Be a Camp Nurse

What is Kaleidoscope Camp?

Kaleidoscope Camp is a ministry of Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center located just outside of Williamsburg, Virginia. The 300 plus acre retreat center was founded by the Mennonite Churches in the Eastern District of the Virginia Mennonite Conference. They had a vision of providing a place where children could come to know Jesus Christ and grow in their relationship with the Lord. Kaleidoscope Camp is an interdenominational camp serving children from Richmond, Williamsburg, and the Hampton Roads area.

Kaleidoscope camp runs for six weeks of the summer. We have five full week camps, one half week mini camp and a two week training program. We run camps for children ages seven to eighteen. Each camp is designed with fun, age appropriate activities, interactive bible studies, and inspiring worship and speakers. Our campers range from children who have grown up in a church family to campers who do not have a home church.

The goal of Kaleidoscope Camp is to demonstrate God’s love to young people by inviting them to enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ, helping them develop a solid foundation in God’s Word, and challenging them to be salt and light in a world that is full of darkness. We accomplish this through meaningful worship and Bible studies as well as fun activities. The role of the camp counselor is critical to the growth and nurturing of campers’ faith. The camp day is filled with fun activities that children typically are not able to do at home.

Camp Nurse Job Description 

Click here to view or print a pdf of the extended 

General Information  

We are a fairly small camp with between forty-five to seventy campers per week. 

Camp Nurses can volunteer for one week or multiple weeks depending on their availability. 

Camp Nurse is a volunteer position however; we do have some great benefits. We will provide lodging that you and your family can stay in during the camp session. All meals during the week will be included for you and your family. We will also offer a free week of camp to a child of your choosing; your own child, a friend or a child from your church community.

The Camp Nurse (and family) stays in a travel trailer in the RV Campground. The trailer has a queen bed at one end and four bunk beds at the other end. In the main room there is a small stove, sink, microwave, refrigerator and freezer along with a small dinette and sofa. Both the dinette and the sofa can be made into additional beds as needed. There is a small bathroom and additional showers are nearby in the bathhouse. 

Typical weeks go from Sunday at 3pm till Thursday at 8pm. Our week starts with a staff meeting at 3pm Sunday and ends after the campers leave on Thursday evening following a Closing Program at 7pm. 

Summer Schedule

2017 Camp Dates 
June 25-29: Discovery (Ages 9-11) 
July 2-6: Explorer (Ages 10-12) 
July 2-4: Mini Camp (Ages 7-9) 
July 9-13: Cornerstone (Ages 11-13) 
July 16-20: Crossroads (night owl) (Ages 14-16) 
July 23-27: Keystone (Ages 16-18) 
July 30-August 3: Solid Rock (Ages 12-14) 

FAQ

Can I bring my family?

Yes. We enjoy having both the nurse as well as their family at camp. We provide lodging for the Nurse and their family as well as meals for the entire week.

What activities or facilities are available for my family during the week?

We have a lot of activities available: volleyball, tennis, basketball, softball, Frisbee golf, horseshoes, tetherball, playgrounds. We also have a swimming pool and a number of hiking trails.

Can my children participate in camp activities?

If your child is a camper that week they will stay in a cabin. They will go to activities with their counselors. If your child is not a camper that week we ask that they not participate in activities. We want to keep camp a special experience that you get to participate in when you come as a camper. Having staff kids “drop” in and out of activities is very disruptive to the cabin groups at those activities and undermines the experience of camp as a camper.

Do I have to use my free week of camp for my own child or can it be applied to another child?

The free week of camp can be used by any child of the Nurse’s choosing.

Does my child have to attend camp the week I am a nurse?

No. Some children like to be a camper when their parent is the nurse and other children want to be a camper when their parent is not present. The free week of camp applies to any week and is not constrained to when the Nurse sending them is there.

Can I send more than one child to camp?

Yes. We give a 50% discount to additional nurse’s children who wish to attend camp.

Do I have to be available for the entire summer? 

No. You can volunteer for one week, or multiple weeks. Speak with Jenn Mast about which weeks we have available this summer. 

How do I apply?

Take some time to read through all the information and job description before applying so that you are aware of the job responsibilities.

Spend some time praying about where God would have you work this summer. Pray for discernment.

You can download an application here, or contact the Program Director by phone (757)566-2256 or email programs@wcrc.info to have an application mailed to you. If you have been a nurse with us before, you can find the returning nurse application here

Once you have completed the application, simply mail it to the address below and hand out your reference forms. Please have your references send the completed form to the address below as well.

Program Director 
Kaleidoscope Camp 
9275 Barnes Road 
Toano, VA 23168

Once we receive your application and references you will be called to set up an interview. The interview is a discerning process. Together we will discern if camp is the place that the Lord would like to use you this summer. A number of factors will play into this process including your summer availability and qualifications.

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