Staff Training

2018 Staff Training Dates: Sunday, June 3 – Saturday, June 9
Waterfront Staff Training starts Friday, June 1.
Horseback Riding Staff & CCC Staff Trainings start Saturday, June 2.
Day Camp Staff Training Dates: Thursday, June 21 – Saturday, June 23.

Rockmont’s staff is the camp’s most valuable asset, carefully chosen through an in-depth interview process that involves numerous hours of application review, interviewing, checking references, and performing background checks. Working at camp is a call to adventure, one which requires much training and discipline. Therefore we get started with our first conversation – the staff interview – as we challenge our applicants to internalize a true understanding of community life and dialogue about their ability to embrace this call with integrity, patience, perseverance and humility.

Our training for cabin staff includes mandatory participation in online forums throughout the Spring. These allow our staff members to problem-solve common camp scenarios long before they step foot onto the camp property and to interact with one another as they collaborate and share ideas about best practices in camp counseling.

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The entire staff reports to Camp for a week or more of intense Staff Training. This time provides opportunity for each staff group (e.g. Cabin Staff, Waterfront, A-Team, Skills Staff, Horseback Riding Staff, etc.) to have focused training in their area of work. The staff as a whole receives instruction on a variety of topics such as age group characteristics, camp first aid and safety protocols, addressing homesickness, camper and staff spiritual formation, creative game-leading, and much more. Of course, we have a lot of FUN together as well, trying out a number of the camp activities and waterfront toys prior to the campers’ arrival! Each night of staff training concludes with a Vespers service to help us re-center ourselves on the mission and ministry to which God has called us.

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Our approach to staff training is about development of the whole person. Therefore, we encourage our staff members to be self-reflective throughout their term of service, to notice which aspects of community life are challenging and which are life-giving, to develop emotional self-awareness, and to be responsible for their own well-being. We work to cultivate an environment of honest self-evaluation and supportive truth-telling of others. This on-the-job personal learning combined with the continuing education we provide between sessions ensures that staff are steadily growing and approaching their work energized and with fresh ideas.

Waterfront Staff Training

Please review the waterfront skills information from the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Manual to prepare yourself for our training and certification at camp.

Certification Reimbursement

*Camp Rockmont will reimburse the cost of an American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED course up to $250, an Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED course up to $125, a Wilderness First Aid course up to $300, or a professional rescuer level CPR/AED course up to $150 upon completion of a full season contract (June 1, 2018 – August 11, 2018) for applicants that are hired and then need to acquire or renew one of these certifications. This course is done on “your time, our dime!” The reimbursement is for the course cost only and a course receipt must be provided to Camp Rockmont; the reimbursement is not for travel, food, accommodation, or any other expense incurred during the course. Those seeking a Wilderness First Responder certification or other skill-based certifications will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

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