Location and History

 

Happy Hollow Camp is located in Nashville, IN approximately 1 hour south of Indianapolis, IN and 1 hour north of Louisville, KY. It sits on over 900 acres of rolling hills with miles of trails to hike and a private 20 acre lake that sits in the middle of the property. Happy Hollow Camp has been operating at its current location since 1951 and is an agency of the United Way and accredited by the American Camp Association.

 

The Campers

 

The majority of campers that attend City Camp Sessions are from Indianapolis and come from low income families. Campers from our Special Health Need Camps come from all over the state of Indiana. The camp is generally divided evenly between boys and girls (64 boys and 64 girls). Campers must be between the ages of 7-14 in City Camp.

 

The Staff

 

Each summer Happy Hollow hires approximately 35 staff, primarily made up of college students from across the country and whenever possible from foreign countries. On a year-round, full time basis, the camp is staffed with an Executive Director, Development Director, Recruitment & Program Director, Assistant Director, Foodservice Director, and Maintenance Personnel.

 

Certifications

 

Camp provides certification courses in CPR, first aid, life-guarding, kayaking, canoeing, and high ropes. If you are already certified, it must be current through completion of employment.

 

Certifications

 

Camp provides certification courses in CPR, first aid, life-guarding, kayaking, canoeing, and high ropes. If you are already certified, it must be current through completion of employment.

 

2017 Summer Camp Dates

 

Coming Soon!

 

Time Off

 

Staff will have from noon on the last day of each session (Friday) until noon on the first day of each session (Sunday) as time off.
Note: All positions require the applicant to live on site during the 9 weeks of employment.

Available Positions

The Summer Staff application must include references.

 

Note: All positions require the applicant to live on site during the 9 weeks of employment.

 

Cabin Counselors

 

(7 female and 7 male positions available)

Lives in the cabin with up to eight campers and assumes responsibility for leadership and guidance. Leads or assists in leading instructional camping skill sessions. Is responsible for interpreting rules, policies and traditions of the camp to the camper. Serves as a positive role model to campers in personal language, appearance and health habits. Is responsible for motivating camper participation in the camp activities, cabin activities and meals. Must encourage a fun, positive and safe environment within the parameters of the Happy Hollow Camp mission statement. Most importantly, must have the desire to work and live with children.

 

Village Counselors

 

(1 female and 1 male position available)

Has all the qualities of a cabin counselor with added responsibilities. Is responsible for the cohesiveness and energy level of staff and campers in their cabins. Acts as a liaison between cabin counselors and program staff and will be a liaison between camper/staff conflicts. Must provide weekly program schedules and evaluations for both campers and counselors on a daily and weekly basis. May be asked to float to cover a program activity, counselor, support staff, etc. Must work well with people and preferably be at least 21 years of age and have supervisory experience.

 

Mountain Bike Instructor

 

(1 position available)

Training in and/or experience in trail biking. Must have the ability to teach bike maintenance, safety and all riding aspects. Must possess high energy, creativity and motivation to set up and lead a bike program for children age 11-14. Is responsible for the upkeep, maintenance, and logging of all maintenance in the mountain bike area.

 

Fishing Instructor

 

(1 position available)

Training in and knowledge of recreational fishing on a lake. Must have the ability to set up and lead fishing programs for campers age 7-14.

 

Nature Instructor

 

(1 position available)

Training in and knowledge of environmental education. Must have the ability to set up and lead nature programs for campers age 7-14.

 

Arts & Crafts Instructor

 

(1 position available)

Training in and knowledge of a variety of craft projects. Must have the ability to set up and lead an arts & crafts program for campers ages 7-14.

 

Challenge Course Instructor

 

(1 position available)

Will be responsible for the challenge course area and equipment and must be able to lead the program for campers ages 7-14. Able to enforce established safety regulations, provide necessary instruction and identify and manage other hazards related to the activity. Must have some knowledge of leading groups through a course and must be willing to take and pass the certification course that is offered at Happy Hollow Camp during staff training.

 

Zap Line/High Ropes Instructor

 

(3 position available)

Is responsible for the High Ropes and Zap Line area and equipment. Must hold some form of high ropes or climbing certification that is current. Able to enforce established safety regulations, provide necessary instruction and identify and manage other hazards related to the activity. Must have the ability to set up and lead a program for older campers.

 

Canoe Instructor

 

(1 position available)

Must possess current lifesaving and canoe instructor rating or documented experience indicating knowledge and skill in teaching and/or supervision specific to canoeing activities conducted. Is responsible for canoe beachfront and equipment. Must have the ability to set up and lead a canoe program for campers ages 7-14.

 

Kayak Instructor

 

(1 position available)

Must possess current lifesaving and kayak instructor rating or documented experience indicating knowledge and skill in teaching and/or supervision specific to kayaking activities conducted. Is responsible for kayak beachfront and equipment. Must have the ability to set up and lead a kayak program for campers ages 7-14.

 

Lifeguards

 

(3 positions available)

Are responsible for aquatics area in camp including beachfront and swimming area. Must hold some form of lifeguard certification that is current. Able to enforce established safety regulations, provide necessary instruction and identify and manage environmental and other hazards related to the activity. Must have the ability to set up and lead a swimming program for campers ages 7-14.

 

Horseback Riding Instructor

 

(2 positions available)

Is responsible for equestrian area in camp including stables, trails, tack room, feed room, etc. Coordinates and supervises all horseback riding activities and facilities. Teach horse safety and instruction (beginning, intermediate, and/or advance) western style and care of horses and facility. Must have experience in teaching Horse safety and riding and posses the ability to set up and lead a horse program for campers ages 7-14.

 

Dishwashers

 

(3 positions available)

Responsible for the cleanliness of the dish area, camp dishes, pots & pans, and kitchen floor. Responsibilities include washing, sterilizing and putting away camp dishes, sweeping and mopping the kitchen floor every evening, and taking out the trash and recyclables after every meal.

 

Assistant Cooks

 

(2 positions available)

Training in and/or experience with cooking for large groups of 100 or more. Will assist the head cook in preparing 14 meals a week served family style. Duties will include following the Government Food Program guide lines of feeding children, vegetable chopping, fruit prep, overseeing and refilling condiments, dessert making, cleanliness of the kitchen and other duties. Must possess the maturity and responsibility of working in a camp setting and must be over the age of 18 to be considered. Salary to be negotiated.

 

Nurse/EMT

 

(1 position available)

Must hold or acquiring a current certification before the start of camp as a RN, LPN or EMT. Is responsible for preparing the health center and all protocols during staff training. Will be responsible for leading camper screening on opening camp days and checking in all camper medication each week. During each camper week the Nurse or EMT will take care of administering all medications and any medical incidents along with other trained staff in CPR/first aid/AED that arise. Camp does have current standing orders that are signed by a local doctor that are to be followed. Salary to be negotiated.

 

Salary Guide – Per Week

 

All Staff except kitchen staff receive $375.00 for completing staff training and $250.00 for each camper session that they are employed for and complete (a minimum of 7 camper sessions). Salaries will be prorated according to missed days of work, if not work related.

 

Additional pay for returning staff upon completion of summer employment (as stated in the contract) is as follows:

 

Second year returning: $100.00
Third year returning: $200.00
Fourth year returning: $300.00
Fifth year and beyond: $500.00

 

Along with salary, employees receive room and board and are covered by a limited health and accident insurance coverage. Staff is normally paid every two weeks based on a weekly salary.

Camp and Cabin Life

 

The typical daily schedule for the camp program is as follows:

 

7:00 a.m. – Wake Up
8:00 a.m. – Breakfast
8:45 a.m. – Cabin Clean
9:30 a.m. – Program Activity
10:45 a.m. – Program Activity
12:30 p.m. – Lunch
1:45 p.m. – Program Activity
3:30 p.m. – Program Activity
5:30 p.m. – Dinner
6:45 p.m. – Evening Program
8:15 p.m. – Evening Snack
9:30 p.m. – Lights Out

 

Decisions about cabin placements for counselors are based upon the needs of the camp, the counselor’s preferences for age groups and the enrollment in camp. Counselors may be in a different cabin, working with a different staff member every week. Please mark your age preferences on your application. While it will not guarantee placement with any particular age group, it will allow us to help you understand the camp activities related to any age.

 

Living Arrangements

 

All staff (counselors and program staff) live in a cabin group with campers. Each cabin group will consist of 8-6 campers and two staff members (one being the counselor and the other being a program staff). There are four villages (2 villages for the girls and 2 villages for the boys). All the villages share a central shower house (one for boys; two for girls). All staff is required to provide their own linens, blankets, pillows, and towels. Washers and dryers are available in the laundry room for staff.

 

Health

 

All staff are required to be examined by a physician within 24 months of their last day of employment at camp. All medications brought to the camp must, by law, be given to the Health Center staff for safe keeping. The camp is staffed with a nurse that lives on site. We are located 25 minutes from the Columbus Regional Hospital, a 24-hour medical and emergency facility. All staff should maintain their own health insurance at all times.

 

Criminal Background Check

 

All staff will be required to fill out an Employment Application Release form. All staff will then have their Criminal Background checked.

 

Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Policy

 

Happy Hollow Camp is a drug, alcohol, and tobacco free environment. Happy Hollow Children’s Camp, Inc. has a Drug & Alcohol Policy and Tobacco Policy in place which includes a ZERO TOLERANCE for drugs, alcohol, and tobacco in the camp environment. We reserve the right to test any employee.

 

Employment Dates

 

2017 Summer Schedule
Coming Soon!

 

Internet and Cell Phone Use Information

 

INTERNET-and-CELL-PHONE-USE

We will accept applications for 2017 summer camp employment after January 1, 2017.

Note: All positions require the applicant to live on site during the 9 weeks of employment.

Please fill out the online application in a professional grammatical manner and not as if you are texting.

 

Who Should Apply?

 

Please ask yourself the following questions:

 

  • Are you willing and able to work tirelessly, 24 hours-a-day, six days a week for the benefit of others?
  • Are you interested in working with children to help them increase their self-esteem and confidence?
  • Are you ready for hugs, smiles and laughter from the children with whom you would work with this summer?
  • Are you willing to be an active part of a team? Putting yourself and your personal needs behind those of the camp community?
  • Are you able to work for a moderate salary?
  • Are you willing to working during required training and summer camp sessions?
  • Can you deal with limited time off and limited personal space?
  • Are you ready to enjoy new friendships? Are you ready to be challenged personally in ways you have never been before?
  • Are you willing to take from your life to invest in the lives of others?

 

If you’ve answered yes to all of these questions, we would encourage and welcome your application.

 

Once your application and references are all in order, you will be contacted either by phone, e-mail, or letter as to the status of your application. If selected for a position, you will receive an employment agreement and other materials to help you prepare for a summer at Happy Hollow Camp.

 

Please download and review any essential documents required as well.

International Counselors

 

Happy Hollow Camp is located in the forest covered hills of southern Indiana. It encompasses over 800 acres through which a creek flows and there is a 20 acre lake for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. Many other outdoor activities are held during the warm weather such as hiking, overnight camping, horseback riding, and spending time on one of the adventure challenge courses built in the trees.

 

In the valley there is a small barn for farm animals such as rabbits, chickens, pigs, sheep, goat, calves and Buster the camp cat. Near the barn lies our garden for the campers to experience and harvest vegetables to use. There is also a playing field for all kinds of sports such as soccer and baseball as well as full court basketball.

 

The talents of each summer staff also structure many special celebrations and activities which makes each session unique.

 

Our mission at camp is to provide a warm family atmosphere which encourages children to make new friends and explore new activities while living together in an outdoor setting. Upon arrival at camp, there will be time to rest after your long journey. The first two weeks are devoted to training staff for the various programs, learning skills, sharing ideas and getting to know the rest of the staff.

 

The summer program averages about 112 children each week and our staff totals 45. There will be five one week sessions for economically disadvantaged youth who have scholarships to enable them to attend camp. Each cabin consists of 6 to 8 campers and their counselor and another staff who works in a program or food service area. Both staff members in the cabin work together as a team to help children up in the morning with cabin duties, campfire skits and the bedtime routine. Any time the program or food service staff have a break in their job, they may join their cabin in activities and are encouraged to help them plan special programs.

 

In return when the cabin group visits a program, they may assist the program director in guiding the campers through that activity, such as nature study or mountain biking.

 

There will be a one week session for children with asthma and two sessions of camp for children that are in foster care. Their will be medical staff on site to help with medical needs during the asthma camp session.

 

The area around camp has many forests as well as farms and the small town of Nashville which is close to camp and attracts many visitors to their local artists, craftsman, and a large state park. On the other side of camp is the town of Columbus which is known for its unusual architecture.

 

During the first of June and then again in September, the evenings can be cool, so you will want to bring a sweater, jacket, or sweatshirt. Most of our summer days are hot and humid and the staff ware shorts, long pants or jeans and lightweight shirts or T-shirts.

 

The Indianapolis International Airport is an hour north of Happy Hollow Camp and a staff member from the camp will greet you and pick you up at the baggage claim.

 

Since you will be limited to one or two bags to bring, we will supply your sleeping bag, linens, blanket, pillow, towels, and flashlight. There will be a camp laundry and soap for your use. Camp does provide internet access to its staff during off time only.

 

More Info

 

Things for camp for international staff
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions by mail or the following:
Camp Phone: 812-988-4900
Camp FAX: 812-988-7505
Camp E-mail: info@happyhollowcamp.net or tnordhoff@happyhollowcamp.net
See you in Indiana soon!

Certifications

 

SIGN UP FOR LIFE GUARDING AND HIGH ROPES CERTIFICATION ONLY
*required for lifeguard and high ropes positions only

For additional opportunities, contact us!