Join Our Summer Staff

Our Mission at 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. We accomplish this mission through a team of summer staff that is excited to live out their faith in a community of campers and other staff. A summer here provides opportunities to grow in your faith, develop your leadership skills, and build life-long friendships.

We need a wide variety of staff to carry out the ministry of GENEVA. Counselors, nurses, lifeguards, maintenance staff and more are important parts of our summer staff.

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 May 30-June 9, 2019 (including weekends)

Summer Camp 2019 – June 10- August 17 (including occasional weekend responsibilities)

Compensation

First year staff $270/week
Returning staff $280/week
Coordinators $305/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.

Kitchen – still accepting applications

Keep campers and staff fueled for a fun day at camp by assisting to prepare, serve, and clean up after meals. During off times, kitchen staff participate in songs and skits, all camp games, and adopt a cabin.

Lifeguard

Lifeguards make it possible for campers to do their favorite part of camp – swimming! Shores lifeguards are responsible for all activities at the pool and at the Lake Michigan beach. Invest in the surrounding community by teaching swimming lessons as well. Applicants must be lifeguard certified.

Challenge

Stepping outside of their comfort zone is one thing that helps campers to grow. For many Pines campers that happens climbing the tower, blobbing, or on the zipline. Challenge staff facilitate these activities, and make it possible for campers to safely swim and play in the water on Pines. Applicants must be lifeguard certified.

Maintenance – still accepting applications

The environment of GENEVA is one of the things that make it so special. Help camp be as beautiful as it can be. Start campfires, clean dining halls, mow grass, fix things, and drive a Gator. In the evenings, maintenance staff participate in songs and skits, all-camp games, and adopt a cabin.

Arts and Crafts

Help campers use their imagination and embrace creativity at camp. Camp is a place where campers are free to try new things, and arts & crafts is a great place to start. Help choose 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 going to the store during free time and grabbing a snack. Store staff add to the fun by opening the store during free time and doing inventory and restocking between open times. During down times, store staff participate in songs & skits, all-camp games, and adopt a cabin. 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.

Nurse

Make sure that campers and staff are cared for during their time at GENEVA. Nursing staff 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.

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 a summer staff?

We want staff who love Jesus and are excited to share that with campers. Because of the nature of being on summer staff, staff have to be committed to the mission, and able to work with 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’ll have all kinds of campers.

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. Most of the time the next step will be calling our office to set up a time and location to interview.

What does training look like?

Training runs from the day you arrive 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.

Second – things you need to know to keep campers safe, such as first aid and CPR, and abuse recognition and reporting.

Third – we’ll invest in the summer staff community, playing and learning together, and getting to know each other’s stories.

Will I get to live at camp?

Yes, all members of our summer staff live on site.

Do I have to work the whole summer?

In 2019, new staff begin May 30, returning staff begin May 29, and leadership staff begin May 28. We’ll wrap up our summer on August 17. Ability to commit to the entire summer is preferred. 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 May 30, 2019. Counselors must be at least one year out of high school.

How much will I be able to use technology during the week?

Not much. Because we want our staff to focus on campers we ask that staff not use phones or computers during the week. We’ll make sure that your family and friends are able to contact you if they need to or if you have an urgent need.

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

We’ll provide the Bible study and 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 truly opened my eyes to God’s work in the world… I know without a doubt that I’m being used as a vessel to share God’s kingdom with these kids each and every day.

- Ben, pines counselor 2018