Summer Staff

Summer 2020 is closer than you think and Big Sandy Camp is looking for 40 fun and motivated young Christians to join our staff. Camp hires people with a wide variety of skills for positions ranging from Administrative Assistants to Zipline Instructors. Ideal staff for Big Sandy Camp are 18 years old and have graduated from high school. They have a deep personal relationship with Jesus Christ, a strong work ethic, and are fun to be around.

Join us for a couple of weeks or the whole summer as we share about 20/20 Vision and explore how we view God and discover His plan for our lives. Come and have a direct impact on the next generation and share the love of Christ, no matter what position you have.

2020 Available Positions

7X Male Counselor - 18 or older - Reports to Head Male Counselor - Primary Responsibilities - Lead campers through activities, Bible studies, games, and meals. In addition, help to lead activity areas for guest groups, serve on dish teams, and cleaning crews. Keep a safe and fun cabin space for campers to engage in. Secondary responsibilities - Support camp in maintenance, kitchen, and accommodation areas. Help on dish teams and cleaning crews. Work to run activity and program areas when retreat groups are here, and other duties as assigned.

9X Female Counselor - 18 or older - Reports to Head Female Counselor -  Primary Responsibilities - Lead campers through activities, Bible studies, games, and meals. In addition, help to lead activity areas for guest groups, serve on dish teams, and cleaning crews. Keep a safe and fun cabin space for campers to engage in. Secondary responsibilities - Support camp in maintenance, kitchen, and accommodation areas. Help on dish teams and cleaning crews. Work to run activity and program areas when retreat groups are here, and other duties as assigned.

5X Short Term Counselor - 18 or older - Reports to Head Male/Female Counselors - Primary Responsibilities - Lead campers through activities, Bible studies, games, and meals. In addition, help to lead activity areas for guest groups, serve on dish teams, and cleaning crews. Keep a safe and fun cabin space for campers to engage in. Secondary responsibilities - Support camp in maintenance, kitchen, and accommodation areas. Help on dish teams and cleaning crews. Work to run activity and program areas when retreat groups are here, and other duties as assigned.

5X Activity Staff - 18 or older - Reports to - Head Activity Staff - Primary Responsibilities: Running the various games and activities around camp including but not limited to: the giant zipline, climbing wall, snack shop, craft shop, petting farm, knocker ball, field games, wacky Olympics, beach party and night games. Supporting chapels with skits, games, and activities. Serving on dish teams and cleaning crews. Secondary responsibilities: Helping with maintenance projects, supporting the kitchen as needed, serving as a cabin buddy, hosting meals, and other duties as assigned. May be called on to counsel at some point during the summer.

4X Lifeguard - 16 or older - Reports to: Head Lifeguard - Primary Responsibilities - Providing a safe and fun beachfront experience for campers and guests. Ensuring the safe operation of the BSC waterslide, boating area and swimming area. Helping guests with boating and other water activities. Secondary Responsibilities - Helping with games and activities outside of the waterfront. Serving as a cabin buddy, and other duties as assigned. May be called on to counsel at some point during the summer. (Lifeguard training certification may be provided to fulfill role)

Head Lifeguard - 18 or older - Reports to: Waterfront Director - Primary Responsibilities: Providing a safe and fun beachfront experience for campers and guests. Ensuring the safe operation of the BSC waterslide, boating area, and swimming area. Helping guests with boating and other water activities. Leading the waterfront in the absence of the Waterfront Director. Secondary Responsibilities - Helping with games and activities outside of the waterfront, serving on dish teams and cleaning areas. Serving as a cabin buddy. Helping with maintenance projects, and other duties as assigned. May be called on to counsel at some point during the summer.

3X Summer Cook - 16 or older - Reports to Head Cook - Primary responsibilities - Preparing and serving food. Maintaining a clean and safe work environment. Ensuring that health codes and systems are followed. Secondary Responsibilities - Supporting the program department in activity areas, skits, and games. Serving as a cabin buddy. Helping with cleaning and maintenance projects as needed, and other duties as assigned. May be called on to counsel at some point during the summer.

Head Cook - 18 or older - Reports to Food Service Director - Primary Responsibilities - Preparing and serving food. Maintaining a clean and safe work environment. Ensuring that health codes and systems are followed. In the absence of the Food Service Director, serve as the Director of the kitchen. Secondary Responsibilities - Supporting the program department in activity areas, skits, and games. Serving as a cabin buddy. Helping with cleaning and maintenance projects as needed.

