Leadership Intern Program
- Summer Staff is an
intensive leadership development program. Every summer the Georgia
FFA-FCCLA Center accepts college students to intern as Summer
is eligible for Summer Staff?
We are looking for
college students with the following characteristics:
- Must be one year
out of high school when the summer begins. In other words, if
you graduated from high school in May 2016 or earlier, you will
be eligible for Summer 2017.
- Must enjoy working
with youth and want to see lives changed. That is why this camp
exists, so this must be the most important motivation for any
- Must have an outstanding
work ethic. The job is very demanding, so we do not tolerate
- Must exhibit high
moral character and must be a positive role model for campers.
Staff are required to be someone that campers can look up to.
- Must thrive in a
team atmosphere. Staff will be in a high-stress environment
with approximately 30 other college students. Teamwork is critical.
- Must have the maturity
to handle the responsibility and stress of camp life. We have
a massive responsiblity with being entrusted with these youth.
- Must have a positive
and upbeat attitude. Camp life is hard, so a positive attitude
is a vital to the success of the team.
- Must want to grow
and be stretched. We not only invest in the campers, but we
invest in the staff. You will be challenged to grow.
We also hire male and
female staff supervisors. Preference is given to former summer
staff who have a college degree. The staff supervisor must be
does the Summer Staff do?
The primary job of
the staff is to serve the campers and to set an example for them
in every way. The goals of the staff program are:
- To provide a safe
and enjoyable environment for campers
- To provide positive
role models for campers
- To provide an intensive
program for the Summer Staff to grow and develop critical skills
Staff are responsible
for overseeing recreational areas, conducting programs, and preparing
the facility for campers.
does the program begin?
Interviews. Interviews typically run 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM and
are a mixture of group interviews and one-on-one. Applicants
select one of these interview sessions. We will limit the
number of people at each session.
24-26: Optional SLC Program Planning Weekend. This is not
mandatory but is strongly recommended. We will plan the programs
for Summer Leadership Camp, including skits, assembly challenges,
21-23: Optional SLC Program Planning Weekend.
5-7: Return Staff Training (for return staff only)
7-12: Staff Training (mandatory)
14-19: Staff Orientation (mandatory)
- May 22: Summer Camps
- June 30-July 2:
Counselor Training for Wildlife Camps and Horse Camps (mandatory)
does the program end?
We will run our camp
programs until July 21st but we will need most of the staff to
stay beyond that date to serve other groups and prepare for the
Udder Mud Run on August 5th.
The starting salary
for first year staff who complete Staff Training is $290 per week.
This is for a week - Sunday afternoon through Friday afternoon.
Staff lodging and all meals are included. Staff will go home on
most weekends. There are many weekends that we have campers, and
we will ask some staff to stay. Please plan to work at least one
weekend during the summer. Salary is pro-rated for the weekends.
You will pay for your staff shirts, but the cost is minimal.
No experience is necessary
to be on staff. We do give first preference to those with FFA
or FCCLA background or those who participated in the Wildlife
Camp or Horse Camp programs. Experience in working with a team
and working with youth is a plus.
The Georgia FFA-FCCLA
Center is a year-round camp facility in Covington, GA. We are
located about one hour from Atlanta, Macon, and Athens. Our primary
purpose is to provide services and programs for FFA and FCCLA
students in Georgia. We also rent facilities to educational organizations
such as YMCA, Boy Scouts, and church ministries. Our facility
has meeting rooms, food service, lodging, and recreation. Visit
the facility website for more information - www.Georgiaffacamp.org.
For the first week
of Staff Training, staff will select one of the three training
courses. Staff are not paid during Staff Training week,
but you must complete the training course in order to receive
the full salary. First Aid and CPR training is included in all
three courses. Staff will choose one of the following classes:
- Lifeguard: Staff
will have the opportunity to become a certified lifeguard.
- Low Ropes instructor:
Staff will be trained as an instructor on the Center's Low Ropes
- Horseback riding
instructor: Staff will be trained in barn management, horse
health, and learn to instruct campers for trail rides. We prefer
that staff have some horse experience prior to taking this training
course, but it is not mandatory as long as you are comfortable
We will also offer
optional training for the High Ropes Course. This training will
be available to all staff and will be in addition to the course
you choose. You may be asked to come in early or stay later during
training and orientation weeks in order to complete High Ropes
Staff orientation is
the first paid week. This is a week that we spend preparing the
camp facility and the staff for the weeks ahead. We work on program
aspects and develop the staff team dynamic. We also cut grass,
clean cabins, prepare recreation areas, and whatever is necessary
to get ready for the summer camps.
Summer Leadership Camp
During the first six
weeks of summer, we engage in FFA-FCCLA Summer Leadership Camp
- a week long camp for FFA and FCCLA students from across Georgia.
