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The Oaks Summer Staff

For 5 weeks in July we host more than 400 campers from the heart of the city.  It is our goal for each child to experience a place of refuge.  We let kids be kids again away from the usual stresses of life and discover identity – through trying new activities, succeeding or failing, and being loved in Jesus Christ.  Our daily schedule is full of fun, high-energy activities and meaningful, Biblical lessons.  In the evenings campers enjoy large group games and our lively fire circle program with skits, worship, and inspired teaching.   Each summer camp week begins on Sunday afternoon at 12pm and ends on Friday at 5pm. The Oaks Summer Camp program serves all ages through our 1st-3rd grade, 4th-6th grade, Jr. High and Sr. High camps.

COUNSELING POSITIONS

Minimum age 19 or one year of completed college or equivalent life experience. Starting salary is $210/week.

Room and Board provided for duration of employment.

Arrival Date: 6/9/15. End Date: 8/4/15.

Camp Counselor

Camp Counselors (13)

Lead a cabin of campers each week of camp! Be a Christ-like example to campers, take them to the various daily activities, lead daily cabin devotions, apply loving correction, teaching one camper class each morning, and being a part of one of the following teams: Bible, Evening Games, Worship, or Drama. Have a desire to grow as leaders in an inner-city ministry context.

 

SERVICE POSITIONS

Minimum age 18. Starting salary is $210/week.

Room and Board provided for duration of employment.

Arrival Date: 6/9/15. End Date: 8/4/15.

Line Cook

Line Cook (2)

Work daily shifts Mon.-Fri. in The Oaks Summer Camp Kitchen under the Food Service Director. Help Sunday afternoons at registration. Help with special camp events including weekly carnivals and parties. Participate in summer staff life.

Animal Care

Animal Care

Care for our petting zoo animals daily, lead animal study classes with campers. Assist with registration on Sundays and help with special camp events including weekly carnivals and parties. Participate in summer staff life.

Coffee House Barista

Coffee House Barista

Work at Camp Grounds, our on-site camp store and coffee house Monday through Thursday, and Saturday afternoons. Make espresso drinks and smoothies, run cash register, preform daily cleaning and restocking duties. Assist with coffee craft classes and help with special camp events including weekly carnivals and parties. Participate in summer staff life.

 

SPECIALIZED POSITIONS

Minimum age 19* or one year of completed college or equivalent life experience. Starting salary is $220/week.

Room and Board provided for duration of employment.

Arrival Date: 5/31/15**. End Date: 8/6/15.

Adventure Staff

Adventure Staff

*Minimum age for this position is 18.

Facilitate our high ropes and adventure activities for summer campers and guest groups every Monday through Saturday. Activities include a zip line, partner course, leap of faith, rock climbing, rappelling, paintball and teambuilding. Teach daily adventure class for campers in the mornings. Assist with special camp events including weekly carnivals and parties. Participate in summer staff life.

Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant

**Arrival date for this position is 5/25/15

Track and submit summer staff paperwork during training weeks. Print and assemble camper nametags weekly. Coordinate camper registration on Sundays. Coordinate Summer Staff prayer letter mailing. Oversee class changes, perform clean cabin checks, and track team points and memory verses during camp weeks. Perform weekly fire drill. Make the weekly Summer Camp town run to purchase things from town. Assist the Program Intern with summer staff events, as needed.

Assistant Arts & Crafts Director

Assistant Arts & Crafts Director

**Arrival date for this position is 5/25/15

Assist Arts & Crafts Director with decorating the fire circle set and dining hall according to the summer camp theme. Plan class curriculum for graffiti class and assist Arts & Crafts Director with planning daily free-time crafts. Assist Arts & Crafts Director with firing the kiln.

Videographer

Videographer

Take daily photos and video footage of camp activities. Create a photo slide show each night and a weekly camper video. Run the sound board and computer, including projector, for fire circle each night. Previous photo and/or video editing experience preferred. All equipment provided by The Oaks Camp.

Nurse Assistant

Nurse Assistant (2)

Assist the camp nurse with daily duties. Work a daily 12 hour shift Sunday through Friday. Assist with special camp events including weekly carnivals and parties as available. Participate in summer staff life. Preference given to individuals studying for degrees in nursing, sports medicine, and physical training; clinical health experience required.

Lifeguard

Lifeguard (2)

*Minimum age for this position is 18.

Teach morning swim lessons, lifeguard during free swim in afternoons. Perform daily pool maintenance tasks. Lifeguard for lake days at Pyramid Lake throughout the summer. Help with special camp events including weekly carnivals, parties, and night swims. Participate in summer staff life. Must have current Red Cross Lifeguard certification. Option to arrive 5/25/15 and receive free Red Cross Lifeguard and Waterfront Lifeguard training. Room and Board provided.

