Event Positions & Job Responsibilities

The following positions may not be available for all camp offerings. Specialty camps may have different requirements for hire. These requirements will be communicated during the hiring process.

Table of Contents

  1. Head Counselor
  2. Counselors
  3. Community Leader
  4. SIT
  5. Event Director
  6. Story
  7. Workshop
  8. Wardrobe
  9. Sets & Props
  10. Game Systems
  11. Medical Wellness
  12. Volunteers

Head Counselor

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  • Arrive to load in and load out location on time and prepared to work. Check in with office regarding administrative tasks.
  • Arrive to the event in time for first staff meeting. You are responsible for knowing when and where this meeting occurs.
  • Become familiar with and follow the schedule accordingly. Bring up any concerns with the Event Director.
  • Participate in registration at direction of Administration.
  • Participate in bunk assignments with Event Director and Office.
  • Schedule counselors for wake up and late night duties. Two counselors should be assigned to each; schedule is at discretion of Head Counselor and Event Director.
  • Keep open communication with Event Director about the general wellness of the event.
  • Work with Medical Wellness to ensure the overall well-being and safety of all.
  • Be prepared to mentor, supervise and evaluate Staff-in-Training and/or Counselors and/or Community Leaders during the event.
  • Perform all Counselor duties (see below).
  • Be prepared to take part in the Adventure Game.
  • Adhere to the WFE Rules and Responsibilities during all times of the event.
  • Schedule and run Counselor meetings in coordination with Event Director.
  • Complete other tasks at discretion of Event Director.

Counselors

Responsibilities:

  • Arrive to load in and load out location on time and prepared to work.
  • Arrive to the event in time for the first Staff Meeting. You are responsible for knowing when and where this meeting occurs.
  • Become familiar with and follow the schedule. Bring up any concerns with the Event Director.
  • Be prepared to support workshops.
  • Each counselor will be assigned to a bunk and should be prepared to monitor the wellness of participants residing in that bunk.
  • Responsible for late night and wake up duties
  • Encourage camp spirit through participation and enthusiasm.
  • Be prepared to take part in the Adventure Game.
  • Adhere to the WFE Rules and Responsibilities during all times of the event.

Community Leader

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A Community Leader (CL) is a member of the Wayfinder Experience community who is not yet old enough to work at camp but is invested in building a fun, safe camp environment. CLs must fill out an application and return it to the WFE office by the stated deadline to be considered. The WFE will consider applicants based on contribution to the community, financial situation and event need. CLs must contribute positively to the community by fully and willingly participating in workshops, following camp guidelines and providing a good example for other campers.

  • Eligibility for CLs begins at age 15.
  • CLs receive a discount of $50 off the price of the event where serving as a CL.
  • CLs are legally considered campers and must follow all camper procedures and requirements.
  • CLs must support the community through participating in workshops, clean up and participant bonding.
  • WFE is under no obligation to hire any CL into a paid position or to renew a term of CLdom.

Staff in Training

A Staff in Training (SIT) is a member of the Wayfinder Experience community who training to become a staff member.  SIT candidates must fill out an application and return it to WFE by the stated deadline to be considered. WFE will consider applicants based on contribution to the community, promise, previous experience and event need. SITs must contribute positively to the community by fully and willingly participating in workshops, following camp guidelines and providing a good example for other campers.

  • Eligibility for SITdom begins at age 15 for day camps or 16 for overnight camps provided the applicant meets the criteria explained below.
  • An applicant should have attended at least two official Wayfinder Experience events, preferably week-long summer camps, to be eligible for the position of SIT. (One day events may not count.)
  • Prospective SITs may apply in any and/or all of the following Departments for an event: Administration/Direction, Costuming/Makeup, Sets & Props, Game Systems, Story, Theatre, Play, Wellness. WFE will place the applicant in an area at an event based on availability and the event’s needs.
  • SITs receive discounts as follows: 1st year overnight camp SITs receive $100 off price of event where serving as an SIT; 2d year overnight camp SITs receive $150 off price of event where serving as an SIT; SITs working one week of day camp receive $50 off one overnight event; SITs working two or more weeks of day camp receive $100 off one overnight event.  Day camp SITs do not need to register for the camp at which they are working.
  • SITs are legally considered campers and must follow all camper procedures and requirements.
  • SITs must report to their Department Head for assignments, with questions, etc. In turn, Department Heads are responsible for the training and treatment of their SITs.
  • Any difficulties felt by either the SIT or the Department Head in terms of their working relationship should be directed to the Event Director and/or the Programming Director to be dealt with accordingly.
  • SITs will be evaluated at the end of the event by their immediate supervisor.
  • SITs may establish themselves in a certain Department, but are required to diversify. For example, an SIT may be primarily in Sets and Props but must learn how to teach basic workshops as well.
  • Ideally, an SIT should expect to be in the position of SIT for a minimum of two years before becoming eligible to be a paid staff member. If an SIT shows exemplary mastery and potential in all aspects of camp, they may become eligible for a staff position sooner.
  • Anyone is eligible to become a staff member at 18 years of age.
  • WFE is under no obligation to hire any SIT into a paid staff position or to renew a term of SITdom.
  • WFE reserves the right to make any staffing changes necessary for the betterment of The Wayfinder Experience.

