Joshua Center Summer Camp

Camp Staff Application Instructions

As Simple as 1,2,3,4,5The Camp Staff Application is divided into five parts:

  • General Information
  • Medical Information
  • Liability Releases and Permissions
  • Acknowledgement and Agreement
  • Rotary Club 13 Media Release

In addition, all staff applicants must complete training as described later on this page.

To make the application process as simple as possible, please read the following instructions before you begin.

Submitting Sensitive Information

This information will only be used by the Joshua Center for Neurological Disorders for consideration of your application to become a staff camp member. All of the information you provide will be held in confidence. The server to which you submit your information is protected by SSL security provided by LuxSci Hosting.

To the best of your ability, please complete all parts of the application.  If you don’t have information to enter in a particular section, please write N/A.

Information Needed

To complete the application, you will need the following information:

  • Personal information such as driver’s license number, social security number, etc.
  • Educational background and other relevant training you may have completed
  • Employment information
  • Verifiable References

Choose Camp Dates and Desired Position

On the application, you will have the opportunity to choose one or more dates when you will be available to serve. You will also be able to select the position for which you are best suited.

Camp Administrator

This is the person designated by the Director of Joshua Center as the person in charge of the Resident Camping program. She/He is responsible for smooth operation and coordination of all activities and programs and administration of the Resident Camp. This includes staff supervision, counseling of campers if necessary, and taking charge in case of emergency. She/He is responsible to the Executive Director and Board of Directors of Joshua Center.

Program Director

He/she is responsible for pre-camp planning and scheduling of camp programs. This person identifies and/or trains program leaders and arranges for maintenance of equipment and safe conduct of program. This person works closely with Activity Director.

Activity Director

He/she is responsible for pre-camp planning and scheduling of camp activities. This person identifies and/or trains activity leaders, supervises all camp activities and arranges for maintenance of equipment and safe conduct of activity. This person works closely with Program Director.

Special Events Director

He/she is responsible for all special event activities. He/she assists campers with assigned activity. He/she helps set-up and clean-up after activity. He/she is responsible to the Program Director.

Camp Health Manager

He/she is responsible for the health and welfare of the campers and is in charge of the first aid building. His/her duties include checking campers into and out of camp, treating sick or injured persons, keeping a medical log of all treatments, and dispensing all internal medication. He or she will also be responsible for monitoring cleanliness of cabins and latrines on a daily basis as well as recording refrigerator temperatures in the office and first aid building. The Camp Health Manager is expected to participate in staff meetings during the camp session and work closely with the Camp Administrator in contacting parents, if necessary, regarding camper accidents/injuries.

Additional duties include checking smoke detectors in each cabin and the office buildings on the first day of camp. The Camp Health Manager will be responsible for taking possession of medication and, when possible, talking to parents about camper health concerns during registration at the Rotary Club Youth Camp on the first day of Joshua Center Camp. After the health screenings at camp, the Camp Health Manager will inform counselors which children in their cabins need medication on a regular basis. Upon completion of the camp session, the Camp Health Manager will return medicine to parents as they pick up their child.

Camp Mental Health Manager

He/she is responsible for training all staff on the disorders and mental health concerns. He/she is responsible for the mental health and welfare of the campers. His/her duties include checking on campers who have been identified as having severe symptoms, anxiety and homesickness. He/she will also be responsible for monitoring campers’ behavior concerns, intervening when necessary. The Camp Mental Health Manager s expected to participate in staff meetings during the camp session and work closely with the Camp Administrator in contacting parents, if necessary, regarding camper behaviors and concerns. He/she will be available at all times for intervention when requested by camp staff. He/she will provide support for cabin counselors, offering suggestions to help cabin counselors with specific concerns. He/she is responsible to the Camp Administrator.

Volunteer

Most volunteers will be assigned to assist with a specific activity to give assistance to the activity leader. Volunteers will work with the counselors to ensure all campers are supervised at all times. Volunteers are not to be left alone with the children at any time and have minimal responsibility for addressing behavior issues with the children. Volunteers are expected to join in the activities of the cabin and may be asked to be a “look-out”; at the pool. Some volunteers may lead activities. In this case, counselors or administrative camp staff are completely responsible for the cabin group and should assist the children with the activity. Volunteers must check in and out of the office upon entering and leaving the campground.

Support Services Director

He/she is responsible for supporting all programs and activities by preparing all supplies including on-campus and off campus snacks, campfires, campfire ceremony, certificates, Dragon Tear bags, crafts, etc. He/she is responsible to the Program Director.

Executive Director

He/she is responsible for all paper work. He/she is responsible for supporting all programs and activities by preparing all supplies including on-campus and off-campus snacks, campfires, campfire ceremony, certificates, Dragon Tear bags, crafts, etc. He/she is responsible to the Program Director.

Cabin Counselor

The counselor is directly responsible for continual supervision of campers. The counselor is to facilitate the group process, while ensuring camper safety and creating a positive camper experiences. Counselors need to be willing and able to participate with their campers in the majority of camp activities. Camp counselors need to demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of campers, interact appropriately with campers in a variety of situations and use positive behavior management techniques. Counselors are expected to model and demonstrate mature, appropriate, adult behavior. Enthusiasm, a sense of humor, patience and self-control are the model behaviors for our camp counselors. Counselors must have the ability to communicate/coordinate tasks and responsibilities with co-counselor or seek assistance from Camp Administrator. There will be 2 counselors assigned to each cabin of 5 – 8 campers.

Other responsibilities include participation in pre-camp training the evening before camp begins. Certification in CPR/First Aid is strongly encouraged but not be mandatory. Counselors must be able to attend post-camp evaluation meeting and complete camp and camper evaluation forms prior to leaving camp.

Office Helper

This person is an aide to the Camp Director and is responsible for performing any jobs that need to be done regarding equipment maintenance and program activity maintenance. He or she is responsible to the Office Manager. He/she is responsible for cleaning the staff office daily.

Activity Leader

He/she is responsible to develop the activity of assigned camp activity. This person identifies and/or trains activity assistants and follows guidance room Activity Director.

Activity Assistant

He/she is responsible to assist the Activity Leader with camp activities. He/she assists campers with assigned activity. He/she helps set-up and clean-up after activity. He/she is responsible to the Activity Leader.

Training

Staff members are required to attend a full-day training session at the Joshua Center for Neurological Disorders Office, as well as complete an online course. (See significant dates listed on Summer Camp Staff Home Page)

To start the online training course, Click Here

Staff Manual

A comprehensive camp staff manual has been compiled containing vital information and detailed procedures and rules. For camp staffers, this is required reading.

Summer Camp Staff Manual

Mailing Alternative for SSN

If for any reason, you are uncomfortable submitting Social Security number online, you may simply leave that field blank. However, you must then submit your SSN by USPS regular mail to the following address:

Joshua Center for Neurological Disorders
400 E. Bannister Road, Suite A
Kansas City, MO 64131
Attention: Becky Ottinger, Executive Director

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