Chop Point employs college-aged counselors who are at least 18 and have had one gap year since having been a camper if they are returning. Counselors arrive the first week of June to begin staff training and preparing the camp for campers’ arrival. Staff is contracted through the second week of August.
[Please note: At the present time, we can only employ those who hold the necessary papers for working in the United States. In addition, preference will be given to persons with a valid U.S. Driver’s License. In addition, Chop Point does not have a Junior Counselor or C.I.T. program.]
What is a counselor’s job like?
Cabin Management: Counselors are paired with another co-counselor and placed in a cabin with 8-10 campers, including campers from foreign countries.
Bible Discussion: Chop Point goes through one gospel per session with campers. Every morning after breakfast, counselors will go through a 45 min bible discussion of a chapter of a gospel with discussion questions for campers. On Sundays, counselors lead a chapel service with worship and spoken word.
Daily Activities: All counselors teach a maximum of 4 activities throughout the day with anywhere between 8-20 campers. Some examples include tennis, sailing, arts & crafts, soccer, kayaking, windsurfing, mountain biking, and creative writing.
Evening Activities: Each counselor gets the chance to lead an evening activity at one point throughout the session that the whole camp will participate in. Examples include Capture the Flag, Murder Mystery Night, Wild West Night, Mission Impossible, and Christmas in July.
Trips: Counselors can also lead 1-3 day trips with groups of campers doing anything from exploring Monhegan Island, climbing Mount Katahdin, canoeing St. Croix River, white water rafting, and many other opportunities to challenge campers with new and fun activities.
What is the commitment level for a camp counselor?
The camp counselor position is a 24-hour/ 6 days a week position. Each staff member is given 2-3 hours during the day to plan and rest and one 24-hour day off per week. Counselors are expected to take full responsibility for their assignments, and campers in their cabin and to go beyond their responsibilities to engage in the ministry of loving campers and showing them the love of God by showing patience and exhibiting a work ethic that equals worship (Romans 12:1).
What does Chop Point believe?
Chop Point is nondenominational, associates with traditional Christianity, and has a theology summarized by the Apostles Creed. Chop holds the standard of Christian ethics expressed in the bible to be lived out by counselors.
Chop Point stresses camp policy that smoking, vapes, e-cigarettes, drinking alcoholic beverages, and the use of illegal drugs are not permitted at camp by campers or staff members at any time.
How does Chop Point do ministry?
Chop Point is not a typical “church camp” with daily services but rather our model of ministry is based on deeply formed relationships. We believe that we must humbly love campers as Christ loves us (I Cor. 13:4-7) and that as we exhibit the fruit of the Spirit towards our campers and fellow staff that we can show Jesus with our campers in addition to our bible study and Sunday chapels.
What skills will I learn as a camp counselor?
Global Leadership Experience, experience with kids and teenagers, Christian ministry experience, social work skills/life coaching, cabin management, cross-cultural communication, small and large group management, activity/ event planning, a variety of certifications (WIFA, Lifeguard), waterfront skills, working with a team, mentorship, leadership skills and so much more!
How much does a counselor get paid?
First-year $2500 plus certification bonuses for lifeguard, WIFA, CPR average $3000 (some travel stipends are provided for those out of state)
Is a camp counselor a real job?
Absolutely! Today, the “real world” marketplace is seeking to hire innovative thinkers, independent decision-makers, and global leaders. The camp counselor position cultivates these skills that can easily be expressed on a resume and transferred to “professional” jobs.
Should I work at Chop Point?
It’s a win, win, win!
Ministry: The beauty of working at Chop Point can be found in the incredible opportunity to minister to middle and high schoolers from all around the world!
Better career prep: Working at a summer camp that empowers you to be creative, and independent and exercise leadership skills will translate into you being better suited and equipped for the marketplace than many other office internships or summer jobs will.
Fun: And it’s the best summer you’ll ever have!
How do I apply?
You can apply online, or contact us (207-443-5860) for more information.