Staff Training & FAQ
|Position||Arrival / Check-In||Training Dates|
|Summer Leadership Staff||Monday, May 24th||Monday, May 24th - Saturday, June 5th|
|Waterfront Staff||Thursday, May 27th||Friday, May 28th - Saturday, June 5th|
|Camping & Climbing Crew||Thursday, May 27th||Friday, May 28th - Saturday, June 5th|
|Staff Training Week||Sunday, May 30th||Sunday, May 30th - Saturday, June 5th|
Rockmont’s staff is the camp’s most valuable asset, carefully chosen through an in-depth interview process that involves numerous hours of application review, interviewing, checking references, and performing background checks. Working at camp is a call to adventure, one which requires much training and discipline. Therefore we begin training with our first conversation – the staff interview – as we challenge our applicants to internalize a true understanding of community life and dialogue about their ability to embrace this call with integrity, patience, perseverance and humility.
The entire staff reports to Camp for a week or more of intense Staff Training. This time provides opportunity for each staff group (e.g. Cabin Staff, Waterfront, Camping & Climbing Crew, Skills Staff, Horseback Riding Staff, etc.) to have focused training in their area of work. Our staff receive instruction on a variety of topics such as age group characteristics, camp first aid and safety protocols, addressing homesickness, camper and staff spiritual formation, creative game-leading, and much more. Of course, we have a lot of FUN together as well, trying out a number of the camp activities and waterfront toys prior to the campers’ arrival! Each night of staff training concludes with a Vespers service to help us re-center ourselves on the mission and ministry to which God has called us.
Our approach to staff training is about development of the whole person. Therefore, we encourage our staff members to be self-reflective throughout their term of service, to notice which aspects of community life are challenging and which are life-giving, to develop emotional self-awareness, and to be responsible for their own well-being. We work to cultivate an environment of honest self-evaluation and supportive truth-telling of others. This on-the-job personal learning combined with the continuing education we provide between sessions ensures that staff are steadily growing and approaching their work energized and with fresh ideas.
Waterfront Staff Training
Please review the waterfront skills information from the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Manual to prepare yourself for our training and certification at camp.
*Camp Rockmont will reimburse the cost of an American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED course up to $250 upon completion of a full season contract (May 30, 2021 – August 14, 2021) for applicants that are hired and then need to acquire or renew an American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate. This course is done on “your time, our dime!” The reimbursement is for the course cost only and a course receipt must be provided to Camp Rockmont; the reimbursement is not for travel, food, accommodation, or any other expense incurred during the course.
Here are some answers to a few frequently asked questions until we can talk further:
Can I bring my dog, cat, or pet iguana?
The camp cannot accommodate additional pets, so you will need to make other arrangements for yours. You will be met by a wonderful pack of camp dogs that will quickly adopt you as one of their people.
Where do I do laundry?
Residential staff members’ are provided with access to camp laundry facilities. You may also visit the local laundromat about 2 miles away on your time off.
Do I need a car?
A personal vehicle is not necessary. Your meals, lodging, laundry, health needs, and fun are all provided here at camp. You can usually get a ride into town with another staff member when you have scheduled time off. Camp is about ten minutes from Black Mountain and twenty minutes from Asheville. If you choose to fly into the Asheville or Greenville-Spartanburg airports, camp will make arrangements to pick you up.
Will I have internet access and cell phone coverage?
Computer and cell phone use is limited to specific times and designated areas. Cell phone coverage is available, but spotty depending upon your provider. Staff usage of these items is a privilege that is not available to campers, so staff must use discretion with them. Additionally, staff members assume all risk associated with bringing expensive items to camp.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
Our chefs are able to accommodate most dietary restrictions. We have a dedicated buffet line for vegetarians. Give us a call and we can discuss.
Can friends or family visit me at camp?
Please note that in 2021, visitors will not be allowed on Camp.
Your friends and family members are welcome to visit you on your days and nights off. All visitors must be checked in at the Round House to receive a visitor pass. You may show them around camp’s public areas, however, we cannot accommodate them for meals or lodging.
What about Certifications?
If you need to get certified as a requirement for your position, you may be eligible to be reimbursed for the cost of the course. Sign up and complete a course on your time and our dime. Camp will reimburse the cost of an American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED course up to $250, an Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED course up to $125, a Wilderness First Aid course up to $300, or a professional rescuer level CPR/AED course up to $150 upon completion of a full season contract for applicants that are hired and then need to acquire or renew one of these certifications. The reimbursement is for the course cost only and a course receipt must be provided to Camp Rockmont; the reimbursement is not for travel, food, accommodation, or any other expense incurred during the course. Those seeking a Wilderness First Responder certification or other skill-based certifications will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
Where will I be living?
Generally, camp living accommodations are shared living spaces with easy access to bathroom and showers. The rustic cabins are open air with screened windows and doors; most have large covered porches.
Will I have time to work out?
Camp has a fitness trail and plenty of space for running and hiking. The Summit Fitness Center is equipped with a variety of gym equipment and open for staff use at certain times. Staff will often work out early in the morning or on their scheduled time off. We also hold a mile-swim most sessions as well as a variety of staff-only intramural sports.
What have we not answered?
Let us know as we continually update the Staff FAQs. Of course, you are always welcome to call (828-686-3885) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.