Questions New Counselors Ask
What's It Like to Work at Camps Connect?
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Q: What kind of training will I receive?
A: Our one-week staff training (orientation) is a very comprehensive program covering all important topics and activity areas of Camps Connect Camps including camp traditions and philosophy, cabin life, activity lesson plans, and how to maintain the safety and well-being of campers in our care.
Q: What certifications do I have to get before I start working at Camps Connect?
A: Lifeguards are required to have Lifeguarding and W.S.I. Certification. The position of Health Officer requires Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Aid, or First Aid Responding to Emergencies along with CPR for the Professional Rescuer. All staff members will complete the Protecting God’s Children certification through the Archdiocese of Detroit as well. In addition, staff will be invited to take high ropes training, lifeguard training, and archery training. All of these certifications will be provided at camp for staff to complete before camp begins, at no cost to the staff members.
Q: Do you provide any staff transportation?
A: Staff are expected to coordinate their own transportation to camp. Staff may bring their own cars and park them on site.
Q: Is there a uniform requirement?
A: All staff are expected to wear clothing and footwear that is appropriate for activity and occasion at camp. Most days the temperature ranges from cool in the morning to hot by the afternoon. Layers are a must! A formal camp t-shirt is to be worn for camper arrival days.
Q: What about time off?
A: Camps Connect provides regular periods of time off during which staff members are free of assigned duties and may leave camp grounds. Staff members receive a break of about 3 hours every day.
Q: Where do I sleep?
A: Most staff will live in the cabins with campers and the age group that best suits every counselor will be determined during staff training week. Assignments can change every week for counselors. There’s a good possibility that you’ll move from cabin to cabin throughout the summer.
Q: When will I get paid?
A: You get paid twice. Once half way through the Summer, and once at the
end. You also get paid for staff orientation week.
Q: Is there internet and phone access at camp?
A: Yes, you can use both in the camp office or staff house on your time off.
Q: What is there to do near camp? Can I stay there on my days off?
A: Yes, you may stay at camp on your days off. If you wish visit the local areas, there is much to do in the local “Thumb Area”! Lexington and Port Sanilac are the closest towns. There are shops, beaches, trails, hiking, bowling, night life, music festivals, a farmers market and more! Check out our “Things to do near Camps Connect” on Pinterest.
Q: How many hours a day are dedicated to the instruction of the activities?
Most activity instruction (archery, arts & crafts, drama, sports, etc.) is done by the activity specialists, but depending on the number of staff, this responsibility can be enjoyed by the counselors as well. In general, cabins have 3 activity periods (1 hour each) every day in addition to swim time, evening program, and special events.
Q: What are some special things that counselors and other staff do for campers?
A: We celebrate campers birthdays if they fall while they’re at camp, make awards for each and every camper to take home with them, and generally provide a welcoming, loving, and fun experience for all campers.
Q: What should I know as a first-year staff member?
A: That everyone is here to help. If you have a question, ask. If you need a break, ask. And always take your scheduled breaks. It's important to take care of yourself at camp!
Q: What's the BEST part of being on staff at Camps Connect?
A: While being a counselor is one of the hardest, most exhausting jobs, it can be one of the most rewarding jobs you will ever have. It is not uncommon for staff to feel everything from relief to sadness when it is time to say goodbye at the end of the summer season. The experience of being a camp counselor often becomes a powerful source of strength and a knowledge base from which you can draw on your entire life. Friends for LIFE are made on Camps Connect's staff!