Serving with the Champions team will be a summer you’ll never forget, but a great team doesn’t just happen—it requires a commitment by all members to work toward a common purpose and live by certain standards.
The policies and standards outlined below cover counselors’ appearance and conduct in multiple areas. Some of them may seem unnecessary or even silly to you, but our experience has taught us that this is the way to best serve our campers and their families. You may not personally agree with every one, but if you spend a summer with us, we will expect you to abide by all of them.
Having a friend or a family member visit you at camp is great! You’ll just need to make sure you arrange it with your camp director, so we can make sure they come at an appropriate time and are able to receive a VISITOR’S badge from the office.
Working as a counselor demands your best 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. That’s what makes the job so exhausting and your time off so necessary.
During each 3-week term, each counselor gets 4 nights off camp from 6:00 pm – 11:45 pm. They will also get 2 mornings off from 9:00 am – 12:55 pm and 2 afternoon offs from 3:30 pm – 5:45 pm. In addition, they will get a day off starting at 6:00 pm on one Saturday and going until 5:45 pm on Sunday. There will also be 2 rest hours off during the term. Between terms, all counselors have approximately 18 hours from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning to catch their breath and re-charge for the next group of campers.
If you have a work-related injury while you’re at camp, your medical expenses will be covered by camp’s workman’s comp. If it’s not work-related (for example, on your time off), your own carrier or your parents’ carrier covers the expenses.
We have a laundry service at camp where you can send off a bag of laundry every week! We will provide a laundry bag for your laundry to go out. We do recommend bringing an additional laundry bag.
During a typical day at camp, the campers are scheduled for 6 activities. You can find our Daily Schedule here.
If you are an activity counselor, you will be scheduled to help run activities. Our activities at Camp Champions are divided into 5 different departs: Waterfront, Outdoors, Ropes, Fine Arts, and Sports. During your interview, a director might talk with you about your interest in specific activities areas. Check out our Activities Map to see all that we have to offer!
If you are not an activity counselor, you will be a cabin leader. As a cabin leader, you will travel with campers to their various activities. You might be schedule to help facilitate certain activities while your campers are there. For example, if you are a lifeguard and your campers are at the lake for free swim, you will likely be guarding them.
The cabin leader role is an important part of camp. The cabin leader travels with their cabin (and the other cabins in their age group) and help the campers get to and from activities. For younger campers, they will help make sure they are putting on plenty of sunscreen, drinking enough water, and remembering to bring all their belongings. Being a cabin leader is great because you get to know your campers so well and see them take reasonable risks during their time at camp.
As a cabin leader, you might help out at certain activities. If you are a lifeguard, you might take your campers out on water toys or guard while they are at the pool. If you are belay trained, you might belay them at the Texas 2-Step or the climbing wall. Being a cabin leader is a great way to experience camp with your campers.
Mail is delivered Monday through Saturday. Friends and family can mail to the camp address:
YOUR NAME / C/O Camp Champions 775 Camp Rd Marble Falls, TX 78654
You will have access to WiFi during your off time. You can get WiFi in the staff lounge (the LL) or in the Hot Spot (our computer room).
There are 2 outlets in each cabin near the counselor bunks, which you can use. There are also additional outlets in all bathrooms.
We pride ourselves on having a tech-free camp, so you will not have your phones while working with campers. You can use your phones during off-time. They will stay in the LL (the counselor lounge) when you are working. We provide lockers for you to keep your personal items. Note, you might be sharing a locker with one of your fellow counselors.
Friends and family can leave messages at the camp office if they need to get a hold of you. A Division Leader will relay messages to you.
You do not have to bring a laptop or tablet to camp. It is nice to have one for use on your off time to catch up with friends and everything else going on outside the Spur. It also comes in handy to use for Camper Reports. If you bring one, you can use it and store it in the LL (the counselor lounge). You can also use your computer in the Hotspot.
Don’t forget to pack your charger!
Because of the close proximity of the some 370 campers and the 100 individuals working here, pets are not a luxury we can afford. We would never be able to accommodate everyone and it would stir up all kinds of health issues. Therefore, we cannot allow counselors to keep pets of any kind at camp.
For safety (and so you get your rest) we have established a curfew. We must take night time and possible intruders very seriously, which means we all have to cooperate in the safety process. Counselors should remain around their cabins with their campers after lights outs. When off-duty, counselors are free to stay at the counselors lounge until 11:45pm. The front gate will close and lock at curfew every night.
We do not have a restriction on hair length; however, we do strive for our counselors to present a clean-cut, clean-shaven appearance.
We know a lot of people have tattoos. If you have a tattoo, we may ask you to cover it on Opening and Closing Days. We hope not to make a big deal of this. If you have a tattoo, please give us a heads up.
At Camp Champions, we welcome all great counselors. While ear piercings are okay, we may ask you to remove some facial piercings on Opening and Closing Days. We hope not to make a big deal out of this. If you do have piercings (besides your ears), please let us know.
Camp Champions is alcohol-free. Our counselors agree, as part of their contracts, not to use alcohol during their employment, including nights off, days off, and between terms.
Kids see enough “role models” around them using alcohol, often to excess. We want camp to be a place where kids see people who don’t use alcohol and who are incredibly fun. THAT’S a powerful message. During the summer, ALL counselors and Full-Time Camp Staff commit to not using alcohol. Our campers are worth it.
Violation of this policy will result in severe action and immediate dismissal. No one single issue is more important to the quality of a camp staff, and to the trust of parents, than counselor alcohol use.
Camp Champions will not tolerate the possession, or use of, illegal substances at anytime. Violation of this policy will result in immediate dismissal. Camp Champions reserves the right to implement a random drug test at any time during the summer.
No matter what form; whether you dip, chew, smoke, or vape — if you use tobacco, use it on nights off, AFTER you have left camp property. Using tobacco on camp property will result in severe action, and possible dismissal. We PREFER that you not use tobacco at all, at least during the summer. You are a counselor hero. Making a commitment to stay completely away from tobacco during the summer sends a very powerful message to our campers. If you normally use tobacco, we’d love for you to commit not to use it during the summer.
Now it’s certainly not the best reason to work as a summer camp counselor, but salary IS important. Here’s the counselor pay scale. We aren’t talking about huge amounts of money, but you WILL take home most of what you earn since we also provide your room and board—no reason to spend any money at camp! It’s really not a bad deal!