Thank you for your interest in working at Camp La Junta this summer. The following information is designed to fully inform you about the positive experiences, rigors, responsibilities and requirements of a position at La Junta. At the end of this information is a link to an online staff application. Please read over this information carefully before completing our application. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call our program director at 830/238-4621.
Camp La Junta is a private, traditional, recreational, overnight camp for boys offering four-week or two-week sessions. Situated on 200 acres of scenic Texas Hill Country, alongside a mile of the crystal clear, spring fed Guadalupe River, our summer program was developed to allow boys to participate in a variety of exciting activities which broaden their experiences and cultivate a strong sense of success and self-confidence. Campers select the ten activities which they wish to participate and each has his own unique activity schedule.
Our goal in the summer is to provide a dynamic work experience which rivals the excitement and life experience of the camper program. The professionalism of our training and management styles mirror the best run companies in modern business. Being a La Junta counselor is fun, fulfilling, and rewarding while also providing countless hours of personal, professional, management, and leadership experience which will continue to benefit you for years to follow. We don’t merely add counselors and employees each summer: we add team members and family. We know that it is the counselors who make the summer excel, so we want to make your employment at camp an experience to remember for a lifetime.
If you are self-motivated, committed to excellence, a top achiever, enjoy the outdoors, love working with kids and are interested in joining the best summer staff on the planet, La Junta may be for you.
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.
As a cabin counselor, you will be assigned at least one co-counselor and eight to twelve campers. You are responsible for their happiness, healthy, hygiene, safety, supervision, and success. Cabin duties include supervising cabin clean-up, rest periods, showers, and all meals.
Each camper has a unique activity schedule during the day, and the job of a cabin counselor changes to instruction as you teach your assigned activity six days a week. Activity instructors can tailor their classes to manufacture their own brand of fun based on their personality and experiences. In addition to teaching, instructors must record, monitor, and motivate the success of their campers.
In the evenings, counselors “team teach” special events such as all camp games, relays, campfires, competitions and camp-outs.
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 together in the “Girl’s Cottage,” but are there to tuck their cabin 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.
Our summer focus is most definitely on the kids. Therefore, our ideal staff member makes common-sense decisions, communicates well, has energy, enthusiasm and an interest in the needs of young boys.
Our ideal staff member is a mature counselor, with a sincere concern for young people, necessary to guide each boy in the proper direction for a great, learning summer.
Our ideal counselor is prepared to exert constant effort so that his guidance and example are consistent and instill a strong and lasting foundation of self-pride and confidence in each camper.
Our ideal counselors traditionally fit the “All-American” mold — clean cut, moral, hard working, high aspiring, young adults whom our parents can confidently count on as safe, stable friends and admirable role models for their sons.
Our ideal counselor likes to have fun, loves adventure and enjoys a social experience.
Counselors at La Junta are among the best trained, treated, remunerated and skilled staff in the nation. Staff members receive a professional, five day leadership training. We impart and then count on important lifetime leadership skills and successful corporate management skills to run our camp and train our campers, and want you to have them for the rest of your professional and academic career as well. Diverse management techniques are high on our list of priorities to teach during staff week. You’ll also learn state of the art parenting skills, leadership fundamentals, public speaking, time management, conflict resolution, problem solving, creative instructional techniques, lifeguarding, CPR, First Aid and recreational facilitation.
We desire professional attitudes and professional skills, so we train and reinforce both throughout the summer. Our goal is to prepare you better for life as well as summer camp.
In addition to the great professional benefits, each member of the counselor staff also receives:
The Camp Location:
Situated on 200 acres in Hunt, Texas, just 15 miles from Kerrville and 70 miles northwest of San Antonio, Camp La Junta lies between a mile of crystal clear, cypress shaded, Guadalupe riverfront and the scenic rolling hills of the heart of Texas hill country. Abundant cypress and oak trees provide a canopy of cooling shade on much of the grounds.
The Camp Size:
Of the 270 boys who enroll in each session, an overwhelming majority (210) stay for the entire four weeks; others enroll for two weeks. Numbers are equally divided among grades, with approximately 25 boys representing each grade. Ninety percent of campers hail from Texas; the other 10 percent are from throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Mexico. More than 80 percent of campers return from year to year. A camper must be fluent in English to enroll. Campers are divided into four age divisions: Wranglers (first through third grades), Cowboys (fourth and fifth grades), Tophands (sixth and seventh grades), and Advanced Campers (eighth grade). Boys are placed in cabins with others in the same grade.
The Summer Program:
The well-rounded program provides each boy with ample opportunity to pursue his own individual interests while maintaining a pace and activity schedule suitable to his needs. In the weeks before camp, each camper selects ten favorite activities; based on this, an individualized schedule of classes based on age and experience is prepared to ensure that personal goals are attained.
