Okizu Dishie Program Minimum Qualifications, Essential Functions, and General Responsibilities 2018



  • Must be 16 or 17-years-old. We accept 17-year-olds first and then, if we have space, accept 16-year-olds.
  • Must be able to present a certificate of good health. A form will be provided upon acceptance.
  • Must be able to put the kids first and uphold the Okizu philosophy at all times.
  • Must understand and demonstrate the values of responsibility, honesty, caring, and respect.
  • Must be dependable and reliable.
  • Must be flexible and willing to help where needed.
  • Must have the ability to work independently and in a team setting.
  • Must have the ability to problem solve.
  • Must be able to focus on duties and tasks, especially when working with machines, equipment, or chemicals.
  • Must possess strong communication skills, oral and listening.
  • Must have the ability to accept supervision, guidance, and feedback.
  • Must have the desire and ability to work with children in a recreational setting and to put their needs first.
  • Must be a positive member of a staff team and a positive role model for youth.
  • Ability to communicate and work with groups and provide necessary guidance to campers.
  • Visual, auditory, cognitive, and physical ability to assist campers in an emergency situation.
  • Must possess strength and endurance. For example, must be able to lift and carry up to 25 pounds, and able to walk a minimum of three miles daily on uneven terrain.
  • Must be able to work in a busy dish room, includes maneuvering and carrying dish bins on an uneven, sometimes slippery surface, etc.


  • Seven day commitment.
  • Be on time for and complete shifts.
  • Wash dishes after each meal (use a dish washing machine; occasionally hand scrub pots and pans; wash, dry, stack, and put away dishes after each meal).
  • Count dishes out and help to set tables before each meal.
  • Help serve meals.
  • Distribute snacks during Special Interest classes.
  • Help cabin groups make ice cream in the afternoons.
  • Assist the Program Director as needed.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Application; a Brag Sheet with questions that applicants need to answer about themselves; reference forms that need to be filled out by a boss, teacher, etc.; and a phone interview.

TRANSPORTATION: Dishies arrive and depart when the campers do, and may ride the bus to and from camp.

FYI: Being a Dishie is not like being a camper. Dishies have certain freedoms that campers do not have. With these freedoms come greater responsibilities and certain limitations in camper activities.

2015 DATES: We need volunteers for all seven weeks of camp for the Dishie Program.

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