Camp La Junta Summer Jobs

Counselor Positions at Camp La Junta

Counselor Positions at Camp La Junta

All of Camp La Junta’s Counselor Staff are hired to be both Cabin Counselors and Activity Instructors. We feel this is the ideal responsibility level, giving you diversity in daily schedule and your relationships over the summer. Over the course of the summer you will function as a coach, role model, parent, teacher, big brother/sister, super hero and best friend.

All Counselors are assigned a cabin with at least one co-counselor and 10 – 12 campers for whom they are responsible for happiness, health, hygiene, safety, supervision and success. Among their cabin duties, counselors are asked to perform the daily functions of family, friend, referee, counselor, entertainer and program director. When on duty, counselors supervise their cabins at cleanup, rest period, showers and meals. The cabin unit forges a special bond over their camp session. Going different directions during the day increases the chances of a successful experience for everyone.

All Counselors instruct five 50 minute activity periods each day in an activity area that matches their skills and interests. In their activity they are responsible for instruction, inventory, records and programming. The have the freedom to create their own brand of fun, based on their experiences and personality. Counselors are also responsible for recording, monitoring and motivating the success of the campers in their activity.

All counselors work closely with co-counselors in both the cabin and activity to help make the summer more enjoyable and their results more consistent.  Senior Staff work closely, meeting daily, with all cabins and activities,  to guarantee the support necessary for the high level of performance our parents expect.

Surely a highlight of the day, all on-duty counselors assist with the planning and implementation of the evening program. In the evenings, counselors “team teach” special events such as all camp games, relays, campfires, competitions and campouts.

Through all these assignments, a Counselor’s overall goal is to see that every boy leaves camp with a feeling of success, pride, confidence, independence, security and entertainment.

Female staff have virtually the same daily schedule and responsibility of male staff. All are assigned a cabin and activity and treat it as their own. All female counselors are housed in the camp’s “cottage”, but there to tuck their kids in each night and wake them up in the morning.

If you are interested in working with young people this summer, have an activity background which you feel comfortable teaching and enjoy the outdoors, then a summer at La Junta is the perfect summer job for you.

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Health Care Positions at Camp La Junta

Health Care Positions at Camp La Junta

Working at Camp La Junta is a great experience that benefits the staff as well as the kids. To reap those benefits, though, the days are long. We work hard— and we play hard. The living conditions, activities, and the company you keep while working at CLJ are exceptional.

Each summer we hire two Nurses and one Infirmary Assistant. Nurses should have current RN, LVN or LPN licenses or EMT Certification. Our Assistants are often medical students and should have current Advanced First Aid, Wilderness First Aide or First Responder or certification.

Ideally, our nurses will blend with the normal operation of the camp, becoming familiar with the program, campers and fellow staff. Their primary concerns in the summer are the health and safety of each camper, and the efficient organization of our health records.

During slow times in the infirmary, health care staff are permitted (and encouraged!) to participate in all camp activities. We want campers to be familiar with their nurses outside of medical procedures, but nonetheless, staff should be aware not to lose sight of priorities: “Health Care – Documentation – Communication”. Our infirmary is first and foremost a medical facility; a comfortable, homelike medical facility.

Camp nurses are counted upon to:

