Join Our Summer Staff

Each summer we hire 90 college students who are passionate about to sharing the love of Christ with campers. Summer staff get to grow in faith, build leadership skills and live in community.

We need all different kinds of people to serve campers as part of our team, all different colleges and majors, introverts and extroverts, people who love art, sports, theater, swimming, climbing and teaching. Currently, we’re hiring for all positions and job descriptions are available below.

The mission of GENEVA is to create an environment where… the presence of God is experienced, the love of Christ is demonstrated, and a Spirit-filled life is inspired.

Employment Details

Dates

Orientation: June 3- 13
Summer Camp: June 14- Aug. 20

 

Compensation

First year staff $290/week
Returning staff $300/week
Coordinators $325/week
Paid training
Housing and meals included

Job Description

All staff must have a growing faith in Jesus Christ and the desire and ability to share that faith with others. Staff must be at least 18 years of age.

Counselor

In all four programs – Day Camp, GENEVA Shores, GENEVA Pines, and High School – counselors carry out the camp program by being positive role models, providing care and support for each camper, and exploring the love of Jesus with their campers. Applicants must be one year out of high school, and have previous experience working with children.

Rotational Staff

Do a few weeks on support staff and a few weeks counseling. As staff needs change over the summer, rotational staff make it possible for us to open additional cabins, give the waterfront/challenge team some extra help, and help us to respond to changing needs. On your application, you’ll get a chance to indicate what roles you would be interested in plugging into as you rotate around.

Special Needs Rotational

The special needs rotational staff will often be a one-on-on support for a camper with special needs. Other weeks you’ll be assigned to another role on camp, making it possible for us to open additional cabins, giving the waterfront/challenge team some extra help, and help us to respond to changing needs. On your application, you’ll get a chance to indicate what roles you would be interested in plugging when you are not assigned as a one-on-one.

Nurse

Make sure that campers and staff are cared for during their time at GENEVA. See campers daily for medications and treatment of illness and injury. Organize and keep records of all medications and treatments during the week. Applicants should have graduated college or be entering their final year in a nursing program.

Waterfront/Challenge

Swimming is one of campers’ favorite parts of camp, while their experience on the island is one of the most significant points of growth. Waterfront/Challenge staff, also known as Watcha staff, enable campers to play in the pool, experience the blob and zip line and climb the tower. These staff also get to invest in the surrounding community by teaching swimming lessons. Applicants must be lifeguard certified.

Kitchen

Keep campers and staff fueled for a fun day at camp by assisting to prepare, serve, and clean up after meals. Kitchen staffers get to live in a cabin and during off times participate in songs and skits, play games, and lead activities for their cabins.

Program Assistant

Help the leadership staff set up and tear down activities. Jump into some maintenance work, cleaning the dining hall or changing a light bulb.  Deliver mail and t shirts to campers. The program assistant will be the go to person for these kinds of jobs and they get to pitch in in other areas as they have time and skills.

Arts and Crafts

Camp is a place where campers are free to try new things, and arts & crafts is a great place to start. Help campers use their imagination and embrace creativity at camp. Choose art projects, organize and purchase supplies, mix tie-dye, and get campers and staff started on projects. Applicants should have prior camp experience.

Store

Campers love peace tea and Mambas. Store staff open the store during free time for campers to grab a snack or Geneva gear. When the store isn’t open, you’ll do inventory, stock and clean. In addition to store responsibilities, you get to live in a cabin, leading Bible study, and playing games. Applicants should have prior camp experience.

Photographer

Communicate the mission of GENEVA and the ways God is moving here. Participate in each program, from day camp to high school, taking pictures and posting daily on social media. Must have experience with DSLR cameras and social media.

Video

Help campers bring their camp experience home with them. Each week, film, edit, and create a video that communicates the camp experience. Help us create marketing materials for the following year. Applicants must have a working knowledge of video equipment, editing software, and DSLR cameras.

