I'VE READ THE JOB DESCRIPTION, BUT WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM CAMP?
Leaders are expected to be at camp for the entire week. During that time, you will be working with various groups of children.
Cabin Leaders are principally in charge of campers. Staying with them at night, during meals, camp programs, activities, etc.
Senior Leaders do assist with supervision of campers, when they are not performing other duties.
We do build some "down time" for all Leaders into the schedule. A typical day at camp starts with campers meeting for breakfast followed by our science and philosophy/ethics programming. After the programs, there is lunch followed by free time choices, dinner, and elective activities the campers choose to participate in. During the evening there are group challenges, campfire, and other activities.
At night, at least two Leaders are required to be in the cabin.
It's a long day, but it's a lot of fun!
WILL I BE AT CAMP THE WHOLE SESSION?
For the safety of the campers, yes. We need to maintain sufficient staff to supervise the campers. Our campers are at camp 24x7, so we need our staff to be at camp 24x7.
Under very rare circumstances, volunteers may be allowed to leave camp, but this needs to be planned ahead and scheduled with the Camp Director.
WHAT DOES IT COST TO VOLUNTEER?
That question isn't as strange as it may sound at first. Volunteering is an act of giving to Camp Quest Kansas City, it's certainly going to cost you time. We appreciate that very much, and we will try to minimize any possible out-of-pocket expenses you may have. Room and Board are entirely covered during camp. Some travel funds may be available but arrangements must be made in advance with the Camp Director. We also reimburse for approved programming expenses, but those need to be cleared, in advance, by the Program Director.
I SEE YOUR CAMP RUNS JULY 21-JULY 27, 2019, BUT THE VOLUNTEER SESSION IS RUNNING FROM JULY 20-JULY 27, 2019. WHAT'S UP WITH THAT?
Campers start arriving just after lunchtime on Sunday the 21st. If we take possession of the camp facility on Sunday morning, we have to rush all the preparations and training during that time. We rent the facility for an extra day, Saturday, which allows us to easily get things setup, and gives us the chance to give staff, both new and old, the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the facility and run our staff training.
Saturday arrival is required for the staff training. If you have children attending camp, they can arrive early with you, too; however, they are still in your care until check-in time on Sunday.
WILL THERE BE TRAINING?
Absolutely! There are several aspects of it.
Online training - Camp Quest Kansas City utilizes Expert Online Training, a professional training organization geared specifically towards Youth Development at summer camps. This training comprises a series of short videos and quizzes that can be completely entirely online before camp.
In-person training - the day prior to camp, we will hold a training session, where we will go over our staff manual and other policies specific to our camp.
I DON'T FEEL MY CHILD WILL BE COMFORTABLE AT CAMP IF I'M NOT THERE, CAN I VOLUNTEER SO THAT I CAN BE THERE?
Most - but not all - children by the age of eight are capable of spending a week at camp. If you must be at camp for your child to be capable of going to camp, then they are not ready to go to camp. This is an evaluation only you can do; however, sometimes you also have to ask yourself the question, "Is my child not ready to be away or am I not ready to let them go away?" - that, too, is a question only you can answer.
IS THERE ANY OTHER INTERACTION PRIOR TO CAMP?
Our senior staff, particularly our Camp Director, Assistant Camp Director, and Program Director will be available for you to contact. Once hired, you will be added to our private Facebook group. You will get the most out of pre-camp communications through the Facebook group; Although all important information such as training and other essential communications will be emailed to each person to the email provided to us.
We follow the following steps for staff applications:
The application is reviewed and considered based on its merits and our current staffing needs.
Interviews are scheduled.
References are checked.
Volunteer is accepted onto staff.
Online Training is assigned.
Criminal and National Sex Offender background checks are performed.
In-Person Training/at camp orientation happens.
After-camp staff dinner happens (optional).