Signs of Hope Camp Counselor

How to apply to be a Signs Of Hope Camp counselor:

  1. Download the Counselor Checklist. This will help you track your progress and be sure you don’t miss any important steps!
  2. Submit a Counselor Application (red button to the left). Please click the appropriate application determined by if you have been a counselor at Signs Of Hope camp in the past.
  3. You will be sent an automated email confirming your camper application submission. In this email, you will receive two documents, the Waiver and Liability and a Statment of Faith.
    1. Please print the Statement of Faith and Waiver and Liability Form. Return both documents to Danielle Pickard either through email, mail, or in-person prior to August 1st.
  4. First-time counselors:
    1. You will be asked to schedule an interview with Danielle and the Camp Intern.
    2. If you are over the age of 18, you will also need to be LiveScanned at the latest one week prior to camp. Your automatic email will include the LiveScan Form and Instructions.
  5. All full-time counselors will be asked to attend training prior to camp to ensure that you are prepared and equipped for the week. These trainings are mandatory. If you are unable to attend, you will need to make up the training at a later date.

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 1, 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 mandatory trainings.

Orientation Training: This training is for all first-time counselors. If you are a returning counselor, you do not need to attend.
Date: July 19th
Time: 6:00-7:00pm
Location: Zoom

Second Training: This training is for all first-time and returning counselors.
Date: July 26th
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Location: Zoom

Final Training: This training is for all first-time and returning counselors.
Date: August 2st
Time: 10:00-12:30pm
Location: At Frontier Ranch

Download the Packing Check List!
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

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!

Help One Child and Mission Springs staff are committed to maintaining a healthy and safe environment for our campers, families, and staff. We have established COVID-19 protocols and guidelines based on Santa Cruz County and CDC guidelines.

Here are some of the safety protocols that you can expect:

  • Camper, counselor, and volunteers will submit a health screening and temperature checks will be required at camper drop-off, as well as daily temperature checks.
  • Parents/Guardians will need to remain in cars during camper drop-off and pick-up.
  • Six campers per cabin will allow for proper distancing while sleeping.
  • Campers will be part of a stable group or pod that they will move around camp with.
  • Face masks and social distancing protocols will be required.
  • Frequent hand-washing and extra sanitation steps will be part of our daily schedule.
  • For everyone’s safety: If your camper is feeling sick or had possible contact with someone who is sick prior to your week at camp, please do not send them.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Help One Child.