So You Want to Work on Summer Staff…
Amazing! We are excited you want to mentor and make an impact upon the lives of the children and youth that we serve. We don’t believe there is one “right” person to serve on our staff. We need staff with different interests, skills, perspectives, and backgrounds to mentor the wide variety of campers that we serve. If you're wondering whether or not working on staff is right for you, check out what we expect of our summer staff.

Summer Staff Expectations:

  • Respect and love for children and youth. You’ll be spending all day everyday with kids. You will be their mentors, cheerleaders, and advocates every week.
  • A willingness to share your faith and mentor campers. We are a Christian camp, traditionally and theologically Presbyterian, that serves campers of numerous denominational backgrounds. We ask our staff to be open and vulnerable enough to share where they are at in their walk of faith. No faith journey is perfect or complete.
  • An open heart and mind. We serve campers from a wide variety of backgrounds. We ask our staff to be open to learning from one another and the campers they serve.
  • A desire and willingness to learn new skills. Not sure you have the "right skills" for camp? Not a problem. We can teach anyone how to canoe, facilitate low ropes, or lead campfire songs. Skills and leadership are learned.
  • A commitment to teamwork and building a beloved community.

Help us ensure that all of our campers and staff feel the full warmth and sense of belonging that camp has to offer. Join us in creating a camp environment where all of our campers and staff feel welcome and encouraged to be their most authentic selves as children of God.

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Pyoca Camp and Retreat Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Pyoca does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, political beliefs, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, financial status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.

Each summer we ask our staff to work with us in creating a healthy and safe space for all campers, staff, and volunteers. Summer staff are an integral part of ensuring all members of our camp community experience a safe, welcoming, and healthy environment at Pyoca.

This includes fostering the physical, social, emotional, mental, and spiritual health of the entire camp community. Summer staff health and safety training includes, but is not limited to:

  • Camp policies and procedures.
  • First Aid/CPR/AED training through the American Red Cross.
  • MESH training (mental, emotional, and social health).
  • Inclusivity and anti-racism training.
  • Adventure course facilitation (high ropes, climbing tower, low ropes).
  • Waterfront training (safe swimming, boating, and fishing).
  • Bible study facilitation.
  • And more.

Since January we have been monitoring the COVID-19 numbers in our area. As conditions improve, we have shifted our prior expectation for staff to stay on-site all summer. Staff who are vaccinated will be able to go off-site on weekends.

We are excited and hopeful since Indiana has recently made vaccinations available to all people ages 16+. We are highly encouraging all of our staff to get vaccinated as soon as they are able, if they choose to do so.

Similar to our campers, staff will be cohorting throughout training. All staff will come on-site two weeks before the first campers arrive to quarantine and participate in staff training together. Staff will be asked to wear masks, lead daily health screenings, and model safe social distancing while at camp.

Staff are expected to take two hours off each day and will have a minimum of 24 hours off each weekend. Program staff will provide on-site weekend activities for summer staff to opt into if they so choose.

Summer staff training will begin Monday, May 24th. The last day of the camp season is Monday, July 26th.

Lifeguard Certification: All staff have the opportunity to receive lifeguard certification through the American Red Cross during staff training. Lifeguard training and certification is led by Executive Director Mike Davis.

Lifeguard training will be held May 19th - 21st at Pyoca.

High Ropes Facilitation: All summer staff are trained in basic adventure course facilitation and safety. Interested in becoming a lead high ropes facilitator? Join Executive Director Mike Davis for lead facilitator training, held prior to staff training.

High Ropes Facilitator training will be held either Friday, May 14th or Tuesday, May 18th, depending on staff availability.

Each summer we hire a wide variety of positions, including: Resident Camp Counselors, Kitchen Assistants, Lifeguards, a Media and Craft Coordinator, a Healthcare Supervisor, Elementary and Jr. High Unit Coordinators, and Chaplain. For more information on positions, click here.

We deeply value the service and hard work of our staff, and recognize the high expectations and demands of working on a camp staff. In 2019 we made the decision to nearly double our summer staff salaries to ensure that our staff are compensated in a manner which fully reflects the level of hard work and dedication they give throughout a summer season.

Staff salaries range from $300 - $410 per week and are posted alongside each position. Staff are paid for their two weeks of training prior to campers arriving.

We thank the Crossways Youth Endowment of Orchard Park Presbyterian Church for their financial support and grant funding that allowed us to make this pay increase possible.

The personal, spiritual, and professional development of our summer staff is just as critical to our mission as the care and nurture of our campers. Over the summer staff are expected to set S.M.A.R.T. goals and will meet with our Program Director Molly once a week for a general check-in and to follow-up on the progress of their goals. Staff are then evaluated at the end of the summer based on their overall performance and ability to meet these goals.

Love camp, but aren't sure if it fits in with your long-term career goals or internship requirements? We'd love to chat about how to make camp a continued part of your professional development. We have worked with staff members to develop internships in healthcare, photojournalism, education, outdoor recreation, and more. Send us an email and let's chat to see if an internship at camp is right for you this summer.

For questions related to working on summer staff, please contact Program Director Rev. Molly DeWitt at molly@pyoca.org.