Being a counselor at Camp DeSoto is all about building healthy relationships with campers and showing them Christ – through unconditional acceptance and nurturing love.
During cabin time, activities, night activities, down time, meals, Special Events, and Out of Camp Trips, Program Staff are there to provide leadership, structure, encouragement, guidance, and friendship. In all that they do, the goal of Program Staff is to love and serve campers with wisdom, compassion, and a genuine desire for each camper’s healthy growth and development.
We also have a team of about 8 Program Staff members who are part of the leadership team. These are activity heads who do not live in a cabin with campers because their primary responsibility is to oversee a particular activity area of Camp or manage a specific area of the camp program, such as out of camp trips. In addition to their daily responsibilities in their individual jobs, these staff are the magic behind so much of what happens at Camp - they set-up and break-down every night activity and special event, provide leadership on trips, lead small groups of other Program Staff, pray regularly for the whole camp community, and commit to providing leadership through humble service.
Leadership team members are usually college juniors or older. A position on the leadership team is typically offered by the directors to program staff applicants who demonstrate strong leadership competencies, a self-assurance grounded in humility, a deep understanding of camp’s mission, and a desire to serve the DeSoto community through hard work.