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Benefits of Working at Camp

What You Get

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Benefits

Each day at camp brings adventure, physical recreation, and endless opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Competitive Salary

We offer a competitive and progressive pay schedule that is determined based on your experience, age, education, certifications, and other factors.

3 Squares and a Roof

Room and board is included. As a counselor, you’ll eat family-style for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with your campers. We provide mattresses, sheets, and blankets. Other staff perks are weekly laundry service, a dedicated counselor “Lair” with wireless internet access, movie nights, and the occasional hair cut.

Generous Time Off

Each week you’ll receive a scheduled time-off period of 38.5 hours at once. This time-off period will begin at 9:30pm on the first day, allow you to be off for a full 24 hours the next day, and require you to return at noon the following day. Staff are also able to take an hour of “self-care time” each day at camp, where you are free to read, workout, nap, or do anything you need to “recharge your batteries” daily. Everyone gets the same amount of time off; the schedule is based on your position and role at camp. Being well-rested and refreshed is a must, so we require you to leave camp for part of your time off! (During session changeover weeks, this schedule is altered slightly.)

Professional Development

During Staff Orientation, we teach you everything you need to know about working at camp. After that, we provide materials, workshops, guest speakers, and other opportunities and resources to increase your knowledge and skills. We also make our online staff resource site available 24/7.

Certification Courses

Different roles at camp require certifications. If we require you to have a certain course, we’ll coordinate with you to get it. This may include CPR, Lifeguarding, Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Swift Water Rescue, etc.

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Staff Resources

We are fortunate to have professionals from the outdoor industry working at Falling Creek. Some of our senior staff are professional kayakers, climbers, mountain bikers, etc. They are the best of the best, and you have the opportunity to learn from them.

Networking

Being a Falling Creek alumni connects you to a network of former staff and parents who are business owners and employers. We are frequently asked to refer our most talented staff members.

Pro-Deals

During the summer you’ll have access to a network of discounts and deals available to industry professionals. These include clothing, gear, musical instruments, and more.

Time

We offer 11 weeks of employment that fits perfectly with your summer break. Time off is scheduled each week so you can recharge your batteries and explore wonderful Western North Carolina.

Skill Improvement

By teaching activities, your own skills will improve. Perfecting the basics with the campers on a day-to-day basis gives you a solid foundation for your own adventures.

Unrivaled Responsibility

We don’t start you at the bottom and give you busywork; you are directly involved in running camp and helping campers succeed. You are responsible for eight campers in your cabin, as well as the campers you instruct in various activities.

Marketing Experience

You will need to market your activity! Since there are 28 activities at camp, each one competes for the attention of our campers. And some days you’ll have the chance to offer programs or activities out of the “norm.” This will be your chance to shine and let the campers see what you’re excited about.

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Money

  • We offer a competitive and progressive pay structure.
  • You’ll receive your pay at the end of the summer, but you can withdraw weekly advances to pay bills or to use on your time off.
  • Room and board is included during your time of employment.
  • Possibility of earning internship credits.

Health

  • You’ll never be short on exercise at camp. We walk or hike everywhere, and most evenings we play an active large-group game that involves everyone.
  • We require you to come with personal health insurance coverage, but we provide Workman’s Compensation Coverage.
  • Our Health Center is staffed with nurses 24/7. We also have a doctor living on-site each week. They help campers and staff with routine health needs.
  • You may take advantage of staff-organized exercise sessions and bible study fellowship groups.

Connections

  • Camp is a place where lifelong friendships are forged. You’ll meet campers and staff members that will stick with you forever.
  • Networking: Camp opens up a remarkable network of alumni and parents who are employers and business owners. They understand the broad set of skills you possess, and they realize what it takes to be a good camp counselor - who knows what these relationships can lead to?

Personal & Professional Development

We offer staff opportunities to increase our team members’ skills and knowledge from the day they are hired and throughout the summer.

We send resources via mail and e-mail, and share extensive online resources while you are away from camp.

In May we host an almost two-week Staff Development and Camp Orientation. Some staff members must arrive two to three weeks prior to this to attend certification clinics for their areas of expertise at camp.

During the summer, we offer learning opportunities each week for our staff from guest speakers to in-service training.

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Explore Camp’s “Backyard”

We don’t expect you to get tired of camp’s 890 acres and miles of trails, but if you do choose to venture off property during your time off, this area of Western North Carolina has plenty to offer!

Cities & Towns

Closest Movie Theatres

Mountain Biking

Camp has an amazing trail system, only open to FCC campers and counselors. But if you get tired of that, Dupont State Forest, Pisgah National Forest, Tsali Recreation Area, Fontana Village, Mills River, and Paris Mountain are nearby.

Paddling

Fishing

Camping

  • Pisgah National Forest
  • Appalachian Trail
  • Nantahala National Forest
  • Smokey Mountains
  • Joyce Kilmer Forest
  • Jones Gap State Park
  • Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area
  • Table Rock State Park

Climbing

Other Fun Stuff

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