Prospective Staff FAQ
Thank you for your interest in working at Camp Mishawaka. Working as a camp counselor can be one of the most rewarding, challenging and fun positions you may ever have.
Summer camp provides so many opportunities to make a difference in the life of a child, and Camp Mishawaka takes this responsibility seriously. As such, we seek to hire staff members who share this commitment. I hope the following material gives you more insight into who we are, and what we value.
A few years ago I go into a debate with a college career counselor who advised her students that employers of today are looking for candidates with “real work experience” -and not just a history of being a camp counselor.
If you have ever worked with children, you know that there is no more “real job” than this. Working at camp allows you to explore your own strengths and provides true leadership opportunities. All the skills Counselors learn (and hone) have real world applications, and whether you are considering a career in education or other field, working effectively with people from different backgrounds and areas, as Mishawaka Counselors do, provides an experience that you will be able to draw on for years to come.
- Knows all campers by name
- Listens to campers
- Sits with campers at campfires, skit night and other gatherings
- Fosters atmosphere of safety and comfort in the cabin
- Praises campers when they do well
- Leads by example
- Offers to help
- Monitors activities to see that campers are meeting goals (theirs and their parents’)
- Does nice things for campers and peers
- Encourages campers to do their best
- Follows up on promises
- Monitors camper health and habits (hygiene, clothing, etc.)
- Engages cabin group in special activities (reads, sings or story time)
- Checks on campers when asleep
- Uses “please” and “thank-you”
- Operates all equipment safely and according to guidelines
- Is flexible- When plan A does not work, able to switch to plan B
- Returns borrowed items promptly
- Does not complain in front of campers– addresses concerns with supervisors
- Admits to making a mistake, works to correct it
- Uses humor as a tool when appropriate
- Respects personal property and space
In the event that two or more consecutive days need to be take off (for wedding or other unique family event), arrangements must be made at the time of hiring. In some cases, this time can be taken as a pro-rata deduction from salary, as opposed to using all your time off.
- Full Staff 1st year (completed at least year of college or equivalent: $2,250 for 9 weeks
- Junior Counselor– High School Graduate $1,800 for 9 weeks
- Returning staff receive annual increase.
Staff are given a travel stipend based on where they live. It is intended to cover the cost of transportation to Camp Mishawaka. Allowance for major cities include: Minneapolis area, $100, Chicago area, $225, Great Plains, Mountain or Mid-Atlantic area, $300, West or East Coast, $400.
- Lifeguard Training $200
- Water Safety Instructor $200
- Wilderness First Aid $200
- Other certifications such as US Sailing, canoe certification or others are taken into consideration on a case by case basis.
* Each year all staff are trained, on-site, in CPR and First Aid. If you are able to enroll in class for any of the above this year, we are often able to provide reimbursement for these costs– upon successful completion and receipt.
- Room and Board provided
- Free Laundry service weekly
- Little or no outside expenses. You are able to pocket the majority of your wages.