Drama

Campers gather at songs and skits twice each day to worship together. Help us to effectively communicate the teaching point each day through skits, manage props and coach other staff in their skit participation. Live in a cabin with staff and campers, and invest in their growth outside of drama-related responsibilities. Applicants should have previous camp and theater experience.

Worship

Set the tone and lay the theological foundation for worship at GENEVA. Plan, set up, and lead worship for campers and staff and empower others to do the same. Applicants must have previous camp experience.

Games and Activities

Invent and lead large and small group games, interest groups, and help counselors use activities to teach and connect with their campers. Brainstorm, plan, lead, implement, and debrief activities across all age groups and programs. Applicants must have previous camp experience.

FAQ

What are we looking for in summer staff?

We want staff who love Jesus and are excited to share that with campers. The nature of camp means that the staff have to be committed to the mission and be able to work with all kinds of people. Beyond those things, we’re really looking for a variety of people, introverts and extroverts, all different majors and colleges, people who love skits or sports or crafts, because we want every camper to find a staff member to connect with.

Camp staff have to be 18 years of age or older by the first day of training, June 3, 2021.

Do you offer internships?

We are willing to work with your school to make the summer count for internship credit. We’ve had students in education, psychology, video, and youth ministry use the summer as an internship.

How does the application process work?

After you fill out an application, you’ll receive an email about the next steps.

We’ll need references from you and to set up a time and location for your interview.

When you interview, we want to know about your faith journey. We want to know how you engage with your faith on a daily and weekly basis and to hear about how your faith affects the way you live your life. We’ll also want you to share about any experience you have working or volunteering with kids.

What does training look like?

Training begins the day you arrive and runs until the day before camp begins. There are three areas we focus on in training:

First – the camp program, going over the Bible study, playing games, learning songs, and writing skits. We want to make sure you know what camp is all about.

Second – things you need to know to keep campers safe, such as first aid and CPR, and abuse recognition and reporting. First and foremost we want to make sure that camp is a safe environment for kids.

Third – we’ll invest in the summer staff community, playing and learning together, and getting to know each other’s stories. We want to make sure you have the support you need to pour into kids this simmer.

Will I get to live at camp?

Yes, all members of our summer staff live on site. With the exception of leadership staff, all of our summer staff live in cabins over the summer, and will be paired with another staff member in that cabin.

Do I have to work the whole summer?

New staff will begin training June 3, returning staff begin June 2, and leadership staff begin June 1. We’ll wrap up our summer on August 2o. We prefer to hire staff who can be here the whole summer, but have been able to work with staff who need a week off or have to leave early. Please let us know about any conflicts with these dates as soon as possible in the application process.

How old do you have to be to work at camp?

All staff must be 18 years old by June 3, 2021. Counselors must be at least one year out of high school.

How connected will I be to people outside of camp?

Because we want our staff to focus on campers we ask that staff not use phones or computers during the week. Things do come up, so we’ll make sure that your family and friends are able to contact you if they need to and that you have access to phone or email if you have an urgent need.

 

What do I have to prepare before camp? What stuff do I have to bring?

Each program will have their own Bible Study curriculum that Geneva will write and we’ll learn together at orientation. We’ll also plan the majority of the activities you’ll do throughout the day, although we love when our staff bring new ideas. You may want to think about activities you could do with your cabin before bed and during down times during the day.

You won’t need to bring anything special with you to camp, just clothes and bedding and things like that. We’ll send the staff a more detailed packing list six weeks to a month before camp begins.

What age campers will I be working with?

GENEVA offers programs for campers from 1st grade to college freshmen. We have 10 weeks of camp and each week is divided into 4 unique programs by age. Day Camp is for 1st – 4th grades, Shores is an overnight camp for 3rd – 6th grades, Pines is an overnight camp for 7th – 9th grades, and high school campers have many specialized programs to pick from.

When you get hired to work at GENEVA, you’ll work with one of these four age groups as a primary assignment, with some opportunities to work with other ages.

Camp Geneva has given me the space, support, and challenge to solidify my faith into something real and tangible and has helped me encounter and grow a relationship with a real God that wants to love and know me.

- Joseph, summer staff '16-'19