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Contact us at jim@climbthemountain.us

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Climb Speech & Debate Camp
Staff Camp Assistant Position

This page is for the Camp Assistant(s).

WORKING AT CAMP

1. You have a multifaceted job that involves helping Jim setup the camp.

He needs your help with various duties including ones that we can’t predict ahead of time. Please help.

2. Your work Schedule.

Monday, begin at 9:15am with setup, check-in, finish at 6:00pm

Tuesday-Thursday, begin at 9:45am, finish at 6:00pm

Friday, begin at 9:45am, finish at 6:30pm (might be later)

You will have lunch breaks and afternoon breaks but it is possible not at the camp scheduled times.

3. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO IS PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR JIM. Concretely, that means:

  1. Being nice and supportive toward Jim.

  2. Avoid complaining, hostile criticisms, disobeying, etc.

  3. Do your work—get it done quickly and correctly. Care about the quality of what you are doing.

  4. Be there when Jim needs you. Don’t run off without telling Jim. Don’t avoid work. Don’t turn your cell phone off. Be on time.
  5. Have an idea to improve something? Share if there is time; be aware that sometimes the idea isn’t doable immediately or it might not be a good idea for other reasons.

  6. Jim often will have you do something, you’ll finish it, and Jim will ask you to make changes. Making those changes to make the final product right will make Jim happy and show your good work.

HANDLE CHECK-IN/REGISTRATION

Confirm students, take payment, provide info sheets to students and parents, answer questions, and help with tech issues.

HELP JIM WITH RANDOM DUTIES

Running errands. Going to the store. Organizing files, supplies, etc.​

MONITOR STUDENT AND STAFF ATTENDANCE

Work with Jim and the lab leaders to make this happen per the Attendance Checks document.​

Have students sign in, in the morning.

Have students sign out at the end of the camp day.

If a student, with permission confirmed by Jim, goes off campus, student signs in and signs out.

If a parent comes early to pick up a student, the parent needs to sign.

MONITORING LUNCH AND BREAKS

You eat lunch with students monitoring the areas where students are. When you eat, you should generally eat with other staff members but keep an eye out on students and prevent, stop, and rectify misbehavior.​ 

You serve snacks and monitor students for the afternoon break.

You should take breaks mid-morning and in the afternoon; typically these are arranged so they do not interfere with needed work. 

CLEAN ROOMS

At 5:30pm, clean all classrooms for messes.

In some unfortunate situations, you may be asked to clean items in the bathrooms.

At 5:45pm, email/message Jim to confirm “all rooms clean.”

If a particular room is really messy, tell Jim.

TAKING PICTURES

1. Make sure you take a picture of every single student at the camp EXCEPT students that requested no pictures.

---GET LIST OF STUDENTS NOT TO TAKE PICTURES OF FROM JIM

2. Make sure you take a picture of every lab at the camp (students and lab leaders) MINUS STUDENTS REQUESTING NO PICTURES.

3. Make sure you take the picture:

--with a phone/camera jim approves

--with a steady hand

--6 or less feet away from whoever you are photographing

--don’t face the sun/strong light (light should shine from behind you)

--don’t take pictures in dark areas

--double-check how the picture looks to assure it isn’t blurry/people are cut off/etc.

--"Action shots" where students are researching, talking to each other, or speaking are best.

4. Get the pictures to Jim asap (eg via Google Photos).

Also--Snack Break sometimes includes cake/pie/ice cream/fruits/candies/cookies/brownies for birthdays/other celebrations.

--if so, set that up per jim's instructions

--get pictures of the event especially of celebrated kid

--message/email jim a 3 to 4 sentence description of the kid being celebrated, especially the kid's reaction/other kid's reactions in a warm, can be humorous, kid really liked it or was embarrassed etc. : )

DO EXPENSE SPREADSHEET

Monday and Friday:

  • Get Receipts from Jim/from your own purchases/etc.

  • Open Spreadsheet.

  • One cell: Enter name of company (eg “Kmart”)

  • Next cell: Amount (eg “$121.50)

  • Next cell: Date (eg 07/22/19)

Email this to Jim.

SETUP AFTERNOON BREAK SNACKS

 

Work with Jim to get or purchase items.

Try to get some of the waters/juices into the fridge early in the day.

Serve snacks etc. per Jim’s instructions.

DISTRIBUTE T-SHIRTS, WATER BOTTLES​​

Get items from Jim.

Organize T-Shirts into sizes. Put signs for each t-shirt size.

Space out the T-Shirts especially for Small, Medium and Larges (to avoid too many students in one spot crowding)

Each student (and coach! and staff member!) gets one t-shirt and one ​water bottle.

WORK WITH JIM TO GET THINGS DONE . . .

You are here to help Jim make this a great camp experience for our participants. Make it happen! : )​

Questions? Whatevers? Jim is at jim@climbthemountain.us