By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer
The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is seeking qualified individuals to fill counselor positions for its Junior Rifle Camps program. This premier program has a long established history of providing the highest quality three-position and international air rifle instruction in the country for high school athletes, and this year will add to the program in the form of smallbore camps, which we intend to add permanently to the curriculum.
Camp Counselor positions are open to college students who have completed at least one year of school, and are members of an NCAA or college club rifle team. Applicants must be available to work and travel throughout the 2019 summer for camps, though accommodations will be made for applicants competing in International Competition. These are highly competitive positions, and selection will be based on a number of criteria: academic performance, shooting experience, coaching and youth leadership experience, and references. All Camp Counselors who are selected for hire will be required to pass a background check and drug test before beginning employment.
Job duties will primarily consist of working with groups of five or more high school aged athletes of various skill levels at five-day camps, three-day clinics, and three-day advanced standing position camps. Counselors follow a camp curriculum originally designed by DCM Emeritus Gary Anderson, which has been modified by current National Coach Dan Durben, former director Sommer Wood, and current director Chance Cover. Additional duties include range set-up, break down, general cleanup, various range activities, assisting with camper registrations and check-in, and working various CMP events outside the camps. This is to include 4-H Nationals, American Legion, CMP 3-P Nationals, and may include others. Counselors will not be responsible for campers outside of work hours. The staff will have downtime factored into the summer, but may work extended weeks and are not held to a 5 day week. Counselors will represent CMP at all times during the summer, and MUST adhere to a code of conduct for the duration of their employment.
Employment will begin with a training session at CMP in Anniston. This training is mandatory for everyone hired. All counselors will have the option to shoot in the USAS National Championships at Ft. Benning, GA. Housing and per diem will be provided for staff during the USAS events, though this will be unpaid time off. If needed, additional unpaid time off will be granted for USAS National or Junior Team training and competitions like World Junior Championships. If you choose not to shoot USA Shooting Nationals, other camp related work options are available for that time period. The 2019 camp schedule has been posted on the main camp web page, at www.thecmp.org/camps, and includes a major event timeline to follow.
The pay scale begins at $400 a week for first year counselors, $450 for second year counselors, and $500 for third year counselors and beyond. A per diem is also provided. All travel and lodging is covered by CMP once the camps begin, though counselors are responsible for providing their own transportation to the training location at the beginning of the summer, and back to their homes at the end of the summer. Any additional travel counselors wish to make during their time off is their responsibility, and they are expected to clear departure and return times with the Camp Director to make sure it does not conflict with their job duties.
Counselors applying this year should take note of additional resources they are asked to fill out. Those should be submitted at the same time as your application.
Applications are available on the CMP website at http://thecmp.org/air/junior-camp-counselors/. To be considered, applications must be received by 26 March 2019.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto www.TheCMP.org.