After much discussion with our partnering hospitals and organizations, as well as our Board of Directors and our Medical Advisors, we have again made the difficult decision to cancel traditional in-person camping for both Spring and Summer 2021.
Summer staff members are crucial to fulfilling Camp John Marc’s mission of providing high-quality camping experiences for children with chronic illnesses and physical challenges.
Working at Camp John Marc is a lot of fun! There are water wars, campouts, silly songs and of course campers, but it is also a challenging experience that requires hard work, flexibility, willingness to be a team player, and responsibility. All staff members should enjoy working with children, but because of diverse programming needs, individuals hired for summer staff positions will have a wide variety of skills, backgrounds, and academic or career interests.
What to Expect as a Camp John Marc Summer Staff Member
Each week a Camp John Marc Staff Member will:
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Lead an Activity
The Camp John Marc activities that staff lead, oversee, or facilitate are Archery, Arts & Crafts, Fishing, Horses, Lake Canoeing/Kayaking, Nature, Swimming, Pottery, the Challenge Course, and Sports & Games. Staff members typically move between 2-3 activity areas throughout the course of the summer. Some activity areas require certification which can be obtained during training programs held prior to Staff Training.
Host a Cabin
Each summer staff member is partnered with a cabin of 5-7 campers and 3 volunteer counselors every week. During this time, hosts build relationships with the campers in their cabin by sharing meals, participating in evening activities together, and spending quality time playing games and hanging out in the cabin.
Lead a Project
Daily Projects are an important part of the Camp John Marc program. They help individualize the camp experience while developing skills in a particular hobby or interest. Project groups meet for just over an hour every day. The curriculum or project, which is created by the summer staff project leader, advances each day. Some projects examples include American Girl Dolls, Cooking, Basketball, Fishing, Ukulele, Swim Lessons, Wheelchair Hockey, and more!
Criteria for Summer Staff
Summer staff must:
- be at least 18 years old
- be legally eligible for employment in the United States
- have completed one year of college or comparable life experience by the start of the summer season
- be able to safely lift 50 lbs. (with/without reasonable accommodation)
- be able to work the entirety of the summer (mid-May through early-August; staff training and 11 weeks of summer camps)
In addition, CJM Summer Staff will be required to:
- Complete a comprehensive medical history and required immunization forms (provided after application)
- Submit and clear a criminal background check (provided after application)
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the steps to applying?
Step 1: Complete the application! (hyperlink) Remember it is best practice to let your references know you have listed them on the application.
Step 2: Once your application has been received and reviewed, we will be in touch to schedule a First Interview (an initial standard telephone call) to briefly discuss your application and interest in Camp John Marc.
Step 3: If you are selected for a Second Interview, we will be in touch to schedule a ZOOM interview to discuss your application in more detail. In addition, we will contact your three (3) references to complete an automated form. This must be complete for your application to move forward in the process.
Step 4: Our staff will contact you with our final decision. If a job is offered, applicants will be given a set amount of time to accept or decline the offer.
When will I be notified of the decision?
We recognize and respect the fact that many of our applicants need to make decisions about summer jobs as early as January or February. Because of this, we try our best to make final hiring decisions in a timely manner.
How many staff members are hired each summer?
Each summer we seek to hire 24 young adults eager to serve our campers in a high-quality manner.
Will I need to obtain any activity certifications?
Some activity areas do require certifications.
- Archery: one (1) day long certification
- Boats: one (1) day long certification
- Lifeguarding: three (3) day long certification
- Challenge Course; five (5) day long certification
Summer Staff qualified and interested in facilitating an activity that requires certification can complete the necessary courses at Camp prior to the start of Staff Training.
Are staff members provided time off?
Every summer staff member gets one paid week off and five long weekends off. Additionally, staff members have off every Friday afternoon until Saturday at 1:00 pm.
Will I receive compensation?
Summer salary starts at $250 per week (room/board are included).
What if I am unable to commit to working an entire summer?
In order to provide a high-quality camping experience for our campers, we ask that our Summer Staff serve the duration of the summer. Certain exceptions may occur which may be discussed with the Director team.
If you can’t commit to the whole summer, think about volunteering for a week as a cabin counselor.
Where do staff members live?
Staff members live in comfortable, air-conditioned, duplex-style lodging. Each side of the lodge houses four (4) staff members and has two (2) bedrooms, one (1) large bathroom, a living area, washer and dryer, and kitchenette.