Event Director

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with Office for event specifics such as times, dates, personnel, emergency information, on-site contacts, or any other specific piece of information needed.
  • Create a schedule for the event, filling workshops with the appropriate teachers. Provide this schedule to staff as soon as possible, but no later than 2 days before the event.
  • Plan a time for an opening Staff Meeting the day of the event. Communicate to all staff and SITs the time and location.
  • Coordinate a load in and load out time with production heads. Communicate to all staff and SITs times and locations for load ins and load outs.
  • Arrive to load in and load out location ahead of staff and prepared to work.
  • Arrive to the event in time for first Staff Meeting.
  • Be prepared to be the communication hub for the event and all persons involved: staff, participants, land contacts, parents, etc.
  • Check in with all staff members regularly during the event. Make sure that the Adventure Game is progressing in a timely and organized fashion.
  • Coordinate with Head Counselor around wake up and late night.
  • Be prepared to teach workshops.
  • Be prepared to perform all camp counselor duties: night check-in, participant bonding, clean up, etc.
  • Be prepared to mentor, supervise, and evaluate Staff-in-Training during the event.
  • Be prepared to take part in the Adventure Game.
  • Be prepared to take responsibility for handling any unexpected developments.
  • Adhere to the WFE Rules and Responsibilities during all times of the event.

Story

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  • Communicate to Event Director any schedule requests.
  • Contact the Story Board with questions and concerns.
  • If possible, provide all staff with story background, flows and character sheets before the event.
  • Send production lists to the heads of the specific departments in advance of the event.
  • Arrive to load in and load out location on time and prepared to work.
  • Arrive to the event in time for first staff meeting. You are responsible for knowing when and where this meeting occurs.
  • Arrive to the event with all story elements ready- flow sheets, character sheets, etc. Little preparation should occur at the event itself.
  • Become familiar with and follow the schedule accordingly. Bring up any concerns with the Event Director. Provide the Event Director with an SPC Meeting schedule.
  • Provide a linear and organized story experience, from introduction to SPC meetings to character development.
  • Keep in touch with all department heads and make issues and requests known immediately.
  • Be prepared to teach workshops.
  • Be prepared to perform all camp counselor duties: night check-in, participant bonding, clean up, etc.
  • Be prepared to mentor, supervise and evaluate a Staff-in-Training during the event.
  • Be prepared to take part in the Adventure Game.
  • Adhere to the WFE Rules and Responsibilities during all times of the event.

Workshop (Play or Theatre)

Responsibilities:

  • Get in touch with the Event Director for schedules and workshops.
  • Prepare any workshops for which you are responsible.
  • Arrive to load in and load out location on time and prepared to work.
  • Arrive to the event in time for the first staff meeting. You are responsible for knowing when and where this meeting occurs.
  • Become familiar with and follow the schedule accordingly. Bring up any concerns with the Event Director.
  • Be prepared to perform all camp counselor duties: night check-in, participant bonding, clean up, etc.
  • Be prepared to mentor, supervise, and evaluate Staff-in-Training during the event.
  • Be prepared to take part in the Adventure Game.
  • Be prepared to teach during unexpected blocks.
  • Adhere to the WFE Rules and Responsibilities during all times of the event.

Wardrobe

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  • Receive production lists from Story as soon as possible before the event. Contact necessary persons for coordination of special costuming, patterns, etc.
  • Coordinate a load in and load out time with Event Director.
  • Arrive to load in and load out locations early the day of the event or the day before the event to organize the following items to be taken to the event:
    • All costumes
    • Belts
    • Prosthetics and wigs
    • Jewelry
    • Furs, hats, masks, gloves, headpieces
    • Makeup
  • Arrive to load in and load out location on time and prepared to work.
  • Arrive to the event in time for first staff meeting. You are responsible for knowing when and where this meeting occurs.
  • Become familiar with and follow the schedule accordingly. Bring up any concerns with the Event Director.
  • Be prepared to teach workshops.
  • Be prepared to perform all camp counselor duties: night check-in, participant bonding, clean up, etc.
  • Be prepared to mentor, supervise and evaluate Staff-in-Training during the event.
  • Be prepared to take part in the Adventure Game.
  • Sign out and sign in all costumes & accessories in use for the game.
  • Ensure that all costumes & accessories are returned in an acceptable condition and washed if necessary.
  • Adhere to the WFE Rules and Responsibilities during all times of the event.

