Okizu JV Program Minimum Qualifications, Essential Functions, and General Responsibilities

POSITION: JV (Junior Volunteer)


  • Must be 17-years-old.
  • Must not be eligible to be an Okizu camper.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, and enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures.
  • 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 meet physical and cognitive requirements of being responsible for minors in an outdoor living situation and in an emergency.


  • Nine-day commitment; includes two days of staff training.
  • Help in different program areas (fishing, archery, waterfront, arts & crafts, etc.) during Special Interest classes and during Cabin Time. The program areas will rotate.
  • Help with cabin groups.
  • Help serve meals.
  • Assist the program staff and unit leaders as needed, includes moving luggage, working with cabin groups, assisting in program areas, etc.

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: The JVs participate in staff training so they need to find their own transportation to camp but may ride the bus home from camp.

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

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