Thank you for your interest in applying to be a counselor at Kickapoo Kamp for Girls. Before you complete the application, we want you to be aware of the staff policies which you would be asked to follow. We don’t want there to be any surprises later.
At Kickapoo Kamp, counselors must be able to
Effectively communicate in both verbal and written communications.
Work several days in a row, sometimes with little rest
Work with and have patience for children for up to 24 hours a day
Be comfortable and work effectively in an outdoor or natural setting
Make decisions in high stress situations
Function and thrive in a community with very little personal space
Live and work and sleep with other people 24 hours a day
Respect and obey authority
Utilize discretion when faced with sensitive issues
Maintain personal hygiene and health without assistance of others.
Kickapoo Kamp Staff Policies
Employment as a Kickapoo counselor involves a great deal of responsibility and hard work. The days are long, but the setting is spectacular, the activities are awesome, and the people with whom you will work will have a positive impact on your life. Counseling is a position which relies as heavily upon your image, character and reputation as it does upon your skills. Because of this, the importance of our community reputation, and the demands of our camp families, we have strict staff policies. We expect that a summer at Kickapoo will be one of the most rewarding, memorable, and entertaining of your life, and these policies are intended to enhance, not interfere with that intention. It is our position that adherence to staff policies is a strict matter of trust. Failure to uphold staff policy is a breach of trust and makes for undesirable youth workers and role models.
We only hire female counselors who are 18 years of age or older, have graduated from high school and are enrolled in a college or university.
At Kickapoo Kamp, expectations for dress are very informal; however an appearance that is in line with being a role model for our kampers is important. Our dress code is similar to that of Disneyworld, schools or other camps. The parents of our kampers do not want us to encourage their children, from our examples or words, to get body piercing, tattoos, or extreme hair styles.
While small tattoos that can be easily covered with a Band-aid are acceptable in most cases, large tattoos that are visible while wearing clothing that is the norm for your activity area are not. Please discuss any tattoos that you have during the interview process.
Tiny nose piercings and belly button piercings are allowed, but multiple piercings and/or other facial piercings that can conflict with the image we portray are not.
We make decisions on a case-by-case basis, and any and all tattoos and piercings should be discussed during the interview process. No exceptions can be made to this rule without the written consent of the kamp director. Veteran counselors are expected to advise us if they get new tattoos to determine whether they are acceptable for future employment.
Narcotics and all illegal substances are not allowed. Both the use and the possession of illegal substances is cause for immediate dismissal. The committing of any illegal offense while under contract with Kickapoo Kamp is similarly cause for immediate dismissal.
The use of mind or mood altering drugs which are prescribed by a physician must be disclosed to the camp director prior to the offering of a contract.
Our kamp is a smoke-free facility, and the use of any tobacco products or e-cigarettes is strictly prohibited.
Immoral behavior at any time or improper language around campers is not acceptable.
Alcohol use is strictly prohibited while employed by Kickapoo Kamp.
All staff members have a 12:00 curfew on nights off and must be back in their cabins by 12:15.
Thanks for reading this far. If you are interested in completing a Kickapoo Kamp staff application, please proceed, but please do so only if you are in agreement with and understand all of the listed policies.
Kickapoo Kamp requires three personal references from adults over the age of 30 who can attest to your character since you will be working with children. You might want to submit more than three references because some requests do not respond in a timely manner. One of the 3 required references should be a family member.