I am female what will my role be when not teaching my activity?
All female program staff and some male staff (Wake and Surf and Activity Heads) are called “Non Cabin Staff”. As Non Cabin Staff (NCS) you will carry out many behind the scenes/ preparation work.
• Before Breakfast (7AM-8AM). Performing vehicle checks, hitching trailers, preparing box lunches, transporting box lunches, picking up laundry, setting up dining hall etc. • Evenings- preparing and packing down the evening program, bed time stories, Lost’n’Found, preparing the following days trips, supervising cabins etc • Weekends - Preparing/Running/Packing down weekend games! Covering cabin counselors on leave and general camp maintenance. • Other general roles-activity area maintenance (repairing equipment, researching new trips etc)
What is the role of the International Staffing Agency (Camp America, CCUSA, Camp Leaders, Wildpacks etc?) Can I just apply directly through CCB?
If you do not hold an American passport or American work visa then you will need to utilize a staffing agency. Their role is to ensure you are a good applicant to work with children, connect you with camps and jobs, provide you with the relevant visa paper work through US Immigration, ensure you obtain a visa and provide support through this process, ensure you are getting paid a wage they agree is fair, ensure you have insurance and that the camp is providing you with a safe experience. Most agencies provide you with a wage for a 9 week contract with a $ amount to be added on for each week over 9 weeks you work. This is the pay scale we use for each new staff member. For information about how much you will earn you will need to contact your country office directly.
What are the cabins like?
Our cabins are rustic wooden cabins with a lot of history -some from 1924! They are open air cabins with fly mesh screens and doors and a covered porch. Each cabin has 8 single beds and 8 shelves, 2 electric plugs plus, 2 ceiling lights and a fan. They will feel like home!
What’s a typical day at CCB like?
Every day at CCB is different but some things stay the same. During the week the all up call is at 7:45, and lights out is at 9:30 PM. Breakfast is at 8 am, Lunch is at 1PM and Dinner is at 6.30 (during the week). If you are “in camp” staff you will teach 4 periods a day with one period off for you to either relax or try something new! 'Tripping' staff will be assigned either 2x half day, full day or overnight trips. You will also help run an activity or supervise the campers in free time. All staff will help with evening programs (shaving foam battle, talent show etc). Weekends we start a little later and run whole camp games and activities which the staff are in charge of creating and running.
How much time off will I get and what can I do?
We have one of the highest residential camp time off policies to ensure our staff are well rested and performing at their best every day. Counselors may take one 23 hour period and one evening (5-ish hours) off each week - However we do not take the first short leave of each session as we think it is imperative that we are there to support our campers on their first few days. We loan out camp vehicles for non-alcoholic events. You will be living in an incredible corner of the world. Most staff choose to sleep, catch up with home, relax or try any activities you haven’t had the chance to do yet on their time off. At CCB we are based in the Blue Ridge Mountains and are surrounded by lakes, rivers and waterfalls. Many of our staff choose to do a different activity on their day off including mountain biking, hiking, kayaking and swimming holes. We are 40 mins outside of Asheville, NC with all the things you would expect from a mid-size city.
What training is available?
Most staff will take part in Lifeguard training, Raft Guide or Archery, Riflery and Fencing. This way staff can be more diverse at Camp Carolina. Tripping staff will take the Wilderness First Responder class-a 10 day intensive Wilderness First Aid class. All activities have specific training and some staff may be cross trained in other fields. All staff will go through a week long orientation focusing on child management and safety.
What happens if I get sick at camp/get injured?
The nurses are on staff 24/7 to help campers and counselors with any concerns/illnesses they have. Camp Carolina will provide over the counter medication but the counselor is required to purchase prescription medication and visits to medial staff not employed at Camp Carolina. All counselors are required to have medical insurance to work at Camp Carolina. Workers compensation is provided for any work related injuries and is to be discussed and organized with the camp owners.
What extra duties will I be required to do?
Counselors wear many hats at CCB. The main roles are being a cabin counselor and leading an activity. On top of this counselors are required to clean cabins, clean activity areas, perform basic maintenance around camp, cook food, clean and maintain vehicles, clean up after campers, set up and pack down areas of camp, help in the kitchen, collect and deliver laundry, clean the dining hall after meals etc.
How/what/when am I paid?
We pay all staff their full summer wage on the final day of their contract. We pay you via check which you can then cash at the local bank. Several counselors set up a bank account to deposit the cash into an account. We can also provide “cash advances” during the summer of up to $40.00 a week. Counselors can expect to get paid $140-$230+ per week-this includes food, board and laundry (done weekly). First time counselors coming through an international staffing agency can expect to get paid the wage their agency has agreed on. Staff are paid from the start of Orientation Week through their last contracted day
How can I prepare for the summer?
Once you have been hired there may be 4-5 months until you leave for CCB. We recommend spending as much time with children as possible and practice teaching them (teaching your activity is a bonus!) Preparing yourself physically is also important. At camp you will be walking miles every day, up and down mountains, on uneven ground as well as being active when teaching your activity. Increasing your fitness and strength will help you adjust to camp life. We will also be sending you around 10 hours of child development specific training in March to complete. There are a lot of great recourses online to look into about being a camp counselor. We strongly suggest counselors spend time researching these and becoming comfortable with what will be expected of them.
What will I learn in Orientation?
Orientation is when we have all of our staff together for the first time of the summer. All staff will have read the Pre Manual (sent out in Spring 2017) and will have a basic understanding of what is expected of them. Orientation covers everything we feel staff need to know to set them up to be successful this summer. We cover behavioral issues staff are likely to encounter, medical and non-medical emergencies, health related concerns, staff team building, staff traditions (songs, chants, blessings, meal times etc), camping out etc! It is a jam packed busy week where staff are busy from 7AM-10PM. We all “switch off” during O-Week and do not have access to internet apart from a few short assigned times. It is a great way to really connect with your fellow counselors and embrace the same camp experience the campers will have. The week includes hands on activities (trips out of camp, Cabin Day, skits, scavenger hunts) as well as theory based written work from the manual. We also provide staff with one evening and one day off during O-Week to relax and refresh themselves before the campers arrive.