staff-2Catholic HEART Workcamp is looking for STAFF MEMBERS who want to be servants by sharing their faith in action even while doing the most mundane tasks. CHWC desires people that have an attitude of whatever needs to be done, I will do. People that are motivated to be on summer staff primary because of a desire to be up front, in the spot light on stage or for financial gain will be better served by staying home.

CHWC seeks staff members to be 21 years or older. If enough 21 year olds do not apply, 20 year olds will be considered for staff positions. People that apply will be notified by letter one way or another. February 1st is the application deadline.

All staff positions will be posted on our website once our decisions have been made.

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  • Benefits of Being on Staffstaffbg3

    Opportunity to be used by God to make a difference in the life of teenagers and adults.

    Opportunity to grow closer to God by sacrificing, serving and giving as you have never have before.

    Opportunity to achieve a close friendship with other staff members.

    Opportunity to travel the country.

    Staff member’s pay begins at $450.00 per camp week and increases with responsibilities. Half of weekly pay is given for “off-weeks.”

    Each staff member receives food money & lodging while driving from camp to camp.

     

     

  • Characteristics of our Staff Membersstaffbg1

    We are looking for staff members that are more driven by a belief in a vision and by being challenged as a servant than by financial compensation. For staff members, this is a 24 hour 7 day a week mission camp experience.

    Person of prayer trying to do Gods will.

    Twenty-one years or older. If enough 21 year olds do not apply, 20 year olds will be considered for staff positions.

    Weekly participation in the Mass and Eucharist

    Has a healthy emotional and spiritual disposition

    Looking for opportunities to grow in his/her Catholic faith

    Fun, pleasant personality and likes to laugh

    Contagious (something about this person is attractive to youth)

    Hard worker without complaining

    Is a positive person that easily encourages, affirms and cares about others, flexible, open, friendly and adaptable

    Can travel long distance, sleep in tight quarters and has the ability to be patient if/when other people are rude, or get on your nerves. (In other words, your head will not explode when encountering people that are obnoxious.)

    Good driving record. No DUIs. A FBI National background check will be done on all applicants.

  • Requirements to be hired as CHWC Staffstaffbg5

    Please provide CHWC with three references. (one must be from their parish priest or youth minister) Give this link http://heartworkcamp.com/ reference to each of the references. They must be completed by your references. All references must be received by February 1st in order for us to process your application.

    Make a video introducing yourself and telling us why you want to be a staff member. Please upload you video to YouTube and attach the link to you application. You can set the privacy setting on YouTube to be private and only CHWC and you can see it. Need help for an idea for your video, here is a couple of examples of videos from past years we liked.

    Give written permission to CHWC to do an FBI National Background Check, this paperwork will be mailed after we receive your application. Catholic HEART Workcamp requires all camp summer staff members to provide personal information, references and a recommendation from their Parish Priest/Youth Minister prior to employment. We also require all summer staff to conform to a FBI National background check. All CHWC Staff will also be trained in the Virtus program "Protecting Gods Children" in order to be in compliance with the U.S. Catholic Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

    Provide your own transportation to and from a specified city (these cities are your starting and ending cities of your four week tour, we provide transportation for you when you are under contract). There are other options than flying: Be creative and plan ahead. Amtrak travels virtually everywhere. Greyhound is not as costly as airfare. Online tickets are usually cheaper.

    Staff members for teams A-Teams are asked to arrive in Orlando 3-4 days before the first day of camp for an orientation meeting and to pack up u-haul. B-Teams will take over for the other teams in a specified city 3-4 days before their first day of camp.

  • Responsibilities of our Staff Membersstaff1

    Each team needs staff members for the following positions:

    1 Team Captain
    2 Tool-supply staff
    1 Media Manager
    1 Media Assistant/Merchandise
    1 Kitchen Manager
    3 Kitchen Staff

    Each team needs staff members for the following positions:

    M.C. for morning/evening activities
    Announcement person
    Person(s) to video tape and take pictures at worksites and during evening activities
    Carpenter Commandos: Staff responsible for ice breakers/skits/games during the evening program.
    Person to oversee setup for Liturgy for opening/closing Masses and assist priest celebrating daily Mass help in any other needed.