    1. Administer first aid. All of the camp’s bumps and bruises, large or small, channel through the infirmary. It is important that the nurse sees all of the injuries, and that the proper antiseptics, ointments, and dressings are applied. Close consultation with the Director will assure that further medical attention, if necessary, is received in a timely fashion. All treatments and individuals who come through the infirmary must be properly documents.
    2. Tend to camper and counselor illness. The most common ailments tend to involve infected ears, sore throats, stomach aches and too much heat. Fluids and analgesics cure most of our ills, but extended symptoms may require antibiotics or a visit to the doctor. Documentation is critical here as well, so that extended illness or small epidemics may be tracked and a precise, well-documented history exists. Nurses are often asked to drive to the Doctor’s office in a camp vehicle.
    3. Assist the camp doctor in diagnosing conditions. A few instances will require that the nursing staff and the directors make judgments about further treatments. These usually center around questions such as “Should the doctor see this child today?”, “Are stitches required?”, or “Is this a sprain or a potential break?”. We usually tend to take the most cautious route for treatment, but don’t want to be over-reactive. Every rash can’t be chicken pox and every bump won’t be a broken bone, but the one in a thousand chance cannot be overlooked. Communication with the Doctor in these instances is vital and consultation with the Director important.
    4. Be the infirmary housekeeper. Everyone pitches in wherever they can be most useful. Hopefully there will be much slack time in the infirmary (no illnesses and few injuries) and this can be a useful time to update records, visit activities and keep the infirmary linens, bathroom and treatment rooms clean. If things get busy we’ll send in cleaning help, but if everyone is healthy you should certainly have time to stay ahead of the dirt.
    5. Be a resident parent. We have a handful of females on the staff each summer to help the younger guys avert homesickness. However, it ultimately seems that the infirmary, with its air-conditioning and sympathetic nurses, is the only place to get “homesick pills”. Homesickness can be traumatic in the mind of a small child, and we want him to get over it as quickly as possible. We’ll cater to him at first and get firmer with him as his homesickness turns into a desire for attention. You should easily notice this gradual change, but if not, give the camper the benefit of the doubt.

The infirmary assistant’s exact duties will vary depending on their training, age, and expertise. Most assistants will be assigned camp cabin and activity to assist. During the nurses’ busiest times, the assistant will be on-duty in the infirmary. In addition, the infirmary assistant is usually our primary driver for medical visits, dental visits, routine x-rays and follow-ups. A clean driving record is imperative.

Requirements for Our Health Care Givers
Our summer focus is most definitely on the kids. All of our Infirmary Staff are here solely to work with kids. In addition to the infirmary itself, they will be exposed to many other aspects of camp, and come in constant contact with the kids. Therefore, our ideal staff member makes common sense decisions, communicates well with others, has energy, enthusiasm and an interest in the needs of young boys. While hired primary for supporting duties, all infirmary staff are expected to live up to the same high standards of responsibility and leadership maintained by our counseling staff when interacting with campers.

While not designed to be attending to children 24/7, the infirmary can at times get busy. Whether it’s a rash of stomach aches or an onslaught of band-aid seekers at bedtime there will be busy moments under your watch. Because of the need for great care, regardless of time or circumstance, our ideal staff member is mature, hard working, positive and looking to go the extra mile.

We view all staff members as important in the success of the program, therefore our ideal staff is prepared to exert consistent effort so that his performance and example to others are persistent and instill a strong and lasting foundation of self-pride.

Our staff traditionally fit the “All-American” mold: clean, moral, hard working, high aspiring adults whom our parents can confidently count on as safe, stable, and potential role models for their sons.

By regulation and camp policy we endeavor to have at least two infirmary staff on duty at all times. Normally we hire an Assistant who is college-aged, trained, and are ready to function mainly as a First Aid technician. We also hire two more highly trained personnel to be responsible for diagnosis, treatment and documentation of illness and daily medication. Our desire is to fill these positions with RNs, LVNs or EMTs.

The Benefits of Being a Part of La Junta’s Health Care Team
At Camp La Junta we value our medical staff and strive to assure that they are among the best trained, supported, treated, remunerated and skilled staff in the nation. As a special perk, the great fun, the modern facilities, the unbeatable scenery, the dynamite campers and the great friends they will experience this summer will be thrown in on top of all the financial benefits. Infirmary Staff generally have more difficult job assignments than our counselor staff, but are offered additional compensation and an opportunity to participate in camp activities during free time.

We count on important life-time skills and successful corporate skills to run our camp and train our kids and want you to have them for the rest of your professional and academic career as well. We want professional attitudes and professional skills, so we train and reinforce both throughout the summer!

