Staff Training – 06/04 – 06/10 (Core Ropes & Boats Training on 06/03)
Camp – 06/11 – 08/26
Post-Camp – 08/27 – 09/07
Staff Training is mandatory for all new staff and is paid. Staff Training is packed full of activities to help you get to know your fellow staff members, to learn and practice the skills you will need working with kids and leading activities, and to familiarize you with our site, rules, and procedures. Counselors and support staff will also be asked to work for periods of time during Staff Training week in order to help prepare the facility for camp. Time off during Staff Training is limited, so we suggest you are prepared for camp when you arrive. Food and housing is provided during staff training. Make sure to bring a pillow and sleeping bag and some warm clothes, as it can often be cold this early in the season. We have a one day Core Ropes Staff and Boat Driver training on the day before Staff Training begins. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about dates.
Mountain Camp is located on beautiful Ice House Lake in the Eldorado National Forest. We are at least 30 minutes drive from the nearest town, Pollock Pines, CA. Sacramento is 75 miles to the West, and South Lake Tahoe is 45 miles to the East. San Francisco is ~170 miles to the West and is a 3.5 hour drive.
All summer counseling staff live in rustic cabins with 8-14 campers and one or two other co-counselors. Cabins do have electricity, but they do not have plumbing. Shower houses are located nearby. You will sleep on a bunk bed that has a mattress provided by camp. You will need to bring linens or a warm sleeping bag (recommended) and pillow.
Transportation to Camp
Mountain Camp provides transportation to camp from Sacramento International Airport only on selected days and times before the beginning of Staff Training. You can also take a bus or train to Sacramento for pick up, but please contact us before booking any tickets so we can ensure that we’ll have a ride for you once you arrive. The drive to camp from Sacramento is about 90 mins.
Transportation at Camp
Summer staff members are responsible for providing their own transportation during time off.
Daily – Our day consists of four 1.5 hour activity periods. Most of our summer staff will work 3 of these 4 periods and have one of these periods off. These time periods are ideal for taking advantage of our natural local workout facilities (swimming, biking, hiking, running), using the staff computer, writing letters, showering, taking a nap, etc. In addition to your period off, every other night you will be off from 9:30-11:00. You will check out with the director on duty at 9:30pm and must be back on site and checked in by 11:00 pm.
Weekly – Staff members receive one 24 hour period off each week. Our day off begins at 12PM or 6PM and ends at 12PM or 6PM the following day. While there are many different places to see in the area, we are surrounded by beautiful forests and encourage you to go hiking or camping on your time off. Also, we’re approximately 45 minutes away from South Lake Tahoe, a great area to eat, shop and rest while away from camp.
Staff and Campers will be provided with 3 meals a day, plus a snack. Breakfast is typically a hot option with a cereal bar, yogurt, granola and fresh fruit. Lunch and Dinner have a hot option with a salad bar and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. There is a vegetarian option at every meal; however we cannot accommodate any other dietary restrictions. You are welcome to bring your own food to camp; however it cannot be stored in the cabin (due to pesky animals) and must be stored in the staff refrigerator or staff office food storage area.
Staff Lounge (Tent)
The staff lounge is a large canvas tent with couches and a TV, designated for staff members to spend time off, watch a movie or relax away from campers.
Personal Cell Phones
Mountain Camp has a “no electronics” culture that keeps technology out of the daily camp experience for campers and staff. It is important that staff understand and support this core value, and are comfortable separating themselves from their cell phones. Staff members may only use personal cell phones during their time off, away from campers (in the staff lounge or off site). When staff are on duty, cell phones are stored and charged in the staff office. Staff may not carry cell phones on them while on duty or have them in their cabins at any time.
The staff office at camp has 3 computers available for use only during time off. These computers are connected to the internet via satellite and, unfortunately, reception is slow. The computers work fine for email and social networking sites but are NOT fast enough for streaming music or video.
In efforts to conserve water, laundry is done offsite. Mountain Camp provides some assistance to help staff do their laundry. Staff can use a “Fluff and Fold” laundry service that is local and clothes can be dropped off with our store run and returned back to camp for a fee. The turnaround is about 3 days and costs about $1.60/lb with a 10lb minimum. Staff who prefer to do their own laundry can do so on their weekly day off.
Although most of the summer our temperature stays between 60 – 90 degrees Fahrenheit, the beginning of the summer is typically very cold (We have had snow in previous years). Staff members will need a warm sleeping bag and warm clothes to keep warm at night. Also it is important to bring long sleeved clothing and a winter hat (although we are in California, we are not on the beach!).
Every night campers and counselors participate in an evening program activity. These include activities such as Beach Party, Dance, Capture the Flag or Olympiad Night. Staff are assigned responsibilities during evening program and will help plan and perform one evening program each session. The Evening Program Specialist oversees this program area.
Mountain Camp is powered by love, but our electricity comes from a generator. This means that between the hours of 11pm and 6am, we have no electricity. It will be necessary for you to have a flashlight (or headlamp) and some staff bring battery powered lanterns as well.
The curfew for all of our summer staff is 11:00 pm (Trust us, you’ll be tired).
Please be reminded that you are living in a cabin with 8-14 campers ranging in age from 7-17. Most of your belongings will be in the cabin with you and Mountain Camp is not liable for any lost or stolen property. Staff are able to put small valuables (passports, plane tickets, cash, etc.) in our office lock box, and may store prescription medications with our nurse.
Due to security concerns, Mountain Camp does not allow summer staff to have visitors while camp is in session.
Use of Camp Equipment
Mountain Camp has equipment available to staff for personal use during time off. Campers always have first priority with all camp equipment and staff are expected to return camp equipment in goo working condition, or report any damages to a director. Staff is responsible for any damage to equipment while in their possession.
Alcohol, Tobacco, Drug Policy
Smoking is not permitted in the Eldorado National Forest. The use of any controlled substances is absolutely prohibited while you are a staff member at Mountain Camp. Absolutely NO alcoholic beverages may be brought onto camp property and no one is to return to camp under the influence.
Staff Payment Options
Although we can issue standard checks (cheques) for payment, we recommend that all domestic staff (or international staff who have American bank accounts) enroll for direct deposit. Both international and domestic staff can also choose to receive their salary on a Pay Card which operates as a debit card. Information about setting up direct deposit or pay cards will be provided after hiring, but before the start of camp.