Each summer, we search for young adults who love Jesus and want to spend the summer helping campers get to know Him better. There are two unique roles you can consider applying for: Activity Staff or Program Staff. Please read over each description and the information packet before continuing to the application.
Throughout the summer the BHPC provides high-energy programming opportunities for young people to encounter Christ. The two keystone programs are Manus Christi and Camp Bosco. Manus Christi is a service and mission program for high school students that runs three one-week sessions. Camp Bosco is a catholic adventure camp for youth ages 7-15 that runs four one-week sessions. Both programs are sponsored by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the diocese. While those are running, there are other programs sponsored by different parishes, vicariates, or groups of parishes. These programs are responsible for their own staffing, schedules, and design with three notable exceptions: ropes, horses, and aquatics. A consistent team (the activity staff) runs these three program areas for ALL groups (Manus Christi, Camp Bosco, and other groups) to ensure safety and professionalism. In addition to these activities, activity staff will assist with programs and needs of the BHPC as directed such as helping in the kitchen, babysitting young children, being “on-deck” to fill in for Manus Christi and Camp Bosco, and setting up evening programming. Some of this staff will be leadership team known as the “Fiat Team” as they model for the staff the alacrity we see in Mary’s Fiat.
Activity staff runs all ropes (tower and zip-line), horse, and aquatics (pool, log rolling and canoeing) activities. Activity staff is responsible for working with the staff of all programs on site to coordinate schedules and ensure great experiences for all participants. Staff will oversee equipment care, logging, and basic maintenance of the program areas. In addition to these functions, staff will assist the BHPC in other areas as needed in tasks such as those listed above and trail work, cleaning, hospitality, or with Camp Bosco and Manus Christi programming.
Program staff will work primarily with direct programming of the Youth & Young Adult Ministry Office, namely Camp Bosco & Manus Christi. Camp Bosco is a Catholic adventure camp with a history of more than 50 years in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. Young people in grades 3-12 come to grow in relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church through adventure, camping/backpacking, fun, prayer, and Sacraments. Manus Christi (Hands of Christ) is a week-long missions experience for high school students from all over the United States. Participants serve the needs of people in the surrounding community while being formed in Catholic Social Thought and surrounding everything in prayer. All of our programs utilize an active, experience-driven approach to learning & catechesis steeped in authentic Catholic Tradition and prayer styles with the goal of making faith a part of life beyond their time here at Bishop Hodges Catholic Pastoral Center.
Program Staff works to provide a fun and engaging experience of Christian Community for participants of Camp Bosco & Manus Christi through relational ministry. During Camp Bosco, program staff live in close proximity to each other as well as to the campers grades 3-12. They are with the young people 22 hours a day looking after their needs-physical, emotional, and spiritual-and will lead your groups in activities ranging from archery and crafts to hygiene and chores. The staff also take their campers on overnight camping trips and are responsible for all aspects thereof. During Manus Christi, staff with work with youth and chaperones facilitating their mission experience and helping them pray, be community, live out works of Christian charity, and learn about Catholic social thought. Staff will be working in tiring conditions with other staff, participants, and neighbors in the community. Staff will be with the group of young people much of the day looking after their needs-physical, emotional, and spiritual-leading projects and worksites, prayer, and chores. The staff also oversees chaperones and is the face of the group to those in the community. During both programs, Program Staff will do ministry in both informal and formal ways with campers as lined out in staff training and in the staff manual.
Maybe Summer Staff is not the right place for you this summer...
you can still help make this summer great for hundreds of kids this summer!
1. Print out a flyer and/or application.
2. Think of the college-aged young adults that you know.
3. Consider which ones you think would make great Catholic Summer Camp Counselors.
4. Tell them that you think they would be great Catholic Summer Camp Counselors and hand them the flyer and/or application, maybe even with the reference page already filled out.