Overview of Staff Health Care Positions

2014 Health Staff Dates: June 13 - August 17

Blue Lake’s Health Staff consists of a team of 15, including a health director, an assistant health lodge director, a camp nurse, and 12 certified health assistants.  The Health Staff work together with other staff to provide medical care to a diversified camp population of over 6,000 youth, college-aged staff, and university/secondary teachers and their families. 

The Health Staff are specifically responsible for maintaining and operating all aspects of the Health Lodge.  Shift duties rotate equally through the health staff to supply consistent 24-hour care. In addition to giving basic first aid, supporting special needs campers, transporting campers for off-camp medical care, and assisting campers with the management of their medication, the staff will share cleaning, laundry, inventory, and other duties as assigned.  Health Staff can expect a demanding but rewarding work opportunity that will provide invaluable experience for those continuing their education in medical fields.

For those who are interested, Health Staff members also have the opportunity to broaden their artistic appreciation by participating in one staff musical ensemble, requesting private lesson instruction from faculty, and attending Blue Lake evening concerts.  (Please see enclosed or inquire for more information). 

Health Positions Available
Room and board is included with all positions. Salary is based upon the position and applicant experience. Please inquire directly with the Personnel Department at 800-221-3796 for more details on these positions or the application procedure. Camp health care providers must have a minimum certification of American Red Cross Community First Aid and Safety (incl. CPR), and attend additional camp specific medical training prior to the general staff orientation period.  (Blue Lake offers basic Red Cross certification for candidates who otherwise qualify). Health Staff will also receive more extensive detailed training on providing health care, documentation, camp communication, addressing emergency situations, team building, and developing creative thinking and problem solving skills. 

Asst. Health Lodge Director (1 Position Available):  Work together with Health Director to train and supervise health lodge staff, maintain work schedule, communicate with camper parents, monitor medical supplies, support special need campers, serve on the summer camp leadership team, and be a Camp Health Officer.  Extensive experience at Blue Lake and minimum certification of American Red Cross Responding to Emergencies with CPR-Professional Rescuer required.  Previous experience in the Health Lodge preferred.

Health Lodge Staff (12 Positions Available):  Work with the Camp Health Directors and Camp Nurse to provide a variety of health care services including basic first aid, medication management/distribution, transportation of campers off camp for evaluation when necessary, and emergency medical care.  Team members receive practical hands-on experience with short-term patient care, documentation, triage, and basic diagnostics.  Minimum Certification required:  American Red Cross Community First Aid and Safety (includes CPR), and valid U.S. driver’s license.  Preferred Certifications:  Responding to Emergencies, First Responder, EMT, or Paramedic.  *Blue Lake will provide basic certification for candidates. All Health Lodge Staff attend additional camp-specific medical training prior to the general orientation period.

Camp Nurse (5  2-Week Positions Available):  Work with the Camp Health Directors to provide a variety of health care services including basic first aid, medication management/ distribution, and evaluation and referral of camper’s for off-camp medical care.  Nurses are expected to remain in residence for one camp session, serve office hours daily, and remain on-call (w/ pager) for emergencies.  Minimum Certification: Valid Michigan Registered Nurse License w/ Current CPR.  *Blue Lake can provide contact information for Michigan Licensing to out of state applicants.

2014 Health Staff Dates
June 13 - August 17

Extended work dates for some positions are available.
Please inquire on application.

2014 Camp Nurse Dates
Session I: June 24 - July 6
Session II: July 8 - July 20
Session III: July 22 - August 3
Session IV: August 5 - August 17