Looking for more information? Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive. Have a question not on this list? Contact Bill Joe Averitt, summer programs and activities supervisor, at baveritt@buckner.org.

So what will my wages be?

New summer staff start out with a base rate of $200 per week. Returning staff receive an additional $25 per week for each year they return. Each summer staff member also receives free housing for the entire summer and meals at the cafeteria whenever there is a group in (which is generally every day). Paydays are every other Monday. Direct Deposit is strongly recommended. In addition, Camp Buckner will pay for your trainings in lifeguard, challenge course and archery … which will look great on your resume!

What if I need time off?

All staff members are entitled to time off during their stay at camp. This is a privilege. We want staff members to represent Camp Buckner in a positive manner. Staff members are also expected to return at the designated time. Throughout the summer, every three weeks, staff will receive one 24 hours time off (see your parents or take a trip), three evenings off with curfew (5-10 p.m.). If you have something important you know about ahead of time (a family event, special occasion, etc.), let us know as much in advance as possible, and we will try to work around it. More often than not, as long as it's reasonable, we can work it out!

What is your electronics policy?

One of the best things about camp is the fact you can unplug and enjoy nature. Staff are permitted to use their cell phones for emergencies only. However, you may be asked to turn in their electronics during work hours if necessary. You may bring other electronics, but these items may only be used in the staff lounge/cabin during time off. If you need to get online, we do have free wi-fi. You are more than welcome to listen to your music while cleaning on turn-over days.

Is there a dress code?

Absolutely. A dress code is enforced for practicality and professionalism. Staff are to dress in a manner appropriate to the work which they are doing. For your safety, staff are required to wear shoes at all times outside of the pool. Guys, no speedos please. Ladies, we ask that you wear a one-piece bathing suit when you’re using or working around our water facilities. All shorts should be at least thumb-length, and all clothes should cover all undergarments, including boxers and bra straps. Clothing should be free of inappropriate words and images. While on duty, please wear your staff shirt  provided to you.

For the purpose of maintaining an appearance that is welcoming to all children and youth, the following rules are upheld: Body piercings should be limited to the ears during the work week. Tattoos inappropriate for children and youth should remain covered during the work week. Men should be clean-shaven on a daily basis unless they started the summer with facial hair; facial hair must be neat and well-kept. Personal hygiene is paramount.

What are your policies regarding drug, tobacco and alcohol use?

Easy. Don't do drugs. Illegal drug use or possession are strictly prohibited on and off camp property and are grounds for immediate dismissal. Camp Buckner is a tobacco-free zone; smoking and chewing are not permitted anywhere on camp by summer staff. E-cigarettes are also prohibited. We are also alcohol-free on camp; use or possession of alcohol is not permitted by anyone, anywhere on camp, at any time.

What is Buckner International?

Buckner International is a global, faith-based ministry dedicated to transforming the lives of orphans, vulnerable children, families and elders in the United States and around the world. Founded in 1879 in Dallas, Texas, today Buckner serves people through a variety of programs designed to protect children and build strong families. These programs include foster care and adoption, family transition programs, community-based family preservation programs and retirement services for the elderly. Buckner also provides humanitarian aid and crisis relief to poverty-stricken families in the United States and worldwide. To learn more about our organization, go to www.buckner.org.

As a ministry of Buckner International, Camp Buckner has the unique opportunity to minister to vulnerable children living in foster homes throughout the state of Texas. As a summer staff member, you will have the chance to play a significant role in a child’s walk with the Lord through this life-changing ministry. And throughout each day’s tasks, you will be blessed with opportunities to share God’s love with campers and group leaders and serve others as Christ served. When you work at Camp Buckner, you are an employee of Buckner International!

 

What do I need to bring?

You will be provided with a dormitory style lodging to share with other summer staff members. You will have a bed and a dresser, as well as a bathroom to share with your roommates. You will need to provide your own linens (twin bedding, towels), toiletries, laundry basket, soap and personal items. You will receive your staff t-shirts at orientation. We offer free laundry service by a local professional company. They will come once a week to pick up your laundry bag and return it within 24 hours. We do have a washer and dryer on site if you ever need it any other time. You may bring your own movies from home so long as they are appropriate to watch with other summer staff members. No matter what your personal convictions are, you will be expected to exemplify Christian morals and ideals while you are here.

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