Here are a few things you need to know before you fill out the application…
1. Every staff member must agree with the Statement of Faith and the Camp Spofford Covenant.
Please read them–you’ll be asked to affirm your agreement when you submit your application.
2. Summer staff are asked to raise support through a Camp Spofford Walk-a-thon!
Camp Spofford is a not-for-profit Christian ministry, generously supported by numerous families and churches. Think about whom you might ask to sponsor you!
3. You are required to commit to a minimum of eight consecutive weeks at Camp.
On your application you will need to list your availability (starting and ending dates), as well as the dates and reasons for any time off you will need during those weeks.
- The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the Divine and final authority for Christian faith and life.
- In one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- That Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate.
- That the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and, during this age, to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, and indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service.
- That man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is, therefore, lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
- That the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His Resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and, thus become children of God.
- That water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation.
- That the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is the Head.
- That only those who are, thus, members of the true Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church.
- That Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church and that every local church has the right, under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs.
- In the personal and premillennial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this “Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
- In the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord; of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.
- I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord and accept Camp Spofford’s statement of faith.
- I commit to maintaining a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, including regular Bible study, prayer and fellowship with other believers.
- I commit to doing thorough preparation for all the teaching and leadership functions I may perform.
- I commit to regular attendance at such meetings established for orientation training, encouragement and accountability with those placed in authority over me by the Administration.
- I willingly submit to the Administration of Camp Spofford.
- I do not abuse alcohol or other drugs. If such abuse has been a problem in the past, I will discuss it thoroughly and immediately with the Director. While employed or volunteering at Camp Spofford, I will abstain from the use of tobacco, alcohol and or other drugs.
- I have not been convicted of a felony, misdemeanor violation or other offense other than minor traffic violations. If I have been convicted or am convicted, I will discuss the situation with the Director.
- I have never been convicted of a crime involving children or youth. I have never been convicted of child abuse, sexual abuse or sexual harassment. I have never been arrested or accused of child abuse, sexual abuse or sexual harassment.
- If there is ever an area of my life, which would negatively affect my service to children, youth or adults, I will immediately disclose and discuss it with the Director.
- I hereby authorize Camp Spofford to contact all prior employers and any references listed in the application to verify all information provided and to obtain any and all information related to my character and past work performance. I further hereby release all references and prior employers from liability for information provided in good faith.
Your Job– You being on staff this summer is not an accident. You were hired to perform a certain task that needs to be fulfilled to make Camp function smoothly. Not only are you asked to do your job, but to do it to the best of your ability. Your work – whether in front of guests or behind closed door – reflects the Camp and Jesus Christ. Strive for excellence.
Discipline System– The Camp has a discipline system designed to encourage responsible behavior while at Camp. It is not to emphasize penalty or punishment, but rather self-discipline and consideration for others. All Department Heads and Staff Heads are responsible to the Camp Administrator for the enforcement of all camp rules. Discipline, pertaining to work departments, are given out by Department Heads; all other areas of camp life are under the jurisdiction of Staff Heads and Camp Administration. Punishments should not be capricious, and not without appropriate warning and should always be administered with firm wisdom and love.
Two of the main areas of concern are:
- Tardiness shows disrespect for others, indifference towards the given meeting, and erodes the sense of unity in those gathering, whether for meals, chapel, work schedules, or curfew. Please be on time.
- Disrespect undermines love and violates the submission to authority necessary for Camp to operate. Servanthood, not rights, must define all staff.
Pranks– We like to have fun here at camp. There are correct times, places and ways to have fun that avoid personal or property damage, annoyance to guests and embarrassment to Camp Spofford. Unfortunately, what one individual may think is funny and acceptable, more often than not ends up angering, harming or embarrassing another. With so much to do and enjoy at Camp Spofford, we ask that you find other ways to fill your time and use your creativity.
Technology – Laptops, Cell Phones, Ipads, Ipods, etc.
Technology may NOT be used while you are working and NOT in your cabin.
These boundaries are not in place to punish or to ruin the fun for anyone, but rather to help to create a community of believers who focus on the mission to serve God and His people with as little distraction as possible! The SPIRIT of this policy is to eliminate distraction to create a healthy interactive environment. Secure storage lockers have been provided for your devices. You must provide your own lock. You can use technology during your time off and day off. It needs to be done in a PUBLIC place, such as the gym lounge. Some staff members who are in positions of leadership will be exempt from this rule and will be given permission to use their cell phones.
Music– Christian music only. Headphones may be used on the beach or in cabin only- not while walking around Camp property.
Housing– Girls housing is completely off limits to boys. Boys housing is completely off limits to girls. Staff cabins are expected to be picked up, organized and hygienic. Random inspections will take place.
Trailer Area- Off limits to staff unless your family has a trailer on site. If your family does have a trailer, Parental permission is to be obtained in order to bring another staffer or guest into the trailer.
Camp Vehicles– Driving a Camp vehicle is a privilege and a responsibility that must be taken very seriously. When you drive for Camp, you now represent Camp Spofford. Please exercise common sense and extreme caution when driving these vehicles.
- Must be signed out in the office prior to being used
- You must have a clean license and be 25 or older.
- Those ages 15 and under are not allowed to ride in the bed of a truck. They must ride in the cab, and seat belts must be worn by all occupants. Pick-up truck “riders” must be seated in the bed, not on the sides.
- Golf Carts and Gators are vehicles for Camp business ONLY. They are not for recreational use EVER. To use one you must be 16, have a motor vehicle license and ONLY with supervisor permission.
