Welcome to our Camp Counselor Hub. This will be your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about being a Summer Camp Counselor. Check out important information, review training materials, and access additional resources.
Session #1: July 8th – 12th, 2023
Middle School Camp
Session #2: July 12th – 16th, 2023
High School Camp
Forest Home Christian Camps
40000 Valley of the Falls Dr.
Forest Falls, CA 92339
Departure and Arrival Info:
Specific details to come
Become a Counselor
It takes an army to make Summer Camp the best week of the year! We would love to have YOU be a part of this amazing week! Below are the requirements to apply to be a Camp Counselor and the links to apply.
*Counselors for Kids Camps (3rd-6th Grade) have to be 16 years old by June 1, 2023
*Counselors for Youth Camps (7th-12th Grade) have to be 18 years old by June 1, 2023
***If you have an interest in serving for both weeks, please email us at email@example.com and let us know! ***
COMPLETED TRAININGS BEFORE CAMP COUNSELOR ACCEPTANCE
Complete a Live Scan Background Check (If you have not been live scanned please reach out to your kids or youth lead to schedule one at your campus or you can email us firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
Complete Safety Training (When you sign in, please select “Volunteers Training.” After you finish your Safety Training, please upload your certificate of completion to this portal).
MANDATORY CAMP COUNSELOR TRAINING
Join us for a FUN mandatory Camp Counselor Training on Saturday, June 24, 2023, from 9am – 12pm! Lunch will be provided. Training will be held in-person at Sandals Church Hunter Park (150 Palmyrita Avenue, Riverside, CA 92507), Fresno/Santa Rosa In Person Training will take place at the same time but on their campus.
If you cannot attend on June 24th, please contact email@example.com for alternative arrangements.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO BEFORE TRAINING?
After applying, you should receive an email that talks about next steps. Below are the mandatory steps that you’ll need to take by June 10, 2023.
- Complete Soul Care Training. Learn how to best support our students through this course that walks through gaining perspective, praying with God, and listening to others. (When enrolling, please select “Camp Counselor Soul Care Training.”)
If you have previously completed Soul Care through Sandals Church, then you will not need to take this course. Please submit the form HERE to let us know with an approximate date.
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Yes, you will receive an email confirmation after you complete your application. Please note that this does not mean you’re an approved counselor. If you are approved, you’ll receive a second email with more information.
If you have concerns please reach out to your kids or youth leads to make sure they approved you as a counselor.
Yes, all counselors will need to complete a Live Scan background check before June 24, 2023. You can reach out to your Kids or Youth Lead to schedule an appointment at your local campus or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment at Hunter Park.
Yes, we are going to offer mandatory Camp Counselor Training on Saturday, June 24, 2023, from 9am-12pm at Sandals Church Hunter Park. If you are from our Fresno/Santa Rosa Campus, we will also offer a LIVE virtual option for you.
Prior to June 24, 2023, we’re also asking all of our Camp Counselors to complete Soul Care Training and Safety Training. These trainings will be offered virtually and are self-paced. Please see the training section above.
Although it’s completely mandatory, we do make exceptions for extraordinary circumstances. Please email us at email@example.com letting us know you won’t be in attendance, so we can make sure we provide an opportunity for you to be trained at a later date.
Yes, it takes an army to make camp happen and we have plenty of opportunities to serve before and a few days during the week of camp. Please sign up for the camp team by clicking here (insert link to Move.sc/campteam).
You will find out your rec color at our Camp Counselor Training.
For Kids Camp, everyone will have a co-leader. We aim to have 2 adults for every 8 campers.
For Youth Camp, it depends on the cabin size. Most groups will have two counselors!
For Youth Camp, if you serve on a Wednesday night, you will most likely be placed with your Youth Community Group students. Sometimes we do have to place counselors with other groups, but will try to do our best to accommodate everyone’s requests.
For both Kids and Youth Camp, campers will find out your official cabin assignment on Departure Day.
For Kids Camp, we typically only place parents with children under special circumstances.
For the safety of all campers, Forest Home DOES NOT allow visits by anyone other than Church Staff during camp. Early arrival or pick-up of campers by parents is permitted in certain cases, and they must be arranged in advance with Church and Camp Staff.
Please refer to our packing list for what we recommend that you bring, as well as which items you should not.
Yes, but Forest Home is COMPLETELY CASHLESS! We recommend debit and credit cards OR you can buy your electronic Gift Cards registered under your phone number here: https://www.foresthome.org/about/storecard/
Due to the limited number of available parking spots, we ask that you do not drive up to Camp. Instead, you’ll come up with our campers on buses.
Yes, there is always a full-time nurse on duty at camp.
If you’d like to contact the Camp Team, email firstname.lastname@example.org.