Signs of Hope Camp Counselor

Prior to Camp:

  • Submit your application, waiver, and statement of faith
  • Interview with Leadership Team
  • Get LiveScanned
  • Attend a mandatory training
  • Fundraise for camperships ($500 – see fundraising tools below)
  • Collect decorations for your cabin based on camp theme
  • Pray for your campers

During Camp:

  • Arrive Sunday morning, August 4, to prepare your cabin and set up camp!
  • Lead your campers through their daily schedule – meals, field games, quiet time, pool fun, ropes course, and other activities facilitated by Mission Springs staff
  • Read and abide by the Counselor Code of Conduct
  • Attend daily counselor devotionals
  • Assist in meeting the individual camper’s needs – spiritual, emotional, social, and physical
  • Maintain morale & support campers with a positive attitude and Biblical approach
  • Know whereabouts of each camper in your cabin every minute of the day
  • Stay on time for meeting, activities and meals
  • Report any incidents to the Leadership Team and call for behavioral assistance when needed
  • Assist campers in maintaining cabin cleanliness

After Camp:

  • Counselor Appreciation Party!
  • Thank and report back to your supporters and church
Volunteer for other Help One Child programs, and continue relationships with campers and other children in foster care!

All Full-Time Counselors are required to attend three mandatory trainings.

Sunday, July 7th 6:00 – 8:30 PM at Help One Child, Los Altos

Curriculum:Camp Operations and Introduction to the Foster Care System 

Sunday, July 14th 6:00 – 8:30 PM at Help One Child, Los Altos

Curriculum:Camp Operations and Introduction to the Foster Care System pt 2

Sunday, July 21st 6:00 – 8:30 PM at Testarosa Winery


Sunday, July 28th 6:00 – 8:30 PM at Help One Child, Los Altos

Curriculum: Application and Preparation

Clothes Check List:

  • Shorts
  • Pants
  • Comfortable close-toes walking/hiking shoes
  • Hat
  • T-Shirts (modest sleeveless shirts are ok)
  • Sweatshirt and/or jacket
  • Modest pajamas/sweats
  • Modest swimsuit (Ladies must bring a one-piece suit or wear a t-shirt over their two-piece suit)
  • Flip flops for pool/shower


  • Beach towel
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Bug spray
  • Any necessary medications (will need to be given to the nurse)


  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow

Extra Necessary Supplies:

  • Watch and/or alarm clock
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack
  • Bible
  • Journal/Notebook
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Flashlight
  • Cabin Decorations
  • Refillable water bottle
  • A positive and flexible attitude!


  • Speaker for music (no electricity in cabins)
  • Snacks and games for counselors (we will store them in the dining hall)
  • For campers at bedtime: books to read aloud, colored pens/markers/crayons/pencils and scratch paper, mellow music

What NOT to bring to camp:

  • Gifts/Candy/Snacks/Soda for the children
  • Secular music
  • Any valuables
  • Anything dangerous (knives, etc.)

On arrival, you will receive:

  • Counselor Nametag
  • Counselor T-Shirt
  • Master Schedule / Cabin Activity Schedule
  • Camp Map
  • Memory Book Guidelines

Download a check list here!

Invite your friends to our Signs of Hope Camp Fundraisers!

Join us for the annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast at Union Presbyterian Church! Cost: Donation Only. All proceeds from the event will go toward Signs of Hope Camp.

When: Wednesday, July 4
Time: 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Where: Union Presbyterian Church

Join us for a summer afternoon on the beautiful outdoor patio at Testarossa Winery with tasty hors d’oeuvres, awesome raffle prizes, and more!

When: Sunday, July 21
Time: 3:00-6:00pm
Where: Testarosa Winery


Host a Donation Drive at your church!

We’ve got you covered! We’ll provide the flyers and materials if you host a table at your church in July. Email for more information.

Get Creative!

  • Host a Paint Nite with your friends! Click here for more information.
  • Start a Go Fund Me page and share with your friends and family on Facebook.
  • Email and let’s brainstorm together!

We’re preparing a Sample Letter for you to send out to friends and family.

Come back soon for the downloadable copy!