CAMP CHIEF OURAY: MUD RUN, WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT STAFFING AND MORE!
Summer is right around the corner and the executive team at Camp Chief Ouray is gearing up for the rest of the staff to arrive for training and kick off CCO 2015! We often get a lot of questions on our staff; how old are they, where do we find them, what training do they receive and other inquiries along that line. These are all great questions- and something that weighs on the minds of every parent, grandparent and family member as they send us their special camper.
First, we follow recommendations from the American Camp Association for our staffing. For Camp Chief Ouray, we are mainly hiring staff who are 18 years of age and older. Members of our camp staff who supervise the counselors have to be over 21 years of age, as well as at least one of our trip staff so they can drive a rental vehicle.
Camp Chief Ouray staff members come from all over the world but the majority is from the United States. We recruit staff and then put them through a tough interview process. We are looking for people who have experience working with children and are excited about sharing the natural world around them.
BREAK! You’re registered for the Camp Magic Mud Run, right!? Bring the whole family, or challenge your friends to an adventurous, muddy, and most of all fun challenge in either our 2k or 5k courses! This event will benefit the Camp Chief Ouray scholarship fund to help send kids to camp. All Participants will receive a t-shirt, have the opportunity to be sprayed off by the local Fire Dept. and enjoy a meal after the race. To register, go to active.com and enter the key word: 2015 Camp Magic Mud Run.
Okay, back to the good stuff….
Our staff goes through ten days (!) of training before our first campers arrive on site. During these days, we are covering multiple topics ranging from the proper way to run activity areas (like archery or climbing), to how staff members should deal with a possible bullying situation, to homesickness. This wide range of topics and training is reinforced to the staff on a daily basis as the summer is progressing.
We love talking about camp, so if you have questions on anything, please reach out to us and ask! Even if you aren’t the first person to ask, we would rather you hear the answer straight from us than from anyone else.
We are excited about the summer and we’re just 36 short days away! See you at Camp!
-Michael Ohl, Camp Executive, Camp Chief Ouray