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  Summer Staff
Summer Staff is an intensive leadership development program. Every summer Camp John Hope FFA-FCCLA Center accepts college students to intern as Summer Staff. {Check with your degree program about getting internship credit!}

Who is eligible for Summer Staff?      

We are looking for college students with the following characteristics:

  • Must be one year out of high school when the summer begins. In other words, if you graduated from high school in May 2018 or earlier, you will be eligible for Summer 2019.
  • Must enjoy working with youth and want to see lives changed. That is why this camp exists, so this must be the most important motivation for any staff member.
  • Must have an outstanding work ethic. The job is very demanding, so we do not tolerate any laziness.
  • Must exhibit high moral character and must be a positive role model for campers. Staff are required to be someone that campers can look up to. 
  • Must thrive in a team atmosphere. Staff will be in a high-stress environment with other college students. Teamwork is critical.
  • Must have the maturity to handle the responsibility and stress of camp life. We have a massive responsiblity with being entrusted with these youth.
  • Must have a positive and upbeat attitude. Camp life is hard, so a positive attitude is a vital to the success of the team.
  • Must want to grow and be stretched. We not only invest in the campers, but we invest in the staff. You will be challenged to grow.

What does the Summer Staff do?      
The primary job of the staff is to serve the campers and to set an example for them in every way. The goals of the staff program are:
  1. To provide a safe and enjoyable environment for campers
  2. To provide positive role models for campers
  3. To provide an intensive program for the Summer Staff to grow and develop critical skills for success.
Staff are responsible for overseeing recreational areas, conducting programs, and preparing the facility for campers.

Salary and Experience      

The starting salary for first year staff who complete Staff Training is $320 per week. This is for a week - Sunday afternoon through Friday afternoon. Staff lodging and meals during the week are provided. Staff will go home on most weekends. There are many weekends that we have campers, and we will ask some staff to stay. Please plan to work at least one weekend during the summer. Salary is pro-rated for the weekends. 

No experience is necessary to be on staff. We do give first preference to those with FFA or FCCLA background.

Facility Information      
Camp John Hope FFA-FCCLA Center is a year-round camp facility in Fort Valley, GA.  Our primary purpose is to provide services and programs for FFA and FCCLA students in Georgia. We also rent facilities to educational organizations such as YMCA, Boy Scouts, and church ministries. Our facility has meeting rooms, food service, lodging, and recreation. Visit the facility website at for more information.

Staff Training and Orientation      
Staff Training is the first week, and it is held in Covington, GA at The Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center.  Staff will select one of the two training courses. Staff are not paid during Staff Training week, but your training, meals, and lodging are paid for. You must complete the training course in order to receive the full salary. First Aid and CPR training is included in all courses. Staff will choose one of the following classes: 
  • Lifeguard: Staff will have the opportunity to become a certified lifeguard.
  • Low Ropes Instructor: Staff will be trained as an instructor on the Center's Low Ropes Course.

Staff Orientation is the second week but is the first paid week. This is a week that we spend preparing the camp facility and the staff for the weeks ahead. We work on program aspects and develop the staff team dynamic. We also cut grass, clean cabins, prepare recreation areas, and whatever is necessary to get ready for the summer camps.

Why work here?      

Anyone interested in being on Summer Staff must understand that this is a very challenging job!

  1. Staff work long hours! They work from around 7:30 AM until around midnight. The weeks are long (Sunday afternoon through Friday afternoon.) You will be exhausted, but you have to give 100% at all times for the campers, and that is tough!
  2. Staff work hard! We do whatever it takes to make the camp enjoyable for the campers. That includes lots of manual labor. It requires a great work ethic, so lazy people need not apply!
  3. The salary does not match up to how many hours and how hard you work! Don't come here for the money!
  4. The rules are strict, and we have high expectations! We have a very strict set of policies that the staff must follow for the protection of the campers. We do not permit dating other staff, alcohol, drugs, inappropriate language, or any inappropriate behavior. We do not permit unprofessional appearances. Staff are expected to be outstanding role models at all times. Everything you do during the summer is our business (including weekends), because it impacts the campers we serve.
  5. You can't escape one another! Our staff members spend a lot of time together. If someone gets on your nerves, you have to be able to work with them. We serve the campers no matter what.

So why join the Summer Staff?

  1. It is a great learning experience! You will learn to work on a team, learn more about yourself, and you will be challenged in new ways. We will invest in you heavily because we want to make you more successful in whatever career you choose. Our goal is to see significant growth in you during the summer.
  2. It is fun! From activities like the blob, slip and slide, and ropes course, you will have the opportunity for new and exciting experiences!
  3. You get to invest in youth! If you have a heart for youth, you will have great opportunities to be a role model for them. Our purpose is to help develop character in young people, and you can play an integral role in that.
  4. It is an excellent experience for those wanting to teach or work with youth as a career!
  5. You might be able to use it for college internship credit! Check with your program advisor to see if this experience qualifies as an internship for your major.
  6. You can save money because room and board is free!
  7. You will be working with other college students with whom you have the opportunity to build lasting friendships!
  8. To steal a line from the Peace Corps, it is the toughest job you will ever love!

Ready to Apply      

  2018 Dates

We recommend you apply during these months.

March 9:

March 11:
Hiring decision made

April 4-5:
Optional SLC program planning weekend.  This is not mandatory but is strongly recommended.  We will plan the programs for Summer Leadership Camp, including skits, assembly challenges, reflections, etc.  

May 5-10:
Staff Training (mandatory) 

May 12-17:
Staff Orientation (mandatory)

May 20:
Summer Leadership Camp Begins

June 7 - July 26: 
Rental groups, COLT

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