Minimum Age: 18 years of age, completed freshman year of college or equivalent experience
Terms of Employment: Assistant Counselors are hired for 10 weeks, unless contracted otherwise
Compensation: $3,200-, plus lodging, meals, travel allowance ($100), and end-of-summer bonus ($500)
Time Off: Approximately one night off per week, plus two days between sessions
Number Hired: 4-6 males, 4-6 females, depending on enrollment
Responsibilities: Assistant Counselors (ACs) live in a cabin with one Head Counselor and 4-6 campers. Each cabin unit (two cabins together) is generally comprised of two Head Counselors, one Assistant Counselor, and 8-12 campers. The AC provides supplemental leadership along with and in the absence of either Head Counselor.
ACs are primarily responsible for dishwashing, monitoring dishwasher temperatures, lodge/kitchen clean-up, regular garbage runs, laundry delivery, and administrative office tasks, all on a scheduled, rotating basis. Approximately one half of their time is spent in scheduled programming with campers, and about half is spent doing the “grunt work.” Whenever possible, ACs assist Head Counselors and Coordinators in planning and leading in-camp activities.
The Assistant Counselors are the “backbone” of the camp, filling holes when needed in almost every area of camp operation. Flexibility is an ACs greatest asset. ACs must be physically capable of lifting and carrying heavy loads and assisting in the leadership of 3-5 day backcountry wilderness trips. Again, the rewards for this position are proportionate to the effort, energy, and enthusiasm invested. Being an AC is a great way to become familiar with camp and the responsibility of being a Head Counselor.
AC’s must have current certifications in recognized first aid and CPR courses.
About Colvig Silver Camps
Colvig Silver Camps is a family owned, coed, residential summer camp. Our philosophy is environmentally oriented and non-competitive, and our choice based format is designed to develop self-esteem, leadership skills, responsibility, and teamwork. We believe that the challenges of outdoor education, fun, and adventure provide some of the best opportunities to achieve this goal.