Working at Susquehannock
The Susquehannock Camps consider their staff to be a valuable team of people who enable each camper to have a productive and fun summer. Without our experienced and talented staff, camp would not be possible. The Susquehannock Camps have an extremely high return rate of staff members, some of whom have been associated with Susquehannock for over 40 years. The Senior Staff members are educators in the off season and have many years of experience working with children.
The cabin counselors comprise a large number of people that were once campers at either Camp Susquehannock for Boys or Camp Susquehannock for Girls. Each year there are a few spots open for new staff members to apply. The staff come from all over the USA and many countries in the rest of the world.
Please note that cabin counselors must be at least 18 years of age or have completed the equivalent of grade 12 of high school. Junior Counselors must be at least 17 years old or have completed grade 11 of high school.
Important dates to note for 2013
Staff Hiring Process:
The Susquehannock Camps are proud to be a long standing accredited camp with the American Camping Association (ACA). Susquehannock meets the high standards and best practices of the American Camping Industry.
International staff do need to go through organizations like BUNAC or Camp America in order to get the required work permits to work in the USA. Please contact them directly.
USA staff, you may apply by filling in our staff application
In December, the Directors contact staff from the previous year and invite them to be a returning staff member for the next summer. All returning staff must respond by the given deadline if they want to secure their spot for the summer.
If you have been away from Camp and are interesting in returning, please contact the Directors directly or through email@example.com by March 1st.
New staff are encouraged to make contact if they have any questions about the Susquehannock Camps or being a staff member at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please download, complete and then mail your application form to our camp address on the form. Your application will be acknowledged when it is received. We will also let you know if we have a need for your particular skills for the summer you are applying. The next step will be staff interviews. Horse riding staff will also be interviewed by the Riding Director. Interviews may be face to face or over the phone, depending on where you are located. If both parties believe you will be a good fit for our staff team, we will complete the hiring process by going through the following steps:
1. Reference checks - All new staff must provide at least three references on their application form. All three references will be contacted via phone or e-mail.
2. Verification of previous employment - At least one check of previous employment is completed for all new staff.
3. Verification of relevant certifications - All staff with certifications relevant to their position at camp are required to provide a copy of that certification to the Site-Director.
4. Criminal background checks - All new staff are required to complete Consent for Background Check. Staff are then screened using a reputable agency which produces a criminal background check and National Sex Offender Public Registry Check.
5. Voluntary Disclosure Statement - All staff must complete a Voluntary Disclosure Statement annually.
6. National Sex Offender - All staff are checked using the National Sex Offender Public Registry, annually.
7. Health check - All staff must be cleared by their physician as being able to perform the job requirements at camp. Signed documentation by one�s physician is required. Emergency and Health Form
8. Assumption of Risk - Once an Offer Letter has been signed, staff will also be required to sign an Assumption of Risk Form.
9. Work Week - If staff would like to attend Work Week, they will be required to sign a Work Week Consent Form.
10. Training - Staff must be able to attend and complete staff training at camp if they are to be hired. Many critical topics and procedures are covered during training.
As a staff member at The Susquehannock Camps, your job description will be varied and you will fulfill more than one role. You are a "surrogate parent" to campers while they are at Camp. This role is taken very seriously and it is expected that each staff member is prepared to have the well being of every camper as a priority during their time at camp.
Counselors will live in a cabin with campers that are of a similar age and grade. Our campers range in age from 7 to 16 years old. There will be at least two and often three counselors in every cabin. There is usually about 6 to 12 campers in a cabin (age and cabin dependent). In addition, counselors will teach/coach an activity at camp. Depending on the skills you are hired for, you may be teaching/coaching one or multiple activities. You may be the lead or support staff for that activity. In all situations you are responsible for each camper's general well being.
Things staff need to know about The Susquehannock Camps:Although it is the summer, our temperatures at camp can vary quite a bit. Be prepared for temperatures to range from a low of 50 degrees to a high of 90 degrees. It usually rains at some point during camp.
Here is a list of suggested things to bring to camp. What to bring list
There is NO air conditioning or heating at camp, so staff members should be prepared to live with the natural temperatures. Susquehannock is located in a rural area of Pennsylvania, surrounded by beautiful woods, a fresh water lake, nature and all of its creatures. If you do not enjoy the outdoors, Susquehannock is not the camp for you.
Each Counselor will join their cabin on an over night at least once each session. This means you will sleep and cook outdoors, and experience what it is to live outdoors for the night. This is often a very rewarding experience for a cabin group and the best overnights are usually due to enthusiastic staff participation. Come prepared to do camp cheers, sing camp songs, build and cook over a fire (we will teach you if you do not know how to) and sleep under the stars!
Not all our toilet facilities are flush toilets. We have "port-o-johns" and out houses too.
You will do a lot of walking and activity at camp, regardless of what activity you teach/coach. This is the nature of traditional camps and the size of our camp property.
You will have Internet access, but it is limited and has to be worked in with your work schedule. You may bring your own wireless enabled, laptop so that you do not have to share a communal computer, but remember CSI is not responsible for loss or damage of your personal property. Desktops are not encouraged since there are not many places available to set them up.
Most cell phone providers to not get good coverage at Camp. Let your family and friends know you will contact them when you can, but it will not be as often as they may be used to. Traditional mail is a great way to communicate at camp. Campers are not allowed Internet or cell phone access at Camp since we are trying to promote being fully engaged while at Camp. This is the expectation for staff while they are on duty.
There will also be free periods between the activities you teach/coach, but while living in a group environment you must realize that your time off is not always your own or private.
Working at a summer camp is a very demanding, yet rewarding job. Know your limits and be prepared to work hard and long hours. Those who come back to camp year after year think this is the best job ever, but this may not be the case for everybody.
Arrival at Camp:
Feel free to contact us with questions at email@example.com
Thank you for your interest in The Susquehannock Camps and if you are hired, know you are joining a camp family that has existed since 1905. Click here if you would like a staff application form.
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