Relationship to Other Staff Members– For the summer staff to show forth God’s love and experience it, it is essential that consideration of others be constantly evident – at meal times, in living quarters and on the job.
- Respect one another even when you don’t agree with one another.
- Offer to help a staff member who is burdened by extra work.
- Don’t take advantage of your position.
- Respect each other’s property.
Dating– We want to do all we can to facilitate God honoring relationships – ones that are also caring, sensitive, mature, honest, healthy and positive. Your relationship should not be a distraction either from your job or to the Spofford community. Your main reason for serving on staff should be to serve God and His people. If leadership sees that any relationship is hindering that purpose or is not consistent with the above description of Godly relationship, we will intervene and take appropriate steps to refocus your energies on the ministry. If you are unwilling to take these steps, your employment may be terminated.
Staff/Camper/Guest Relationships- Any violation in this policy may result in dismissal from your job.
- “Relationships” with campers and guests are forbidden.
- At no time are you to be alone with a camper or guest
Dress and Personal Appearance– Modest, casual dress is expected at Camp Spofford
- Female staff: modest one-piece bathing suits are required. Tankinis are also permitted as along as no midriff is visible at anytime.
Shirts with inappropriate necklines as well as strapless or spaghetti straps are not allowed. If you lift your arms above your head and your midriff is exposed, your shirt is too short. Excessively short shorts and exposed undergarments are prohibited.
- Attire for both genders traveling to and from the bathroom and beach should consist of regular clothes, not towels or bathrobes.
- The Camp does not allow pierced jewelry to be worn on one’s body except for ears and nose; if either are deemed inappropriate or distracting to guests, they will need to be removed. No piercing or tattoos may be acquired while on staff.
- The Camp administration reserves the right to ask any staff member to change their attire if it is deemed necessary.
- We also ask that you refrain from overly artistic hairstyles and colors. (You’ll be able to do that during paint wars and staff campo!)
- Alcoholic beverages, tobacco, drugs
- Guns of any kind – toy or real
- Any literature that promote unhealthy sexual attitudes or behavior
- Gambling of any type and form
Curfew– A daily curfew will be determined by the Head of Staff and will be communicated by Unit Leaders
- Curfew will be STRICTLY enforced to ensure proper rest for all staff members.
Swimming After Beach Hours– For your safety – There is NO SWIMMING after hours without approval from Camp administration with licensed waterfront staff present.
Meals– All staff is expected to help maintain the cleanliness of the Dining Hall and display appropriate manners.
- Treat Wait Staff with respect and keep noise low.
- No food or utensils (i.e. cups, pitchers) are to be taken from the Dining Hall or kitchen without permission
- The kitchen is off limits to all except the kitchen staff. No staff member is permitted to take food from the kitchen without permission from kitchen staff. To do so without permission is stealing.
Laundry– Staff is limited to use of washers and dryers in the staff laundry only. Laundry soap is provided
- The cost is $1 per load, wash and dry.
- Do not remove housekeeping laundry baskets
Hours– Each staff member will work between 35-40 hours with varying shifts and some with more than one area of responsibility.
Paychecks– You will receive a paycheck every two weeks, on the Wednesday following that pay period. A list of paydates will be given on your contract.
- Your rate of pay should remain a private matter.
- A staff bank is available upon request to hold any personal money accessible only during office hours.
Sunday Staff Meetings– Attendance is mandatory at the weekly staff meeting immediately following the Sunday evening service. Announcements, concerns and encouragements are given at this time.
Day Off– Your day off is defined as 24 consecutive hours off duty.
- Your Department Head will decide the day.
- Discernment and good judgment must be used regarding appropriateness and safety of day-off activities
- For those Under the age of 18: parents must give written or verbal permission to the Camp Administration before you can travel beyond a twenty-mile radius or ride in a car when another staff member driving regardless of distance travelled.
- This is per trip and per day off.
- Permission slips for offsite camp activities will be available for parents to fill out upon arrival to Camp
- Movies are NOT a recommended activity for days off. However, you may go to ONLY G and PG films.
- Movies are not to be viewed within Camp property without permission of leadership.
Cars– Only staff members age 18 and over are permitted to bring a car to Camp.
- If you have a car at Camp, park only in the boat yard, not by cabins.
- Staff members under the age of 18 must have parental permission before leaving grounds with fellow staff members. It is the responsibility of the driver to make sure permission has been granted before leaving grounds.
- Do NOT loan your car to others
Staff Guest Policy– Your friends and family are welcome to visit you, but any overnight visits must be previously cleared by administration with at least a 48 hour notice. There will be a charge for their stay, whether they bunk with you or bunk in an empty room. All day visitors and/or family members MUST REPORT TO THE OFFICE upon arrival. (A usage fee may apply.)
Leaving Grounds– Staff is permitted to leave Camp grounds on their day off and night out. Sign-out is required at all times.
- Permission to leave Camp comes from Heads of Staff
- Running and biking is permitted during the day, provided leadership knows where you are. For your safety, when running please, use the “buddy system”.
- When you are off grounds, whether across the street or in nearby towns, you represent first the Lord Jesus Christ, and secondly, Camp Spofford. We conduct business in town and have many good neighbors living on the surrounding roads. We ask that you slow down on the roads and be courteous to all you meet. Be sure to leave tips at area restaurants! Remember, the ministry of Camp Spofford continues year round and your actions can impact Camp’s reputation.
Thank you for taking the time to read through this Staff Handbook. We recommend revisiting this document so you can familiarize yourself with our policies and procedures.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.