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Counselors and other staff at our camp must be members of the Northern California congregations in fellowship with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. The staff includes a camp director, Bible Instructors, counselors, activities director, handicraft director and assistants, nurse and lifeguard. Counselors supervise up to ten campers each, and are responsible for their campers 24 hours a day.
Minimum age for staff members is determined by high school graduation. You have the option to be either a camper or a staff member in the summer immediately after you finish high school. Younger staff members are generally given responsibility for younger campers, to avoid having staff supervising campers who are too close to their own age.
Staff are not charged for their week at camp. Children of staff members who are too young for the full camp program (below grade 4) may come to camp as Little Lambs. Counselors are provided to supervise them. See our front page for this year's Little Lamb rates. Staff and all campers are covered by medical, accident and liability insurance with Church Mutual of Merrill, Wisconsin.
Staff members are encouraged to become certified in CPR and basic first aid; contact your local Red Cross for more information. Staff may be asked to use their vehicles to help transport the campers on field trips.
5/6/2017 update: We've received word about state regulations that will require background checks and CPR certification for counselors and certain other staff members. We are looking into how best to comply without causing too much expense or difficulty. If you are already CPR trained, please check that your certification is up to date. More information to follow when we have it.
You can now submit your application for a staff position either online or by regular mail. Your application should be in our hands in time for the June board of director's meeting; see our front page for the date. Please give your completed form to your pastor for his evaluation and signature well in advance of this date. Late applications are usually accepted, but please apply as early as possible!
A counselor/staff workshop and in-service training session will be held on a Sunday one or two weeks before the start of camp. See our front page for the date and location. It is very important for you to attend this workshop, especially if you have not served on the Tree of Life staff before. If you are absolutely unable to make it, however, please contact our staffing committe chairman Jordan Hochmuth (firstname.lastname@example.org, cell phone 408-660-774) in advance so that workshop materials can be mailed to you.
Our counselor handbook, craft leader handbook, and other information for staff are available on the download page.
Questions?? If you are considering serving but would like to learn more before committing, please contact your Pastor or a Tree of Life board member. Please join us for this fun and rewarding week of service to the Lord!
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