It is a leadership and recreation-based camp for middle school
and high school chapters. During this camp, we provide everything
- meals, lodging, recreation and program.
Campers for Leadership
Camp arrive Monday morning and depart Friday morning. Staff report
on Sunday afternoon and are released on Friday when the camp is
clean (typically mid-afternoon).
Summer Staff operate
the recreation areas, participate in assemblies and other programs,
and help the campers have a great time. Some of the assignments
during Summer Leadership Camp include:
- Operating the snack
- Operating horseback
- Referee for softball
- Lifeguard at the
pool and at the canoes & paddleboats
- Ropes Course instructor
- Craft shop operator
- Food service
The days are long -
a typical day starts with breakfast 7:30 AM and ends back at your
cabin around midnight. Staff stay in the staff cabins, not in
cabins with campers. For more information about Summer Leadership
Camp, visit the Summer Camp
FFA-FCCLA Summer Leadership Camp
After Summer Leadership
Camp, there are three types of camps that will be running - Wildlife
Camps, Horse Camps, and rental groups.
The Wildlife Camps
are week-long programs that our facility hosts to youth from the
general public. For more information, visit www.Wildlifecamp.com.
During these camps, some of the summer staff will be fully dedicated
to the program, including staying in the cabin with the campers.
Some of the staff will continue servicing the rental groups during
this time, but will likely have some part to play in the Wildlife
Camps are week-long programs that are open to girls ages 10-13.
Some of the staff (primarily the horseback riding program staff)
will be fully dedicated to this program. These programs run during
the same weeks as Wildlife Camps.
We will also rent facilities
to organizations. Our largest rental groups are church youth groups
and children camps. For these groups we continue offering meals,
lodging, and recreation, but we do not offer programs and assemblies.
Summer staff will be involved in servicing these groups, mostly
through operating the recreational areas and food service.
Anyone interested in
being on Summer Staff must understand that this is a very challenging
- Staff work long
hours! They work from around 7:30 AM until around midnight.
The weeks are long (Sunday afternoon through Friday afternoon.)
You will be exhausted, but you have to give 100% at all times
for the campers, and that is tough!
- Staff work hard!
We do whatever it takes to make the camp enjoyable for the campers.
That includes lots of manual labor. It requires a great work
ethic, so lazy people need not apply!
- The salary does
not match up to how many hours and how hard you work! Don't
come here for the money!
- The rules are strict,
and we have high expectations! We have a very strict set of
policies that the staff must follow for the protection of the
campers. We do not permit dating, alcohol, drugs, inappropriate
language, or any inappropriate behavior. We do not permit facial
rings, tongue rings, exposed tattoos, or unkept appearances.
Staff are expected to be outstanding role models at all times.
Everything you do during the summer is our business (including
weekends), because it impacts the campers we serve.
- You can't escape
one another! Our staff members spend a lot of time together.
If someone gets on your nerves, you have to be able to work
with them. We serve the campers no matter what.
So why join the
- It is a great learning
experience! You will learn to work on a team, learn more about
yourself, and you will be challenged in new ways. We will invest
in you heavily because we want to make you more successful in
whatever career you choose. Our goal is to see significant growth
in you during the summer.
- It is fun! From
activities like the zip line, slip and slide, and ropes course,
you will have the opportunity for new and exciting experiences!
- You get to invest
in youth! If you have a heart for youth, you will have great
opportunities to be a role model for them. Our purpose is to
help develop character in young people, and you can play an
integral role in that.
- It is an excellent
experience for those wanting to teach or work with youth as
- You might be able
to use it for college internship credit! Check with your program
advisor to see if this experience qualifies as an internship
for your major.
- You can save money
because room and board is free!
- You will be working
with other college students with whom you have the opportunity
to build lasting friendships!
- To steal a line
from the Peace Corps, it is the toughest job you will ever love!
We recommend that you
apply in January so that we can schedule you for one of the group
interview sessions (see dates above.) The first round of hiring
decisions will be made on March 15th. For the first round of hiring,
we will hire former FFA and FCCLA students, former campers, as
well as former staff members. After March 15th we will begin selecting
from other applicants to fill the rest of the available positions.
1. Submit the completed
Application along with a resume and the other information that
is requested on the Application. The letters of recommendation
can be sent separately but must be received before March 15th.
Email, Fax, or mail
applications and resumes to:
Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center
Attn: Russel Towns
720 FFA FHA Camp Road
Covington, GA 30014
2. Once we have received
your application, we will contact you to schedule an interview.
There are three scheduled interview dates that we will hold group
interviews. You will only need to attend one of them. If you are
not available for one of these dates, contact us to schedule an
3. We will email you
the instructions for your introductory video in which you will
use a short video to tell us more about you.