Camp Moja staff consists of volunteers who participate in the planning, preparation and execution of camp. The camp directors, Mr. Moja, nurses, teachers, head counselors, counselors and many support staff assist in running camp and its various events throughout the year. Staff positions are filled based on a person’s desire and ability to fill the role. Our counselors are the largest group of volunteers that help to make Camp Moja successful. They are a very special group of people who spend one week of their summer focusing on the needs and desires of the Camp Moja campers.
Counselors spend the week working directly with the campers during their daily activities and are provided a selfless experience that is memorable not only for the campers, but for them as well. Counselors must be at least 15 years of age, submit a Youth Worker Application and complete the online counselor application. If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity or would like more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Counselors and staff arrive at camp a full day before the campers. During this time, they are provided with the training needed to make the week successful for them and the campers. Training includes a child protection class, required for all first time counselors, as well as guidance on how to interact with campers, tips on motivating campers, and any pieces of information that will help the counselor be the best they can be.
Other counselor expectations during the week at Camp Moja include:
- No alcohol, illegal substances, firearms or fireworks on property at anyime.
- Camper NEEDS are always first, especially when dealing with the general safety of campers and counselors, including keeping campers in their sight at all times.
- Staff are encouraged to not use their phones during camp times; designated times will be allowed.
- All counselor medications (prescription, nonprescription, vitamins and herbal) are turned in to the Camp Nurse prior to camper arrival.
- HAVE FUN!!!
Here are a couple reasons why our counselors keep coming back:
“Love is the only word that can really describe this special camp. As a counselor, I love the campers, but the love that they give in return is what keeps me coming back. The love you feel at Camp MoJa is one of a kind. I believe this camp has changed me and my perspective on life. Camp Moja is my favorite week of the year, and I look forward to it almost as much as the campers do.” –Ashley, Camp Moja Counselor (10 years)
“MOJA is a rare thing to find. On my first day at camp, within a half hour, I made a million new best friends, I was someone’s daughter and I had a wedding proposal. It’s difficult as a staff member to have all the energy to keep up, but it’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. The experience – not only for yourself, but with all the campers – is something that tattoos your heart and will stay with you forever.” –Jessica P., Counselor (4 years)
“I signed up to help with Camp Moja not knowing much about the kind of work I would be doing. I was a little bit nervous, to be honest with you, but I was immediately reassured when the campers arrived and I met the people I was to be helping out. I was in a fairly low place in my life, and the unconditional love and happiness that these men and women shared with me left me forever changed. The expected roles of this camp were reversed in my case; they helped me. I put all I had into working that week, but I walked away from it with so much more.” -Kylie B., Counselor (2 years)
“So often people are overlooked because of their disabilities, and everyone deserves a chance to feel special. Providing this special population with the ability to have their needs put first, if even for a week, has allowed me to discover the truly important things in life. The smiles of the campers are a lasting memory, which keeps me coming back every summer. Camp Moja has enriched me as a person and is by far the most important thing I do all year.” -Jen C., Counselor (7 years)
“Camp Moja is truly a life-changing experience. From the opening day to the last day of camp, I enjoyed every second of it. I met a ton of lifelong friends at camp. I can not wait for next year. Camp Moja is #1!” -Justin C., Counselor (3 years)
“Camp Moja blinded me from visual appearance and helped me see the beauty inside of everyone. This camp strengthened my patience, my perspective on what’s important in life, and taught me how to love and smile in ways I didn’t know I could. I truly had a blast and have already marked it in my calendar for next year.” -Jana M., Counselor (3 years)