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New Staff Application

Applications for summer 2019 are now online!

The summer's job opportunities include:

  • Adventure counselors and trip camp leaders
  • Activity specialists including canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, rock gym, high ropes, and nature explorers
  • Leadership staff including on- and off-campus directors and counselor in training directors
  • Support staff including registrar, staff cook, photographer, RA, and gear manager

Applications and references are now being accepted. Once your applications and references are reviewed, you will be contacted to schedule an interview. Interviews for leadership positions and our registrar role will take place in mid-January, and interviews for all other positions will begin in February. Applications will be accepted as long as positions are open. We look forward to hearing from you!

Some staff members prefer the opportunity to rotate between being counselors and activity specialists. If you are interested in splitting your summer between roles, please note both roles 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. 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. Name

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

3. Student Status

Gordon College student
Student at another college
Gordon alumni
Gordon-Conwell student

4. Graduation Year

5. Gordon ID# (if applicable):

6. Current Address, City, and Zip Code

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

8. Cell Phone

9. Email Address

10. T-shirt Size (unisex sizing)

11. 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.

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

Adventure Counselor
Canoeing Specialist/Lifeguard
Kayaking Specialist/Lifeguard
Mountain Biking Specialist
Rock Gym Specialist
High Ropes Specialist
Photographer (questions #18-20 are not needed for this position)
Food Manager and Cook (questions #18-20 are not needed for this position)
Resident Advisor (questions #19-20 are not needed for this position)
Maintenance and Gear Manager (questions #18-20 are not needed for this position)
Camp Registrar (questions #18-20 are not needed for this position)
Counselor in Training Program Director
Off-campus Program Director
On-campus Program Director

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

14. Please list your employment background for the past five years, and include the employer, position, dates, a contact person, phone number, and address.

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

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

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

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

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

20. 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

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

22. 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?

23. 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?

24. 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?

25. 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.

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

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

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

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