The success of any camp depends on a positive, enthusiastic, kind, caring and supportive counselor staff. Our staff, consisting of young women 18 years and older, has demonstrated a commitment to the well being of children. The counselors have skills in one or more of the activities offered and serve as positive role models for our campers through their teaching and their love of camp.
Every staff applicant goes through a thorough application process which is designed to determine strength of character, competency for a particular activity, and the ability to work cooperatively as a member of our team. Each counselor signs an employee agreement (commonly referred to as a contract) which states our expectations of the staff members, as well as our policies on and intolerance of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drug use. Counselors are also expected to abide by the curfew rules, support the Alleghany traditions, communicate concerns and care for the campers in a loving, unselfish, and professional manner. See the schedule: A Day in the Life of an Alleghany Counselor.
All Term Camp Counselors including Junior Counselors must commit to work from the first day of staff training through Mini Camp, and both sessions of Term Camp. No partial sessions allowed. Counselors may apply to work the optional Family Camp session.
Counselors undergo a mandatory 10 days of training and orientation at the beginning of each summer. What is taught and learned during the staff training week is in alignment with the American Camp Association’s standards and expectations for counselor training. Mini Camp runs concurrently with our training week; the Mini Camp Counselors are a separate staff, giving the Term Camp counselors time to gain experience teaching their activities to the Mini Campers.
In addition to teaching activities during Mini Camp, the staff training week includes (but is not limited to):
- Instruction/training in the rules and procedures for being a tent counselor
- Instruction/training in the rules and procedures of the activity departments
- How to design lessons to suit each activity, along with basic child development knowledge, so that each lesson is age appropriate
- Basic first aid
- CPR certification
- Team building exercises
- Specific camp rules, schedules, and expectations
- NRA-certified Rifle School for those teaching Rifle
- Bonding activities for the counselors to get to know each other better
All training materials are ACA approved, with specific material credited to Michael Brandwein and Bob Ditter. Additionally, two of Alleghany’s directors have earned education degrees and will impart their experience, skills and knowledge of child behavior and development to the counselors when appropriate or necessary.
Tent Counselor Duties
Each counselor will live in a tent with four campers. It is the counselor’s responsibility to ensure that each of these four campers is safe at all times, follows the camp rules, and follows her activity schedule daily. The counselor will also form close bonds with each camper, ensuring that she is safe, thriving, and enjoying her time at Alleghany. In addition to supervising these four campers, each counselor teaches one or two activities, which are described below. There are four activity periods per day, and every counselor is assigned to teach during each period.
Along with these basic duties and expectations, counselors are also expected to:
- Supervise and facilitate at least one evening activity per term, which includes planning and executing the activity
- Supervise a table of campers at each meal
- Be on Patrol at least three times per term, which includes supervising a number of tents after Taps
- Communicate with campers’ parents through weekly postcards
- Keep track of campers’ progress in activities, and chart awards or honors achieved
- Maintain a professional and unselfish attitude
- Uphold Alleghany’s ideals and traditions throughout the term, especially at all times when campers are present
Alleghany Singers: The Alleghany Singers staff will teach camp songs, choral music, and help with the Sunday choir. Knowledge of camp songs and folk songs preferred. Skill with a guitar or piano preferred but not required.
Archery: The staff teaches basic archery skills using American Archery Association rules and classifications. Knowledge of the sport and prior experience are required.
Arts and Crafts: A wide variety of crafts are taught, including tie-dying, pottery, painting, weaving, beadwork, basket weaving, woodwork, leather tooling, and simple sewing projects. Some knowledge of these skills is required.
Canoeing: The canoe staff teaches basic strokes and advanced handling of a canoe on the river. Must have prior canoe experience and Lifeguard training. Kayaking is not taught.
Dance: Dance staff will separate campers in to small groups and help them choreograph a dance to be performed at the end of each term. Some modern dance training and experience is preferred.
Drama: Basic theatre skills of sets, scenery, costuming, and simple makeup are taught through the production of one act plays. Knowledge of theatre arts is required.