  • Time off: Each member of the staff will receive occasional evenings and many mid-mornings and afternoons off. This time ensures that you remain rested and able to perform at the highest standard, keeps you in touch with the outside world and allows time to cultivate relationships with your summer peers from around the state, nation and the world. Within a well defined structure, infirmary staff are encouraged to participate in camp activities to enhance their personal experience, to build relationships and to add to our campers’ experiences.
  • Monthly salary: If all this weren’t enough, nurses are actually remunerated with at least $2,750.00 per month for the camping season (roughly June 1 – August 10). Actual salaries are based upon work experience, specialized training and necessary camperships for their children. Travel allowances are provided to out of state staff.

Equally important, there are no fees or other purchase requirements for staff members. There is no staff uniform to purchase. Comfortable shorts and tee shirts suffice for most of your stay at La Junta. We’ll provide a staff shirt for opening and closing days. There are abundant (and free) laundry facilities on camp. Daily snacks, provided to the campers, are provided to staff at no charge. All meals are included for support staff. There is an on site staff lounge with soda machine, pay phones, game tables, Cable TV, DVD, VCR, internet access and yes, an air conditioner! All staff are provided insurance to cover routine medications and most medical treatment.

Also, when your La Junta summer is over, you will share in many of the same successes and memories afforded your campers. You’ll have dozens of great photos for your wall, addresses of some of your new closest friends, a great tan and an arsenal of enhanced lifetime skills. You’ll have mastered leadership, communication, organizational and instructional skills. You’ll have perfected your public speaking, impromptu storytelling and riverside exploring skills. Most of all, the sweat, determination, dedication and affection you give our program and the 500 kids this summer, will be paid back 10 fold throughout the rest of your days.

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Food Service Positions at Camp La Junta

Food Service Positions at Camp La Junta

Working at Camp La Junta is a great experience regardless of the position. We feel most staff benefit as much as our campers. You should know up front, however, that the days are long and the summer is hot. We work hard and play hard, and the experience, the facilities, and the company you keep are excellent.

Each summer we hire about three kitchen assistants or interns and a head cook to work alongside our ARAMARK kitchen manager. Our kitchen staff is employed by Camp but work directly with and for our ARAMARK management company ensuring the best kitchen environment and experience possible.

Kitchen assistants and interns are hired to support the head cook. They will be asked to assist with food preparation, serving, cleanup, and inventory. It is understood that their skills will increase as the summer goes along. Their responsibilities will NOT normally include washing dishes, mopping the dining hall or waiting on tables. However, as the camp is a family, period excitement can be generated when one of the cooks delivers a special desert to their favorite table.

Usually, kitchen staff are housed on the camp grounds. Eventually if they request it, they can be placed with campers, but most often, they will live in on-site staff housing immediately adjacent to the Dining Hall.

While hired primary for supporting duties, all Kitchen Staff are expected to live up to the same high standards of responsibility and leadership maintained by our counseling staff when interacting with campers. Our entire staff’s overall goal is to see that every boy leaves camp with a feeling of success, pride, confidence, independence, security and entertainment. We expect that whenever possible all support staff support help boost campers and certainly never interfere with these ideals.

If you are self-motivated, prepared with skills for a fast-paced food service environment, committed to excellence, a top achiever, enjoy the outdoors, working around kids, living in a close knit community and are interested in joining the best summer staff on the planet, consider Camp La Junta

Requirements for Food Service Jobs
Our summer focus is most definitely on the kids. Although our kitchen staff are not here solely to work with kids, they will be exposed to many aspects of camp life, and will come in constant contact with the kids in the dining hall and around camp. Therefore, our ideal staff member makes common sense decisions, communicates well with others, has energy, enthusiasm and an interest in the needs of young boys.

We pride ourselves on serving high quality, kid-friendly meals. We desire to keep every boy healthy and well fed in order to get the most out of his camp experience. We strive for constant improvement and innovation. Therefore our ideal staff member is mature, hard working, positive and looking to go the extra mile. Consistent effort is required, so that a staff member’s performance and example to others are persistent, instilling a strong foundation of pride.

