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New Staff Application

Applications for summer 2018 are now online!

The summer's job opportunities will include:

  • Adventure Counselor
  • Activity Specialists: Canoeing, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Rock Gym, Ropes Course, Nature Explorers
  • Counselor in Training Program Director
  • Food Manager/Staff Cook
  • On and Off Campus Directors
  • Trip Camp Leaders
  • Camp Photographer
  • Camp Registrar
  • Maintenance and Gear Manager

Applications and references are now being accepted on a rolling basis. That means they will be considered in the order received as long as positions are open. Once your applications and references are reviewed, you will be contacted to schedule an interview. We look forward to hearing from you!

We like to offer some of our staff members the opportunity to rotate between being counselors and activity specialists. If you are interested in splitting your summer between these roles, please make note of it on your application.  

PLEASE NOTE: This form needs to be completed within 20 minutes or the page will time-out and all information will be lost. We suggest writing your answers in a separate document before pasting them into this application.

After completing the application below, have three people who are familiar with your work, ministry and character fill out a reference form. La Vida does not accept references from family members, roommates, or friends. Returning staff do not need new references IF they had references submitted the previous summer. All returning staff should fill out the returning staff application.

Adventure Camp New Staff Application

This form is for applicants (including former CITs) who have not previously worked for La Vida Adventure Camp.

1. I realize there is a 20 minute timeout for this application and after that everything will be erased. (We suggest answering the short answer questions in a document and pasting them into this application.)


2. Name

3. Date of Birth (00/00/0000)

4. Student Status

Gordon Student
Student at another College
Gordon Alumni
Gordon-Conwell Seminary Student

5. Graduation Year

6. Gordon ID# (if applicable):

7. Present Address, City and Zip Code

8. Pemanant Address, City and Zip Code (if different from the above address)

9. Cell Phone

10. Email Address

11. T-shirt Size (unisex sizing)

12. Dates that conflict with the summer schedule (due to weddings, graduation,etc.) The staff absence policy can be found on the staff information page of the website.

13. Select all positions you're applying for or interested in (for more information, please see http://www.gordon.edu/adventurecamp/staff/positions):

Adventure Counselor
Activity Specialist: Lifeguard/Canoeing
Activity Specialist: Lifeguard/Kayaking
Activity Specialist: Rock Gym
Activity Specialist: Mountain Biking
Activity Specialist: High Ropes Course
Counselor in Training Program Director
Off-campus Program Director (mostly involved with 14-15 year old programs))
On-campus Program Director (mostly 10-13 year old programs and staff)
Camp Registrar (questions #20-22 are not needed for this position)
Support Staff: Photographer (questions #19-21 are not needed for this position)
Support Staff: Food Manager and Cook (questions #19-21 are not needed for this position)
Support Staff: Resident Advisor (questions #19-21 are not needed for this position)
Support Staff: Maintenance and Gear Manager (questions #19-21 are not needed for this position)

14. List any relevant training, licensing, or certifications and the date they expire. Include CPR, First Aid, Medical Certifications, Lifeguarding, and Gordon vehicle licenses.

15. Please list your employment background for the past five years, and include the employer, address, position, dates, a contact person, phone number, and if we may contact them.

16. Ministry Background: List your involvement in church, para-church, youth work, etc.

17. What was your past experience with La Vida like and what did you learn from that experience. Who were your leaders or Sherpas?

18. What are the main reasons you want to work with the Adventure Camp program?

19. Have you had any experience working with middle or high school students? What draws you to work with them this summer?

20. If you could have a camper leave with one thing to remember or have learned, what would it be and why?

21. Select activities that you feel confident and experienced in leading or teaching to others.

Belaying at the La Vida Ropes Course
Leading Games
Identifying native plants and animals
Orienteering (map and compass skills)
Mountain Biking
Setting up an Outdoor Climb
Camping Skills (cooking, setting up camp, etc.)
Belaying at a rock gym
Small Group Leadership
Working with 10-15 year-olds

22. If your friends and family were asked to describe you, how would they do so? How would you describe yourself?

23. What strengths, gifts, or talents do you have that could be beneficial to the ministry of Adventure Camp? What areas are you working on, and what steps are you taking to do so?

24. Describe your Christian faith. What have you been learning in your faith or about God this year? How will this affect your leadership this summer?

25. The staff community is more intense than typical campus life. What is your definition of a healthy, Christian community? How do you see yourself fitting into that?

26. We have staff small groups during the summer. Would you consider leading a small group?

Yes, I would love to!
Yes, I would consider it.
I would prefer not to lead a small group.

27. Reference 1: Name, Address, Phone Number and Relationship

28. Reference 2: Name, Address, Phone Number and Relationship

29. Reference 3: Name, Address, Phone Number and Relationship

30. I understand that my application will not be complete without recommendation forms from the above references. The information that I have provided above is accurate and true.