  • Staff Behaviorstaffbg2

    “Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer (leader) he desires a noble task. An overseer (leader) must be “above reproach” … I Tim 3:1
    “Above reproach” means to maintain a blameless reputation, without distortion, in regards to our testimony and relationship with God.

    Relating to workcampers of the opposite sex
    Due to the sensitive nature of sexual misconduct in todays climate and out of concern for the safety and privacy interest of all involved we require that all staff members take reasonable caution in relating to the opposite sex. Staff members (especially our college age team) must be very careful when talking with members of the opposite sex. Staff members should never find themselves alone with a camper and especially the opposite sex. Conversations should always take place within the context of a group of people in community. For your own protection, never take someone out of eyesight of other people. Because of the natural attraction to college age people, our male staff members must be especially sensitive and cautious to female teenagers. The Walkers advice is to limit your one on one conversation with members of the opposite sex for the sake of yourself, Catholic Heart Workcamp and others. Extended hugging, touching and flirting is to be avoided at all times. It is easy for young impressionable teenagers to misunderstand staff members gestures of friendship. Grounds for dismissal will be accusations or concerns from a Youth Leader, Workcamp Manager, Team Captain, Director, or Steve and Lisa Walker.

    Staff sleeping quarters
    For the sake of privacy, we are requiring male and female staff members to have their own separate sleeping quarters.
    No smoking on school grounds or in any staff vehicles

    No drinking of alcohol anytime
    ***There is a no-tolerance rule for alcohol/drug use. Before/during/after camp or while traveling from camp to camp.

    No drinking until you are on your way home.

    Staff romance and close friendships
    Being on the road for long periods of time creates opportunities for deep sharing and friendship. As a team you will be in a tight community in which closeness and intimacy with each other may occur. For many staff members, sharing with other staff members is a highlight of their time on tour. Sometimes, though two staff members will “click” and a close bond and friendship develops. Exclusive one on one friendship are to be avoided for the good of the overall team chemistry. Equal amounts of time with each staff member is the “rule of thumb." Also any romance, physical contact or “dating” per say should be avoided. The appropriate time for developing lasting friendships and a dating relationship is after your tour.

    Each staff person is required to attend the staff morning/evening meetings.
    Each staff person will rotate in the “chairing” of the meeting and keeping it on track. This chairperson is also responsible for the opening and closing prayer or selecting someone for it. Meetings are not held on the evening when we are “packing-up” for the next camp.

Summer Team Application Videos

The Summer Team application video should be 3-5 minutes long. It should let us know who you are and why CHWC should hire you for a summer position. You can use YouTube to upload the video. Feel free to be as creative as you want. If you need help with an idea for your staff application video we have displayed some below.
Example 1Example 2Example 3Example 4Example 5

Teams for 2017

  Team 1A Team 2A Team 3 Team 4
June 4-10  Toledo Atlanta
June 11-17 Mishawaka New Orleans Milwaukee VA Beach
June 18-24 Champaign Hardeeville Twin Cities Farmington
June 25 – July 1 Richmond Jacksonville Fremont Plattsburgh
    Team 1B   Team 2B  
July 2-8 Grand Rapids Pensacola Nashville 1 Pittsburgh
July 9-15 St. Louis Melbourne/Cocoa Beach Kansas City Oil City
July 16-22 Chicagoland Nashville 2 Wichita Alexandria
 July 23-29 Huntingburg  Muskegon Springfield Allentown
  Team 5 Team 6 Team 7A  
June 4-10 Memphis Knoxville  
June 11-17 Denver Cincinnati Philly  
June 18-24 OKC Louisville Dover  
June 25 – July 1 Colorado Springs Cumberland Boston  
  Team 7B  
July 2-8 Texas Charlotte Groton
July 9-15 Billings Charleston 1 Hartford
July 16-22  Detroit Lakes Charleston 2 Roanoke
July 23-29 Greensboro North Arlington
  • captTeam Captain

    Responsible for check writing, handling of camp money and credit card.
    Organize the unpacking and packing of the u-haul.
    Make sure someone is designated to clean up the van and U-haul.
    Assist the manager in the office when needed
    Help manager with registration.
    Oversee staff meetings and adult meetings alongside Director.
    Make sure the Liturgy is being taken care of and set up.
    Go to worksites to take pictures when needed.
    Trouble shoot with participating adults that are grumbling or complaining.
    Run errands when needed.
    Be aware of potential problems before they arrive.
    Be an example of someone that "goes the extra mile".
    Make sure the spirit of prayer is present.
    Please see that back stage stays clean and organized (trash, CC games etc).
    Make sure everything is set up for morning program…share/prayer sheets, work reports, first-aid kits, brochures, etc.
    Make sure things are ready for evening program…Carpenter Commandos games, props and microphones for skits, intro to videos and all other papers needed for program.
    Make sure program area is cleaned every evening.