2X Media Assistant - 16 or older - Reports to: Assistant Program Director - Primary Responsibilities - Taking video and photos of action at BSC. Helping to edit and cut videos. Creating the end of the week videos. Uploading pictures, videos and status updates to camp’s social media accounts. Running sound and slides during chapel sessions.  Secondary responsibilities - Serving on dish teams and cleaning crews, and other duties as assigned. Serving as a cabin buddy. May be called on to counsel at some point during the summer.

Administrative Assistant - 16 or older - Reports to Guest Services Coordinator - Primary Responsibilities: Manage and care for the camp gift shop. Keep a clean and organized store front. Support camp by completing administrative duties in the camp office. Answer the phone and direct calls to full-time staff members, assign campers to cabins, collect and deliver mail, print off and deliver camper emails, hand out camper spending money to counselors, register campers for camps, and support the guest services director as needed. At the end of each week, take inventory in the snack shop and give that list to the guest services director.  Secondary Responsibilities: - Serve on a dish team, and cleaning crews, help with maintenance and program responsibilities, and other duties as assigned. Serve as a cabin buddy. May be called on to counsel at some point during the summer.

Accommodations Assistant - 18 or older (Preferably 21) - Reports to Maintenance Director - Primary Responsibilities - Work on maintenance projects and building maintenance projects as they arrive. Operating equipment as needed; tractor, wood chipper, riding lawn mower, weed whip, power drills, rug doctor, floor machine, etc. Must have a valid driver’s license. Secondary Responsibilities - Assist in accommodations, kitchen and program areas as needed, and other duties as assigned. May be called on to counsel at some point during the summer.

Petting Farm Assistant - 16 or older - Reports to Program Maintenance Director - Primary Responsibilities - Ensure safe operation of the Big Sandy Camp petting farm. Perform daily morning and evening tasks to care for animals. Secondary Responsibilities - Help on dish teams and cleaning crews. Support camp by leading games and other activities and serving as a cabin buddy, and other duties as assigned. May be called on to counsel at some point during the summer.

Leadership Positions

Leadership staff positions generally go to applicants with experience working at Big Sandy Camp.

Head Male Counselor - 18 or older - Reports to: Program Director - Primary Responsibilities - Lead and manage male counselors as they oversee cabins. Act as the first line of support, encouragement, and be a problem-solving resource for male counselors. Deal with challenges as a member of the leadership team. Facilitate relationships and a sense of teamwork between the male counselors. Lead training sessions with the rest of the leadership staff during staff training week and as needed during the summer. Secondary Responsibilities - Serve on dish crews and cleaning crews. Help supervise volunteers in other areas of camp, and other duties as assigned. May be called on to counsel at some point during the summer.

Head Female Counselor - 18 or older - Reports to Guest Services Coordinator - Primary Responsibilities - Lead and manage female counselors as they oversee cabins. Act as the first line of support, encouragement, and be a problem-solving resource for the female counselors. Deal with challenges as a member of the leadership team. Facilitate relationships and a sense of teamwork between the female counselors. Lead training sessions with the rest of the leadership staff during staff training week and as needed during the summer. Secondary Responsibilities - Serve on dish crews and cleaning crews. Help supervise volunteers in other areas of camp, and other duties as assigned. May be called on to counsel at some point during the summer.

Head Male Activity Staff - 18 or older- Reports to Program Director - Primary Responsibilities - Lead and manage activity staff and volunteers as they complete duties in the following areas - snack shop, games, activities including the giant zipline. In addition, lead devotions for student volunteers each day. Serve as the MC for chapels and the beach party. Deal with challenges as a member of the leadership team. Along with the Head Female Activity Staff, lead large group games, and oversee the operations of the snack shop. Secondary Responsibilities - Serve on dish crews and cleaning crews. Help supervise volunteers in other areas of camp, and other duties as assigned. May be called on to counsel at some point during the summer.

Head Female Activity Staff - 18 or older - Reports to: Guest Services Coordinator - Primary Responsibilities -  Lead and manage activity staff and volunteers as they complete duties in the following areas - snack shop, games, activities including the giant zipline. In addition, lead devotions for student volunteers each day. Serve as the MC for chapels and the beach party. Deal with challenges as a member of the leadership team. Along with the head male activity staff, meet with activity staff, volunteers and counselors each day. Along with the Head Male Activity Staff, lead large group games, and oversee the operations of the snack shop. Secondary Responsibilities - Serve on dish crews and cleaning crews. Help supervise volunteers in other areas of camp, and other duties as assigned. May be called on to counsel at some point during the summer.

