Welcome Staff!

Welcome to the Just for Staff page, team of 2018! We are all so excited for the summer ahead; we know the Lord has big plans for this upcoming season and we are counting down the days till your arrival!

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Countdown to Staff Training...

The WHO, WHERE, WHEN of Staff Training

When does Staff Training start?

Staff Training starts at 5:00 pm on Friday, June 8th. You will need to check in at the Chapel (building by the basketball court) between 5-6 pm. If you are flying in, don't forget to email employment@pinevalleycamp.org so that we can make arrangements for your pickup!

What should I pack for Staff Training?

You'll be staying with your fellow counselors in a cabin until Friday, June 15th (a total of 10 days) so you will definitely need a duffel bag or small suitcase. Casual Tshirts and shorts are great. You will be receiving a staff Tshirt that you will need every Sunday and Friday of camp.You will need your own pillow and a sleeping bag or sheets and comforter. You may also want to bring a toiletry basket that is labeled with your name. For a more detailed packing list for the whole summer, simply scroll down!

Who comes to Staff Training?

Staff training is mandatory for ALL staff. You will build community with your co-workers and learn the essentials of your job!

Where will I stay for Staff Training?

You;ll stay in cabins with other staff members. Boys will be on one hill and girls will be on the other. It's so fun and it's a great way to meet people and start  connecting! We're all about becoming FAMILY here at camp!

What will I learn?

Everything you need to know to be successful at camp! You'll learn where things are, expectations and policies, how to do various camp activities, the differences between kids camp and teen camp, the background of most of our campers, the heart of the ministry, and SO MUCH MORE! Come with a smile and ready to learn! This will be a great week of growth!

So, I am a little nervous....

That's completely normal, especially if it's your first year! Just remember, we believe in you and are already so very excited about you becoming a member of the team. You will make lasting friendships and feel like a part of the family in no time. Our full time staff are always available with any questions, but so are the veteran summer staffers. Friend them on Facebook and ask away! I'm sure they'd love to get to know you!

What can I do in the meantime?

Great question! Check to see that you have all of your paperwork completed and turned in! Connect with fellow staffers via Facebook, check out our Staff Bios here on this page, and ASK QUESTIONS! Start PRAYING: for your fellow co-workers, for the campers coming to camp, for safety for the summer, for God's presence to be felt and known. Prayer is powerful and effective!

When does Staff Training end?

Staff Training ends with a Staff Commissioning service on Friday, June 15th at 6:00 pm. This is a great event to invite parents and family members to, so that they can celebrate with you  the mission you are embarking on this summer! This service will take place in the Chapel. Staff are then expected to report back to camp at 2:45 pm on Sunday, June 17th for the 1st Term of camp. 

Essential Items

NOTE: Staff laundry machines are available at camp. So you only need to bring enough clothing to last one week. Do NOT over pack as storage space in cabins is limited.

  • BEDDING: warm blanket/sheets or sleeping bag, pillow with pillowcase (twin extra long sheets are recommended, but twin sheets should fit as well)
  • CLOTHING: shorts, pants, T-shirts, long sleeved shirts, sweatshirts, pajamas
  • SHOES: sneakers and flip flops/sandals
  • RAINWEAR (poncho or jacket)
  • 2 TOWELS (one for swimming and one for showering)
  • SWIMSUIT (1 piece for girls; swim trunks for boys...you may want to bring 2) 
  • TOILETRIES (deodorant, soap, shampoo/conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, brush/comb, washcloth, razor, etc.)
  • WATER BOTTLE (we recommend a Nalgene with a clip to attach to your backpack)

Optional Items

  • Sun hat or sunglasses
  • Musical instrument
  • Stationary, stickers, envelopes, books, pencils/pens, markers/ colored pencils
  • Fun themed clothing for evenings (80s, thug, twin, wacky, nerds, superheros, dressy)
  • White T-shirt or other white clothing items for Tye-Dying
  • Cell phone (we will collect phones Sunday-Friday, but if you want it for weekend use that's up to you!)
  • CD player (we are hoping to get some donated!)
  • Prescription medications (to be kept in nurse's station)
  • We have common over-the-counter medications at camp (tylenol, advil, sudafed, benydril, ibuprofen, etc.) so there's no need to bring those as we do not allow medications to be kept in cabin during camp sessions
  • Small amount of spending money for Saturdays
  • Fun toys and games for use in the cabin
  • Toiletry basket or bin