    Responsibilities with staff

    Responsible for check, handling of camp money and credit card on the road to pay for hotel & gas. Save & organize receipts. There will be a file box available for this.
    Oversee staff and make sure all tasks are being done.
    Facilitate sleep in days with staff members. Staff members will get a day to sleep in every other week until noon. This time is meant for sleep and prayer not an opportunity to go to worksites or to the mall. If a vehicle is available, person can go to store for personal items.
    Clarify who is doing “what” and “when” with team. Confirm roles and responsibilities.
    Affirm and recognize team members for their work.
    Address staff member that may be exhibiting low job performance & communicate expectations.
    Help with problems or tension between staff members.
    Give a break to staff members when it seems he/she is tired.
    Be a buffer, go-between and liaison between Manager and Director. If a problem arises with staff, team leader will step in and try to resolve issue.
    Speak with staff person when problem of job performance arises. Approach person in delicate manner and communicate concerns regarding their behavior, effort or attitude as a staff member.
    If a concern is brought up from a staff member regarding the Camp Manager, deal with it appropriately. The team leader should handle the staff concerns and if needed bring it to attention of the Camp Manager and Director
    Help decide with the director to change roles of team members if work is not getting done right, too slow, or not at all.
    You are one of the team members and yet have a separate role. Sometimes you may have to confront or correct another team member and step out of your friendship role with the person. You may have to risk having tension in the relationship.
    Administering discipline when needed and deal with conflict and challenges.
    Keep the big picture in mind.
    Make sure team members feel part of team and clicks are not formed.
    Find solutions to problems. Help facilitate others to engage in brainstorming.
    Build accountability with team members.
    Celebrate differences in team members in order for the team to grow.
    Deal with unmet expectations or frustrations of staff.
    Deal with interpersonal team differences, conflict and "power plays".
    Improve team skills. People are not born knowing how to perform well in a team. Observe team skills that members naturally posses and those that they lack.

  • toolsDay before camp begins....

    Help un-load U-Haul
    Take all Tools to tool supply room
    Lay down tarp or blankets underneath tools, so to not damage the floor
    Organize tools, by grouping all like tools together
    Throw away any damaged or unusable tools
    Make numbers for each team and arrange them on the floor
    Using the work orders, make a pile of tools for each team on the team number
    If any team needs a tool that you dont have, you must go to local hardware store and buy that tool before the first workday

    Orientation day

    Make numbers for each team and arrange them on the floor with tools and supplies needed for their work project
    Be prepared to give talk on safety, painting tips and the session on tool-supply manager

    Before campers leave for Worksites

    Be in tool room before morning program ends
    Hand out tools and ladders when the teams come to get them
    Help teams attach ladders to vans
    Make sure tools and supplies are distributed for each team with their team name # on them

    During the Day

    Be available to drive tools/supplies/ladders out to site as needed by teams
    Travel to worksites that requested a trouble shooter or shared a problem which needed the attention of someone from Workcamp to see
    Travel to worksites to see how groups are doing
    Travel to worksites to give encouragement to participants at worksites
    Be back at the school at 2:00 & be prepared to take each teams work report/supply request form
    Question groups on the progress of the house
    Towards the end of the week make sure all houses get done
    As groups finish move them on to sites that need help
    Make a list of all tools and supplies needed for the next workday
    Check over list of requested supplies/tools with manager and Walkers (if not sure on whether it should be purchased or not. We do not always grant every request)
    Oversee and manage Team Leaders at 6:00 in cleaning up of cafeteria. Have rags and buckets of water available. Make up a poster board with list of team leaders and which night they are to clean up. Post this near cafeteria area. Check in team leaders and the ones which do not show up, give to announcement person, so that he/she can read off the tram numbers that did not show up.

