Serving with the Champions team will be a summer you’ll never forget, but a great team doesn’t just happen—it requires a commitment by all members to work towards a common purpose and live by certain standards.
The policies and standards outlined below cover counselors’ appearance and conduct in multiple areas. Some of them may seem unnecessary or even silly to you, but our experience has taught us that this is the way to best serve our campers and their families. You may not personally agree with every one, but if you spend a summer with us, we will expect you to abide by all of them.
Having a friend or a family member visit you at camp is great! You’ll just need to make sure you arrange it with your camp director, so we can make sure they come at an appropriate time and are able to receive a VISITOR’S badge.
Working as a counselor demands your best 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. That’s what makes the job so exhausting and your time off so necessary.
During each 3-week term, each counselor gets 3 full nights off camp from 6:30 pm – 12:00 am, 2 nights off from 10:00 pm – 12:00 am, 5 off blocks of 2 hours, and 2 lunches off for 2 hours each. Each counselor also gets a full 24-hour break from 6:30 pm on one afternoon till 6:30 pm the following afternoon. Between terms, all counselors have approximately 18 hours from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning to catch their breath and re-charge for the next group of campers.
Friends and family can leave messages at the camp office. A Division Leader will relay messages to you. Keeping in mind that every moment of the day is a potential key opportunity to make a significant connection with a child, we need to limit our phone calls to off duty time only. Cell phones can be used only during those times and only at the counselor lounge.
Because of the close proximity of the some 370 campers and the 100 individuals working here, pets are not a luxury we can afford. We would never be able to accommodate everyone and it would stir up all kinds of health issues. Therefore, we cannot allow counselors to keep pets of any kind at camp.
If you have a work-related injury while you’re at camp, your medical expenses will be covered by camp’s workman’s comp. If it’s not work-related (for example, on your time off), your own carrier or your parents’ carrier covers the expenses.
You may send your laundry to our laundry service when we do campers’ laundry for no extra charge.
Mailed is delivered Monday through Saturday. Friends and family can mail to the camp address:
YOUR NAME / C/0
775 Camp Rd
Marble Falls, TX 78654
We provide access to a couple of computers so counselors (no campers) can send and receive e-mail through their Internet accounts.
For safety (and so you get your rest) we have established a curfew. We must take night time and possible intruders very seriously, which means we all have to cooperate in the safety process. Counselors should remain around their cabins with their campers after lights outs. When off-duty, counselors are free to stay at the counselors lounge till midnight. The front gate will close and lock at curfew every night.
We do strive for our counselors to present a clean-cut, clean-shaven appearance. Guys will keep their hair no longer than neck length, and no beards or mustaches. Girls have no restrictions on hair length.
At Camp Champions, we welcome all great counselors, including those who are “body pierced”; however, while on duty counselors must keep all rings, studs, hoops, etc. out of their noses, navels, tongues, etc. To say it another way, in front of campers you must be “pierce-free.” Why? Read the paragraph on tattoos. Same reasons apply. Female counselors may wear earrings if they so choose. Guys, sorry, no earrings. Again, as with tattoos, please just give us the “heads up.”
We know a lot of people have tattoos, including some of the best counselors we’ve had in recent years. So if you have a tattoo, we will ask you to keep it covered at camp (in some rare situations, we realize we will need to make an exception). We require this NOT because we believe tattoo-wearing is wrong; we firmly believe that you cannot judge a book by its cover. However, at Camp Champions our counselors are true “heroes” to our campers. Campers will model everything you do. Campers are young, impressionable, and immature. Tattoos are permanent. Not a good combination. So especially for the sake of our camper parents, we try to steer clear of this issue with their children. We hope not to make a big deal of this. If you wear a tattoo, please give us the “heads up.”
Camp Champions is alcohol-free. Our counselors agree, as part of their contracts, not to use alcohol during their employment, including nights off.
Kids see enough “role models” around them using alcohol, often to excess. We want camp to be a place where kids see people who don’t use alcohol and who are incredibly fun. THAT’S a powerful message. During the summer, ALL counselors and Full-Time Camp Staff commit to not using alcohol. Our campers are worth it.
Violation of this policy will result in severe action and immediate dismissal. No one single issue is more important to the quality of a camp staff, and to the trust of parents, than counselor alcohol use.
Camp Champions will not tolerate the possession, or use of, illegal substances at anytime. Violation of this policy will result in immediate dismissal. Camp Champions reserves the right to implement a random drug test at any time during the summer.
No matter what form; whether you dip, chew, snort, puff, smoke—if you use tobacco, use it on nights off, AFTER you have left camp property. Using tobacco on camp property will result in severe action, and possible dismissal. We PREFER that you not use tobacco at all, at least during the summer. You are a counselor hero. Making a commitment to stay completely away from tobacco during the summer sends a very powerful message to our campers. If you normally use tobacco, we’d love for you to commit not to use it during the summer.