General Packing Notes

  • Label as many of your possessions as you can (toiletries, cameras, water bottles, towels, etc)--the items you might leave around camp. Lost and Found items are usually treated as a SNOOZE you LOSE situation. If you want it back, LABEL it. Or you just might find another staff member wearing it the following week.
  • Try to pack your clothes in a suitcase or bag that can slide under a bunk bed or you can bring an under the bed plastic bin for your clothing. Counselors usually change cabins each session, so pack something that's easy to move from cabin to cabin. There are dressers in the cabin for your use as well.
  • If you bring special food or snacks because of dietary concerns, then please label them and keep them in the designated area. Food is NOT allowed in the cabins for your own sake (or you just might make a raccoon friend).

What Not to Bring

  • Weapons or firearms
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal or non prescription drugs
  • Cigars, cigarettes, E-cigs, or any other smoking paraphernalia
  • Inappropriate clothing (booty shorts, crop tops, speedos, etc)
  • Offensive clothing (depicting drugs, alcohol, violence, etc.)
  • Fireworks
  • Electronic devices
  • Loud Music Speakers
  • Pets

A Review on How to Submit Your Online Forms

Logging into the Campbrain website: Click HERE and use your email and password to log in. If you do not know your password, click Password Reset under the LOGIN button. You will receive an email with a link to reset your password. Please write your email and password somewhere safe (in your phone or a password notebook).

Once you login, click View/Upload Paperwork.

There are various forms required for you to upload:

(If you are SCANNING in forms: do NOT take a picture of your form and upload it--please scan the form so that we can read your writing.)

  • Staff Photo
  • Staff Bio paragraph
  • Signed Contract

The rest of your Staff Paperwork will be sent to you via EMAIL to be completed digitally.

Please complete ALL the forms sent to you. Depending on your age, state of residence, and veteran or new staff status, you may have to fill out any of the following:

  • Instructions to complete your 3 PA State Clearances: Criminal History background check, Child Abuse Clearance, and FBI Fingerprints. All official certificates must be turned in to the office within 90 days of hire in order to be reimburse.(Required of ALL NEW staff)
  • Employee Information Form
  • I-9 Form
  • Health Information Form
  • Parent or Guardian Disclosure and Indemnification
  • Disclosure Statement
  • Volunteer Disclosure Statement
  • New Hire Payroll Form
  • Direct Deposit Form
  • W-4 Form
  • Local Earned Income Tax Residency Certification Form
  • Request for Criminal Record Check
  • Summer Food Form
  • Application for Work Permit
  • Request for Driver Information
  • Support Letter Instructions and Space to write your Support Letter (ALL staff)

Summer Staff Bios

Get to know your fellow staffers! We're so excited about our 2018 Summer Staff Team! If you would like to see our Full Time Staff bios, click HERE.

  • Makenzie koegler

    I have been working at Pine Valley since 2015; this will be my 4th year on staff! I am currently a senior at Grove City College for Middle Level Education. I will be graduating in May and am planning on teaching in some middle school, in some state, somewhere! I enjoy reading and writing and running. I like the sun, hugs, sweet tea and coffee. I don't have any real hobbies but in my free time I hang out and lead kids at a local Middle school near my college where I basically get to be their friend/mentor and teach them about Jesus and life. 

    My favorite camp activity would have to be the pool games, especially watermelon wars! I don't think I have ever been more exhausted in such a short amount of time than when I have played watermelon war. It's also a fun opportunity to cheer your cabin and team on as they engage in healthy competition and cool off in the middle of the day.

    Random fact: I absolutely hate peanut butter! BUT I know how to juggle, so I'm going to say that makes up for it!

  • alyssa winters

  • Kayla Gaines

  • Mia corbelli