Rifle: Basic skills in the use and care of a .22 caliber rifle are taught using National Rifle Association standards and rules. All of the rifle staff is trained by an NRA instructor during pre-camp at no charge to the counselor. Prior riflery experience at Camp Alleghany preferred.
Sports and Fitness: Encompasses beginner and intermediate skills of all the games and sports played on land (except tennis). Counselors need a working knowledge of all of the following sports, but should be able to specialize in at least two: field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, kickball, volleyball, basketball, and general fitness.
Swimming: Skills-based instructional swim program. Knowledge of strokes and swimming skills required. WSI required of department head and Lifeguard Training Certification required of all the staff.
Tennis: Tennis staff must have thorough knowledge of skills, rules, drills, and teaching techniques for beginner, intermediate, and advanced players. Prior coaching or competitive play is preferred.
Wild World and Ropes Course: Wild World and the Ropes Course are sometimes paired together, and sometimes offered seaparately depending on interest. Particular knowledge of overnight camping, fire building, day hiking, and all the safety these events encompass is required for Wild World. Also must focus on reducing the human effect on the environment. Prior knowledge of the local camp trails not required, as these are taught during staff training.
Each Activity Department is headed by a counselor who has advanced experience and/or skill in the activity. She organizes the lessons and delegates the daily activities and lessons to her staff. It’s her job to identify the particular skills of each member of her staff such that they will add the most to that department. Department Heads also must write a report at the end of the summer summarizing the events of her department for that year in addition to evaluating each member of her staff.
Junior and Senior Camp are each divided into four units that are supervised by an experienced and mature counselor. The purpose of the Unit Head is to supervise the counselors who live in that unit and to help them with their campers. She mediates issues and sees that the campers and counselors follow camp rules on tent row. She also facilitates activities for Unit Nights on specifics nights of camp.
Each camp has a Head Counselor who supervises her respective camp (Junior or Senior), sees that the Unit Heads and counselors are doing their jobs correctly, and keeps in constant communication with the directors regarding the well-being of the campers and staff. The Head Counselors must be organized, energetic, and mature. All Head and Assistant Head Counselors should be 21 years of age or older.
Assistant Heads of Camp
The Assistant Head of Senior Camp is in charge of our Upstarts, who are the oldest campers in camp. The purpose of the Upstart program is to help the older campers begin to understand the duties and responsibilities of a counselor. It is important that the Assistant Head of Senior Camp be someone who has been a camper and an Upstart at Alleghany.
The Assistant Head of Junior Camp helps the Head of Junior Camp in any way she needs it. Additionally, she also aids the Program Director in planning the evening activities and the two carnivals. The Assistant Head of Junior Camp should be organized and creative, and love Junior Campers!
Junior Counselor “Mom”
The JC Mom is in charge of the Junior Counselors, who are Alleghany’s counselors-in-training. The JC Mom supervises the Junior Counselors in their daily activities, and facilitates a JC class every morning to discuss and review counseling duties and techniques.
- Doctors and Nurses
Alleghany has a medical doctor and registered nurse on staff at all times during the summer, residing on camp grounds.
- Store and Post Office Managers
These important staff members organize and delegate the duties and responsibilities of managing the camp store and post office.
- Head Hopper
The Head Hopper is responsible for the camp wait staff. She organizes and supervises the Hoppers and is present with them for each meal of the day.
The Director will notify you of the salary set for the specific job for which you apply. You may be paid in two increments if you work the full summer, or you may be paid all at once. Your salary includes your time spent in Staff Training/Mini Camp, as well as the Term sessions. If you have any questions regarding salary, please contact Casey.
Remaining Available Counselor Positions for 2017
Camp Alleghany is currently accepting applications for:
- General Counselors
- Head Counselors
- Department Heads
- Green Team Members: Contact Garrett
- Camp Nurses: Contact Elizabeth.
Please direct all other job inquiries from the list above and any staff questions to Program Director Casey Tucker.