    At Night

    Using the list, give each team the tools they need, with their team # on it
    Purchase tools and supplies requested on work report and supply request form at Home Depot or local hardware store. See Team Captain or Walkers for check.
    Make sure all the teams have what they need before the workday
    Place supplies/tools purchased & distributed for team pick-up in tool room for the next morning with their team # on it

    Final work day

    Be available in tool room to accept the teams returning their supplies and tools
    Organize and clean up tools that are returned and group all like tools together
    Packing up and moving to next camp
    Throw all damaged tools away and do not pack them up and bring them to the next camp
    Pack all tools up in their assigned containers
    Sweep of the tarps and fold them neatly up
    Make sure tool room is left spotless
    Help load up the U-Haul

  • mediaSaturday Before Camp

    Unpack U-Haul
    Set up a “sound table” for the equipment
    Organize mixer, lights, video projector and other equipment
    Set up sound system including; mixer, laptop, CD player, and all microphones
    Change batteries in microphones
    Set up light trees and light board (spot lights, scrim lights & intelligent lights)
    Set up projector
    Tape down all wires
    Oversee construction of Workcamp banners, the projection screen and all other items used on stage
    Make sure there is enough seating in the gym/auditorium to accommodate the campers (10-50 extra)
    Get all cameras ready (batteries charged)

    Morning program

    Make sure program area is clean from night before
    Find someone to video tape morning program
    Prepare media used in the program
    Check all microphones
    Play intro music as campers arrive in area
    Play upbeat music as they leave

    During the Day

    Organize worksites for photography teams (in conjunction with Media Assistant)
    Make sure GPS are ready to go with maps loaded in them
    Make sure 2 or 3 teams go out to take pictures at the worksites
    Take both photos (slide show) and video (summary video) remember close ups are ideal
    Make sure everybody gets on camera at least once during the week
    Collect photos at end of the day and put the on the laptop for slideshow that night
    Be available to play music for the groups practicing skits
    Charge all camera batteries

    Summary Video

    Make a summary video compiling the worksites and the morning and evening programs. It needs to be done for the closing program. The summary video should be between 25-30 minutes.

    Evening program

    Find someone to videotape the evening program
    Prepare all media for the evening program
    Test all microphones with whoever is using them and place them behind stage
    Make sure program area is clean
    Play loud, upbeat music as campers enter
    Control lighting during the program
    Bright lights – upbeat fun and dimmer, softer lights – prayerful and reflective
    Play soft prayerful music as the campers leave
    Clean up program area ( pick up trash and straighten chairs)
    Packing up for Next Camp
    Pack up mixer and other sound equipment
    Oversee take down of signs and projection screen
    Pack up all video equipment in proper containers
    Make sure auditorium is left spotless
    Take batteries out of all microphones
    Take down lights and light tree and pack them away carefully

    Merchandise

    Organize merchandise/find a safe place to store
    Responsible for the CHWC T-shirt for youth groups
    Set-up a merchandise table with material and signs that we have provided
    Keep table free of clutter, food etc.
    Set-up merchandise display
    Handle all money and credit card transactions
    Turn in all money to the Team Captain every evening
    Take inventory on all merchandise for reorder
    Sell merchandise in the afternoon and after program

  • kitchenSaturday before camp

    Unpack and organize kitchen
    Shop at Sams for food and other supplies needed (see shopping list)
    Sysco will deliver food Friday or Saturday, and a second delivery on TUESDAY – please check and count each box – make sure you receive everything on our order form. Label all boxes with what day it will be served. This will help you to know if all food items were shipped.

    BREAKFAST 6:45AM

    6:00AM - Kitchen Manager, CHWC Kitchen Staff, and Assoc. Staff prepare and set-up for breakfast
    Continental breakfast…juice-cereal-muffins-bagels-danish-donuts-fruit-(see menu)
    One or two hot breakfasts, usually Wednesday, if two (Tues & Thurs) (Sysco will deliver) - you will still set-up a continental breakfast
    Have coffee ready the night before; coffee takes about 1 hour to brew Adults come early for coffee (6:30). Purchase a timer, works great!!

