This year, Camp Tanako has created the new position of Junior Counselor for rising 11th and 12th graders to replace the former CIT camp. Introducing Jr. Counselors will give those individuals who want the opportunity to work at camp, but are not yet old enough to be counselors, a chance to actually be on staff. They will attend staff training in full, be present in cabins, count for ratios, help with work around camp, lead activities, and practice servant leadership.
Junior Counselors are to be rising 11th or 12th graders, have a driver’s license, and be able to commit to at least 3 – 4 weeks of work (more if you’re willing and able). It is a volunteer position, and you will not pay to attend like CIT camp. There are benefits including but not limited to room and board, opportunities for leadership growth and development, opportunities for personal and spiritual growth and development, being active in the realization of Camp Tanako’s mission by participating as a member of genuine community, and opportunities to change and influence young lives.
Candidates must apply and interview just like paid staff. The application link can be found below.
The Counselor-in-Training program at Camp Tanako has been an invaluable tool for helping high school students develop early in their journey of self-discovery. The program was not designed to create leaders. The idea was to plant seeds which, at an undetermined time, would fruit into something original, new, and beautiful. It was also a time for some to realize that leadership wasn’t for them. And that’s ok. Society often emphasizes an unhealthy importance on leadership, but followers are just as, if not more important. The goal of leadership development is to give young people the tools they need to think for themselves as leaders and followers as both are essential to the church.