Camp Kindle New Staff Application

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Camp Kindle. Please answer all of the questions below and submit by March 15, 2017. You will not be able to save and return to this application. It will take you 20-30 minutes to complete. Letters of recommendation need to be submitted before your interview date.

For questions, please contact Kristen Nekovar at kristen@projectkindle.org or (877) 800-2267 ext. 703

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    EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

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    EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

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    Working with children with chronic, debilitating and/or life threatening illness is a unique and challenging experience. It can create a variety of feelings and questions within yourself and your life. It is an essential part of the role of a Counselor to be aware of your own feelings. The following questions will give you an opportunity to think about some of your previous experiences and reactions. Please consider these carefully, and then share your thoughts with us. Your responses will provide us with a better understanding of who you are and how you might deal with the responsibility of this role.
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    CERTIFICATIONS

    If you hold any of the following certifications, please check and mail or fax copies of these certifications to Project Kindle. (These certifications are not required for volunteers.)
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    Volunteer Position Selection

    All volunteers must be at least 16 years of age to participate at Camp Kindle. To be considered as a full-time camp counselor you must be 18 for the CA session and 19 for the NE session (this is determined by individual state law). A description of each of the volunteer positions are provided below. Project Directors Project Directors will bring a skill that they have (e.g., dance, art, music, etc) to Camp Kindle and teach it to the campers. Projects will happen for an hour each day. Project Director will be responsible for approximately 8-10 campers. They will teach these campers their skill or trade and the campers will come away from camp feeling confident that they now know a new skill. These projects will progress each day and will result in either a final show or final “project”. Ideas for “Projects”: Theater, Photography, Painting/Art, Sewing, Film/Movies, Cooking, Dance, Mountain Man, Nature, etc. If you have a special skill or talent that you want to share with the children of Camp Kindle then this is the right position for you. We need approximately 10 Project Directors. Project Directors will double as Evening Programs Assistants, Ropes Course Assistants and Camp Assistants when not busy in the afternoons. Junior Counselor (17-18 years old) This position is filled based on your past camp experience and other experience working with youth. If selected, you will be assigned to one cabin to assist for the entire session. You will be working under one or two camp counselors who will be “in charge” of that cabin. You will work 24 hours a day with this group of 5-12 youths in helping to direct them in planned and sometimes unscheduled camp activities. The age groups are generally broken down into 7 and 8 year olds, 9 and 10 year olds, and 11 and 12 year olds. Camp Counselor working with the 7-12 year old These Individuals will work 24 hours a day with a group of 5-12 youth in directing them in planned and sometimes unscheduled camp activities. The age groups are generally broken down into 7 and 8 year olds, 9 and 10 year olds, 11 and 12 year olds, 13 year olds and 14 and 15 year olds. LIT Camp Counselors You will be the supervisors of the LIT campers (the 13-15 year old campers) as their camp counselor. You will also help guide them in leadership activities, which you will help to plan. This will include the LIT Campfire, Lipsync, leadership building activities, service project, etc. Nurse Assistants These Individuals will work closely with the other staff members who make up the camp infirmary including nurses and a possible physician. You may help check in and out patients, supervise medication disbursement, handle small injuries, gather campers for medication, etc. You need to have some medical background to be considered for this position (example: medical or nursing student). Arts and Crafts Directors You will be in charge of all the arts and craft activities handling anywhere from 5-20 campers at a time. You will need to plan several different projects. Ropes Course Director You will be responsible for participating in an organized training so that you will be certified in leading the ropes course. Your duties will include harnessing and running the wall and zip line as well as the other high and low ropes course elements. You will also help the campers process the experience through understating who was the leader, how could we have worked better, what did work well, etc. TRAINING IS REQUIRED. Psychosocial Team You will help maintain harmony among the campers and staff in helping them to get through cabin difficulties. You will also need to handle any abuse and neglect referrals that may arise. You will also be asked to help teach one or more of the educational breakout sessions. You need to have some mental health or behavior management background to be considered for this position. Evening Program Assistants You will work with the Evening Program Director to plan and execute each of the nightly activities. This includes doing work prior to camp. Camp Assistants You will help in any way needed, this may include assisting with various cabins, conducting activities, setup or take down of activities, running into town for needed items, helping with the infirmary, etc. Kitchen Staff Duties may include helping serve meals, pass out and or prep snacks, set-up and clean-up after each meal.
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    Letters of Recommendation

    All staff must submit three (3) letters of recommendation to be considered for a position. Recommendations can also be sent in separately from this application. Do not wait for recs to submit your application. The letters should be submitted prior to your interview.

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