What are you called to do this summer!?
Thank you for your interest in a summer staff
position at Cedarkirk. We firmly believe that the
quality of our program depends on the quality of our staff. We are
looking for caring and energetic
Christians who can contribute to this summer camp ministry. If you are
searching for a summer experience
that is fun, meaningful, and has the opportunity to make a difference in
someone’s life, please consider
applying for a position on the 2012 Cedarkirk Summer Camp Staff.
Descriptions of each position available are listed below.
How do I apply for a position?
Use the link below to apply for a position on Cedarkirk's 2012 Summer Staff
(we no longer accept paper applications).
You will be asked to create a username and password so that you can revisit
or review your application before you submit it. When you have
completed the application, be sure you click the "Submit" button or the
application will not be added to the database and we will not be able to
When your application and at least two of your personal references have been
received we will begin the interview process, so please make sure your
references know that their forms should be submitted in a timely manner. If
you know of others who may be interested and qualified, please direct them
to this website or have them contact the camp office. Applicants must be
at least 18 years of age and one year out of high school to be considered
for a summer position.
Returning Staff: You will need to submit an
online application. All of the information from last year's
application is already on file, you just need to update any contact info,
references, work experience, etc. since you last worked at Cedarkirk and
answer three supplemental questions noted in the application.
If you have any questions, please contact Matt Shick
or Mark Orendorf via email (firstname.lastname@example.org
or email@example.com), or call (813)
685-4224. We look forward to hearing from you!
Apply for a 2012 Summer Staff Position at
Summer Staff Positions for 2012
CAMP COUNSELOR (20 positions)
Applicants for this position must have an understanding of the needs of
children and youth and be able to respond to and nurture the needs of each
camper. Above all, counselors serve as strong Christian role models and
caretakers for their campers. Each counselor is paired with a co-counselor
and up to 16 campers to comprise a small group. Counselors are responsible
for the leadership of all small group activities such as Bible study (from
prepared curriculum), supervision, recreation, and community building.
Counselors rotate weekly between different co-counselors and programs
so there is a variety of ages and types of camps that each counselor will
experience. Staff training is extensive and will equip those who are willing
to learn with the skills needed to minister in this setting. Counselors need
to be flexible and willing to serve in many different situations at
Cedarkirk, including some sessions of support staff.
UNIT COORDINATOR (4 positions)
Applicants for this position need to have a working knowledge of a summer camping program
and preferably have leadership experience in that setting.
These persons will be responsible for staff leadership, logistics and safety
concerns of an assigned camp or mission group at Cedarkirk.
Unit Coordinators will work closely with the Directors and with
volunteer worship leaders of each camp or conference. Each coordinator will
be in communication with: his or her fellow UCs; counselors - to
assist and support as issues arise; and volunteers - to help them integrate
into the camp community. Other responsibilities include large group
leadership (recreation, worship and songs, etc.); facilitating the
registration process; creating and distributing weekly schedules; leading
staff meetings; maintaining records of the summer's programs; mission site
coordination; transportation of campers; and providing guidance and
discipline for campers when needed. UCs also assist the
Directors during staff training.
LIFEGUARD (1 position)
The applicant must be Lifeguard certified (WSI is highly desirable), or
willing to be, and
be familiar with pool supervision and maintenance. This person will be
ultimately responsible for the safety of any group at the pool. The
lifeguard will be responsible for learning maintenance of our pool and then
for daily maintenance and cleaning with the assistance of maintenance staff. The Lifeguard will also have an active role as support staff -
supervising and leading games and other activities and providing time off for other
CANOE INSTRUCTOR (1 position)
The applicant must be Lifeguard certified (or willing to be) and/or attend
Canoe Instructor Certification training. This person will instruct or
coordinate the instruction of canoeing skills and aquatic safety as well as
accompany groups on their trips. The canoe instructor must be comfortable
making emergency decisions in the event of sudden weather changes or
emergencies in accordance with the skill level of campers. As many campers
find this activity difficult, it is necessary for
the canoe instructor to be patient, gentle, and willing to allow campers to
struggle through mastering the skill while maintaining a safe environment.
The Canoe Instructor will also have an active role as support staff -
supervising and leading
games and other activities and providing time off for other counselors.
CHALLENGE COURSE FACILITATOR (1 position)
As Challenge Course (high ropes) facilitator, this applicant needs to have high
ropes certification (Cedarkirk can provide training) and be comfortable
supervising and leading groups on a ropes course high above the ground. The high ropes
challenge course is experienced by our middle and high school campers each
week and facilitated by the CCF, with additional supervision provided by the
group's counselors. You will be
responsible for all aspects of managing the challenge course, from
equipment, safety inspections, training campers in the use of the course,
and debriefing from a Christian perspective. The CCF will also have an
active role as support staff - supervising and leading games and other activities and
providing time off for other counselors.
CRAFT AND PHOTOGRAPHY DIRECTOR (1 position)
The Craft and Photography Director is responsible for implementing craft
projects for small groups of campers. This person needs to bring with them
skills and creativity to facilitate projects for elementary through senior
high campers. The applicant will need to teach art projects, make purchases,
work with a budget, and supervise campers. When not with craft groups, the
C/P Director will take quality digital photographs of campers involved in
activities and catalog these photos. The applicant must have a working
knowledge of digital photography, a skill at
taking quality pictures, and basic computer skills. The C/P Director will
also have an active role as support staff - supervising and leading games
and other activities and providing time off for other counselors.
SUMMER CHAPLAIN (1 position)
The chaplain is primarily responsible for creating and implementing a
pastoral care program for summer staff as well as leading
developmentally-appropriate worship services for campers of various ages.
Applicants should have experience planning and leading devotions and
spiritual disciplines and be prepared to counsel staff who may want to
discuss questions of faith. The chaplain will work closely with the
Directors to adapt and adjust curriculum as needed and assist counselors in
planning and implementing creative Bible studies for their campers.
Most importantly, the chaplain will interact with staff and campers in a
manner which reflects the grace and love of Jesus Christ. Applicants
do not need a seminary degree, but some formal training and experience is preferable (many
former chaplains have been seminary students exploring an internship).