Over the years, activities at La Junta have evolved to meet the preferences and needs and capture the interests of its campers. La Junta offers a well-rounded mix of traditional camp activities, innovative programs, and camp-wide team competition. Among the activities offered are riflery, archery, horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, sailing, water-skiing, scuba, kayaking, fishing, golf, tennis, arts and crafts, mountain bikes, camp craft, Indian lore, soccer, softball, volleyball, the challenge course, go carts, trail bikes, rappelling, flying, orienteering, overnight trips, and hunter safety. In addition, numerous minor activities are included within the curriculum of others; for example, swimmers not only get ample opportunity to improve existing strokes and learn new ones but also to enjoy the La Junta rapids and the rope swing.
La Junta’s award system is built into all camp activities. Campers receive patches for each activity in which they participate and chevrons for each level of proficiency within the activities. They are encouraged to set realistic goals, and counselors monitor success as the term progresses. A board on which 100 patches may be proudly displayed is provided to each boy as a lasting reminder of his achievement at La Junta.
The 60 member summer staff is mostly male, although a small number of women assist with the youngest campers. All staff members instruct activities and participate in cabin life. Typically one senior counselor over the age of 21 and one junior counselor live in each cabin. On average, more than 60 percent of the staff returns to La Junta from year to year, and about half are past La Junta campers, many of whom have gone through the camp’s Counselor-in-Training program.
New staff members are selected for their maturity, activity skills, and, most importantly, desire to work with young people. All staff members are high school graduates or have completed the Counselor-in-Training program. La Junta’s pre-camp orientation ensures that the entire staff is well prepared for opening day.
Background and Philosophy:
Since 1928, Camp La Junta has provided success-laden, exciting, confidence-building experiences in an all-boy environment. La Junta, a Native American phrase meaning “the meeting place,” was founded to provide an opportunity for young boys to escape the rigors of city life, to excel at exciting activities, to appreciate the outdoors, to gain independence, and to build self-confidence and an enhanced self-image. Although independence based, competition is an important part of La Junta; in addition to emphasizing sportsmanship and individual contribution to a team effort, the camp challenges each boy to meet his dreams and aspirations. The camp’s philosophy is: “A young man should be encouraged to make the most of his mental and physical capabilities, thereby increasing his self-confidence and self-image.”
Staff Compensation and Summer Dates:
All La Junta staff members receive a guaranteed salary as well as a potential bonus. Every guarantee is based solely upon age, while the potential bonus is based upon the number of summers of experience and travel distance. Our bonus system was created as an incentive to bolster performance and enjoyment during your summer. Everyone who puts forth 100% effort and enthusiasm daily will receive their entire bonus. All figures are per four week session. A typical summer includes two of these terms. In addition, housing, all necessary staff clothing, laundry facilities and daily meals and snacks are provided.
All staff are expected to stay for the duration of the summer. Should there be a conflict, special arrangements must be made prior to employment. With staff training, our summer is 9 weeks long.
Normally, the summer begins with staff training, on or about June 1 and ends in early August.
Arrival to Camp:
All staff is required to schedule and make arrangements for their arrival to camp. However, if you are flying into San Antonio airport, a pickup can be scheduled by camp prior to staff training. Advanced notice is needed.
Two registered nurses live on site, and a doctor who makes regular weekly visits is on 24 hour call. Hospital and X-ray facilities are 15 minutes away. All campers must complete medical forms and must possess health insurance.
While Camp La Junta is nondenominational, it does offer separate Christian, Jewish, and Catholic services on Sunday morning along with mealtime and evening prayers.
The camp is located on two hundred beautiful acres of the rolling Texas Hill Country, with limestone hills, thick cedar and oak trees, spacious, green, athletic fields, and the cool, clear Guadalupe River making the area a natural playground for campers since 1928. Our white cabins which dot the landscape house eight to twelve kids at a time. Two or three counselors live with the campers for the duration of their stay, which either runs two or four weeks in June or July. There are two four-week sessions per summer.
Emphasis of CLJ’s camp program is placed on cultivating strong self-confidence and success within its campers. Counselors are, for the most part, expected to both teach an activity during the day and live with and care for the needs of a cabin group of boys between the ages of seven and fourteen. Up to six female counselors are hired each summer to help out with the youngest campers and also teach an activity.
On average, there are about fifteen to twenty new staff positions each summer. New and old staff attend training several days before the arrival of our campers, adding to their confidence and professionalism to handle a summer full of adventure, friendship, and leadership. A good counselor is a hard-working, enthusiastic, moral, and energetic human being who loves kids, the outdoors, and instilling a deep sense of accomplishment among peers and campers alike. To have a good summer at La Junta is to make not only friends, but family—and counselors can also improve their résumé and their leadership potential while having a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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Who Do We Hire?
We want the best individuals out there to work at La Junta. We are looking for qualified personnel to fit into all aspects of camp. If you feel you are qualified or interested in one of the positions below, please click on the link to find out what each position entails and to find our online application.