WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A MONARCH COUNSELOR?

Joining the Monarch Camps Family is an experience unlike any other you’ve had or will have. You’ll be challenged, inspired, and proud as you counsel campers aged 5 – 14.

  • Can you put the needs of the campers and camp ahead of yours? Are you able to be responsible for the health and safety of the campers? Can you ensure campers dress appropriately for the weather, drink water, put on sunscreen, behave properly, make great friends, attend the correct activities…And so much more!?
  • Can you perform at your best with a smile on your face while you are both physically and emotionally exhausted? Is teaching a specialty, a variety of different electives, dressing up for the weekly themes, and of course making sure each camper is having fun and feels that you are there for them something you are confident in doing?
  • Are you a “glass half full”, always looking for the positive kind of person?

If you truthfully answered, “YES!” keep reading! We are looking for positive people from around the world to help us create the best summer experience possible for our campers. This will mean a job experience like no other, so keep the following in mind:

  • This is a job where you will be asked to do crazy things at any moment. If you do not have a wild and crazy side do not waste your time applying.

WHY WORK AT A CAMP?

Working at a Summer camp can be the very best way for a student to spend the Summer, no matter what long term interests he or she may have. It can help develop valuable personal skills that will be invaluable in life and for any kind of career. All kinds of employers need and look for talents that Summer camp excels in delivering.

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Autonomous Responsibility
  • Innovation
  • Problem-Solving
  • Conflict Management
  • Cultural Diversity

Every Summer, students are faced with the decision of how to spend their time. It’s seldom an easy choice, and it’s filled with lots of questions.

  • What do I want to do?
  • How much can I earn?
  • Where do I want to be?
  • What will I learn?
  • How can I contribute?
  • How will it help me?
  • Will I enjoy it?

Of course, there are many options – internships, high-paying labor, volunteer work, classes, travel, and Summer camp.

Each offers its own set of rewards, but working as a counselor at a Summer camp has proven to be one of the best. Spending most of the time outdoors, leading and participating in recreational activities, learning how to work with kids, meeting and working with other students, and, on top of that, actually getting paid for it!

Don’t take our word for it. Read what a bunch of college students said recently about how working at a Summer camp helped them, and then think about how it may apply to you.

College students who have been camp counselors recognize the skills they’ve developed:

“Communication skills is a biggie.” “There is so much to that. You learn to talk in front of people.”

While working at a Summer camp, college students have to communicate effectively with a variety of different people in different ways.

Children. Colleagues. Directors. Parents. One-on-One. Small Groups. Large Groups. Conversations. Discussions. Public Speaking. Reports to directors. Evaluations of others. 

“You learn what it is to be part of a team.” “You need to work together and find common ground.”

Summer camps are built around teamwork. Teambuilding programs during camp training help bring the team together. Whether on a large staff or in a small unit, people in each of a camp’s many groups must find ways to work together, and on overnights, this need is even greater for everyone to enjoy the outdoors safely. 

“It was an opportunity to have a leadership role.” “You learn about your leadership style and leadership skills.”

It’s up to the counselors to make sure groups work well together. They’re the ones on the line with the children, and the children look to them to provide direction for the Summer.

“I got to see the tangible results of what I did.” “I learned a lot about how to work under pressure.”

There’s seldom anyone looking over your shoulder at camp. Certainly, there are people with more experience to offer support and guidance. But the success of each child’s Summer depends on each counselor taking the responsibility to make sure that good things happen. The reward is easy to see in the eyes of the kids at the end of camp.

“I had to figure out how to be adaptable.” “You stretch and grow and learn new things everyday.”

Camp encourages innovation. Every group of campers and every group of counselors is different than the one that preceded it. Their talents are different, and so are their interests. If a new idea for an activity is “sold” to the kids, it can become part of the camp program.

“No matter what the problem is, you can find a way to solve it.” “Trying to solve problems that arise really pushes you to your limit.”

Every day, there are problems to solve. Some will be small, and some can be significant. You never know what to expect, but you have to be ready for anything. Perhaps even more useful – you learn to pay attention to all the details in order to prevent problems in the first place.

