Program Coordinators will communicate daily with administrative staff to coordinate their in-camp and out-of-camp activities, as well as to discuss problems, questions or other concerns that may arise. It is crucial that they be able to support and carry out camp policies and philosophies within the guidelines set during staff training. Coordinators are partially responsible for enforcing rules and camp policies concerning staff and campers.
Other responsibilities include preparing for weekly staff meetings, writing and collecting articles for camp newsletters, distributing camper and staff mail, collecting weekly letters home from staff and campers, participating in daily activities, planning evening programs, leading wilderness trips, helping plan all-camp special days, working with support staff on scheduling and activity ideas, and helping to evaluate staff and programs through both formal and informal means. Program Coordinators must have current First Aid, CPR, and Lifeguard Certifications.
Each Program Coordinator must be a catalyst and tremendous role model for campers and staff alike, who will look to them for leadership, direction, and support throughout the summer. This is a good way to develop and use early management, organizational and administrative skills. Generally, coordinators have worked for us for at least one summer and are familiar with our goals, philosophies, and programs.
Pathfinding Coordinators must be physically capable of leading challenging trips in the wilderness, and must be interested in and/or knowledgeable about outdoor skills such as topographic map reading, outdoor cooking, backpacking techniques, minimum impact camping, etc. Knowledge of the environment and nature's processes is beneficial. Trip leading and personal wilderness travel experience is essential, as the trip itinerary consist of 25 straight nights in the wilderness with 3 re-supply drops along the way. Coordinators must hold a current driver's license and have current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications through a recognized first aid provider.
CSC staff are asked to consistently provide positive, creative, and meaningful direction to the young lives with which they are entrusted. It is imperative that they be able to support established camp policies and promoted programs. This job is emotionally and physically demanding, as you will work 24 hours a day seven days a week out in the field. However, the rewards of such an experience for both camper and staff are exceptional. Be prepared to have more fun than you have ever had and to give more of yourself than you could ever imagine!
Each counselor is assigned to a specific age group or "camp", each of which is housed in a distinct group of cabins. Head Counselors live in a cabin with 4-6 campers and are responsible for these campers at specific times such as rest hour after lunch, getting them to bed at night, getting them up and ready in the morning, bringing them to and from meals, making sure they are clean and healthy, etc. During in-camp activity periods, counselors plan and lead activities which are offered to campers in their age group. It is important to understand that the camp does not pre-schedule activities for the campers; instead, the counseling staff of each age group is responsible for creating and maintaining a diversified offering of activities. It is essential that every counselor be prepared to brainstorm, plan, schedule, and implement their age group's program, with input both from campers and other staff. Creativity and enthusiasm are a must!
About half of the time (this varies with age group) will be spent leading 3-5 day out-of-camp backcountry wilderness trips. Counselors must be physically capable of leading challenging trips in the wilderness, and must be interested in and/or knowledgeable about basic outdoor skills such as topographic map reading, outdoor cooking, backpacking techniques, minimum impact camping, etc. While counselors do not need to be knowledgeable in all areas of our wilderness program, some experience is essential. Staff training will fill in the gaps. Head Counselors must hold a current driver's license and have current certifications in recognized first aid and CPR courses.
Head Counselors are asked to consistently provide positive, creative, and meaningful direction to the young lives with which they are entrusted, within the philosophies of Colvig Silver Camps. It is imperative that they be able to support established camp policies and promoted programs. Counseling is a 24 hour per day job with rewards proportionate to what is given. Be prepared to have more fun than you have ever had and to give more of yourself than you could ever imagine!
Climbing/Ropes Course Coordinator
Campers range in age from 7-17 and arrive with all levels of rock climbing experience (including none). Rock climbing instruction begins with safety and theory, and progresses from there. Counseling staff will be present at every activity and will be responsible for camper management, allowing the climbing coordinator to focus on leading and instruction. Head and assistant counselors also arrive with varying levels of experience. The Rock Climbing Coordinator is responsible for evaluating and training staff in belaying. Knowledge of equipment inspection and "retiring" is also beneficial. Our program includes only top-rope climbing - it does not include lead climbing or technical mountaineering. As with our other support staff, the Rock Climbing Coordinator will be asked to assist with various other aspects of camp, including supervising movie nights, helping with other activities, washing dishes, etc.
and Crafts Coordinator
The Art Barn Coordinator will take on varying roles with each group as necessary. Some group will need direction through every aspect of a project, while others may simply need materials and supplies to be ready for counseling staff to lead the activity. Some groups may need initial instruction from the Coordinator for the counseling staff to lead the activity. The number of groups using the art barn during any given activity period will depend on the level of leadership needed, the types of projects, the number of participants, and limits set by the Coordinator. Ultimately, the Art Barn Coordinator has discretion regarding the scheduling and leading of any group or project. Counseling staff are responsible for working with the Coordinator to schedule activities, assisting and managing campers during projects, and for cleanup. The Crafts Coordinator sets up for activities, leads activities when necessary and oversees cleanup. The Coordinator is also responsible for keeping a running inventory of supplies, keeping craft materials and equipment operative and noting items to reorder.
