WHO WE ARE, IS WHAT WE DO.
WHAT WE DO, IS WHO WE ARE.
As our campers mature and begin to look beyond high school to college or job applications SCHF seeks to fuel the fire with positive experiences that help students prepare for the next phase of their lives. We do that in 2 ways - Mentorships + Job Training.We
Studies show that having at least 3 people to turn to in a moment of decision making or crisis is a success factor, so that college bound students not only go to school, but stay in school through graduation.
Meanwhile, even with the college counseling offered by school guidance departments, SCHF’s participants frequently indicate that more support and an individualized approach is needed.
SCHF excels at helping students improve their social and emotional skills and mentorships are a key part of navigating the tricky transition from their familiar home life to the college experience or beginning a career.
Our mentorship program, part of a collaboration with fellow youth development organization I Challenge Myself, addresses the need for college and career readiness counseling.
Participants meet the mentors at 6 hosted sessions each semester (October - January and February - May) and are expected to be in regular contact outside of official meetings
JOB TRAINING + RESUME BUILDING
At SCHF, we subscribe to a Theory of Evolutionary Leadership and offer opportunities for internships and jobs where campers can receive training, learn applicable skills, develop as leaders, and be rewarded for their diligence and hard work.
SCHF is proud that over 80% of our summer staff is drawn from seasoned campers promoted to serve as interns and counselors. We’ve found that younger participants are motivated by this model and look up to older campers who have earned additional responsibility as positive examples of what’s possible in their own lives.
Interns - during the school year selected interns work 4 hrs/week over a 6 week period with three sessions (Fall, Winter, Spring) as a continuation of their camp experience. This more prolonged interaction also allows SCHF staff to learn more about an individual’s specific interests, giftings, and aptitude.
Apprentices – Developed from the idea of counselors-in-training (aka CITs) apprentices shadow a Senior Counselor during summer camp sessions, participate in leadership trainings, and begin to focus on specializing in one area of camp activities. Apprentices may apply to be counselors after 1 year.
Counselors - these paid positions fall into two categories of seniority and responsibility. A high school diploma is required.
Junior Counselors – candidates for junior counselor positions typically apply in their senior year of high school for a position the summer after graduation. Junior counselors assist senior counselors and act as a support to camp activities and program workshops
Senior Counselors – candidates are high school graduates typically applying in either their first year of college or work. Senior counselors have responsibility for all campers in their assigned bunk and lead workshops designed to deliver curriculum prepared by SCHF Staff.