Thank you so much for inquiring about being a summer staff member at Little Eden Camp. We are already making plans for the 2021 summer and are looking forward to learning more about those interested in working here. As you scroll below, you will find several pieces of information:
2021 Summer Calendar & Staff Needed—This describes the summer schedule and how many staff are needed for what terms.
Summer Staff Responsibilities & Positions—As primarily a family camp facility, our summer staff’s responsibilities for the majority of the summer look very different than most camps where staff work all but one hour of every day. And although our staff members have nice amounts of time off, there are very specific responsibilities included in your weekly pay, beyond the basic shifts found on the schedules. We want everyone applying to understand what responsibilities you are accepting as a part of your duties. So please read it carefully. This section also describes the positions available for which you can apply.
2021 Summer Staff Application—Fill out all sections of this completely if you wish to be considered for a position at camp. Please note that you cannot save your information once you start. There are a few long answer questions that you might want to think through and/or write out before you begin.
Reference Form—New applicants, please email the form or give a copy of the form to each of the people listed on your application right away. Here is thelink to the reference form. Consider enclosing an envelope with camp’s address and a stamp on it to make it easier for your references to return it to us. Returning staff, see the information below to determine if you need to send these out.
Little Eden Scholarship Fund Policy—Little Eden is blessed with a very unique program funded solely through the generosity of the families you serve which allows Little Eden to give scholarships to eligible summer staff. Attached are the guidelines for granting scholarships. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
A couple things to know before filling out your application:
Returning Staff: Please return applications by January 1. Returning staff should list references on the application but don’t need to send reference forms unless you didn’t work at Little Eden last summer.
New Staff: We will begin interviewing in February (once we have received all your reference forms) and begin contracting staff soon after that. We will leave the process open until all positions are filled. We encourage you to get your application and references in promptly to guarantee we consider you for the summer.
Little Eden’s Pay Scale:
Base pay of $140.00 per week, plus free room and board, use of camp boats, bikes, and more (counselors volunteering during youth camp weeks only will receive $140 gratuity per week).
Returning summer staff receive an additional $10.00 per week, for each year returning.
Craft Director receives an additional $10.00 per week.
College Scholarships of 50% to 125% of gross summer wages are available to those who work at least 30 days and meet the Scholarship Fund criteria.
Thanks for taking time to consider working at Little Eden Camp. Before beginning the process of filling out the paperwork, we ask that you pray about your plans for next summer, seeking God’s guidance.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-889-4294.
Wayne A. Faber Executive Director and KJ Oom Operations Director
Summer Schedule 2021
Pre-Orientation: May 3 One maintenance/general staff starts May 17 One maintenance and Craft Director staff start May 20 One office & 1 kitchen staff start
Early Camps/Youth Camps: June 12-19 Pre-Family 1 Week June 13-18 Junior High Youth Camp (additional youth camp staff) June 19-26 Pre-Family 2 Week June 20-25 Boys/Girls Camp & High School Camp (additional youth camp staff)
Family Camps: June 26-July 3 Genesis Week July 3-10 First Family Week July 10-17 Christian Fellowship Week July 17-24 Home Builders Week July 24-31 Christian Business & Professional Week July 31-August 7 Second Family Week August 7-14 Farmers Week August 14-21 Rest & Relaxation 1 (R&R 1) Week (15 Staff) August 21-28 Rest & Relaxation 2 (R&R 2) Week (8 Staff)
Specialty Camps: August 28-Sept 4 Lifetime Activities Week (3-4 Staff/Volunteers) September 4-11 Golf & Fellowship Week (3-4 Staff/Volunteers) September 12-17 Quilt Week (3-4 Staff/Volunteers)
Summer Staff Responsibilities & Position Summaries
Summer Staff Responsibilities: (excluding pre-summer, orientation and youth camp weeks)
Six shifts on the schedule: These shifts will be listed as 7 1/4 hour shifts (excluding meals & devotions) during family camps and 7 1/2 hour shifts during youth camps, but please realize that if the work isn’t done at the end of the shift, that we work until the work is done. If it is done by the end of your shift, you will get out as scheduled, but if it isn’t complete, you will need to stay until you are done. We truly try to honor the times on the schedule as much as possible, but our guests’ needs always come first and occasionally more time is needed. Some shifts will be straight shifts and some will be split shifts. Everyone works Saturday, which is turn-over day at camp. Typically your day off will be the same day each week, once we reach family camps. Currently with Covid restrictions Snack Shop is included as part of your shift.
Sunday Worship: All staff participate in Sunday morning worship. For some, that will mean leading worship on the praise team, which will require Saturday evening rehearsals. For some, it will be leading or assisting with Children in Worship, taking the offering, doing the PowerPoint, etc.
Staff Devotions: All staff attend devotions (Monday—Saturday) except on their day off.
Evening Staff Outing: During family camps, summer and year round staff have an evening where we do things as a whole team to build community and enjoy time together. In the past we have played mini golf, grilled and enjoyed the beach at camp and even went for a tug boat ride. Often these evenings include ice cream or some other yummy dessert! And camp picks up the tab for these evenings so there’s no cost to you.
Thursday Night Volleyball: A Thursday Night tradition at Little Eden includes the winning volleyball team of the week plays the Little Eden summer staff team, which includes all staff members. This game happens around 7:15 p.m. If you win, Wayne and Lynda will personally buy you ice cream.
Please note, currently Covid-19 restrictions are still in place at Little Eden. Some of the staff responsibilities may be adjusted if restrictions are lifted or changed. We will make you aware of any changes that we need to make.
Primary Positions: Crafts Director: Responsible for running the craft shop Monday through Friday, determining crafts for the summer, inventorying, ordering and re-ordering supplies as needed, keeping shelves and craft hall orderly and clean, including webstering (inside), sweeping, washing down tables/benches, ping pong tables, etc. This person ideally should be available to work from the Tuesday prior to Memorial Day weekend through R&R 2.