Waterfront Director - 21 or older - Reports to Assistant Program Director - Primary Responsibilities: Primary Responsibilities - Providing a safe and fun beachfront experience for campers and guests. Managing lifeguards, summer staff, and volunteers at the waterfront. Leading rescues and safety drills as well as staff exercises at BSC. Leading a cleaning team on cleaning days. Ensuring the safe operation of the BSC waterslide, boating area and swimming area. Assign lifeguards to surveillance positions and ensure timely rotation of positions. Oversee and help with the completion of daily waterfront safety checklist. Helping guests with boating and other water activities. Secondary Responsibilities - Helping with games and activities outside of the waterfront. Serving as a cabin buddy, and other duties as assigned. May be called on to counsel at some point during the summer.

Benefits

Summer Staff make more money each week that they serve during the summer. Starting rates and increases are based on experience and previous years on staff. Staff who serve for the whole summer will make between $2,000-$3,000.

We ask all of our selected summer staff to provide a Connection List of 20 names and email addresses of people who believe in the ministry they are doing for the summer. Big Sandy uses this list to contact people about prayer requests for BSC, opportunities to support our summer ministry, and updates about salvations and life changes at Big Sandy Camp. Donations given by those on connection lists do not affect summer staff wages.

The Nyack College Scholarship is $1200 and the scholarship is no longer subject to grant/scholarship caps. Please contact the Nyack College office for further details and conditions.

Crown College students receive a scholarship of $250 for the fall semester and $250 for the spring semester following their time at Big Sandy Camp. This is matched by both Crown College and the North Central District of the C&MA. For more regarding the Crown College Scholarship, contact our Guest Services Coordinator, Maggie Painting, at maggie@bigsandycamp.com

Staff Agreements

Summer Staff at Big Sandy Camp must agree to a moral contract that prohibits the consumption of alcohol or nicotine products for the duration of their contract. In addition staff must agree to follow our staff manual which does include rules regarding relationships at camp. All of our summer staff must complete our abuse prevention training program Ministry Safe, which is administered by Big Sandy Camp upon hiring.

Positions Available

Assistant Cook

Positions Available: 2
Reports to: Food Service Director
Primary Responsibilities: Preparing and serving food. Maintaining a clean and safe work environment. Ensuring that health codes and systems are followed.
Secondary Responsibilities: Supporting the program department in activity areas, skits, and games. Serving as a cabin buddy. Helping with cleaning and maintenance projects as needed.

Lifeguard

Positions Available: 2
Reports to:
Waterfront Director
Primary Responsibilities: Providing a safe and fun beachfront experience for campers and guests. Managing lifeguards, summer staff, and volunteers at the waterfront. Leading rescues and safety drills as well as staff exercises at BSC. Leading a cleaning team on cleaning days. Ensuring safe operation of the BSC Waterslide. Helping guests with boating and other water activities.
Secondary Responsibilities: Helping with games and activities outside of the waterfront, serving on dish teams and cleaning areas. Serving as a cabin buddy. Helping with maintenance projects.

Female Counselors

Positions Available: 2
Reports to:
Head Female Counselor
Primary Responsibilities: Lead campers through activities, Bible studies, games, and meals. Help to lead activity areas for guest groups, serve on dish teams, and cleaning crews. Keep a safe and fun cabin space for campers to engage in.
Secondary Responsibilities: Support camp in maintenance, kitchen and accommodations areas.

Male Counselors

Positions Available: 5
Reports to:
Head Male Counselor
Primary Responsibilities: Lead campers through activities, Bible studies, games, and meals. In addition help to lead activity areas for guest groups, serve on dish teams, and cleaning crews. Keep a safe and fun cabin space for campers to engage in.
Secondary Responsibilities: Support camp in maintenance, kitchen and accommodations areas.

Maintenance Assistant

Positions Available: 1
Reports to:
Maintenance Director
Primary Responsibilities: Work on maintenance projects and building maintenance projects as they arise. Operating equipment as needed; tractor, wood chipper, riding lawn mower, weed whip, power drills, rug doctor, floor machine, etc. Must have a valid driver’s license.
Secondary Responsibilities: Assist in accommodations, kitchen and program areas as needed.

