Camp Echo’s Goals for the Staff-In-Training Program
Safety: Supporting increased responsibility through the camp environment with on the job instruction and coaching.
Community: Develop relationships with a cohort of peers and seasonal camp leaders, while making contributions to the community of campers.
Personal Growth: Strengthen professionalism through the core values, gaining confidence as a collaborative leader!
… AND HAVE FUN!
- We will pay at a rate of $123/week, which is an increase from what Junior Support Staff were paid in summer 2019. SITs will be paid for the duration of their time at camp (one or two sessions).
- SITs who already have a lifeguard certification or get it independently will receive a $36/week boost to their weekly pay rate at camp.
- CPR/First Aid will be offered for free in early May. All SITs must be CPR/First Aid certified before arriving to camp for the summer. If they don’t have this certification and can’t attend this free training, they will be expected to get it independently.
- Lifeguard certification will be offered at McGaw YMCA this spring for free for SITs with completed paperwork. SITs who attend this free certification will not receive the lifeguard boost to their pay at camp.
- We are exploring other meaningful certification opportunities to offer at camp during the SIT program to support the continued development of our young leaders.
- The first session, SITs will live together and focus on training and developing new skills. The second session, SITs will be living in camper cabins, have more time to interact with campers, and work in support roles.
- SITs are able to participate in the first session of any cohort (1, 3 or 5) without the commitment of a second session. However, if they want to do the second session, they must do the first. For greatest personal impact and growth, we strongly encourage participation in the full two sessions.
- SITs will not stay on camp for any layovers.
- SITs will be paid staff members, but since they are still minors their parents/guardians will also be involved in the process for application and some paperwork.
- The Initial Application window will be Monday, January 6 at noon – Wednesday, January 8 at noon central time. Parents/guardians will register through the camper application in CampInTouch.
- Much like our initial registration window for other campers, all applications received during this time will be reviewed equally and enrolled in a random order. However, SITs who can commit to the full two-session cohort will have priority enrollment.
- After SITs are enrolled through CampInTouch (as campers), their parents/guardians will receive registration confirmation emails.
- Since this is a paid staff position, there will also be an interview process. The application in CampInTouch holds the spot in the cohort but is not confirmed until after interview. Echo full-time staff will follow up with information about interviews in February.
- SITs will receive offer letters like other staff through McGaw’s staff onboarding portal, Paycom. They will need to complete the necessary staff paperwork through Paycom in order to be on payroll at the McGaw YMCA.
- Parents/guardians will still need to complete some paperwork (like campers) via CampInTouch, including the health form, waiver, and authorization (health insurance) form.
- We want to give SITs as much responsibility as possible in accordance with the State of Michigan Licensing requirements for minors. We will partner with parents in this process and will communicate directly with parents regarding missing forms, health concerns at camp, or other incidents that may impact their ability to stay at camp.