    BREAKFAST CLEAN UP

    Left-over food will need to be wrapped and stored properly
    Wipe tables etc.
    Empty trash
    Sweep floors/mop when needed

    DINNER

    1:30 – 2:00: Kitchen Manager, CHWC Kitchen Staff, and Assoc. Staff set-up and prepare dinner (see menu)
    make drinks…keep ice water out at all times
    make sure there is ice water out when campers return from sites at 3:00
    SERVE DINNER (see schedule for time) you will need several people to serve and to be runners
    DINNER CLEAN-UP
    Kitchen Manager, CHWC Kitchen Staff and Assoc. Staff
    left-over food needs to be wrapped and stored properly
    wipe tables etc.
    empty trash
    sweep floors/mop when needed

    END OF CAMP

    Kitchen Manager and CHWC Staff
    donate any left-over food to local agencies…shelters, nursing homes etc.- Please get a receipt for items donated
    take inventory and pack-up
    mark all boxes KITCHEN/DESTINATION
    KITCHEN MUST BE LEFT CLEANER THAN WE FOUND IT MOST SCHOOLS ARE VERY PARTICULAR ABOUT THE KITCHEN…WE DO WANT TO BE INVITED BACK

    The Kitchen Manager, one Kitchen Staff and the Merchandise/Kitchen Assistant must be in the kitchen each morning to prepare breakfast. Two Kitchen Staff will make the Sams run daily, or every other day. The kitchen staff that prepares breakfast does not have to make the Sams run. This will rotate each day so the same people are not getting up each morning or making the Sams run. (The Kitchen Manager will make a daily schedule for the week.) All kitchen staff must help clean up after breakfast. The Sams run will be made after breakfast and when possible the Enterprise truck will be used.

  • kitchenSaturday before camp

    Unpack and organize kitchen
    Shop at Sams for food and other supplies needed (see shopping list)
    Sysco will deliver food Friday or Saturday, and a second delivery on TUESDAY – please check and count each box – make sure you receive everything on our order form. Label all boxes with what day it will be served. This will help you to know if all food items were shipped.

    BREAKFAST 6:45AM

    6:00AM - Kitchen Manager, CHWC Kitchen Staff, and Assoc. Staff prepare and set-up for breakfast
    Continental breakfast…juice-cereal-muffins-bagels-danish-donuts-fruit-(see menu)
    One or two hot breakfasts, usually Wednesday, if two (Tues & Thurs) (Sysco will deliver) - you will still set-up a continental breakfast
    Have coffee ready the night before; coffee takes about 1 hour to brew Adults come early for coffee (6:30). Purchase a timer, works great!!

    BREAKFAST CLEAN UP

    Left-over food will need to be wrapped and stored properly
    Wipe tables etc.
    Empty trash
    Sweep floors/mop when needed

    DINNER

    1:30 – 2:00: Kitchen Manager, CHWC Kitchen Staff, and Assoc. Staff set-up and prepare dinner (see menu)
    make drinks…keep ice water out at all times
    make sure there is ice water out when campers return from sites at 3:00
    SERVE DINNER (see schedule for time) you will need several people to serve and to be runners
    DINNER CLEAN-UP
    Kitchen Manager, CHWC Kitchen Staff and Assoc. Staff
    left-over food needs to be wrapped and stored properly
    wipe tables etc.
    empty trash
    sweep floors/mop when needed

    END OF CAMP

    Kitchen Manager and CHWC Staff
    donate any left-over food to local agencies…shelters, nursing homes etc.- Please get a receipt for items donated
    take inventory and pack-up
    mark all boxes KITCHEN/DESTINATION
    KITCHEN MUST BE LEFT CLEANER THAN WE FOUND IT MOST SCHOOLS ARE VERY PARTICULAR ABOUT THE KITCHEN…WE DO WANT TO BE INVITED BACK

    The Kitchen Manager, one Kitchen Staff and the Merchandise/Kitchen Assistant must be in the kitchen each morning to prepare breakfast. Two Kitchen Staff will make the Sams run daily, or every other day. The kitchen staff that prepares breakfast does not have to make the Sams run. This will rotate each day so the same people are not getting up each morning or making the Sams run. (The Kitchen Manager will make a daily schedule for the week.) All kitchen staff must help clean up after breakfast. The Sams run will be made after breakfast and when possible the Enterprise truck will be used.