All of our staff members traditionally fit the “All-American” mold: clean, moral, hard working, high aspiring, young adults whom our parents can confidently count on as safe, stable, and potential role models for their sons. This goes for support staff as well. Your selection of appearance and attitude will influence our campers throughout the summer.

Because we are a community geared around our long term success, specific experience and food service certifications are not as important to us as the desire to learn and the will to succeed. While food service experience is an important factor in assuring you know what the summer experience will be like, lack of experience does not disqualify your application.

If you are hard working and looking for a position which recognizes and rewards that effort, please read on.

Benefits for Food Service Staff
At Camp La Junta we value our support staff and strive to assure that they are among the best trained, supported, treated, remunerated and skilled staff in the camping community. Kitchen Staff generally have more physically demanding job assignments than our counselor staff, but are offered additional compensation and an opportunity to participate in camp activities during free time.

All support staff members will receive ongoing training throughout the summer, especially during the first week of camp and staff training week. We count on important life-time skills and successful corporate skills to run our camp and train our kids and want you to have them for the rest of your professional and academic career as well. We want professional attitudes and professional skills, so we train and reinforce both throughout the summer.

  • Time off: In addition to the great professional benefits, each member of the support staff will receive every evening and most mid-mornings and afternoons off. Time off generally follows responsibilities and not the clock, so as the summer progresses and your skills improve, so too will your free time. This time ensures that you remain rested and able to perform at the highest standard, keeps you in touch with the outside world and allows time to cultivate relationships with your summer peers from around the state, nation and the world. Within a well defined structure, support staff are encouraged to participate in camp activities to enhance their personal experience, to build relationships and to add to our campers’ experiences. La Junta maintains a staff lounge with games, video, computers, TV and air conditioning.
  • Salary: If all this weren’t enough, support staff are actually remunerated with at least $1000.00 per month for the camping season (roughly June 1 – August 10). Actual salaries are based upon age, work experience and specialized training. Travel allowances to camp are provided to out of state staffers.

Equally important, there are no fees or other purchase requirements for staff members. There is no staff uniform to purchase. Comfortable shorts and tee shirts suffice for most of your stay at La Junta. We’ll provide a staff shirt for opening and closing days. There are abundant (and free) laundry facilities on camp. Daily snacks, provided to the campers, are provided to all staff at no charge. All meals are included for support staff as well. All staff are provided insurance to cover routine medications and most medical treatment.

Also, when your La Junta summer is over, you will share in many of the same successes and memories afforded our campers. You’ll have dozens of great photos for your wall, addresses of some of your new closest friends, a great tan and an arsenal of enhanced lifetime skills. You’ll have mastered leadership, communication, organizational and instructional skills. You’ll have perfected your public speaking and riverside exploring skills. Most of all, the sweat, determination, dedication and affection you give our program and the 600 kids this summer, will be paid back 10 fold throughout the rest of your days.

What are you waiting for?

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Maintenance Positions at Camp La Junta

Maintenance Positions at Camp La Junta

Working at Camp La Junta is a great experience regardless of the position. We feel most staff benefit as much as our campers. You should know up front, however, that the days are long and the summer is hot. We work hard and play hard, and the experience, the facilities, and the company you keep are excellent.

Each summer we hire about up to three maintenance assistants and four dishwashers or interns to work alongside our director of maintenance. Maintenance workers will be asked to assist with all aspects of maintenance, indoors and out. It is understood that their skills will increase as the summer goes along. Dishwasher responsibilities will normally include washing dishes and mopping the dining hall. However, as the camp is a family, all workers may be called upon to complete odd jobs whenever the program needs support.

Usually, maintenance and dishwashing staff are housed on the camp grounds. Eventually if they request it, they can be placed with campers, but most often, they will live in on-site staff housing immediately adjacent to the Dining Hall.

