Our camp staff make the difference in our programs. Since 1963 Camp Caraway has had a reputation of hiring fine staff that put the camper and guest needs above their own.
We need male and female college age students who have completed at least one year in college to serve as camp counselors. We hire staff that show Christ honoring maturity in every aspect of their life. Depending on program needs these staff will serve as summer camp counselors, recreation facilitators, lifeguards, support staff, and leadership staff. Our staff are to represent Christ 24/7 on and off duty.
Other Positions include summer camp assistant director, senior counselor leadership, worship leadership, videographer/photographer, and administrative assistant. These positions require significant previous skill and experience in their specific area.
Mission Statement: The Stephen Ministry exists to bring together a unified and diverse group of believers at Caraway who exhibit a Christ-like attitude through service as acts of worship, considering other needs before their own, and encouraging one another to learn and grow in faith and maturity.
The Stephens Ministry is a 40-week program designed to grow college aged men and women both spiritually and professionally. Every aspect of the program is intentional to help young people understand how camp ministry operates through discipleship and by letting them take part in the day to day operations at Caraway. The Stephens Ministry is not limited only to people interested in camp ministry, it can be for any young person who is looking to grow in a safe Christian community where they will be stretched with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
Who Makes Up the Summer Staff?
Camp Caraway summer programs staff includes male and female college-aged Camp Counselors, a Videographer, a Worship Coordinator, an Assistant Director. Summer staff are paid twice a month based on experience. Room and most meals are also provided throughout the summer.
What is the Time Commitment?
The summer camp season starts in early June and ends in mid August. Staff members are expected to work each week. A typical camp week begins at 5:00 p.m. Sunday evening with staff meeting, dinner, worship and ends after duties are completed on Friday evening (usually around 6 p.m.) Staff will be scheduled to work some weekends as needed.
What About the Weekends?
During orientation weeks staff will have scheduled free time, we will have training during the first two weekends. There will be up to 3 partial weekend camps that staff will work. Staffers are also expected to attend the staff banquet, usually held the weekend before the last week of camp. All other weekends are free for the staff after their duties are completed. Staff are welcome to come and go during off weekends. Many love staying at camp and enjoying the property while hanging out with other staff. There is a free washer and dryer for the staff's use.
What Kind of Training Will I Receive?
Our administrative staff will do everything we can to prepare our staff for success. Caraway staffers are thoroughly trained to do their job. Before camp begins staff will be expected to read our staff manual and watch training videos in preparation for the summer. There will be a pre camp orientation weekend in April. Orientation lasts about two weeks, unless you are invited to come in early for additional training. During this time staffers become completely familiar with the camp program and how to lead each activity and recreation. They learn how to be an effective camp counselor, learn age-group characteristics, proper motivation and discipline techniques, how to lead campers spiritually, safety training, and sexual abuse awareness training. Staff members are also trained in first aid, CPR and basic water safety.