Staff Training & FAQ
|Position||Arrival / Check-In||Training Dates|
|Summer Leadership Staff||Mon, May 28||Mon, May 28 - Sat, June 3|
|Waterfront Staff||Thurs, May 31||Fri, June 1 - Sat, June 3|
|Horseback Riding Staff||Fri, June 1||Sat, June 2 - Sun, June 3|
|Camping & Climbing Crew||Fri, June 1||Sat, June 2 - Sun, June 3|
|All Staff Training Week||Sun, June 3||Sun, June 3 - Sat, June 9|
|Service & Leadership Corps One||Fri, June 8||Fri, June 8 - Sat, June 9|
|Day Camp Staff||Wed, June 20||Thurs, June 21 - Sat, June 23|
|Service & Leadership Corps Two||Fri, July 31||Fri, July 13 - Sat, July 14|
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 begin training 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.
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, Camping & Climbing Crew, Skills Staff, Horseback Riding Staff, etc.) to have focused training in their area of work. Our staff receive 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.
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.
*Camp Rockmont will reimburse the cost of an American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED course up to $250 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 an American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate. 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.
Here are some answers to a few frequently asked questions until we can talk further:
Can I bring my dog, cat, or pet iguana?
The camp cannot accommodate additional pets, so you will need to make other arrangements for yours. You will be met by a wonderful pack of camp dogs that will quickly adopt you as one of their people.
Where do I do laundry?
Residential staff members’ laundry is done weekly by our laundry staff at the camp laundry facilities. If you prefer to do your own laundry, you may visit the local laundromat about 2 miles away on your time off.
Do I need a car?
A personal vehicle is not necessary. Your meals, lodging, laundry, health needs, and fun are all provided here at camp. You can usually get a ride into town with another staff member when you have scheduled time off. Camp is about ten minutes from Black Mountain and twenty minutes from Asheville. If you choose to fly into the Asheville or Greenville-Spartanburg airports, camp will make arrangements to pick you up.
Will I have internet access and cell phone coverage?
Computer and cell phone use is limited to specific times and designated areas. Cell phone coverage is available, but spotty depending upon your provider. Staff usage of these items is a privilege that is not available to campers, so staff must use discretion with them. Additionally, staff members assume all risk associated with bringing expensive items to camp.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
Our chefs are able to accommodate most dietary restrictions. We have a dedicated buffet line for vegetarians. Give us a call and we can discuss.
Can friends or family visit me at camp?
Your friends and family members are welcome to visit you on your days and nights off. All visitors must be checked in at the Round House to receive a visitor pass. You may show them around camp’s public areas, however, we cannot accommodate them for meals or lodging.
What have we not answered?
Let us know as we continually update the Staff FAQs. Of course, you are always welcome to call (828-686-3885) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
How can I make a little more money?
We offer several opportunities for bonuses:
Full Season Bonus Residential
Weekly-salaried staff members who work the Full Season will earn an additional $250 at the end of the summer. Does not apply to first year CCUSA and Camp Leaders staff.
Early Signing Bonus
Returning staff who submit a completed application by November 27 AND return a signed Full Season Contract, postmarked by December 31, 2017, will receive a $150 bonus. US staff will be mailed a check in January 2018. CCUSA and Camp Leaders staff will have their Early Signing Bonus added to their end-of-summer paychecks.
Returning staff will earn an additional $150, paid at the end of the summer, for each new Full Season residential staff member that is hired as a result of your referral. Does not apply for CCUSA or Camp Leaders staff.
What about Certifications?
If you need to get certified as a requirement for your position, you may be eligible to be reimbursed for the cost of the course. Sign up and complete a course on your time and our dime. Camp 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 for applicants that are hired and then need to acquire or renew one of these certifications. 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.
Where will I be living?
Camp living accommodations vary by position but generally are shared living spaces with rustic flair and easy access to bathroom and showers.
Will I have time to work out?
Camp has a fitness trail and plenty of space for running and hiking. Staff will often work out early in the morning or on their scheduled time off. We also hold a mile-swim most sessions as well as a variety of staff-only intramural sports. We have some basic gym equipment, but you have to remember that this ain’t Anytime Fitness.
What’s the training going to be like?
Our staff receives instruction on a variety of topics such as age group characteristics, camp first aid, child protection and safety protocols, addressing homesickness, camper and staff spiritual formation, creative game-leading, and much more. Each staff group will receive job-specific training as well. 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.