Spend Your Summer Working at Friends Camp!
Summer after summer at Friends Camp counselors and campers create their own intentional community based on the Quaker values of community, equality, integrity, peace, & simplicity. Friends Camp is also a loving community full of silliness and lots of zany fun!
For this summer season, we are looking to hire the following positions:
Waterfront Director (age 21+)
Nurse (Part time)
Health Hut Staff (Wilderness First Aid)
Superman/Wonder Woman (Support Staff)
FRIENDS CAMP GENERAL INFORMATION AND APPLICATION
Friends Camp is a small Quaker (Friends) youth camp located on China Lake in South China, Maine. The focus, polices, annual budget, and program direction of the camp are under the care of a fifteen member Camp Committee that is appointed by the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends.
Friends Camp offers a unique summer experience for young adults. The goal of each session is to build a community. In a loving and caring atmosphere, the staff plans activities, works together, and implements interesting and creative recreational programs. Daily Meeting for Business helps us to determine the needs of all, and consensus is the process used for decision-making. We also meet daily for Meeting for Worship and for evening vespers. Friends Camp staff members and youth campers come from diverse religious, geographic, racial, and economic backgrounds. While it is not a requirement for a staff member to be a Quaker, we do ask staff to be comfortable with Quakerism and with the five values that are the foundation for the programming and activities at Friends Camp:
We practice the Quaker values of community, equality, integrity, peace, & simplicity.
We are a youth camp with a unique atmosphere of tolerance and love where special friendships develop.
All members of our camp community try to see the light of God in everyone.
Our interesting, creative, non-competitive, and fun activities help young people grow into healthy and responsible adults.
We seek socio-economic diversity by providing affordable tuition and camperships.
It is not our practice to preach Quakerism/Christianity, but to live the principles that represent the Quaker principals.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
There are some guidelines. Counselors should be at least 19 years old or have completed one year of college, and should have experienced life away from home and family. Water Safety Instructors, Drivers, and Nurses or Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s) or Wilderness First Responders (WFR’s) should be at least 21 years old. We look for individuals with a variety of skills and talents. Each counselor should be willing to teach and learn from other counselors. Counselors also need to be highly creative and contribute to all programs, regardless of specialty. By moving from one program area to another, day by day, we hope to prevent mundane programs and maintain a fresh approach.
HOW TO APPLY
If you wish to apply to work at Friends Camp, please use the CampMinder on-line application and the on-line links for your three references. Please, no peer or relative references. If you are qualified, the director will interview you by phone or in person. Should you have any questions about the application process or about Friends Camp, please feel free to contact the director at 207-873-3499 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We need people who can be fully committed to the responsibilities of the job of being a camp counselor. Honesty is high on our list, and we are looking for maturity and a willingness to give and take directions. Please remember that issues concerning your career, education, politics, finances, personal relationships, and any personal problems need to take a secondary position for nine weeks while you are working at Friends Camp. Being a counselor can be hard at times, but it is also very rewarding and important work.
This is an important week for the counselors and the director. It is time to ‘build our family’, learn about the camp, learn about the needs of campers, and prepare the site and program areas. We will share skills, learn from one another, develop the program, and review policies. This year orientation week begins on June 16, 2013 at 1:00 PM. The period of employment for most staff members is from June 16th Through August 18th, 2012. We will offer a one day First Aid/CPR class on Saturday, June 15th, from 8:45 AM to 3:30 PM. Most years we will offer a lifeguard training class during the five days prior to start of staff orientation week.
We hope you will be attracted to our small camp and the opportunity to serve others. I look forward to receiving your application.
Counselors and Staff Packing List: What to bring to Friends Camp?
Casual clothing - Shorts, shirts, pants & jeans
Sleeping bag / Single sheets / Blanket / Pillow
Sleeping pad (optional for island overnight and/or star gazing sleepover)
Sneakers / Sandals / Socks
Sweater / Jacket
Raincoat / Poncho
Swimsuits / Towels
Toothbrush / Soap / Comb / Brush
Flashlight / Water Bottle
Hat / Sunscreen / Insect Repellent (Non-aerosol)
Other items you may consider bringing: lap top computer, camera/film, books, mattress cover or large beach towel, musical instruments, journal, tent, stuffed animals, some nice clothing for the dance or for any off camp events.
What not to pack:
Electronic games or toys
Valuables / nice jewelry
Televisions or radios
Tobacco and illegal drugs
Knives or any kind of weapon