We ask all of our selected summer staff to provide a Connection List of 20 names and addresses of people who believe in the ministry they are doing for the summer. Big Sandy uses this list to contact people about prayer requests for BSC, opportunities to support our summer ministry, and updates about salvations and life changes at Big Sandy Camp. Staff are all paid equally regardless of the amount given by donors from their connection list.

Ideal staff for Big Sandy Camp are 18 years old and have graduated from high school. They have a deep, personal relationship with Jesus Christ, a strong work ethic, and a fun and energetic attitude towards camp. Staff should be able to lift 30 pounds and carry them 10 feet. Staff should be able to walk 2 miles comfortably.

Summer staff must agree to a moral contract that includes prohibiting drinking or smoking during their time on staff, even during their time off.

Positions Available

Accommodations Assistant

Reports to: Maintenance Director
Primary Responsibilities: Cleaning and maintaining the dining hall. Emptying trash cans around camp. Leading the dining hall cleaning team. Supporting Student Ministry Team members assigned to accommodations. Operating some equipment as needed; riding lawn mower, weed whip, power drills, rug doctor, floor machine, etc.
Secondary responsibilities: Helping with maintenance projects, acting as a cabin buddy, helping with program and kitchen areas as needed.

7X Activity Staff (18 or older)

Reports to: Assistant Program Directors
Primary Responsibilities: Running the various games and activities around camp including but not limited to; The giant zip line, climbing wall, snack shop, craft shop, petting farm, knocker ball, field games, wacky Olympics, beach party and night games. Supporting chapels with skits, games, and activities. Serving on dish teams and cleaning crews.
Secondary responsibilities: Helping with maintenance projects, supporting the kitchen as needed, serving as a cabin buddy. Host meals, other duties as assigned.

3X Assistant Cook

Reports to: Food Service Director
Primary Responsibilities: Preparing and serving food. Maintaining a clean and safe work environment. Ensuring that health codes and systems are followed.
Secondary Responsibilities: Supporting the program department in activity areas, skits, and games. Serving as a cabin buddy. Helping with cleaning and maintenance projects as needed.

Assistant Program Director Male (18 or older)

Reports to: Media Director
Primary Responsibilities: Lead and manage Activity Staff and Student Ministry Team members as well as volunteers as they complete duties in the following areas: snack shop, games, and activities including the giant zip line. Lead devotions for Student Ministry Team members each day. Serve as the MC for chapels and Beach Party. Deal with issues as a member of the leadership team.
Secondary Responsibilities: Serve on dish crews and cleaning crews. Help supervise volunteers in other areas of camp. In the absence of the Head Male Counselor, fill in as a support to the Male Counselors.

Assistant Program Director Female (18 or older)

Reports to: Guest Services Director
Primary Responsibilities: Lead and manage Activity Staff and Student Ministry Team members as well as volunteers as they complete duties in the following areas; snack shop, games, and activities including the giant zip line. Lead devotions for Student Ministry Team members each day. Serve as the MC for chapels and Beach Party. Deal with issues as a member of the leadership team.
Secondary Responsibilities: Serve on dish crews and cleaning crews. Help supervise volunteers in other areas of camp. In the absence of the Head Female Counselor, fill in as a support to the Female Counselors.

2X Gift Shop / Administrative assistant

Reports to: Guest Services Director
Primary Responsibilities: manage and care for the camp gift shop. Keep a clean and organized storefront. Support camp by completing administrative duties in the camp office. Answer the phone and direct calls to full time staff members, assign campers to cabins, register campers for camps, and support the Guest Services Director as needed.
Secondary Responsibilities: Serve on a dish team and cleaning crews, help with maintenance and program responsibilities. Serve as a cabin buddy.

Head Male Counselor (18 or older)

Reports to: Program Director
Primary Responsibilities: Provide support, encouragement and discipline for the Male Counselors. Manage campers in crisis who need more support than the male counselors can provide. Assist camp in multiple activity areas including the climbing wall, snack shop, games and chapel times. Serve as the MC for chapels and events at camp. Provide biblical leadership for the staff by leading devotions and supporting the Guest Services Director and Media Director in planning offsite events.
Secondary Responsibilities: Lead cleaning crews and dish teams and support camp in the kitchen and maintenance departments.

Head Female Counselor (18 or older)

Reports to: Program Director
Primary Responsibilities: Provide support, encouragement and discipline for the Female Counselors. Manage campers in crisis who need more support than the female counselors can provide. Assist camp in multiple activity areas including the climbing wall, snack shop, games and chapel times. Serve as the MC for chapels and events at camp. Provide biblical leadership for the staff by leading devotions and supporting the Guest Services Director and Media Director in planning offsite events.
Secondary Responsibilities: Lead cleaning crews and dish teams and support camp in the kitchen and maintenance departments.

