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Junior Counselors

 

Change the World!

 

Join our 2022 Summer Staff as a Junior Counselor!

 

Thank you for your interest in serving with Ingham Okoboji and our Junior Counselor Program. Serving as a Junior Counselor is a great way to develop a solid faith foundation, build some lifelong friendships, and gain some great leadership skills. It's a chance to learn how to live in a community setting similar to what you would experience at college, but with a Christ-centered, encouraging focus. You can expect a summer at camp to be full of hard work and one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have.

Our 2022 Summer theme is "Anchored in Hope," based on 1 Peter 3:15. It is centered on the idea that everything points to Jesus as the One who will save us. All of creation, all of Scripture, even our sin and suffering points us to Jesus in many ways. This summer staff and campers will be challenged to live a life that points other people to Jesus and is anchored in the hope we have in Christ. It’s going to be a great summer. Below are some helpful things to know about the Junior Counselor (JC) position.

Position:

 

  • Junior counselors are responsible for assisting Senior Counselors in leading a small group of campers through all daily activities of camp life including worship, Bible Studies, evening devotions, games, hikes, dish crew, etc. Junior counselors are expected to spend time with the kids and families, provide constant supervision to the small group, ensure safety, and create a welcoming community for all.

  • JC’s are not expected to assume the role of a Senior Counselor with the responsibility of teaching and disciplining, however JC’s are expected to be good role models by being appropriate in all things at all times. 

  • JC’s will also serve in support staff roles for some weeks, either on maintenance, kitchen or housekeeping. JC’s work together with Sr. Staff as they rotate in these support positions as well. During support weeks, all staff are still expected to be supportive in and involved with the program each evening.

  • JC’s will earn $125 / week, plus free room and board. If staffing levels allow, JC’s are also invited to attend our Sr. High Camp week at Okoboji at no cost ($400 value), and all staff receive significant discounts if their family members attend youth or family camps.

  • This year, JC's are also eligible for an additional $500 stipend when they finish the summer, thanks to a partnership with Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fontanelle, IA. The missions team is offering the first 15 JC's the stipend as a way to encourage youth to spend the summer gaining incredible faith formation and leadership skills. 

  • It is the camp policy that Junior Counselors must have completed their junior or senior year of High School before joining our camp staff. JC’s are directly responsible to the JC Coordinator.

  • The JC program has been an important part of the ministry at the camps for a long time.  The purpose, beyond the help at the camp, is to help prepare young leaders for life ahead.  Many young people have come to serve on staff, learned skills, and gone home to lead due to the confidence they were able to build here.  

 

Process:

 

  • Applications may be submitted as soon as they are completed. Once an application is received, you will be contacted by a camp staff person to inquire further about the position and/or set up an interview time. Or if you apply online, you will be given an automatic link to schedule your own interview. Our goal is to have all interviewing completed by April 1, but if you are interested after that date, please contact the camp about available positions.  

  • JC’s arrive at the Okoboji site on Saturday, June 4 (unless arranged in advance otherwise) and are invited to stay until the end of the summer, which is August 14. If it works, we would also like to invite JC’s to the first full week of training (beginning May 28) for Senior Staff. Though not required, it is an opportunity to build relationships, learn counseling skills, and grow spiritually.

  • Our hope is that JC’s would participate in training and serve the rest of the 9 weeks of the summer, however we would like to be as flexible with your schedule as possible. Any weeks you know you may need to be gone for family reunions, vacations, special events, music or sports camps, etc. would be helpful to know when applying.    

There are two ways to apply.

 

  1. (PREFERRED) Click on the Online Application button below to begin filling out the application online. (Please allow 30 minutes with reliable internet access. A computer is easier for typing out short answers and navigating the forms.)

  2. Click the Junior Counselor Application Packet button to download a PDF document version of the application. Please print it out and send it in.

 

**We are often unable to hire all of the people that apply.  To be fair to you, we will send contracts or letters as soon as possible.  Please keep the hiring process and committee in your prayers.

 

Printed applications should be completed and sent to:

 

Ingham Okoboji

Summer Staff

1203 Inwan Street

Milford, IA 51351

 

Please continue with either the online application or downloading the form.