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Camp Counselors

Camp Counselors: Heroes of Summer Fun and Faith

Imagine a summer camp without counselors – impossible, right? These young adults are the heartbeat of the camp, hired not just to keep campers safe but to ensure they have a blast and leave Ponderosa with a deeper understanding of Jesus and His love for them.

From sunrise to sunset, counselors are in charge, creating an environment where campers feel safe, loved, and valued. Unlike the one-week training for T.E.A.M. and S.A.L.T. Members, counselors undergo two weeks of intensive preparation. The second week is a deep dive, where they can ask all the burning questions and get hands-on experience by serving as T.E.A.M. members in the kitchen for a foster kids' group called Royal Family Kids Camp.

Our counselors aren't just hired hands; they're dedicated servants of the Lord, chosen for their hard work and passion to spread His Kingdom. Young adults aged 18-25, whether or not they've been part of T.E.A.M. or S.A.L.T., are welcome to apply.

Living on-site from late May to mid-July, counselors embrace the camp life even on weekends, fostering fellowship and growing as a close-knit group. Daily meetings during the week provide a space for mutual encouragement and prayer, ensuring a supportive community.

Led by full-time missionaries on staff, counselors receive guidance to effectively lead their cabins. Daily quiet time is encouraged, empowering counselors to bring their A-game.

As dedicated contributors to this ministry, counselors receive compensation for their hard work. Additionally, they have the opportunity to raise "summer missionary support" from family, friends, and churches, enriching their experience and enabling them to impact lives even more profoundly. Join us in making this summer unforgettable for campers and counselors alike!

Key Responsibilities/Expectations: 

  • The applicant must know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior

  • The counselor will be paired up with a junior counselor to lead 8-10 campers per week.

  • The counselor will love, accept, and introduce children to Jesus Christ and equip them to live lives that glorify God.

  • The counselor will be responsible for the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health of each camper.

  • The counselor will supervise their campers’ activities and know where they are at all times.

  • The counselor will enforce camp policies, procedures, and rules.

  • The counselor will lead their campers in competing for Honor Cabin and team points.

  • The counselor will help mentor junior counselors (SALT Members) and their TEAM Members.

  • The counselor will be expected to stay overnight all week each week. 

  • The counselor will be able to go home on Friday afternoons but must return on Sundays no later than 2:00 pm. 

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