Colvig Silver Camps
Hiring: Head Counselors and Assistant Counselors
Overview Head Counselor:
Minimum Age: 21 years of age, preferably a college junior
Terms of Employment: Head Counselors are hired for 10 weeks unless contracted otherwise
Salary: $2,500, plus room, board, laundry and travel allowance
Time Off: Approximately one night each week, plus two days between sessions
Number Hired: 15-20 males and 15-20 females, depending on enrollment
The primary responsibility of a Head Counselor is to ensure the physical safety and emotional well-being of campers in their care. Specific duties can be broken down into three categories: living in a cabin with 4-6 campers; planning and leading traditional in-camp activities; and co-leading 3-5 day out-of-camp wilderness trips. Following is a brief description of each.
Each counselor is assigned to a specific age group or “camp”, each of which is housed in a distinct group of cabins. Head Counselors live in a cabin with 4-6 campers and are responsible for these campers at specific times such as rest hour after lunch, getting them to bed at night, getting them up and ready in the morning, bringing them to and from meals, making sure they are clean and healthy, etc. During in-camp activity periods, counselors plan and lead activities which are offered to campers in their age group. It is important to understand that the camp does not pre-schedule activities for the campers;
instead, the counseling staff of each age group is responsible for creating and maintaining a diversified offering of activities. It is essential that every counselor be prepared to brainstorm, plan, schedule, and implement their age group’s program, with input both from campers and other staff. Creativity and enthusiasm are a must!
About half of the time (time varies slightly with age group) will be spent leading 3-5 day out-of-camp backcountry wilderness trips. Counselors must be physically capable of leading challenging trips in the wilderness, and must be interested in and/or knowledgeable about basic outdoor skills such as topographic map reading, outdoor cooking, backpacking techniques, minimum impact camping, etc. While counselors do not need to be knowledgeable in all areas of our wilderness program, some experience is essential. Staff training will fill in the gaps. Head Counselors must hold a current driver’s license and have current certifications in recognized first aid and CPR courses.
Head Counselors are asked to consistently provide positive, creative, and meaningful direction to the young lives with which they are entrusted, within the philosophies of Colvig Silver Camps. It is imperative that they be able to support established camp policies and promoted programs. Counseling is a 24-hour per day job with rewards proportionate to what is given. Be prepared to have more fun than you have ever had and to give more of yourself than you could ever imagine!
Overview Assistant Counselor:
Minimum Age: 18 years of age, completed freshman year of college or equivalent experience
Terms of Employment: Assistant Counselors are hired for 10 weeks, unless contracted otherwise
Salary: $2,250, plus room, board, laundry and travel allowance
Time Off: Approximately one night off per week, plus two days between sessions
Number Hired: 4-6 males, 4-6 females, depending on enrollment
Assistant Counselors (AC’s) live in a cabin with one Head Counselor and 4-6 campers. Each cabin unit (two cabins together) is generally comprised of two Head Counselors, one Assistant Counselor and 8-12 campers. The AC provides supplemental leadership along with and in the absence of either Head Counselor.
AC’s are primarily responsible for dishwashing, monitoring dishwasher temperatures, lodge/kitchen clean-up, regular garbage runs, laundry delivery, and administrative office tasks, all on a scheduled, rotating basis. Approximately one half of their time is spent in scheduled programming with campers, and about half is spent doing the “grunt work”. Whenever possible, AC’s assist Head Counselors and Coordinators in planning and leading in-camp activities.
The Assistant Counselors are the “backbone” of the camp, filling holes where and when needed in almost every area of the camp operation. Flexibility is the AC’s greatest asset. AC’s must be physically capable of lifting and carrying heavy loads and assisting in the leadership of 3-5 day backcountry wilderness trips. Again, the rewards for this position are proportionate to the effort, energy and enthusiasm invested. This is a great way to become familiar with camp and the responsibility of being a Head Counselor.
AC’s must have current certifications in recognized first aid and CPR courses.