The Salvation Army

  • Relief Counselor (Seasonal)

    Job Locations US-NJ-Bloomingdale
    Job ID
    Temporary Full-Time
  • Responsibilities

    • Involvement in the total camp programs with responsibility to help in all areas as needed, including areas such as waterfront, dining room, campfire programs, children with behavior problems, etc.
    • Attend and participate in staff meetings.
    • Promote observance of the spiritual emphasis programs and of the moral and ethical code affecting campers and staff.
    • Responsible for sharing with the Camp Director all matters of mutual concern relating to the total welfare of the camp.
    • Display creativity and innovation in programming.
    • Responsible to observe set curfew.
    • Assist in the direction, supervision, and organization of campers in assigned living unit, within activities and throughout the camp in order to meet the intended camper outcomes.
    • Apply basic youth development principles in working campers through communication, relationship development, respect for diversity, involvement and empowerment of youth.
    • Help to ensure campers are properly supervised at all times.
    • Be aware of, and implement, safety guidelines.
    • Participate in implementation of program activities for campers within the Star Lake mission and outcomes
    • Responsible for assisting teaching of activities,
    • Actively participate in all programs areas as assigned.
    • Support the progression of activities within the framework of individual and group interests and abilities.
    • Assist in any program areas as needed (Cool Clubs, Play Labs, EP’s etc.).
    • Maintain high standards of health and safety in all activities for campers and staff.
    • Support Counselors in providing the daily care for each camper within your supervision including recognition of personal health needs.
    • Be alert to camper needs and discuss any problems with Head Counselor.
    • Be alert to equipment and facilities to ensure proper use, care, and maintenance is adhered to; report repairs needed promptly to Head Counselor.
    • Be a positive role model for campers and staff.
    • Ensure positive attitude, behavior and interaction with campers and staff at all times.
    • Follow and uphold all safety and security rules and procedures.
    • Set a good example to campers and others with regard to general camp procedures and practices including sanitation and sportsmanship.
    • Participate in general planning and implementation of the total camp program, including evening programs and special days as scheduled by the Program Director or Head Counselor.
    • Sit with campers at meals, as assigned.
    • Assume night duty on a revolving basis, as assigned.
    • Offer assistance and support to all program areas as assigned.
    • Assist Program Director and in planning and preparation for total –camp activities.
    • Assist with preparation of tabernacle and other buildings for opening and closing days, Sundays,
    • and other special programs. Preparation includes cleaning, moving chairs, sweeping, moping and
    • vacuuming.
    • Sit at camper overflow tables or monitor bathrooms in the dining hall as assigned on a rotating
    • basis.
    • Assist with the registration and departure of campers.
    • Take part in evening programs as assigned by Program Director
    • Arrive at least ten minutes early to scheduled activity periods, evening programs, evening
    • recreation, meetings, etc., to assist or lead in set-up or preparation of programs.
    • Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings.
    • Clean living area daily.
    • Work as a team player.
    • Committed to the development of campers spiritually, physically, educationally, emotionally,
    • and socially
    • Willing to work with all staff members regardless of their positions.
    • Maintain a high level of interaction with campers and staff.
    • Be a constructive member of the staff contributing in every way possible to the health, harmony,
    • and happiness of the Star Lake Camp family.
    • Pray that each camper comes to know Christ as Savior.
    • Attend weekly staff Bible studies. These take place one evening per session.
    • Attend Sunday morning staff worship.
    • Voice criticisms to the Camp Director first.
    • Be in accord with camp aims and policies, being loyal to camp at all times.
    • Assist where needed for the benefit of the campers and the smooth operation of the camp.
    • Respond positively to the direction of the Program Director when he/she makes schedule changes.
    • Ability to participate fully in the total camp program*.
    • Ability to communicate and work with groups of various ages and skills levels, and provide
    • necessary instruction to campers and/or staff. 
    • Physical ability to respond appropriately and quickly to situations requiring first aid.
    • Cognitive and communicative abilities to plan and conduct activities that achieve camper
    • development objectives.
    • Ability to identify and respond to hazards. Must be able to assist campers in emergency (fire,
    • evacuation, illness, or injury).
    • Respond immediately to assigned area in the event of a missing camper alarm.


    • A personal relationship with Jesus Christ and a desire to share your faith with others
    • Desire and ability to work with children outdoors
    • Ability to relate to one’s peer  group
    • Ability to assist in teaching an activity
    • Good character, integrity, and adaptability
    • Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control
    • High school graduate and/or one year experience working with children, counselor-in-training course, group leadership course, experience as youth leader preferred
    • New Jersey Working Papers, if age 17 (with the Camp’s assistance)


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