Training

Senior Staff Training

All Senior Staff are required to complete a two-week training course prior to the summer season. We understand that our staff relies on each other throughout the summer as their encouragement and support. Because of this, we find it important to pack our staff training with lots of time for fellowship and building staff relations. Staff training consists of six main components.

  • Program/activity facilitation
  • Camper education, including management and camper/parent relations
  • Camp policies and procedures
  • Worship and devotions
  • Staff fellowship
  • Specialized training (CPR/First Aid, etc.)

Senior Staff are also given the opportunity to be certified as a Lifeguard by the American Red Cross. Lifeguard training dates are TBA. Resource and support staff positions may require additional training. These trainings may take place over weekends prior to the official start of our Senior Staff training. Specific dates and times for these trainings are TBA and will be arranged through Camp Tekoa.

Staff Assistant (SA) Training

Staff Assistant training is a shortened version of the Senior Staff training. The SA training is broad in scope, as we use our Staff Assistants to fill many positions at Tekoa. Staff Assistants will gain knowledge in five training component areas (these training components will focus on elementary and middle school age camp programs).

  • Program/activity facilitation
  • Camper education, including management and camper/parent relations
  • Camp policies and procedures
  • Worship and devotions
  • Staff fellowship

Counselor In Training (CIT)

CIT training is a 3-week session intended for learning and leading and is geared towards preparing our volunteers for working with children and youth in a Christian camp atmosphere. We focus on training our CITs in small and large group activities, nature programs, leading campfires, and personal growth. The first week of each session is training. Our CITs then have a 3rd in a group role and float in program responsibilities for their other two weeks.


Application Process

Tekoa has a hiring process that examines a number of personal qualities that each applicant must possess and requires them to complete a thorough application process.

Senior Staff must:

  • Complete an online application
  • Have 3 personal references submit online reference forms
  • Complete a personal interview (in-person or online)
  • Pass a national history background check

Returning Senior Staff must:

  • Complete an online application
  • Have 1 reference submit an online reference
  • Complete a personal interview (in-person or online)
  • Pass a national history background check

Staff Assistants (SA):

  • Complete an online application
  • Have 3 personal references submit online reference forms
  • Complete a personal interview (in-person or online)
  • Pass a national history background check

Counselor In Training (CIT):

  • Complete anonline application
  • Have 3 personal references submit online reference forms
  • Complete a personal interview (in-person or online)

All application and reference forms are on our Application Forms page.


What We Look For

The personal qualities and criteria we look for in our applicants:

  • A Christian, high school or college age student excited about Tekoa's mission of "Touching hearts, changing lives, sharing the light of Christ."
  • Show evidence that they enjoy interacting with children
  • Show excitement for working in the outdoors
  • Show signs of being a good listener
  • Able to think quickly and react positively to pressure situations
  • Show evidence of working well with others
  • Ready to laugh, cry and smile along side their campers

 

Staff Applications

2017 Season Applications will be available Nov 1, 2016:

CIT (Counselor in Training) Application (Current Juniors in High School)

SA (Staff Assistant) Application (Current Seniors in High School) 

New Senior Staff Application (18+ years old, first year on senior staff) 

Return Staff Application (18+ years old, returning senior staff) 

Support Staff Application (Includes Directors, Resource Staff and Full-time Support Staff roles)  Read Job Descriptions


Reference Forms:

References: Please make sure you fill out the appropriate form.  CIT references are different from the other reference form below.

CIT Reference Form

SA / Senior Staff Reference Form

Volunteers:

Volunteer Application

All reference letters and applications are submitted online. Interviews are conducted following the receipt of your application and references.

Feel free to call the office if you have any questions at all. Thank you!