Head Lifeguard (18 or older)

Reports to: Waterfront Director
Primary Responsibilities: Providing a safe and fun beachfront experience for campers and guests. Ensuring safe operation of the BSC Waterslide. Helping guests with boating and other water activities. Leading the waterfront in the absence of the Waterfront Director.
Secondary Responsibilities: Helping with games and activities outside of the waterfront, serving on dish teams and cleaning areas. Serving as a cabin buddy. Helping with maintenance projects.

Head Cook (18 or older)

Reports to: Food Service Director
Primary Responsibilities: Preparing and serving food. Maintaining a clean and safe work environment. Ensuring that health codes and systems are followed. In the absence of the Food Service Director, serve as the Director of the kitchen.
Secondary Responsibilities: Supporting the program department in activity areas, skits, and games. Serving as a cabin buddy. Helping with cleaning and maintenance projects as needed.

10X Female Counselor (18 or older)

Reports to: Head Female Counselor
Primary Responsibilities: Lead campers through activities, Bible studies, games, and meals. Help to lead activity areas for guest groups, serve on dish teams, and cleaning crews. Keep a safe and fun cabin space for campers to engage in.
Secondary Responsibilities: Support camp in maintenance, kitchen and accommodations areas.

4X Lifeguard

Reports to: Waterfront Director
Primary Responsibilities: Providing a safe and fun beachfront experience for campers and guests. Managing lifeguards, summer staff, and volunteers at the waterfront. Leading rescues and safety drills as well as staff exercises at BSC. Leading a cleaning team on cleaning days. Ensuring safe operation of the BSC Waterslide. Helping guests with boating and other water activities.
Secondary Responsibilities: Helping with games and activities outside of the waterfront, serving on dish teams and cleaning areas. Serving as a cabin buddy. Helping with maintenance projects.

Maintenance Assistant (21 or older)

Reports to: Maintenance Director
Primary Responsibilities: Work on maintenance projects and building maintenance projects as they arise. Operating equipment as needed; tractor, wood chipper, riding lawn mower, weed whip, power drills, rug doctor, floor machine, etc. Must have a valid driver’s license.
Secondary Responsibilities: Assist in accommodations, kitchen and program areas as needed.

8X Male Counselor (18 or older)

Reports to: Head Male Counselor
Primary Responsibilities: Lead campers through activities, Bible studies, games, and meals. In addition help to lead activity areas for guest groups, serve on dish teams, and cleaning crews. Keep a safe and fun cabin space for campers to engage in.
Secondary Responsibilities: Support camp in maintenance, kitchen and accommodations areas.

Media Assistant

Reports to: Media Director
Primary Responsibilities: Taking video and photos of action at BSC. Helping to edit and cut videos. Creating end of the week videos. Uploading pictures, videos and status updates to camp’s social media accounts. Running sound and slides during chapel sessions.
Secondary Responsibilities: Serving on dish teams and cleaning crews. Serving as a cabin buddy.

Waterfront Director - 21 or older

Reports to: Guest Services Director
Primary Responsibilities: Providing a safe and fun beachfront experience for campers and guests. Managing lifeguards, summer staff, and volunteers at the waterfront. Leading rescues and safety drills as well as staff exercises at BSC. Leading a cleaning team on cleaning days. Ensuring safe operation of the BSC Waterslide. Helping guests with boating and other water activities. Deal with issues as a member of the leadership team.
Secondary Responsibilities: Helping with games and activities outside of the waterfront, serving on dish teams and cleaning areas. Serving as a cabin buddy. Helping with maintenance projects.

Benefits

Core Counselors – $220/week
Program Staff – $200/week
Returning staff – $10 more per summer served (max salary of $250)

  • A staff shirt + staff sweatshirt are provided
  • Accidental Insurance is provided
  • Room and Board for the duration of your summer at BSC is provided

The Nyack College Scholarship is $1200 and the scholarship is no longer subject to grant/scholarship caps. Please contact the Nyack College office for further details and conditions.

Crown College students receive a scholarship of $250 for the fall semester and $250 for the spring semester following their time at Big Sandy Camp. This is matched by both Crown College and the North Central District of the C&MA. For more regarding the Crown College Scholarship, contact Robert Snow at robert@bigsandycamp.com