Boatdriver

Boat Driver

*Minimum age for this position is 21.

Drive the boat for our Lake Days at Pyramid Lake every Monday - Thursday. Help with special camp events including weekly carnivals, parties, and night swims. Participate in summer staff life. Must have current Red Cross Lifeguard certification. **Option to arrive 5/25/15 and receive free Red Cross Lifeguard and Waterfront Lifeguard training.

 

 

LEADERSHIP POSITIONS

Minimum age 20* or two years of completed college or equivalent life experience. Starting salary is $220/week.

Room and Board provided for duration of employment.

Arrival Date: 5/25/15. End Date: 8/6/15.

Program Intern

Program Intern

* Minimum age for this position is 21.

Be a designated leader among your peers. Plan and implement summer staff activities during training weeks. Coordinate all aspects of lake days including transportation, food, and schedule. Plan and execute weekly Carnival and Party for campers, including managing all set-up and tear-down. The Program Intern will be expected to enforce curfews in summer staff living areas.

Arts & Crafts Director

Arts & Crafts Director

Oversee the Assistant Arts & Crafts Director in camp set-up and class instruction. Decorate the fire circle set and dining hall according to the summer camp theme, with the assistance of the Assistant Arts & Crafts Director. Plan class curriculum for graffiti and general arts & crafts classes as well as daily free-time crafts. Purchase all materials within allotted budget. Responsible for firing the kiln weekly.

Performing Arts Director

Performing Arts Director

Direct all aspects of fire circle: write fire circle schedules, supervise the Drama Team in silly songs, energizers, and serious skit, emcee fire circle nightly. Write skits for fire circle program that fit within the theme of the summer camp program. Be the point person for any guest speakers or musicians during camp weeks. Supervise and/or teach morning dance and drama classes. Previous experience in theatre or performing arts required, previous experience in worship and/or dance is a plus. During afternoon free time assist the videographer with basic photo taking at various events around camp.

Bible Director

Bible Director

Direct all aspects of our morning Bible session: write Bible schedules, coordinate audio visual needs, supervise the Bible team in skits and activities. Plan daily, 45 minute Bible sessions for all ages: 1st -3rd grade through Sr. High week. Write curriculum and skits that fit within the theme of the summer camp program; plan and build a set for Bible skits. Instruct counselors in writing cabin devotions and create “devo buckets” for counselors to use in facilitating their cabin devotions. During morning classes and afternoon free time, assist the videographer with basic photo taking at various events around camp.

Sports & Recreation Director

Sports & Recreation Director

Train staff to teach various morning sports classes including basketball, soccer, archery, volleyball, kickball, among others. Write curriculum for classes as needed. Supervise all sports class teachers as well as teach classes yourself. Learn to set-up and tear-down our skate park elements, maintain all recreation equipment and purchase new equipment as necessary. Run free-time archery daily. Plan and implement age-appropriate, daily all-camp “evening games” on the field for all weeks of camp. Lead the Evening Games team.

Sr. Counselor

Sr. Counselor (2)

Position for returning staff only. Plan and lead counselor training for all counseling staff. Meet individually with counselors every week for practical needs and prayer. Lead daily morning Counselor Meetings with prayer and devotional time during camp. Be available to step in for counselors who are unable to fulfill duties in the cabin due to illness or injury. Help counselors with cabin discipline issues and be available for any cabin-related needs throughout the week. Help out with various other camp duties every day as time and skill allow.

FAQ's

Summer Staff Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to camp?

How do I get to camp?

Transportation - Transportation to and from camp is the Summer Staff member’s responsibility. We may offer to pick up arriving staff members from the airport, bus station or train station, if staffing allows.  If booking a flight, bus, or train, you must contact the Youth Ministry Director before purchasing tickets.  Staff who bring a vehicle to camp for the summer must agree to abide by camp policies for all vehicles.

Am I required to raise support in order to work at The Oaks this summer?

Am I required to raise support in order to work at The Oaks this summer?

Prayer Letters - Since summer camp is a very intense ministry and all of our campers depend on scholarship money to come to The Oaks, we ask that all summer staff develop a prayer and financial support team of at least thirty people.  You will be required to write two prayer letters to them, one at the beginning of the summer and one at the end of the summer.  The Oaks pays for postage. You will be paid your salary regardless of what finances the Lord provides from your team.  At your request, any excess funds remaining in your support account at the end of the summer can be given to you in the form of a school scholarship. 

When do I move in/move out?

