How old do I have to be?
All counselors are required to be at least 18 years old. No exception can be made to this rule. If you are not 18 yet, consider volunteering on an operations crew for a week or more this summer to see what it's all about.
What will I be doing for nine whole weeks?
Counselor Training: You'll be getting acquainted with camp property, policies and procedures while helping prepare the camp for the busy summer. You will learn how to work with your fellow counselors, have time to prepare yourself and your cabin for the summer and receive vital training on how to effectively work with your campers. During this time, we'll be conducting any final tweaks to our program and facilities for the summer.
Trail Ridge Experience: During this special camp just for families, you'll be helping facilitate all the camp activities and interacting with our guests.
Counseling: You will be living in a cabin with a group of campers assigned to your care. You'll be spending all of your time with the campers leading and guiding them throughout the week. If any of the weeks of summer camp are not full of campers, extra counselors will be used to help run programming or oversee a group of volunteer operations staff.
Post-Camp: After camp is over, counselors participate in debrief sessions, learn to host a guest group and help close down the camp for the end of the summer.
This schedule looks pretty busy. Will I have any free time?
Most of your free time will be on the weekends. During the weeks of camp, you'll be allowed to leave for the weekend about noon, and you'll need to be back on Sunday afternoon as we'll need to brief everyone for the next week of camp. Weeks of camp are busy, and you'll work long hours. We believe strongly in "Work Hard; Play Hard; Nap Hard!" You'll need to learn to manage your time in order to most effectively minister to our guests this summer.
How much money will I make this summer?
Counselors will be paid $300/week. You’ll be provided lodging and food during your time at camp as well.
I have a previous commitment that would not allow me to be there the entire time? Can we work something out?
Possibly. If you are interested in the position, fill out the application. Disclose the date(s) you will not be available to be at camp, and we will see what we can do.
Are there things I'll have to do before camp?
Yes. You'll need to develop cabin devotion discussions (one for each day). You'll be assigned a skill time to coordinate an hour long program and activities for campers each day. You'll also need to be preparing yourself physically and spiritually for this summer. Specifics will be given upon acceptance.
I've heard there's more to this job than just counseling. What's that about?
Trail Ridge is small-staffed family environment. When you aren't working as a counselor, you'll be helping with day to day camp operations including maintenance, housekeeping, helping in the kitchen among other things. Helping out in other areas around camp is a great way to be a team player and help with the day to day needs of camp.
I still have more questions. What do I do?
We’d be happy to talk to you. Either call the camp office at 608-489-3810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.