Serving at Camp Hope

Camp Hope 2017 will be held at Camp Twin Lakes from May 27-June 2!
Applications are available now!


Please carefully read the application process, and contact Christina.Cummings@kidz2leaders.org or (770) 977-7751 with questions.

Week-Long Counselor Application Process

Please note that this application process is only for those wishing to serve as a counselor or SAC for the whole week of camp. For details on how to become a pre-camp or day volunteer, please contact our office.

1.) Complete the Volunteer Counselor Application Packet linked below. This application can be completed electronically! It is a fully writable PDF form complete with electronic signatures. Be sure to download and save the application to your computer FIRST, then re-open it before filling it out, or it will not save your information! If you prefer, you may also print, fill out by hand, and mail/e-mail in.

2.) E-mail the application to christina.cummings@kidz2leaders.org once it is complete. Please don’t forget to attach your immunization record if new, health insurance card, and photo to the e-mail, as these are required for your application to be considered complete. Please see our immunization guidelines linked below the application. 

3.) The $200 counselor fee, covering your food and lodging for the week, can be paid on this Web site under the “donate” tab, listing counselor’s name as the memo. If preferred, checks can be mailed to our office. This fee is waived for camper2counselors. If this fee would prevent you from volunteering, please contact our office about scholarship opportunities.

4.) New applicants will be contacted by staff after the application has been received to schedule a brief volunteer interview. Interviews will take place throughout April, into May, and will take place in person (preferred) or by phone (for applicants living out of town).

4.) All accepted volunteers must attend the pre-camp training session on the afternoon of Sunday, May 21st. This is for both new and returning volunteers, and for both teens and adults! At this training, you will also find out your cabin and meet your team.

5.) Accepted applicants will also be prompted to complete a background check form (if over 18) in April/May. All accepted applications will complete an abuse prevention training at Camp Hope.

APPLICATION:
Counselor Application Packet 2017


IMPORTANT: Please download and save this form to your computer, then re-open it,
before filling it out
to ensure your information saves correctly.
Do not fill it out within your Web browser or your information won’t save!
This can be completed using the free version of Adobe reader, and works best on the newest version


IMMUNIZATION POLICY INFORMATION:

Camp Hope Policy Statement on Vaccine Status
CDC Recommended Vaccinations for Children Birth – Six
CDC Recommended Vaccinations for Youth Age 7-18
CDC Recommended Vaccinations for Adults (By Age)

 

Volunteer Roles at Camp Hope

Teen/Student Counselors
These counselors are rising 9th-12th graders or in college (or older!). They are leaders and well-grounded in their Christian faith. We ask that all counselors go through the Camp Hope training and are able to commit to the entire week of camp. Students in high school are generally paired in a one-on-two relationship with campers in Cornerstone. Juniors, seniors, college students, and older may paired with one or two campers in the Leadership Training Academy. We have high expectations for our counselors because we depend on them to oversee their campers 24/7. The teen or college counselor is not only a counselor, but a mentor, sister or brother, and friend for the whole week.

Cabin Leaders
Cabin Leaders are responsible for the day-to-day operations of a camp cabin of 4-6 campers and 4-6 counselors. They set the example for the campers and counselors in their cabin. Cabin leaders are expected to be problem-solvers and keep their cabin on the daily schedule.  We ask that only individuals who have served at Camp Hope before apply for this position, and priority is given to older students.

Adult Counselors
Adult counselors, too, play an important role at camp! They are assigned to a cabin where they work with the Cabin Leader to oversee teen or college counselors and campers. Adult counselors provide support through prayer, advice, and encouragement to the counselors and campers. They help nourish the counselor and camper relationships and maintain the cabin “family.” Adult Counselors also help manage challenging camper behavior. They are the “moms” and “dads” of the cabin.

kidzkamp
Children of adult volunteers who are too young to serve in a cabin (rising 7th graders and below – must be “potty trained”) may participate in kidzkamp to enable their parent to serve as an Adult Counselor. These children have their own cabin, counselors and exciting schedule at Camp Hope!  Please note: We are unable to predict the number and ages of children who will sign up for kidzkamp.  It is possible your child may be the only one of his or her age in the program.  Regardless of this, our staff will do everything possible to provide your child with a fun and safe camp experience.  Thank you for being understanding of this challenge! kidzkamp is first-come, first-served!

Special Area Roles
Adults are needed to lead and direct special programs and activities through the week of camp.

  • Arts & Crafts: Adults are needed to plan and lead arts and crafts activities for our Cornerstone boy and girls campers.
  • Medical: Adults with medical training and expertise are needed at check-in at Mt. Bethel and each day at Camp Hope.
  • Leadership Teacher: Adults interested in teaching leadership and interpersonal skills are needed for the week to plan curriculum and teach our campers in the Leadership Training Academy.
  • Kidzkamp: College students and adults are needed to plan activities and lead kidzkamp for our children of volunteers.
  • Worship team: This crew plans and executes morning and evening all-camp worship sessions, in a “VBS” type style.

Can’t come to Camp Hope for the entire week?
We have day volunteer opportunities also!

  • Transportation/Check-In:
    • Volunteers are needed to assist with camper check-in and camper check-out at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church. Check in occurs on Sunday and Check-Out occurs on Friday.
    • Volunteers are needed to help provide transportation to campers who need a ride to/from Mt. Bethel UMC..
    • Adults are needed to drive vans from Mt. Bethel UMC to Camp Twin Lakes so our camper-turned-counselors have transportation to Camp Hope.
  • Gopher: Each day at camp, an adult is needed to shop for supplies, wash clothes, man our “Camp Closet” and run other errands.

If you are interested in learning more about any of these volunteer opportunities, please e-mail Christina Cummings or call  770-977-7751.