All About BBC Staff

Greetings!

If you’re interested in working at Bethany Birches I bet you have some questions. Good!  Below are a handful of topics.  Go ahead and click on the green buttons related to the topics you’re most interested in.  I hope your questions are answered.  If they’re not, give me a call at the office: 802-672-5220 or email me: dan@bethanybirches.org. I look forward to speaking!

Sincerely,

Dan “Chick” Laubach- Program Director

Questions Answered

We want to make the application process as simple as possible for you while also abiding by important hiring practices and laws. Below is the step by step process.

  • Fill out a short application. (This just helps show us that you’re interested in learning more)
  • Within 1-3 days a director contacts you and has a short 10 min phone conversation
  • If still interested, you can fill out our full application. This includes three references.
  • Soon after getting your application a director will set up a 45-60 minute skype/facetime interview
  • A few days after that interview you will be given a decision

Bethany Birches runs week-long programs for kids of a variety of ages. Each week, the campers arrive on Sunday afternoon and go home on Friday evening. There is a three year age span each week and the schedule changes from age to age randomly. We serve campers as young as 5 and as old as 17 (though most are between 10 and 13 years old)

To help keep campers excited we adjust each day slightly by introducing different Theme Days, Activities, and Interest Groups

Theme Days:

Messy Monday, Tidy up Tuesday, Wet and Wild Wednesday, Theater Thursday,

Activities:

All camp creek hike, cardboard boat building, Shindig, Pond Party, Off-site trips, Mission Impossible, etc

Interest Groups:

Often offered on Tuesday and Thursday, these sessions allow for staff to share specific skills with groups of campers who are interested in learning those skills.  Archery, crafts, wilderness survival, journalism, canning, rock climbing, etc

A Day in the Life video from Middle School Week 2015

We pay counselors $160/week for the summer (8 weeks). Room and board is provided to all summer staff and volunteers, some non-counseling positions are paid differently. We have a Staff Matching Program, and it works like this: You raise a dollar, we match it up to $320 total or $40/week. If staff return for a second summer, there is college scholarship money available. You may raise as much money as you want in addition to the money we match. However, you will only be able to receive $2400 total for the summer. Any extra money you have raised will go toward the cost of operating camp.

We provide you with materials that make it easy to raise this money. Additionally, some local churches often will provide some money for anyone who asks. It’s not hard to earn some additional cash!

Example A: BBC pays $1280
Counselor raises $320
BBC matches $320
$1920 in cash taken home +
Room and board $800 ($100/week value)
Total compensation = $2720
Example B: BBC pays $1280
Counselor raises $900
BBC matches $320
$2400 in cash taken home +
Room and board $800 ($100/week value)
Total compensation = $3200

Many staff end the summer with $2,400 take home cash just by raising a little money for Staff Matching.

This is how past counselors have described their BBC
Experience (they were limited to one sentence).

“An awesome action-packed journey over mountains and through valleys all while serving and praising God with friends and children of Christ”
~Finn

“BBC is intense risk grounded in the steadfastness of God’s love.”
~ Rico

“Seeking, finding, learning about, experiencing, sharing and being shown the love of Jesus through the day-to-day process of living in communion with amazing, challenging, inspiring people–all beloved children of God.”
~ Elvis”

An opportunity to live in community with and learn from individuals dedicated to living for Christ by loving people and loving the environment.”
~ Dot

“During my summer at Bethany Birches, I made close friends, I got to know myself better, and most importantly, I got to know God better.”
~ Scoop

Camp is hard work! We understand that and want to help each staff person be successful in their different jobs. All staff receive 1-2 hours off each day as well as 24+ hours off each weekend.

Weekends are off – yours to do what you will. The weekends below will be different than the others. These are for our staff bonding trip, additional training for a special week, and putting on a church service at camp. Details about these special weekend will be announced at the beginning of staff training, and we will still make sure all staff have at-least 24 hours off.

Counselors will be at camp from the third weekend in June through the second weekend in August. Cooks, video staff and program staff will have a slightly different schedule but it’s mostly the same.

Special Weekends 2018:

June 15-17: Staff training week. Staff will not have a normal weekend off

July 20-22: Staff Enrichment. A relaxing and exciting time to hang out as a staff team halfway through the summer

July 29: Church at Camp. All staff will help put on a church service at camp on Sunday morning

August 11-13: Staff Deorientation. Sessions and activities designed to help launch you back into the “real world”

Many of our campers come to us from social service agencies and from local families who do not regularly attend church. We are an outreach ministry since it is here that many campers first hear of Jesus’ unconditional love. We try to be an image of Christ for the campers in our daily interactions so that they can come to know him through us as we have fun together at camp. Bethany Birches Camp is rustic with a perspective of learning and leading through adventure.

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Brandon ``Tuna`` Bergey

Executive Director

Tuna has been the Executive Director at Bethany Birches Camp for more than a decade. With background in business and psychology, he leads the year-round staff team, works closely with the Board of Directors and leads the fundraising charge.

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Dan ``Chick`` Laubach

Program Director

Dan took over as Program Director in 2015. He has experience at 3 other camps and was born to a camp Program Director. In college, he studied education and religion. He leads the seasonal staff and works to implement the camp's core values and traditions in new and relevant programs.

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Amber ``Cheeks`` Bergey

Day Camp Director
M.S.Ed.

Amber has worked at Bethany Birches for more than a decade. She recently took a short break to have her first child and came back on staff part time to become the Day Camp Director. In addition to that, she is volunteer coordinator. She is a wonderful host and brings an important motherly perspective to the year-round camp leadership.