Who are instructors?
Instructors are high school and college-age teens who are employed by Rockville Catholic Summer Program as positive role models and facilitators of classes for campers. Instructors are practicing Catholics, committed to a missionary summer serving their parish and it's youth.
What does an instructor do?
An instructor runs a class for campers to attend. They are responsible for planning every aspect of their class to fit the time that they are with the kids. Instructors plan lessons, crafts, games, sports and drills, price out what materials they need for their lesson, run lessons, chaperon campers, minister to campers and much more. Instructors are active participants in all programs related to camp, exuding energy and passion and excitement to encourage camper’s participation. Instructors rotate working before and aftercare shifts throughout the week.
Who can apply to be an instructor and how do you apply?
Any rising junior in high school and older may apply to be an instructor. Those who are too young to be hired may begin volunteering as rising 9th grade teens. Teens will be hired based on maturity, creativity, responsibility and most importantly, for their desire and ability to inspire the Catholic faith in others. Instructors are prepared for long hours and hard work, all in God's name. Not all who apply will be hired due to limited positions for staff. It is not necessary to be a parishioner of St. Patrick to be hired.
To be an instructor, submit the online application found on the Employment page. Once applications have been reviewed, those qualified will be contacted for an interview. If you are invited to interview, you will be required to create and present a lesson plan for a class of your choosing from the 2017 schedule. All lesson plans should account for the entire time of class, 9:00-12:00 and should list all materials needed and activities done. If you choose a sports class, you must present an alternative rain plan.
How much can I earn as an instructor?
Instructors are paid minimum wage in accordance with the State of Maryland. For the summer of 2019, first year instructors will be paid $8.00/hour and will work approximately 7-8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Returning instructors will be paid $9.00 depending on years worked. Instructors cannot be paid for more than 40 hours of work.
*Please note that summer camps are exempt from the minimum wage increase. RCSP is a missionary summer, a chance to grow in faith and holiness, and in many cases, sacrifice the normal comforts of other jobs.
What is an average day for an instructor?
Instructors will arrive at camp between 7:30 and 7:45 am depending on prep time needed for their classes. All instructors attend daily mass at 7:45 together unless they are responsible for morning care. If you are responsible for morning care, you arrive at the parish no later than 6:40am. Morning care begins at 7:00am and runs until 8:45 am. All instructors will rotate between morning care and after-care responsibilities.
Before mass, instructors make sure their class is ready for the day including set up and prep for activities, games and crafts. Immediately following mass, instructors greet the campers in the gym each morning as they arrive, engage them in conversation or quick games. Morning prayer and program begins at 8:45am and instructors participate fully in morning program, including singing, dancing, and monitoring kids in their group.
Following morning program, instructors are in charge of the campers in their class until the end of the day. They will take campers to the bathroom, to get water, and then head to class where they will run each aspect of it. At midmorning, instructors will bring their campers for snack at the kitchen and then return to class. From 12:00-12:15, parents pick up their children and sign them out from their classroom. At 12:15, all remaining students are brought to the gym for aftercare.
Following pick-up, instructors will cycle through after-care, lunch, adoration and theology. General dismissal for instructors is between 3 and 3:30pm. Instructors assigned to aftercare may work as late as 5:45 but will be cut as camper ratio drops. Instructors do not work more than 2 aftercare shifts a week.
Are there any criteria for 18+ staff?
All 18+ staff are required to be compliance with the Child Protection Policy of the Archdiocese of Washington. All 18+ must complete a Virtus Safe Child class and have undergone a background check through the rectory as well as be fingerprinted before they may work. If you are hired, we will assist you with this process. It is not necessary to do this prior to applying.