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Why Camp 7 this summer?
There is no better way to spend a summer than making a difference in the lives of children. If you are willing to give your heart and full efforts to providing campers with the summer of a lifetime, then Camp 7 might be right for you! You will have the opportunity to support, nurture, teach, interact with and care for children in a dynamic environment.
The 2020 summer session will run for 11 weeks which includes a week of staff orientation. Your training will consist of 32 hours prior to camp starting. You will be compensated for this time. Our objectives during pre-camp training are to orient you to your job, provide you with the necessary skills and training, introduce you to your co-workers and prepare you for your exciting summer at Camp 7.
Counselors in Training (CITs) are 15-17-year-olds who have volunteered to be a part of the Camp 7 summer staff and take on beginning counselor tasks. Counselors in Training will work together with fellow CITs to assist in task-oriented areas such as program set-up and clean-up, snack preparation, small group games and more. CITs will also be involved in programming and given the opportunity to create and lead their very own activity. Being a Counselor in Training will give teens a preview into the everyday life of a camp counselor. Counselor in Training positions are available to those with a strong interest in working with children and are willing to assist in supervising Junior Counselors. We are looking for responsible, motivated young adults that are able to take direction and show respect towards staff and leadership. Camp 7 will select no more than two CITs per session.
Hello Campers and Families!
My first summer as Camp Director was a whirlwind and I can’t wait for year two! Looking back on Summer 2019, I’ve learned quite a few things.
- Transitioning from activities with seniors to activities with children does not take much. The campers just wander away from you faster.
- Unstructured play is a must! The campers are happiest playing in the mud, finding sticks and splashing in the water.
- Scrubbing melting marshmallow out of your sneaker is easier than it seems.
- Campers pack up their teepee faster when their spot in the breakfast line is at stake.
With fond memories in my mind, I have been on working hard the past few months to improve my current skills and develop new ones. In October, I took a four-week Quickbooks course as I have taken over the finances from our previous Administrative Director. I took a refresher CPR/First Aid class and I am working diligently on my annual licensing certifications. My counselors aren’t the only ones that need to be qualified.
On a more exciting note, I have been exploring more of Western Colorado. For the first time, I was marveled by the Maroon Bells and took in the sites of Unaweep Canyon. I witnessed the amazing collection of classic cars at Gateway Auto Museum and enjoyed some much-needed downtime at my beloved Sylvan Lake State Park. And there is still so much more to see!!
This summer, my plan is to share these places and more with our campers! I feel it is important for youth to know the resources available to them. A trip to the auto museum may inspire a young mechanic. Exploring the Unaweep Canyon may spark interest in a future geologist or archeologist. We may never know if we don’t introduce our children to the wonders around them. The opportunities are endless!
I am looking forward to another year and cannot wait to see what new activities your kiddos are passionate about!
See you soon,
Meet Your Director, Kelsey Sprys
Our counselors and staff are the key to our success. Young people respond positively to adults displaying wholesome values, enthusiastic attitudes and strong moral ethics. We strive to recruit and maintain the best possible role models for campers in our care. There is no question that there is a direct correlation between the quality of our staff and the quality of the experience for the campers. Every prospective staff member is thoroughly screened and personally interviewed. We hire only those with maturity, patience, and a sincere interest in making your children's summer camp experience memorable!
We consider our camp staff family here at Camp 7. Our family believes in the potential and greatness in each and every camper. The role of Camp 7 staff is to give each child the best camp experience imaginable — a summer filled with fun, laughter and friendship.
17846 Kimball Creek Road
Collbran, CO 81624
Campers who are 13 and 14-years-old will be considered Junior Counselors (JCs). They will receive all of the normal benefits of camp and will also be given the opportunity to take on counselor-type responsibilities. Junior Counselors will work together with fellow JCs to assist in task-oriented areas such as program set-up and clean-up, snack preparation, small group games and more. As an incentive, Junior Counselors will be able to participate in special activities and enrichment opportunities presented only to their age group. Being a Junior Counselor will give campers a chance to be a mentor and give them a sense of responsibility and leadership that will benefit them greatly moving forward as a young adult.