We are highly selective of our counselors. We make sure they have a formed relationship with our Lord and a moral compass that is Catholic in its orientation. We hire counselors that are navigating life successfully and are good role models. We don’t target the Catholic students that only go to Mass on Sunday; we want the ones who are also involved during the week.
Many of our counselors were once campers themselves. It’s not uncommon for a 20-year old senior counselor to have been attending CSM for over half of his life. In these cases, we are very familiar with the young men and women and know their families very well. Often, these counselors have worked for us as junior counselors/counselors-in-training.
We also recruit counselors from area universities and seminaries. In 2014, we were excited to welcome 9 seminarians to our staff. Working as a camp counselor is perfect training for a young person who is pursuing a degree in education or any other service oriented field. Occasionally, we also hire counselors from accredited agencies who recruit overseas. This adds a richness to our community life at camp.
In every case, each counselor, administrator and support staff member undergoes a complete application and interview process. We check personal references and run professional background checks. Before our staff members work directly with campers, they take part in a week-long training period, during which we carefully observe all of their traits, habits and leadership styles. By the time they greet our campers, we are confident that each Camp Sancta Maria senior counselor has met the highest and most demanding standards to work with your children.