While hired primary for supporting duties, all maintenance and dishwashing Staff are expected to live up to the same high standards of responsibility and leadership maintained by our counseling staff when interacting with campers. Our entire staff’s overall goal is to see that every boy leaves camp with a feeling of success, pride, confidence, independence, security and entertainment. We expect that whenever possible all support staff support help boost campers and certainly never interfere with these ideals.

If you are self-motivated, prepared with skills for a fast-paced service environment, committed to excellence, a top achiever, enjoy the outdoors, working around kids, living in a close knit community and are interested in joining the best summer staff on the planet, consider Camp La Junta

Requirements for Maintenance Jobs
Our summer focus is most definitely on the kids. Although our maintenance and dishwashing staff are not here solely to work with kids, they will be exposed to many aspects of camp life, and will come in constant contact with the kids in the dining hall and around camp. Therefore, our ideal staff member makes common sense decisions, communicates well with others, has energy, enthusiasm and an interest in the needs of young boys.

We strive for constant improvement and innovation. Therefore our ideal staff member is mature, hard working, positive and looking to go the extra mile. Consistent effort is required, so that a staff member’s performance and example to others are persistent, instilling a strong foundation of pride.

All of our staff members traditionally fit an “All-American” mold: clean, moral, hard working, high aspiring, young adults whom our parents can confidently count on as safe, stable, and potential role models for their sons. This goes for support staff as well. Your selection of appearance and attitude will influence our campers throughout the summer.

Because we are a community geared around our long term success, specific experience and service certifications are not as important to us as the desire to learn and the will to succeed. While experience is an important factor in assuring you know what the summer experience will be like, lack of experience does not disqualify your application.

If you are hard working and looking for a position which recognizes and rewards that effort, please read on.

Benefits for Maintenance Staff
At Camp La Junta we value our support staff and strive to assure that they are among the best trained, supported, treated, remunerated and skilled staff in the camping community. Maintenance and dishwashing staff generally have more physically demanding job assignments than our counselor staff, but are offered additional compensation and an opportunity to participate in camp activities during free time.

All support staff members will receive ongoing training throughout the summer, especially during the first week of camp and staff training week. We count on important life-time skills and successful corporate skills to run our camp and train our kids and want you to have them for the rest of your professional and academic career as well. We want professional attitudes and professional skills, so we train and reinforce both throughout the summer.

  • Time off: In addition to the great professional benefits, each member of the support staff will receive every evening and most mid-mornings and afternoons off. Time off generally follows responsibilities and not the clock, so as the summer progresses and your skills improve, so too will your free time. This time ensures that you remain rested and able to perform at the highest standard, keeps you in touch with the outside world and allows time to cultivate relationships with your summer peers from around the state, nation and the world. Within a well defined structure, support staff are encouraged to participate in camp activities to enhance their personal experience, to build relationships and to add to our campers’ experiences. La Junta maintains a staff lounge with games, video, computers, TV and air conditioning.
  • Salary: If all this weren’t enough, support staff are actually remunerated with at least $1000.00 per month for the camping season (roughly June 1 – August 10). Actual salaries are based upon age, work experience and specialized training. Travel allowances to camp are provided to out of state staffers.

Equally important, there are no fees or other purchase requirements for staff members. There is no staff uniform to purchase. Comfortable shorts and tee shirts suffice for most of your stay at La Junta. We’ll provide a staff shirt for opening and closing days. There are abundant (and free) laundry facilities on camp. Daily snacks, provided to the campers, are provided to all staff at no charge. All meals are included for support staff as well. All staff are provided insurance to cover routine medications and most medical treatment.

Also, when your La Junta summer is over, you will share in many of the same successes and memories afforded our campers. You’ll have dozens of great photos for your wall, addresses of some of your new closest friends, a great tan and an arsenal of enhanced lifetime skills. You’ll have mastered leadership, communication, organizational and instructional skills. You’ll have perfected your public speaking and riverside exploring skills. Most of all, the sweat, determination, dedication and affection you give our program and the 600 kids this summer, will be paid back 10 fold throughout the rest of your days.

What are you waiting for?

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