Summer Staff Qualifications and Information
I. Jobs Available
All staff positions presently available at SMCC are summer positions. They extend from the beginning of June through the end of July. Specific job descriptions are included later in this document.
II. General Requirements
A. You must be a genuine follower of Jesus Christ.
All our summer weeks seek to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). We help people become disciples of Jesus Christ (also see Acts 2:38) and teach baptized believers to walk in daily fellowship and obedience. All our staff members must be enthusiastic examples of true biblical discipleship in word and in deed.
B. You must have a passion for serving others.
We are looking for Staff members with Godly character and integrity who can accept responsibility and be trusted to perform any job given to them to the best of their abilities. We expect our staff to be proactive and flexible and to maintain a great attitude, every single day. As staff, our purpose is to serve the campers and faculty; we want people who enjoy this.
C. You must demonstrate genuine respect for authority.
We need staff members who respect the camp administration and follow the rules and policies that are set in place. Our staff must consistently follow instructions, be great team players, and set a great example of this kind of conduct and integrity for the campers and faculty, every single week.
D. You must exhibit maturity in your faith and as a young adult.
As most of our campers will be in high school or younger, our policy is to hire students who have completed high school and are at least 18 years old. We need people on staff who are more mature than the majority of students who will be here both in age and in conduct.
III. Further Information for Summer Workers
A. Mission Statement
Smoky Mountain Christian Camp exists to glorify God and to advance His kingdom by providing churches, missions organizations, and other individuals and groups with a high quality venue for summer camp programs, spiritual retreats, worship services, meetings and other team building events. Put simply: we provide a great place for God to do amazing things.
The heart of our mission statement is an attitude of service. We serve the campers and guests we host out of reverence for God Himself. As a summer staffer, you will partner with us as we seek to minister to everyone who uses this facility. We will expect that your personal use of time, strength, and creativity be grounded in this principle for as long as you serve alongside us.
B. Additional Qualifications
While we will try to help you find and focus your gifts, we expect each of our staff to serve in whatever ways are most needed at any given time. While we will mentor, train, and encourage you, we also expect you to take responsibility for your own spiritual growth and personal pursuit of God. You must consistently put the needs of the campers, faculty leaders, and the camp staff as a whole ahead of your personal desires while you work here. This includes waiting to pursue romantic relationships with other staff members until after the summer camp season. We simply cannot afford the distraction these types of relationships cause when our main focus needs to be the campers.
You must commit to work out any disagreements with maturity, patience, and in accordance with the Bible’s clear teaching on conflict resolution and reconciliation. You must not use tobacco, alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs of any kind while on staff here. All staff members must sign a statement stating their faith in the Bible as the inspired and inerrant word of God and that Jesus Christ is both your Savior and your Lord.
As stated above, we will try to place you in your greatest area of giftedness, but all of our staff must serve in a variety of ways as needed. Summer staff works in the kitchen, the dish room, and the camp office; they help with property maintenance, help create various multi- media programs, act as assistants to camp deans, help lead recreation, and run the canteen. They also help maintain and ensure safety at the waterfront, obstacle course, and on off campus adventures.
When asked, summer staff must participate enthusiastically in campfires, sports, and other group activities. The enthusiasm of the staff should always be clear and contagious. Opportunities for witnessing often occur, so you should take every opportunity to get to know the people you are serving.
Summer staff are NOT required to handle complicated or legally sensitive situations; they must report any difficult situations that may arise to the Camp Director promptly and proceed as instructed by him.
D. Time Off
Staff will maintain a curfew at night and given adequate time off each weekend to rest and recuperate. The nature of the summer camp schedule, however, requires all staff to be on call for the entire summer season. All weekend maintenance, repairs, cleaning, training, and other preparations must be made between when the last campers leave on Friday night and the first campers arrive the following Sunday afternoon. Daily time management and strategy is key.
E. Final thoughts
The attitude and work ethic we expect is best described by the apostle Paul in this passage. We encourage you to memorize this and intentionally attempt to live it out daily:
“...make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others as better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as Christ Jesus: who being in very nature God , did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross. Therefore God has exalted Him...” Philippians 2:2-9a