New Application Process
Last year our spots for counselors at first session filled up within three hours of emailing out the applications – yes, three hours! We had a great set of counselors this past summer, but it was really tough knowing that there were a lot of great people who didn’t get to volunteer at Camp Swift simply because they hadn’t checked their email in time to know the applications had gone out. While we had already put the wheels in motion and couldn’t do anything about it last year, we knew that we’d need to improve the application process for Camp Swift 2018.
In an effort to ensure the most impactful experience for everyone involved in Camp Swift this summer, we are moving to a completely merit-based application process rather than first-come first-served for all qualified candidates. We want you to know that we have worked hard to ensure that this process will be as objective as possible. We will have a committee made up of Swift Youth Foundation staff, board members, and experienced volunteers who will all be involved in the application review process. In order to be as transparent as possible, we are sharing the rubric that the team will be using to score each application. Each person on the committee will be reviewing each application, and scores from each reviewer will be averaged for a final score. The applicants with the highest scores on the rubric will be accepted to be counselors for Camp Swift 2018. A few things to note:
*Team Swift members are the only counselors who are eligible to attend both sessions.
The following 100 point rubric will be used to score counselor applications:
May 24 - Support Staff Orientation
May 25 - Counselor Orientation
May 26-May 30 - Camp Swift Session 1 2018
July 30 - Support Staff Orientation
July 31 - Counselor Orientation
August 1-August 5 - Camp Swift Session 2 2018
Other Dates to Know
Pre-Camp Orientation - all counselors are required to attend one of the following dates:
May 6th: 1pm-4pm
May 12th: 9am-12pm
*Both pre-camp orientations are held at 17835 N 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032
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Camp was full of fun and exciting activities today planned by our unit heads and special programming director! Oldest unit had an exciting game of capture the flag on the sports field after ‘Golden Broom’ cabin clean up. Two cabins were paired up and then played against the other two oldest cabins. One team wore red pennies and the other wore green pennies to help teams differentiate each other. It was a playful game of two hand touch and the winners made it all the way to the flag and back without getting touched.
Middle unit planned an afternoon of water Olympics! Cabins got in their bathing suits and met on the sports field for 2 hours of water related games! The cabins started out played Drip, Drip, Drop, a version of ‘Duck, duck, goose,’ where the players use a sponge to drip until they find who they want to tag and then they squeeze the sponge out on top of them. Then the campers played a couple water relay games and then ended with a water balloon toss which eventually turned into a water balloon fight.
After dinner, campers headed down to the barn for the Swift Carnival! There were games from mini golf to bowling and a photo booth to a friendship booth. There were a couple performances through the night, one by support staff rapping about camp and another by campers who went to the dance class during camper’s choice and learned a choreographed dance by support staff members, Ellie and Allison.
Campers went back to their cabins and had flashlight pass, this is where campers pass a flashlight around and when the flashlight gets to them they have a chance to share a favorite moment or activity from their time up at camp.
The next morning campers were served a healthy breakfast of yogurt and cereal and then packed up their bags to say goodbye to their cabins. Each camper enjoyed a packed lunch on the bus and were accompanied by a counselor and support staff member to help with their journey back home.
Session 1 Camp Recap
Leaving home can be hard for both the campers and their parents but the amount one gains from the experience of camp is worth more than one may ever know. Campers enjoyed a home cooked meal 3 times a day and slept in cabins with 11 to 14 other people. This week campers learned about Japanese culture while making dessert sushi, they worked on controlling their emotions with stress relieving activities like Play-Doh, they learned team building activities at the ropes course and the Rock Wall, and did science experiences with creating a parachute to keep an egg from breaking! Campers made new friends and became closer with old ones. The values that are taught at Camp Swift can be brought home and used during their everyday lives. Staff and counselors look forward to seeing campers at after school programs and other youth activities the organization puts on throughout the year. To learn more, follow our blog or read more on the about page!
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