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The Salvation Army - Metro Division Summer Camp Counselor-DSM in Des Moines, Iowa


Schedules for this position will vary. We have 4 Full-Time positions and 3 Part-Time positions available. Hours of operation will be from 7am-5:30pm

Full-Time Schedules will be 7am-3:30pm, 8:30am-5pm, 7am-4:30pm, and 9am-5:30pm.

Part-Time Schedules will be 7am-12pm, 12pm-5pm, 12:30pm-5pm, 10am-3pm, and 11am-4pm.

The Salvation Army Mission: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Summary/Primary Purpose: They are charged with being a positive Christian influence for each of their campers. Responsibilities include developing the camper's social, physical, intellectual, vocational, emotional, and spiritual strengths through group living experiences and personal interest.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

In addition to the duties and responsibilities below the counselor will adhere to and enforce all camp policies, procedures and safety regulations, always making camper safety a priority. They will also know where the campers assigned to them are at all times while on camp grounds or on off-camp field trips.

  • Attend general staff training week, and read all material mailed prior to training week.

  • Provide leadership and direction to an assigned group of campers in daily activities, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the campers by conducting devotions, prayer time, and Bible class. Be available to provide spiritual direction to the campers as needed and record all accounts of a young person accepting Christ or requesting prayer.

  • Instruction/guidance in personal hygiene.

  • Instruction/guidance on table manners and conduct in the dining hall

  • Guidance/Discipline to campers on an as needed basis according to the policies and procedures.

  • Attend and participate in all scheduled activities, programs, staff meetings, devotions, and meals unless otherwise directed.

  • Prepare and conduct or assist with, activities, classes and programs as assigned.

  • Assist in camp clean-up at the close of each camp, in preparation for the next group. Assist with camper check-in and check-out.

  • Successfully complete the Salvation Army Safe From Harm training, the ARC CPR and First Aid Training or be able to supply documentation of previous and current certification.

  • Supervise health issues that may arise with your campers.

  • Responsible for essential functions of secondary position (see additional job description).

  • All other duties as assigned.

    Supervisory Responsibilities : N/A


Education and/or Experience: Minimum one year of college preferred and one year preferred previous experience working with children in any setting. Will provide on the job training

Qualifications: The requirements listed below are representative of the minimal knowledge, skill, and/or ability required for this position.

Assist in creating a Christian atmosphere and support the infusion of Christian Outreach through the programming. Preferred 6 months related experience in a personal relationship with Christ and working with youth. This individual must be of good character, mature and able to uphold the Christian standards and ministries of The Salvation Army in all areas of job responsibilities.

Other Qualifications: Must pass all applicable background checks. English proficiency sufficient for communication with supervisors, co-workers, and campers. Must successfully complete Safe from Harm training as established by The Salvation Army.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: None required. Will provide Safe From Harm training as well as CPR and First Aid training.

Physical Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Working Conditions: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

All employees recognize that The Salvation Army is a church and agree that they will do nothing as an employee of The Salvation Army to undermine its religious mission.

Job LocationsUS-IA-Des Moines

Job ID 2021-17217

of Openings 7

Category Camp

Type Temporary Full-Time