The Art Barn Coordinator should be knowledgeable and skillful in a wide variety of crafts including pottery, leatherwork, beading, collages, lapidary, nature crafts, wood crafts, candle making, batiking, tie dying, silk screening, painting, photography, etc. There is a standard set of activities offered each summer, for which we pre-order equipment and supplies, and for which we have detailed plans. The coordinator is encouraged to supplement these standard activities with a wide variety of other crafts projects, so long as they fit within the Colvig Silver Camps philosophy and budget. The abilities to visually supervise campers' safety and to creatively motivate others are essential. As with our other support staff, the Art & Crafts Coordinator will be asked to assist with various other aspects of camp, including supervising movie nights, helping with other activities, washing dishes, etc.
& Assistant Wrangler
Wranglers are responsible for planning and teaching western-style riding and tack care based on a progression as follows: safety/equipment/basics > arena riding > trail riding. Our philosophy is that campers should not ride until they have first mastered the basics of tack care and grooming (hoof cleaning, brushing, saddling, bridling, etc.) Typically the first activity session with a group of campers will begin with an in-depth discussion of horse safety, then basic tack care/grooming, and if there is time, some arena riding to introduce basic horse control. Ideally, groups progress to half- and full-day trail rides in & around camp (over the course of several activity periods). Both wranglers should expect to be leading groups of campers nearly every morning and afternoon.
Wranglers are also responsible for the care of 12-15 horses and related tack. This includes "breaking in" horses that have not been ridden during the winter/spring months and working with a farrier and/or veterinarian. The ability to detect illness and injury in horses is essential. Wranglers must be physically capable of lifting saddles, controlling strong horses, lifting bales of hay, etc.
Wranglers will also be asked to assist in other areas of camp when not involved in horse activities. This may include supervising movie nights, washing dishes, assisting staff with other activities, or running errands.
The Expo Coordinator also keeps a running inventory of food and supplies, coordinates food needs with the central kitchen and prepares orders. He/she must be able to lift heavy boxes overhead, read inventory sheets, make mathematical conversions and work independently. Expo Coordinators will be required to have current First Aid, CPR, and Food Safety Certifications.
This is a very time-consuming job and does not include going on trips or working directly with campers. It involves working alone much of the time, although Assistant Counselors and "gophers" are available to help when necessary. CSC is a wilderness-oriented camp, so most days will involve trips departing or returning. On a typical departure day, three to four groups of 8-12 each will be leaving camp.
This position provides an opportunity to spend a summer in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, developing nursing experience in pediatric care and wilderness/outdoor medicine. While our nurse is always on-call, we are flexible regarding program participation. In fact, we encourage our nurse to take an active part in the program portion of camp. Health care demands always take precedence over such program participation, but we are committed to making this a fulfilling and enjoyable experience for our nurse as well as our campers and program staff.
The Photographer should have experience using various types of cameras, photo editing software, basic computer software, as well as some formal training in photographic arts. It is important that the Photographer is very well organized and is able to label and sort photos correctly as well as manage the photography equipment inventory.
As with all support
staff members, the Photographer will be asked to assist with various other
aspects of camp, including supervising movie nights, helping with other
activities, washing dishes, etc.
Cooks need to be able to lift/unload food and supplies, operate kitchen equipment safely, and be able to interpret/develop written menus and meal plans. Cooks may also be asked to assist counselors and campers during a food related or kitchen based activity. Cooks will be required to have current First Aid, CPR, and Food Safety Certifications.
Cooks may also be asked to assist in other areas of camp when not involved with kitchen activities. This may include supervising movie nights, washing dishes, assisting staff with other activities, or running errands.
The prep cooks may also be asked to assist counselors and campers during a food related or kitchen based activity. Prep cooks will be required to have current First Aid, CPR, and Food Safety Certifications.
Prep cooks may also
be asked to assist in other areas of camp when not involved with kitchen
activities. This may include supervising movie nights, washing dishes,
assisting staff with other activities, or running errands.
**ALL SALARIES LISTED ARE FOR THE ENTIRE SUMMER**
Attributes of CSC Program Staff: