I’m so excited to announce that we are (essentially) completely staffed for 2015! Woo hoo!
Taylor just wrapped up the last counselor interview and hire and we are set for another year with a stellar crew across the board.
The reason I said we are essentially staffed is that we would still interview and hire some extras, if interested, to make sure that, in the event of an unexpected change, we’re still ready to go as planned.
But as for the main organization of our counselor staff, the key positions like Head Counselors, Department Heads, Unit Heads, Junior Counselors, most of the Green Team (still listing some openings here), our Mini Camp Counselors, and service contract groups like our kitchen staff, everything is complete.
Recently I did put out word that we’re looking to finalize our the medical team and administrative support, and to finalize our lifeguards, but these positions will likely be filled in the coming weeks.
Phew — we like that! 🙂 Staffing is one of our biggest off-season projects and it’s always wonderful when it’s wrapped up on the counseling side, which frees us up to finish other details and leaves us feeling so excited for the summer season ahead!
How we got to here
As we’ve written over the years, we take our staffing very seriously. We urge our campers to apply to continue on with us as Junior Counselors and to apply to come back as counselors. Where there’s a good match, this is a wonderful opportunity for both the former campers and us alike— we know each other and are continuing our relationship!
We also cast our net beyond camp connections, posting job notices and taking applications from interested parties in the US and abroad.
The qualifications we seek and understanding we emphasize are detailed on our Jobs page of the Website — we want to make sure before the hiring process begins that applicants know exactly what’s required in working with us on site, particularly that the commitment is for the whole summer, a rule designed to strengthen continuity, staff unity, and morale across the whole season.
Our no gossip policy is also not just for campers — it’s a value promoted to the staff which we expect them to maintain to the highest degree, along with other strict rules of conduct. We are here to work together, support one another, and become a happy, successful, reliable and trustworthy, interdependent team.
Once our whole team is assembled, we meet in the weeks before the season opens at Camp Alleghany where a rigorous period of staff training happens.
Here we build the strength of our ‘Ghany values through going over procedures, role playing, encouragement, break out sessions, guest speakers, games, art, writing and other professional development and team building methods.
Yes, there’s some of the “boring stuff,” — paperwork, rules, regulations, memorizing procedures, safety drilling, deeply understanding privacy and other aspects of our roles in care taking for our campers — but we try to make that not so boring by peppering it with levity and again, role playing to get it deeply into the lifeblood of the staff.
And everyone is a trooper during this time, showing a professional commitment to master the requirements of their jobs and camp policies.
Our staff 2015
So with all of that said, we have assembled a crack team that we couldn’t be more proud of. I hope you’ll check them out on our staff page.
We welcome all the staff members with open arms and are eagerly looking forward to another exciting summer in this our 94th camp season!
— Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls