CST 2021 Counselor Application Form
PHILOSOPHY: All members of the Camp Staff; including CIT’s (Counselors-in-Training), and Volunteers, are responsible for carrying out the Mission of Camp St. Thekla, which is to present to young people a living experience of the Holy Orthodox Faith in their relationship with God and other campers in an uncluttered, natural environment. With God’s help we work to strengthen the Camper’s grasp of the basics of the Christian life: participation in the liturgical, sacramental, and ascetic life of the Church, and living in community with fellow members of the Body of Christ and with peace toward all of God’s creation.

AGE: Camp Counselors must be at least 18 years of age by June 25, 2021, and completed high school.

DURATION AND PROGRAMS: Camp Staff are expected to attend the entire Staff Training weekend and the entire 2 weeks of camp (Friday, June 25 - Sunday, July 11). In addition, we will do many of our staff training sessions virtually through zoom. Staff are required to attend all these sessions as they will be the substance of the staff training. Anticipated absences must be requested in writing with this application. Emergency leave absences during camp are granted at the discretion of the Camp Director.
During this time, staff will be serving a group of campers 9-17 from mostly the Southern US. Most campers will be Orthodox Christians though not all. Programs include Christian education sessions, ropes course, sports, and social events.

REFERENCES: This application includes links to two reference forms, one to be completed by your parish priest, and one to be completed by a non-relative adult who has knowledge of your suitability for the position (teachers, coaches, employers, etc.) and has known you for at least three years. It is your responsibility to make sure they are sent to Camp St. Thekla by the April 1 deadline. Please carefully follow the instructions given on the reference forms.

APPLICATIONS: All applications must be submitted no later than April 1. Notification of acceptance will be sent out on or before April 15.
In order to complete this application you must email the following to campstthekla@gmail.com :
+ A photocopy of your Driver’s License or other Government issued I.D.
+ A photocopy of your Social Security Card (if you are a U.S. citizen)
+ A photocopy of any relevant certifications (CPR, Life guarding, etc.)
+ A signed copy of the Camp St. Thekla Staff Policy for Online Social Networking and Blogging Websites
+ A signed copy of the Authorization of Background Check and Voluntary Disclosure Form
+ A signed copy of the COVID-19 Informed Consent Agreement 2021

SELECTION: Applications will be judged based on information from the following sources: performance evaluations from any previous experience as a Camp St. Thekla CIT or staff member; a phone interview (new staff), the skills and interest in skills in the various activity areas; the neatness, promptness and completeness of the application; the insight provided by the essays; willingness to serve in areas requiring extra training; and the testimony of the references.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Responsible to: Head Counselor
General Responsibilities:
+ Attend Staff Training before camp begins
+ Live with and provide for the needs of approximately seven campers in each cabin.
+ Live and encourage fulfillment of Camp St Thekla Mission Statement (in staff application and staff manual)
+ Cooperate with all staff in carrying out programs.
+ Work morning program (Christian education) or afternoon program (sports, arts and crafts, and ropes course elements)
+ Work together as one unit for evening program
+ Simultaneously serve the roles of father/mother, brother/sister, teacher, coach, friend, and police officer
+ Meet with Head Counselor for evaluations
+ Meet with CIT (if given one) every evening
+ Fill out CIT evaluation
+ Arrive early to all events (early is on time and on time is late)
+ Take care of your health and wellbeing so you can care for others
+ Report any signs of domestic abuse or neglect to Camp Director
+ Participate in debrief at end of summer
Email address *
Name *
Preferred Name *
Date of birth *
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Age *
Phone Number *
Gender *
Home address (street address, city, state, zip code, country) *
Parish name, city, and state *
Emergency Contact Name *
Emergency Contact Phone Number *
Emergency contact relationship to applicant *
Previous camp experience (Name of camp, years attended/worked at, position at camp) *
Previous work experience (Name of company, position, name of supervisor, supervisor's phone number, dates of employment) *
Education (Name of school, dates, current year in school, degree, graduation date) *
Clergy reference (Name of clergy, phone number of clergy, relationship to applicant) *
Non-relative reference (Name of reference, phone number, relationship to applicant) *
Please rate these activities: *
I am experienced in this area and willing to teach
I am willing and able to assist in teaching
I have an interest and would be willing to learn more and help
Art
Camping
Christian Education
Canoeing
Sports
Chanting
T-shirt size *
All Camp Staff are encouraged but not required to have current certifications in Red Cross First Aid and Adult CPR (or their equivalents). Are you currently certified or will you be certified by the time camp starts? *
Would you rather serve in morning or afternoon program? *
Would you have any difficulty in performing any of the essential elements of the job for which you have applied? If so, explain: *
Have you worked at Camp St. Thekla in person before? *
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