La Vida Center for Outdoor Education & Leadership
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Staff Application

Thank you for your interest in the La Vida Adventure Camp.

We are currently hiring for the following staff positions:

  • Adventure Counselor
  • Activity Specialist: Canoeing, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Rock Gym, Ropes Course, Nature Explorers
  • Counselor in Training (formerly Junior Counselor) Program Director
  • Food Manager/Staff Cook
  • Assistant Director 

Staff Application Deadline: February 14th, 2014  

All applications received prior to the deadline will be given equal consideration.  At the deadline employment offers will be extended and positions will be filled.  Applications will still be accepted after the deadline as long as positions remain open.  These applications will be considered individually when they are received.

We would like to have some of our staff members 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 Word 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 except references from family members, roommates or friends. Returning staff do not need to turn in recommendation forms and should fill out the returning staff application below.

2014 La Vida Adventure Camp New Staff App

This form is for applicants who have not previously worked for La Vida Adventure Camp

1. I have read that there is a 20 minute timeout period to this application and after 20 minutes everything will be erased. (La Vida suggests answering the short answer questions in a Word document before pasting them into this application.)


2. Name (Last, First, Middle Initial)

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

4. Student Status

5. Graduation Year

6. Gordon ID# (if applicable):

7. Social Security # (for background check):

8. Present Address, City and Zip Code

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

10. Cell Phone

11. Email Address

12. T-shirt Size (unisex sizing)

13. Positions Applying For:

Adventure Counselor
Activity Specialist: Lifeguard/Canoeing
Activity Specialist: Lifeguard/Kayaking
Activity Specialist: Rock Gym
Activity Specialist: Mountain Biking
Activity Specialist: High Ropes Course
Junior Counselor Program Director
Assistant Director
Camp Registrar (questions #17-18 and #21-22 are not needed for this position)
Support Staff: Photographer (questions #17-18 and #21-22 are not needed for this position)
Support Staff: Food Manager and Cook (questions #17-18 and #21-22 are not needed for this position)

14. 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.

15. Employment Background (for the past three years starting with most current employer): Include employer, position, dates, contact person, phone, and if we may contact them

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

17. List any relevant trainings or certifications and the date they expire. Include CPR, First Aid, Medical Certifications, and Lifeguarding.

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

Belaying at the La Vida Ropes Course
Leading Games
Belaying at a rock gym
Setting up an Outdoor Climb
Mountain Biking
Small Group Leadership
Working with 11-15 year-olds

19. Describe what your past experience with La Vida or Discovery was like and what you learned from that experience. Who were your leaders or Sherpas?

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

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

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

23. How would others describe you in 3-5 words? How would you describe yourself?

24. What are your strengths and weaknesses in relation to the position you are applying for? How are you trying to improve your strengths and work on your weaknesses?

25. 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?

26. The staff community is more intense than typical campus life. Describe how you would respond to intentional community, intensity of relationships, full days and resolving conflict.

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.