THE OAKS Summer Staff Positions
We are so glad you're interested in serving at THE OAKS this summer! THE OAKS isn't just "another camp experience" it's more than that - it's missional. The majority of our full-time staff are missionaries with World Impact, as THE OAKS exists to support the church planting efforts in the inner-city (learn more about WI at www.worldimpact.org). James 2:5 says this, "Has God not chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the Kingdom He promised those who love Him?" If you want to be a part of Kingdom work this summer, then this is the place for you.
Below are some resources to help you explore this opportunity. Please contact us if you have any further questions. Once we have received your application we will let you know and line up an interview.
- Minimum age 18 or H.S. Graduate. $210/week
- Minimum age 20 or Jr. in College. $240/week
Summer Aquatics DirectorSummer Aquatics Director
Maintain pool, supervise lifeguards, and run swimming lesson program.
Summer Program InternSummer Program Intern
Assistant to the Summer Camp Director in areas of programming.
Administrative InternAdministrative Intern
Assistant to the Summer Camp Director in areas of administration.
First Aid / Nursing InternFirst Aid / Nursing Interns (2)
Assistant to the Camp Nurse.
- Minimum age of 19 or H.S. Graduate $210/week
Arts & Crafts DirectorArts & Crafts Director
Plan all crafts classes, purchase supplies, operate kiln, and train L.I.T. students.
Bible DirectorBible Director
Plan curriculum for all Bible lessons and devotions; supervise Bible Team.
Performing Arts DirectorPerforming Arts Director
Plan and implement evening program, teach performing arts classes (dance and/or drama). Mentor Leaders in Training (L.I.T.) teens.
Rock & Water InstructorRock & Water Instructors
Responsible for instructing adventure activities and train L.I.T. students.
Sports & Recreation Director
Sports & Recreation Director
Oversee all sports classes, as well as instruct two, run evening games program, and train L.I.T. students.
Waterfront DirectorWaterfront Director
Supervise and drive boat and jet skis on lake; supervise all waterfront activities.
- Minimum age 18 or H.S. Graduate $210/week
Information for all Summer Staff
Pay - From the first paycheck, we deduct a training fee of $50 and retain a $50 damage deposit for housing. We return the training fee as a bonus if you return for a second year of service and the damage deposit is returned at the end of the summer if housing is left in good order. Transportation costs are the responsibility of summer staff.
Support - 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 twenty people. If you do not have connections in the form of friends, family or churches, we will help you develop a list of people who might wish to support your ministry. You will be paid your salary regardless of what finances the Lord provides from your team. You may use excess donations to offset travel expenses. At your request, any funds remaining in your support account at the end of the summer can be given to you in the form of a school scholarship. World Impact sends out an introductory letter for you to help you raise your funds. Staff is encouraged to write thank you notes to those who give financially to them during the summer.
Length of Service - Counselor training begins the second week of June. The camp season goes through the first week of August. Call for specific dates or see the application cover letter. Camp Leadership Staff arrive two weeks earlier at the end of May. Variations are possible. Please call the Summer Program Director or Assistant Director with any questions. â€¢ Orientation and Training - Our orientation is very thorough. All camp staff spends up to a week at one of our California city ministries learning general urban ministry principles. We then spend a week at camp learning the summer program, camp policies, and counseling skills. We also work very hard preparing the camp for the season.
Camp - We currently have five weeks of camp in which we minister to over 500 inner-city campers. The campers come from our five California ministries, at-risk groups, and other urban churches affiliated with World Impact. We have one week of first through third graders, two weeks of fourth through sixth graders, a week of junior high campers, and a week of senior high campers.
Hours and Time Off - The hours you work depend on your job. Everyone has a minimum of one 24-hour period off per week as determined by his or her supervisor. Generally, summer staff will be off from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch. During camp sessions, counselors receive at least an hour off each day with additional time as scheduling and staffing allow.
Community Life - We expect staff to be responsible, act wisely, and adhere to Biblical standards for all conduct. 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 and dating guidelines available for review.
Transportation - Staff must make arrangements and pay for transportation to and from THE OAKS. We will pick people up from the Greyhound station (Lancaster), train station (Lancaster/Bakersfield) or airport (Palmdale, Burbank, or LAX). Staff who brings a vehicle to camp for the summer must agree to abide by camp policies for all vehicles.
Housing and Food - Accommodations vary from carpeted cabins (with 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. The food is incredible - no exaggeration. Staff is served three meals a day and help with minor clean up after each meal.
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. 500). Lancaster and Palmdale are the closest large cities, which are about 20 to 25 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 40-70° at night and 70-110° during the day. There is no humidity, and it does not rain at all (well, maybe one sprinkle). It is sunny 97% of the time.
Select the job you feel most qualified for or interested in. If you are not sure which position you are most qualified for apply for the "Summer Camp Counselor" position. Be sure to answer each question as thoroughly as possible.
Robert Snow is our current summer camp director. He keeps a busy schedule so calling him at his ofice phone won't always result in a speedy response but you can try at 661-724-1018 ext 329. If you are still in the application process or just want some more information on THE OAKS Summer Camp the best way to reach Robert is over e-mail which he checks daily except on Sundays. If you apply and are hired you will get a personal call from Robert's cell phone which is then the best way to contact him.