I’m pleased to announce that the Summer 2017 Junior Counselor Application is now live online and ready for you to fill in. The entire application is online — you simply create your own account (NOT your parent’s CampMinder account) to start the process and go from there.
I’ll also add a couple of things to keep in mind.
First, please check our Summer 2017 mandatory camp dates for Staff Training through close of Second Term. (Some may also apply to work during Family Camp, but the Family Camp dates aren’t mandatory for all Term Counselors.)
You don’t have to finish the application in one sitting. In fact I encourage you to fill out the personal information (name, address, phone, etc.) but just look over the longer form application questions to start. Hit SAVE…and then go away for a day or two to mull over the questions. Put some real thought into what you want to say.
You can come back to the application anytime by logging back in to your account and answering any or all of the questions. Whenever you’re on the application, but not fully finished, simply hit SAVE to keep your work and log out. When you’re completely ready and all the questions are answered, then you hit SUBMIT.
A few of my super important tips are:
- Always use complete sentences, check your grammar and punctuation, and edit your work to submit your best writing.
- Speak honestly and from the heart rather than trying to “spin” your answers.
- Review everything one last time to be sure you’re satisfied with your submission.
The timeline above shows you our application process. Applications are open now, and are due by November 1, 2016.
During the month of November we’ll be sending out a mass e-mail to all the applicants to schedule interviews. Based on the geographic areas of the girls who apply, we’ll be setting up interview days in certain towns/cities, and then also of course doing Skype interviews for those who are really far away (likely set up on the same days as the interview days).
Please don’t worry about schedule conflicts — we’ll work around that with people.
The interview component is new this year, as our 2016 Sixteens learned in Upstart class this summer. We feel that giving our ‘Ghany Girls a chance to demonstrate their poise and command of the interview process is a great way for them to step in to the job hunt process in familiar territory.
And of course for us it helps to get to know our JC applicants even better before hiring begins!
The interviews will be with a member of the Admin Team — though who and where specifically is to be determined based on scheduling.
Then, in January of 2017, we’ll be letting girls know the status of their applications.
We encourage all of those 16s who feel that they’ve thought about what it means to be a JC, and who really feel it would be right for them, to apply to become Junior Counselors. We’ve got a lot of blogs written by staff, campers, and former JCs about this wonderful opportunity and the great fun of of the JC Summer, along with blogs on Why You Should Be A Camp Counselor — read those for more insight and inspiration!
If your application in the mix then I look forward to working with you throughout this process!
— Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls