I remember Ken, who was like the sweetest and most genuine person I had ever met. There was Sam I think who did stop motion and stuff, and she was awesome. There’s a lot of places that want to cut costs so they hire mediocre staff. Camp Sequoia was not one of these places. The counselors would sometimes take sleepless nights, just to make everyone feel welcomed and safe. These counselors were paid to interact with me, but they owed nothing to me to be as overwhelmingly nice and supportive as they were.
Last year, we received interest from 500+ staff applicants to be part of our exceptional team. In practical terms, this means that in our most recent season, Camp Sequoia hired roughly 1 out of every 15 NEW staff applicants who expressed interest in working with us.
Camp Sequoia staff members are carefully screened and must go through multiple background checks as mandated by state & federal laws as well as American Camp Association guidelines. Prior to camp starting our staff spend nearly two weeks in an intensive staff training period in which they learn how to integrate Social Cognitive theory, Frustration Tolerance and Zones of Regulation concepts and vocabulary into their work with our campers. Staff additionally receive training in CPI (Crisis Prevention) with a focus on reading body language, para-verbal and non-verbal cues and helping campers to build frustration tolerance to situations that they perceive as difficult. Further, all staff complete online training modules and an in person assessment of those prior to working with our campers.