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Staff Hiring and Screening Process

  • All new staff applicants (even those who were campers) must complete Camp Lohikan’s online Staff Application.
  • Every applicant will be interviewed (via online Zoom or Facetime) by our staff coordinator.
  • Staff members must be at least 19 years of age and must have completed at least one year of college.
  • Employees submit three references. Camp Lohikan checks each of the applicant’s references.
  • Camp Lohikan completes an extensive background check on all domestic staff. International staff background checks are conducted by the licensed agency that provides the visa services. In addition to these checks, Camp Lohikan conducts additional background checks on international applicants if they previously worked in the United States.


  • A nation wide criminal background check conducted by a commercial background investigation service.
  • A child abuse background check conducted by the Pennsylvania Health Department.
  • A criminal background check conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police.
  • A check of the National Sex Offender Public Website is conducted in house.
  • All employees are fingerprinted. Fingerprints are submitted to the federal government in accordance with state law.


  • All staff members attend Camp Lohikan’s staff orientation program which extends 7 to 9 days.
  • Staff members are supplied with a Staff Manual which is read before arrival into camp. The Staff Manual contains the camp’s personnel policies and describes camp operations.
  • All staff members complete their staff certifications prior to the start of camp.
  • Staff members agree to submit to random drug and alcohol testing.
  • Our staff members are role models and representatives of our camp community. The ability to be a positive role model for children is extremely important. Camp Lohikan is a drug and alcohol-free workplace. Smoking is not permitted.


  • Abide by all laws and regulations of the State of Pennsylvania in regards to appropriate behavior with children. In addition, staff members accept the responsibility to report any suspected child abuse by signing the mandated child abuse reporter form.
  • Follow Camp Lohikan’s supervision policies which monitors day-to-day staff relationships with campers and forbids any communication or meeting with campers outside of camp without the specific approval of the directors.
  • Sign a Staff Conduct Agreement.


  • The ability to work irregular hours and days and nights to meet camp needs.
  • The ability to take initiative, work collaboratively, and have a positive “can-do” attitude.
  • The willingness to step outside of your comfort zone and try new things.
  • The ability to lift up to 25 pounds and move around uneven, hilly camp terrain, up to 7 miles a day.
  • Up-to-date immunizations against the diseases required for public school attendance in the state in which they work.
  • A medical form signed by a physician within the last two years.
  • Two forms of identification to complete their W-4 and I-9 forms. A drivers license, a copy of your birth certificate, social security card, or passport are acceptable.
  • If they are hired to drive camp vehicles a clean driving record and be approved by the camp’s insurance.
  • A complete Staff Disclosure Form on file. Click here for the Staff Disclosure Form.