FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why work at camp
Working at camp puts you in situations where you have to exercise responsibility, care, and flexibility. As the leader of a group of kids with a co-counselor, you will make many decisions, work to communicate with your co-counselor, and serve as a mentor to children. Being a camp counselor isn't a job to be taken lightly, but if done well is extremely rewarding. You may watch a child finally succeed at a difficult task, help someone get over their fear of the dark, or get to be a listening ear to a story that needs to be heard.
Who we are looking for
We are looking for candidates who are at least 18 years old, have a passion for working with children, want to grow in their Christian faith, and enjoy the outdoors.
1. Apply through our online application or download a paper copy and mail it to us. Make sure to contact your references and ask them to serve as a reference.
2. We will review your application and you may be contacted by phone or email to schedule an interview.
3. Counselor applicants will go through a 40 minute phone interview. We typically ask coordinator applicants to come to camp for an in-person interview, but for 2021 all interviews will be done remotely due to COVID-19.
4. We will call and hear back from your references.
5. We will call you to tell you the results of your application process.
6. If you accept a position offered to you, you will receive a contract in the mail along with drug test and background check paperwork.
WHAT WE PROVIDE
As part of your job you get to live at camp for the summer! All jobs are required to be residential with the exception of the guest services intern and kitchen staff. Living at camp, you will be provided housing and meals over the weekend and during all contracted work.
Campers finish a week of camp on Fridays. Staff have dinner together on Friday and we promise to be finished by 7:30pm. Over the weekends, meals will be provided and staff are encouraged to stay on-site. Laundry facilities are available to be used on the weekends. Please bring your own detergent. Over the weekends staff have access to a landline phone to call family or loved ones. There is also free public Wi-Fi at Crockett Springs UMC, located right near the camp office.
Often on weekends, staff will plan to hang out together. Trips like going to the drive in, running to Walmart, or checking out the Salem Fair. We have plenty of experience having counselors who do not have their own cars. There are enough folks with cars who are willing to carpool. Camp staff are required to be back at 2pm on Sundays for staff meeting. Weekend expectations will look different this summer due to COVID-19. Contact Meredith Simmons, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
dates of camp
May 31 - June 4 Coordinator Training
June 7 - June 18 Staff Training
June 20 - June 25 Week 1 of Camp
June 27 - July 2 Week 2 of Camp
July 4 - July 9 Week 3 of Camp
July 11 - 16 Week 4 of Camp
July 17 All Camp Clean
July 19 - July 21 Coordinator Wrap-Up
July 24 - August 28 Additional Work Opportunities
We require that counselors and coordinators are available for the dates of their contracts and can attend all trainings. There will be no exceptions made for staff training or coordinator training. During the week counselors will get two one-hour breaks to spend time at camp for self care (showering, naps, journaling, etc.) Time on the weekends between weeks of camp (Friday at 7:30pm to Sunday at 2pm) is time off to spend as you please.
Oh boy! Staff training is the time where counselors learn about living and leading at camp. Coordinators will come to camp in the weeks prior to staff training to receive their job specific training and prepare for camp. Staff training is an intensive time where we build a team and prepare counselors to serve our campers. During staff training counselors receive training on activities, conflict resolution, the chain of support, first aid, emergency procedures, mandated reporting, and so much more. We do the best to equip our staff for their jobs, and ultimately the best learning happens experientially the first week of camp.
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Sleeping Bag, Pillow, Fitted Twin Sheet
Underwear, Bras, Socks
Clothes you don't mind getting dirty
Sweatpants, Sweatshirt or Light Jacket
Shoes - at least 3 pairs of closed toe shoes (tennis shoes, hiking boots, or crocs)
Comfortable Jeans or Pants
T-Shirts and Shorts
Long Sleeve Shirt
Modest Bathing Suit
Flashlight or Headlamp with extra batteries
Bug Spray and Sunscreen
Church Outfit (we go together during staff training)
Coffee Mug or Thermos
Bible and Devotional Material
Letter Writing Material and Stamps
Our campers come from all over the Roanoke and New River Valleys. Some even journey to us from three to five hours away. Campers come from many different faith backgrounds: churched, unchurched, local Methodist churches, other denominational churches, and families who have never been to church. Whatever their experience with faith, all kids are welcome at camp. Our campers represent a diversity of backgrounds and experiences. Our mission is to share God's love with each of them.
life at camp
Life at camp is demanding, beautiful, sticky, and wet. We live what we call Small Group Christian Camping. Campers are in co-ed groups (we call them units) of no more than 14 with two counselors. Units do everything together during the day, eat meals family style at one table, and sleep outside during Home in the Woods. This groups is your family during the week and become the fastest of friends.
a summer in ministry
At Alta Mons you have the opportunity to give yourself away in service of others. We have the opportunity to share God's love with campers through the way we smile when we talk, take time to listen, and show them we care. We believe that through exemplifying Christian community, we can show campers what it means to live like a Christian in the world.
As a staff member you are surrounded by people who are working together toward the same goal. Wonderful things happen when you are suffering and celebrating alongside others. Our staff are tight-knit and stay close even after the summer is over.
We have a whole page dedicated what it means for us to be A Christian Camp. Check it out!
You are welcome to send and receive mail from camp. Have friends address letters to:
c/o Alta Mons
2842 Crockett Springs Road
Shawsville, VA 24162
ADDITIONAL WORK OPPORTUNITIES
After camp and throughout the year, we have people who come to Alta Mons for retreats. For some of these groups, we need staff to work programming: low ropes, high ropes, lifeguarding, games, nature education, etc. or in the kitchen. We offer competitive pay in addition to your contract for working outside groups.
All past staff and their immediate families are invited to our Staff Reunion! This is a day where we share a potluck lunch and remember good times spent at camp. Our 2021 Staff Reunion will meet at noon on January 8, 2022 at the Dining Hall.