“You can’t choose who you work with.” “Learning to be flexible and accommodate different personalities gives me a good edge.”

Kids in groups together for a week, a month, or the entire Summer often disagree. Perhaps for the first time they are participating in a group setting without the immediate safety net of their parents. Their counselors must find productive ways to resolve the broad range of inter-personal conflicts that inevitably arises.

“You have a chance to build friendships with different types of people.”

“You get to see new aspects of different parts of the world.”

Camps are filled with children from throughout the entire country, and many campers from other countries. Because of special international programs, their staffs, too, can come from almost anywhere in the world. This day-to-day contact with such a wide range of people can add to a student’s understanding of the increasingly global diversity of our culture.

Employers understand the benefits that working at a Summer camp delivers.

Many were counselors during their college years and vividly recall how their Summers on the staff provided a foundation of personal skills to help them develop successful careers.

“Camp meant independence, teamwork, adventure, leadership, and fun! It meant becoming responsible to a group and to oneself. And it meant accountability, guidance for others, and freedom to achieve.”

Michael D. Eisner

Chairman, the Walt Disney Company

After an individual works at a Summer camp, the experience can be used very effectively during the post-graduate search for an entry-level job.

On the resume:

Especially if more than one Summer has been spent on a camp’s staff, it can demonstrate some important things on a resume. A counselor wouldn’t be asked back for a second or third year unless a excellent job had been performed. Such a screening device can be crucial to recruiters as they wade through resumes of many qualified candidates. At the same time, a counselor wouldn’t return for multiple years unless there was a real loyalty to the camp. Such a sign of commitment can also be crucial.

In the interview:

The camp experience offers lots of interesting stories through which one can illustrate the abilities developed while on the staff. Communication skills used. Teamwork that has been developed. Responsibilities met with little or no supervision.

Leadership taken. New ideas implemented. Problems handled well (and especially not so well, which in turn led to learning valuable lessons). Conflicts overcome. Cultural differences accommodated. And becoming a productive contributor to a community. Entering an interview so well equipped should lead to opportunities jumpstart a strong career.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience working with children of all ages in a recreational, educational, and/or community setting.
  • Ability to work with staff and parents.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and demonstrate sensitivity to others as well as respond to critical incidents and act quickly in an emergency situation.
  • High School Graduate and attending/graduated college
  • Ability to lead and participate in physical activities.
  • Experience helping others
  • Outgoing Personality
  • Drug Free
  • Strive to be a Role Model for others.
  • 2 Postive References
  • Criminal record clearance
  • Clearance of TB test.

HIRING PROCESS

Step 1 (Applications & Screening)January through March we screen through nearly 200 applications to invite 100 of the best applicants to be invited to our first round of group interviews.
Step 2 (First Round Interviews: April through May we hold 3 sets of First Round Interviews with about 30 candidates each. We are looking to see how outgoing and exciting our candidates are in front of a group of strangers.
Step 3 (Invitation): We call reference checks and do criminal backgrounds checks to select 30 candidates total to move on from the group interviews and then to be invited to our Second Round Interview.
Step 4 (Second Round Interview): End of May we hold our Second Round Interview. On this day we simulate a full day camp experience in order to see our candidates in action, playing sports, leading activities, and making a memorable experience. Through this we help some candidates realize this is not the kind of job they want. Out of the 30 invited, we hire about 20 of the candidates.
Step 5 (Training): Early in June we hold 2 days of training on a variety of topics, including the Monarch Method, Best Practices, Emergency Procedures, and Safety.
Step 6 (Team Building): The week before the first day of camp: Annual Staff Bonding Camping Trip. Our staff embark on a voluntary 5 day camping trip to work on team building and personal growth.
Step 7 (Begin Work): Mid June: First Week of Camp
Step 8 (Focused Training): After the first week of camp our counselors have gotten experience working in the field. We have our final training day in the style of a Monarch Camps Conference. We offer several different sessions through out the day and staff are able to choose the sessions with topics they feel they’d like more information on or struggling with.