Counselor/teachers are part of a camping team that seeks to help hurting children and families. Three counselor/teachers live and work with a group of 10 campers in a primitive campsite setting. Counselor/teachers provide the primary care and leadership
in the program planning and group process problem solving. The counselor teachers set out forming caring relationships, having adventures, following an educational planning process, establishing routines for living, teaching problem solving skills, meal planning,
cooking, planning and embarking on a 2-4 week expedition trips such as lake, river/canoe, backpack and road trips. They will also lead songs and devotionals during share time, chapel and Vespers services.
All these efforts are directed to building a healthy relationship with youth and to helping them resolve past issues and current life conflicts as well as guide them in making right decisions. As positive relationship develops, counselor/teachers find
opportunities to share their faith in Christ or help them grow in their spiritual lives that can meet the deep needs in the campers’ lives. We plan for the youth and their families to be reunited and help them tie in to a local church.
The counselor/teacher will live outdoors year-round in tent shelters built and maintained by the group, and take extended expedition trips periodically such as a two to four week trip – lake,
river, backpack and road trip (this will require the counselor/teacher to work longer than the regular five days a week) with his group. Normal work schedule is 5 days straight on, 2 days off (not necessarily weekends). They would be responsible for the
welfare and progress of their group as a whole as well as for understanding the needs, interests and desires of each camper; and implement through camp program activities each camper’s I.E.P. (Individual Education Plan).
He or she should welcome challenges and high stress that comes with working and living with at-risk youth and facing and confronting their problems head-on. They will also be responsible for helping with the regular formal evaluations of campers’ progress
in relation to their defined goals; and other reports, medical files and forms that are due weekly. The counselor/teacher will
lead their group to accomplish their plans each week such as tent building, campsite maintenance, routine chores, chopping wood, woodcarving, weekly cookouts, a hands-on experiential education program, educational daytrips, and trip planning
as well as leading songs and devotionals/messages for after each meal programs and Sunday and Wednesday services. Three counselors per group share these responsibilities and alternate time off. Time off housing is provided. A week off for Thanksgiving and
for Christmas as well as two weeks paid vacation are given annually (every five weeks, the campers go for home visits and the counselor/teachers get a short break of about 3 days).
Applicants should have a passion for Christ and youth. They should welcome challenges and be no stranger to hard work (sawing trees and carrying heavy objects like trees, backpacks, canoes, etc…). Other necessary qualities include a love for the outdoors,
enjoying working with others to get things done, excellent physical health (often there is no medical care within a 10 mile walk), strong leadership abilities, a willingness to learn and grow, and a positive servant attitude. Whether it is fishing, swimming,
playing group games, or cleaning up after a bed wetter, they should be able to commit to being involved in whatever the boys are doing 100%. It is crucial that the applicant be able willing to face his own problems and weaknesses. They should possess strong
communication and relational skills, self-initiative and emotional stability. Due to the intense nature of the ministry, personal integrity is a must on and off duty. To accomplish this an individual must have the self-discipline necessary to prioritize
spiritual disciplines to stay grounded and nurture their faith.