaluation form thoroughly.
c. Participate in end-of-week evaluation session.