We know that every camper is a parent's most valuable possession. We also realize it takes a level of maturity to lead campers for a week and provide them with a positive camp experience. Because of this, we are very careful to hire mature staff members. All of our counselors are at least 18 years old, and preferred to have at least one year of college experience.
Our counselors arrive 15 days before the campers, for two weeks of training. They will receive 175 hours of classroom and hands-on training. They are taught behavior management, facilitation, Lake Ann's core values and mission, high adventure activities, philosophy of ministry, outdoor education, and much more. When they finish training, they will have experienced every activity the campers will enjoy and are excited for their first campers to arrive.
The extensive nature of our interview process communicates to potential staff members that they are preparing for a summer of putting others in a higher position than themselves. We require an interview, detailed application, 5 authoritative references, and a background and driving record check before they are offered a contract for the summer.
Training does not stop when campers arrive. Lake Ann Camp counselors meet every day of the summer with their program directors. These meetings allow counselors to be assisted in dealing with specific needs of individual campers. Each meeting is an encourages the counselors and raises the bar and to ensure that everyone on staff is on the same page mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.