Sets and Props

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  • Receive production lists from Story as soon as possible before the event. Contact necessary persons for coordination of special items, materials, etc.
  • Coordinate a load in and load out time with Event Director.
  • Arrive to load in and load out locations early the day of the event or the day before the event to organize items the following items to be taken to the event:
    • Set materials requested by Story
    • All props requested by Story
    • Decorating material
    • Tiki torches and other set light sources
  • Arrive to load in and load out location on time and prepared to work.
  • Arrive to the event in time for first staff meeting. You are responsible for knowing when and where this meeting occurs.
  • Become familiar with and follow the schedule accordingly. Bring up any concerns with the Event Director.
  • Be prepared to teach workshops.
  • Be prepared to perform all camp counselor duties: night check-in, participant bonding, clean up, etc.
  • Be prepared to mentor, supervise, and evaluate Staff-in-Training during the event.
  • Be prepared to take part in the Adventure Game.
  • Return all materials taken in an orderly fashion and up to the standards of the Office.
  • Adhere to the WFE Rules and Responsibilities during all times of the event.

Game Systems

Responsibilities:

  • Receive production lists from Story as soon as possible before the event. Contact necessary persons for coordination of special items, materials, etc.
  • Coordinate a load in and load out time with Event Director.
  • Arrive to load in and load out locations early the day of the event or the day before the event to organize the following items to be taken to the event:
    • Weapons (swords, shields, bow & arrows, spears or any special weapons requested by Story)
    • Magic System (unless Story has specifically instructed that there is no magic system needed)
    • CTF materials, including flags, cones and ropes
    • New Games materials such as balls and discs
    • Pouches
    • Spirit costumes
    • Personal light sources
  • Arrive to load in and load out location on time and prepared to work.
  • Arrive to the event in time for first staff meeting. You are responsible for knowing when and where this meeting occurs.
  • Become familiar with and follow the schedule accordingly. Bring up any concerns with the Event Director.
  • Be prepared to teach workshops.
  • Be prepared to perform all camp counselor duties: night check-in, participant bonding, clean up, etc.
  • Be prepared to mentor, supervise, and evaluate Staff-in-Training during the event.
  • Be prepared to take part in the Adventure Game.
  • Adhere to the WFE Rules and Responsibilities during all times of the event.

Medical Wellness

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  • Arrive to load in and load out location on time unless requested by Office to be early.  Be prepared to work. Pack medical equipment, supplies and medical file box.
  • Arrive to the event in time for first staff meeting. You are responsible for knowing when and where this meeting occurs.
  • Become familiar with and follow the schedule accordingly. Bring up any concerns with the Event Director.
  • Participate in registration to receive all medications and special instructions from parents and to assist with lice checks and general health checks.
  • Speak with Event Director and Head Counselor about any medical issues.
  • Work with the Head Counselor to ensure the overall well-being and safety of all.
  • Responsible for upkeep and administration of all medications and first aid supplies.
  • Responsible for in-game wellness packs where they apply (whistles, lights, etc.).
  • Be prepared to perform all camp counselor duties: night check-in, participant bonding, clean up, etc.
  • Be prepared to mentor, supervise and evaluate a Staff-in-Training during the event.
  • Be prepared to take part in the Adventure Game as much as wellness responsibilities allow.
  • Adhere to the WFE Rules and Responsibilities during all times of the event.

Volunteers

Responsibilities:

  • Arrive to load in and load out location on time and prepared to work.
  • Arrive to the event in time for the first staff meeting. You are responsible for knowing when and where this meeting occurs.
  • Become familiar with and follow the schedule accordingly. Bring up any concerns with the Event Director.
  • Be prepared to teach workshops.
  • Be prepared to perform all camp counselor duties: night check-in, participant bonding, clean up, etc.
  • Be prepared to help in any and all aspects of the camp: production, wellness, story, flow management or teaching.
  • Be prepared to take part in the Adventure Game.
  • Adhere to the WFE Rules and Responsibilities during all times of the event.