for your interest in a summer position at Cactus Day Camp. This will be the hardest job you will ever
love! At Cactus Day Camp, you will
work hard for long hours. The more you put into it the more you will get out.
You will be challenged and expected to take safe risks and push yourself to
do and be your best. The outcome; one
of the greatest experiences of your life!
following information is provided to you as an overview of our staffing
policies, required paperwork and procedures.
If you have any questions, please call 480-836-CAMP (2267).
applicants are required to fill out and submit a staff application. You will receive a response within 10 days
of submitting your application.
Potential staff will be interviewed in person, when possible. Skype and FaceTime interviews can also be
arranged for those applicants away at school.
Interviews are conducted by appointment daily and weekends.
part of the interview process, Cactus Day Camp will conduct criminal
background checks as allowable by law and will conduct a check of the
National Sex Offender Public Website.
All applicants will receive a written response informing them of a
hiring decision within two weeks of an interview (if we have references).
****All contact relative to a
position on our staff should be made directly by the applicant (no parents,
friends, etc.) ****
position is official until your contract is signed by both you and the
director. A contract is only valid
upon completion of the staff training that takes place May 30th though June
expect to have many applicants for the 2017 season and far more than the
number of positions available. We
strive to be as selective as possible as our program is only as good as the
staff we hire no matter how great the facilities and activities. We are looking for people who are
energetic, enthusiastic, mature, creative, flexible, hardworking and willing
to act like a big kid in front of their peers. Most importantly, we are looking for
applicants who will put the campers’ needs before their own.
be sure to review our website and view our promotional video to learn more
about the program.
look forward to receiving your application.
Call if you have questions 480-836-CAMP (2267).
(must be at least 18 with a year of college)
Responsible for the daily care of 8 – 13
campers between the ages of 3 and 12 (campers will be grouped by grade
level). Facilitate the daily
schedule and participate in activities with campers. You will be assisted by one or more of
the following: Tween Assistant, Counselor-In-Training or Junior
Counselor. See website for
(can be Junior Counselor or Counselor age position)
Responsible to instruct activities to different
groups throughout the day. Create
lesson plans and modify them to address different camper ages and
abilities. Work with and get to know
lots of different kids. On Fridays,
work with the Program Director to organize and implement the special event
for the day.
Junior Counselor (JC):
(must be at least 17 by June 1st and entering junior year in
Assist Group Counselors and Activity Leaders
with their daily duties.
(must be at least 18 by June 1st)
are responsible for overall safety in the pool, preventing
accidents and injuries, and treating injuries with first-aid. Strong
swimming skills required for lifeguards/swim instructors.
Safety First! Implement and
maintain the campers policies/rules to ensure the safety of the campers.
Develop a working knowledge of assigned campers including allergies or
Supervise all aspects of the campersÕ day including arrival, meal times,
group activities, and departure.
¥ Oversee a group of campers and attend to their
needs and with the help of the camp director resolve problems.
Work closely with Counselors to organize campers in each session and ensure
participation by all.
Actively participate as a role model in all group activities including
swimming, arts & crafts, sports, dance, drama, music, etc.
Maintain positive, appropriate and safe relationships with campers. Be
respectful of camp management, parents, and other Cactus Day Camp
Be on time, be committed, be involved, and display a positive attitude
Assist in preparation and closing of program each day, as assigned by Camp
Director. This involves cleaning and
moving program equipment and cleaning facilities.
¥ Attend and contribute to staff meetings and
and lead assigned program areas and activities as designated by the Camp
.What do we
look for in our Summer Staff?
A Serious Work Ethic - An unwavering commitment to
providing the best summer possible for Cactus Day Camp Campers.
- Socially able
to work with and support others, while accepting on-going feedback and
evaluation from supervisors.
- Able to
problem solve and make sound decisions.
compassion and understanding with children
- The ability
to think quickly on your feet and improvise.
An optimistic, upbeat outlook with lots of energy and spunk!
with young people - Preferred, but not required.
What will YOU get out the Cactus Day Camp Experience?
Training - This
is the real deal! Getting a group of children to listen to you,
respect you, trust you and believe in you requires skills that we will give
you and coach you along the way. For those of you with teaching
experience, you will use your skills in an environment where the campers
are enthusiastic about being with you
- And not just
with the campers... Lifelong friendships are made each summer with
counselors working alongside each other.
Development Experience - If you ever thought about being a teacher or child-care
professional, you'll find out if you have the patience, personality and
skills for it.
Challenging and Rewarding Summer You'll Never Forget - People's lives change from their
camp experience and you'll be part of the wonderful experience of making a
positive impact on the lives of young people. There's a reason that
people come back to camp summer after summer, and it's not for the money.
Mandatory paid staff training will take place Tuesday,
May 30th through Saturday, June 3rd, 2017.
Training hours are from 8am through 4pm each day. On Saturday, May 30th there will be an Open
House for campers to see the campus and meet the staff.
Attendance is a very important part of the job as you
are an essential part of a team. If
you are not present at camp, our team is incomplete. With that said, 100% attendance is
encouraged and if obtained, you will receive a bonus for your dedication and
This will definitely not be the highest paying job you
will ever have. If money determines what
your job will be this summer, this is probably not it, unfortunately. A
counselor position is an exempt salaried position and is paid out every two
weeks except the first pay check. The
first pay check will be for three weeks; one week of staff training and the
first two weeks of camp.
* First year Counselors and Activity Leaders usually
start at $2,300 for the summer plus an additional $200 for 100%
attendance. Additional salary will be determined based on experience, education
* Junior Counselors usually start at $1,400 for the summer
plus an additional $200 for 100% attendance.
Additional salary will be determined based on
experience, education and certifications.
* Lifeguard/Swim Instructors salaries are based on experience and certifications. Part-time positions may be available.
In addition to a paid salary you
will also receive:
- Daily snacks, lunch on Fridays and two staff shirts
- A consistent schedule; Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm
- Nights and Weekends off
- A paid day off on July 3rd
- Additional pay for optional overnights and/or extended day after
- Possible staff Incentive bonuses
- Community Service hours, if needed
- University Credit if available through your university program
- Gifts from Campers (not guaranteed)
- Babysitting job contacts (not guaranteed)
- Excellent references and reference letters