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.


Pay and Time Off

Senior Staff:

First year Senior Staff receive weekly pay of $160 + an end of summer bonus for completing their 8 week covenant agreement and 2 weeks of training (full bonus is $220). All Senior Staff are provided room and board for the entire summer.

Return Senior Staff receive a $10 weekly pay increase from their previous summer and are also eligible for the end of summer bonus.

Support Staff and Resource Staff may receive additional pay depending on their training and experience.

All Senior Staff are expected to take a week off during the summer without pay; choice of week is on a first-come, first-served basis. All staff receive a 24-hour break each week (Sat-Sun) between weekly camp sessions. Senior Staff also receive daily breaks as they are arranged by the administrative staff.

Staff Assistant (SA):

All Staff Assistants receive weekly pay of $130 after their unpaid week of training. SAs are provided room and board for their entire summer employment period.

All SAs are expected to take a week off during the summer without pay sometime after their week of training; choice of week is on a first-come, first-served basis. All staff receive a 24-hour break each week (Sat-Sun) between weekly camp sessions. SAs also receive daily breaks as they are arranged by the administrative staff.

Counselor In Training (CIT):

CITs are summer volunteers and do not receive monetary compensation. CITs are provided room and board for their 3-week session. CITs receive a 24-hour break each week (Sat-Sun) between weekly camp sessions. CITs also receive daily breaks as they are arranged by the administrative staff.


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

2015 Season Applications:

All applications will be available beginning Nov 1, 2014


Reference Forms:

All reference forms will be available beginning Nov 1, 2014

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!