Cook/Kitchen Staff: Primary responsibility is in the kitchen. Prepare food for meals, restock and clean the buffet line, and put away food after meal time. Ensure Servsafe and Health Department rules (taught in training) are being followed at all times. Includes cleaning in the kitchen.
General Staff: Duties include a variety of activities including dishes in the kitchen, washing and prepping outdoor tables, cleaning the chapel, hallways, dining room, restrooms, blowing walkways, webstering, washing windows, etc. Ensure Servsafe and Health Department rules (taught in training) are being followed in the dish room/kitchen at all times. Secondary responsibilities can be added if you have a specialty area of interest/gifts.
Office Staff: Answer guests’ questions in the office, input camper data into the Little Eden program, assist with check-out on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, do PowerPoint Shows for weeks of camp and for Sunday worship, and other office tasks as asked/assigned. Must be good at math.
Maintenance/Grounds Staff: Assist Grounds & Facilities Manager with work orders, mowing, weed-whipping, cleaning marina, emptying garbage and maintaining the grounds of Little Eden Camp. We need one person available early May and another available mid-May.
Secondary Positions: Staff members may hold these positions in addition to their primary positions. Unless noted, these positions are included in your regular work hours. See each listing for pairing of positions.
Flower Care: Along with being a general staff member, water, deadhead, weed and fertilize flowers around campus two to four times a week. Experience with flowers and/or gardens preferred. Craft Shop Helper: Along with being a general staff member, assist anywhere from one to five days a week in the craft hall, as needed (based on number of campers and activities happening). Fill in for Crafts Director on lunch break.
Laundry Care: Along with being a general staff member, assist with turnover laundry on Friday, Saturday and Monday. Also wash, dry, fold and put away daily kitchen laundry, as needed.
Meal Check-In: Along with being a general staff member, check campers in for meals. This person should be outgoing, congenial, good at greeting people, remembering names, not easily flustered, and comfortable with asking people questions.
Grilling: Along with being a general staff member and/or maintenances staff, grill hamburgers and brats or chicken on Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons.
Praise Team: Along with other responsibilities, be a part of the Praise Team for Sunday worship. This involves practice outside of regular shift hours to be ready for Sunday services.
Children’s Church Worship Leader/Helper: Along with other responsibilities, prepare lessons and lead/help children in worship and activities during the sermon time of Sunday worship. Again, preparation is outside of regular shift hours.
Youth Camp Positions: Camp Counselor: Lead campers through daily activities and schedules. Live in cabins and supervise campers 24/7. Ensure safety of campers at all times.
Lifeguard: Must be certified for Open Waterfront.
Little Eden Camp Scholarship Fund Policy
It has always been the desire of Little Eden Camp to hire quality employees at reasonable wages supplemented by room and board. Over the years, it became apparent that additional funding to offset skyrocketing college expenses was attractive to prospective staff. Therefore, in 1992, a formal policy was established by the Board of Directors for accepting and distributing money for the Little Eden Scholarship Fund. This policy was edited in December 2005, in 2008, and again in 2016 to reflect the camp’s current needs. The following guidelines have been established to maintain consistent and impartial application of these funds.
1) Money for the Scholarship Fund is obtained from the following sources:
Donations to Little Eden Camp designated for the College Scholarship Fund.
Contributions from the offering taken during the Sunday morning worship service at camp.
2) To benefit from the Scholarship Fund, one of the following criteria must be met:
Employed at Little Eden as full time summer staff for a minimum of 30 days and must be enrolled in college or a similar program (trade school) sometime during the next nine months following their employment.
Employed at Little Eden as full time summer staff for a minimum of 30 days, or employed at Little Eden on a VS term (minimum of one year), and upon the termination of this employment is not enrolled in college, but has college debt owed to a financial institution.
Employed at Little Eden as full time year-round staff and upon termination of this employment, immediately enters or returns to college, graduate school, seminary, or other similar program.
3) If scholarship funds are available, they will be distributed as follows:
Each eligible partial year summer staff employed more than 30 days but less than ten weeks (61 days) will receive a scholarship equal to 50% scholarship of their gross summer wage.
Each eligible summer staff employed for the full summer and staying through at least the second Saturday of Farmer’s Week or more than 10 weeks (60 days) will receive a scholarship equal to a 100% of their gross summer wage.
Each eligible summer staff employed for the full summer and staying at least through the second Saturday of R & R 1 (or later) or more than 67 days will receive an additional bonus scholarship of 25% above and beyond the 100% scholarship of their gross summer wage (up to a maximum of 20 weeks).
Full time year-round staff/each eligible individual will receive the maximum (20 weeks) that a summer staff employee could receive (at the current base weekly rate) for each year of employment at Little Eden.
4) Staff training/staff orientation will count toward the 30 days needed to become eligible for matching funds. Summer staff is expected to work six days a week – days off or away from camp will not count toward eligibility. 5) If money is not available to allocate as outlined above, then the available fund will be distributed to all eligible recipients on a pro-rated basis with the same guidelines as outlined above. For example, if only 80% of the money needed is available, then each would receive 80% of their total allocation. Please note: To date this has never happened. Full funding has thankfully always been received due to the generosity of Little Eden families. 6) All distribution checks will be payable to the institution the recipient will be attending or to the institution securing the recipients college debt. 7) The total amount sent to any institution for any individual may not exceed the expenses that will be incurred by that individual at that institution. 8) All employees interested in benefiting from the Scholarship Fund must apply in writing. Applications will be made available. 9) Any allocations given out from the Scholarship Fund in unusual circumstances not covered in this policy must be approved by the Board of Directors.