Camp La Junta Frequently Asked Questions by Prospective Staff
About our philosophy…Camp La Junta is committed to empowering children. Our goal is to build confidence and self-esteem by reinforcing positive human values. We achieve that goal through cutting-edge programming implemented by a carefully selected and fully trained staff whose investment in children, like our own, is unparalleled.
About the location…Camp La Junta is situated on 200 acres of scenic Texas Hill Country, alongside a mile of the crystal clear, spring fed Guadalupe River in Hunt, Texas. Looking at a map? We are about 60 miles northwest of San Antonio.
About the staff…Camp La Junta employs about 110 counselors seasonally. All staff are required to be at least 18 years old and be a citizen of the United States. The average age of our staff is 20.
About the campers…Our campers each reside at camp for a four-week or two-week period. Each session 270 boys from 6-15 years of age participate in our program.
About dates of employment…Staff are typically employed for the entire season. Our season runs from basically June 1 – August 10 and includes participation in a one week camp orientation. Horseback riding staff and ropes course facilitators arrive slightly earlier for intensive training in their area.
About salary…Salary ranges depending on position and experience at Camp La Junta.
About the responsibilities of a counselor… All La Junta counselors are hired to be both Cabin Counselors and Activity Instructors. This tandem responsibility level gives each staff member diversity in their daily schedule and interactions. Taking on these two jobs require you to function as a coach, role model, parent, teacher, big brother or sister, super hero, and best friend.
About training…All Camp La Junta counselors are required to attend our five day pre-camp training and orientation. It is our goal to educate and acclimate you during this time. In addition to learning the ins and outs of Camp La Junta’s programs, policies and traditions, La Junta staff are trained about working with kids and pick up significant leadership skills. All staff participate in Abuse Prevention, CPR, First Aide and Water Rescue Training.
About time off…Specifically, counselor staff will have every other evening and afternoon. Because we expect you to perform at the highest standard all summer long, time off keeps you in touch with the outside world and helps cultivate friendships with your summer peers. Additionally, staff have a Counselor lounge equipped with computers for Internet access, movie collection, pool table, card table, wide screen TV, Xbox and soda machine.
About travel to and from camp…Staff make their own travel arrangements. Depending on where you are from, you may receive travel compensation. Arriving by plane? San Antonio Airport. Arriving by bus? Greyhound to Kerrville. Once you make it to San Antonio or Kerrville, arrangements for camp to pick you up and bring you to camp can be made. Alternatively, you may drive and keep your car at camp.
About living accommodations…All of our counselor staff live in cabins with campers. Cabin placement is decided upon during camp orientation. All of our cabins have been remodeled or have been built brand new recently. A typical cabin holds 10-14 campers and 3-4 staff members. All cabins have running water (showers, sinks & toilets) and electricity. Support Staff and Medical Personnel do not live with children.
About religious affiliation…Camp La Junta is a non denominational camp but does hold services on Sunday along with mealtime and evening prayer throughout the summer.
About the weather…Being in the Hill Country each day there is a large swing in temperature. During most days it starts nice and cool and will reach the mid to upper 90s. We do, however, have a nice breeze that stays with us most of the summer and blows daily. Occasionally it does rain at camp, but we know how to have fun in the rain, too.
About the food…We provide lots of choices. We serve a hot family style entrée at every meal. Additionally we have a table set up at breakfast with dry cereal and a fresh fruit bar and at lunch and dinner a salad and sandwich bar. We can accommodate vegetarian options at every meal. We serve kid friendly and nutritious meals. And of course, there is always the standard PB&J.
About the laundry…We provide laundry machines for all cabins. Counselors are able to wash and dry all of their clothes on site free of charge.
About the dress code…Camp La Junta requires staff wear apparel that is rated “G” (logos and text on t-shirts etc). Tattoos and body piercing should be discussed prior to arrival. Hair should be modest and appropriate. Camp La Junta shirts are only required on opening and closing days and are provided.
About the activities….We offer tennis, swimming, mountain biking, nature, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, swimming, ropes course, climbing wall, crafts, ceramics, woodworking, archery, riflery, horseback riding, trap & skeet, athletics…just to name a few.
About a typical day…A day starts about 7:30 am and last until about 10:30 pm. Unlike any other job, camp can be 24 hours a day. It’s the hardest job you’ll ever love! Each day is made up of 5 activity periods. The camp schedule is very routine, but at the same time, we are full of surprises and special events, which make no two days the same.
About applying as an international staff…Camp La Junta does not hire International Staff directly due to the visa application process. Please see the following agencies for more information about working in the United States and tell them of your interest in working at Camp La Junta. Camp America, Camp Leaders, CCUSA, BUNAC or US CampAdventures.