When do I move in/move out?

Length of Service – Summer Staff must arrive at camp by 4pm on the arrival date for your position.  If you are unsure of your arrival date, call the Youth Ministry Director or see the dates listed online at www.theoakscamp.org/summer-jobs.  The end date listed is your last day of work; you must move out after 5pm that day or before noon the following day.

What fees are deducted from my first paycheck?

What fees are deducted from my first paycheck?

Pay - From the first paycheck, we deduct a training fee of $50 and a $50 room deposit for housing.  We return the room deposit to you at the end of the summer if housing is left in good order.  If there are damages to your room during your term of employment, appropriate deductions will be made from all roommate room deposits and you will be refunded any remaining money at the end of the summer.

Is there a lifestyle agreement for summer staff at The Oaks?

Is there a lifestyle agreement for summer staff at The Oaks?

Community Life - We expect staff to be responsible, act wisely, and adhere to Biblical standards both at work and in their off time.  We are here for the campers first.  See 1 Corinthians 7:32-35.  In order to encourage spiritual health, we ask all staff to attend a weekly worship service of their choosing (Hebrews 10:25).  We have a Dress Code, Dating Guidelines, and Code of Conduct which describe the standards that we hold all staff to during their terms of employment.

What does "room and board" at The Oaks look like?

What does "room and board" at The Oaks look like?

Room and Board - Accommodations vary from carpeted cabins with or without bathrooms attached to hotel-style lodges.  The lodge rooms each house four people, and, during camp, up to fourteen people share the same cabin.  Laundry facilities are provided at no charge, but you must supply your own detergent.  Storage space is limited.  Keep clothing and personal items to what will fit in two medium-sized suitcases.   Staff are served three meals a day and help with preparation and clean up during training weeks.  During camp, staff are expected to help with minor clean up after meals.

What can I expect during staff training weeks?

What can I expect during staff training weeks?

Orientation and Training - Our orientation is very thorough; be prepared for new experiences starting the day you arrive at camp! We will take an all-staff training retreat where we will camp out together and learn what it means to be a team. Then, all summer staff spend up to a week at one of our California city ministries learning general urban ministry principles through hands-on experiences.  Finally, we spend a week at camp learning the summer program, camp policies, and job-specific skills.  In and around all of this, we also work very hard preparing the camp for the summer season!

What time off will I have?

What time off will I have?

Hours and Time Off - All staff will be given not less than one 24 hour period off per week.  Most staff will be off from 5pm Friday through 12pm Sunday, notable exceptions are Adventure staff, Coffee House Barista, and occasionally Lifeguards.  Counselors will receive 1-2 hours off per day during camp.  Service, Specialized, and Leadership Positions will be permitted 1 hour of off time in accordance with their daily schedules, as approved by their supervisor.

What is the weather like at camp?

What is the weather like at camp?

Location and Climate – The Oaks is located 65 miles north of Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Mountains.  The nearest town is Lake Hughes (pop. 2,000).  Lancaster and Palmdale are the closest large cities, which are about 25 to 30 minutes away.  The camp is at 3600 feet in a secluded valley containing a mixture of meadows, chaparral, and oak/pine forest.  We border the Angeles National Forest and ranches.  Summer temperatures vary from 50-70 degrees at night and 80-110 degrees during the day.  There is 0% humidity, and it does not rain at all (well, maybe one sprinkle).  It is sunny 99% of the time.

Is there a packing list?

Is there a packing list?

Required:

  • Closed toed shoes
  • Sandals/flip flops
  • Sleeping bag and/or sheets and blanket
  • Pillow
  • Bathing Suit (one piece or full-coverage tankini for ladies/ no speedos for guys)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bible
  • Journal or notebook
  • Water bottle
  • Backpack
  • Laundry detergent
  • Work clothes (clothes you can get paint, dirt, and other project related stains on)
  • Clothes for at least 7 consecutive days of work
  • Jacket/Sweatshirt
  • For I-9 Paperwork:
       Drivers' License AND Birth Certificate or Social Security Card
       OR Passport only
       Must be actual documents, copies cannot be accepted

 

Recommended:

  • Watch, pocket watch, sundial (something other than your cell phone for checking the time)
  • Hangers (if you want to hang clothing up)
  • You may bring personal electronic devices (However The Oaks is not responsible for anything stolen, lost, or damaged on our property)
  • Musical instruments, props, or other items essential to your camp responsibilities as approved by the Youth Ministry Director
  • CHAPSTICK. You will want it.
  • Fun lanyard for nametag and/or staff keys
  • Flashlight
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach Towel

Recruiting Tour

Recruiting Dates for Summer

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