What is a Wii?
The Wanake Incredible Intern (Wii) position is designed to give qualified campers, ages 15-18 years old, who have been selected through the hiring process, the paid ($50/week) opportunity to learn how to be a Wanake Staff Member. The position lasts for a minimum of 3 weeks, and in some cases, longer. It is an internship with the perks of gaining experience, receiving a small pay check, a place to live, and 3 meals a day!
What is the job description of a Wii?
The job of a Wii camper is to be the assistant to the counselors. In most cases a Wii will be placed into groups that have an imbalance of camper genders. For example, a group might have 8 girls and 4 boys. One of our female Wii's would be placed into this group to assistant the female counselor with those 8 girls.
Who will be their direct supervisor?
They will be directly supervised by the counselors that they are assisting. In 99% of cases at Wanake, each group has 2 counselors who are responsible for supervising, participating, leading, and facilitating the group of campers throughout the day. The Wii’s role in the group will be to assist the counselors, to participate in the activities, to take leadership where appropriate, and to be constantly watching/learning from our counselors.
The Wii’s will also be mentored by their Team Director who will give them weekly feedback and written evaluations.
Does being a Wii guarantee me a full time job when I reach hiring age?
Unfortunately, no it does not. While it does give you valuable experience and could certainly be a bonus in your corner- if you are a Wii camper and do a poor job, you will not be a desired applicant for Summer Staff.
How does Wanake interview its Wii applicants?
RSVP to an interview weekend (either on Facebook- Click Here- by calling the office at 330-756-2333, or by emailing Assistant@campwanake.org)
Interview weekend dates are*:
- January 14th (10AM) - 15th (3PM)
- February 18th (10AM) - 19th (3PM)
- April 22nd (10AM) - 23rd (3PM)
- *If you are absolutely unable to make it to an interview weekend, please call camp to let us know so that we can make other arrangements.
Wanake has a unique way of interviewing its applicants- we invite all of our applicants out to our site for one of three interview weekends. We spend the weekend together doing different camp activities like bible study, games, and of course eating together. This way we get to know you better and you are able to get a better idea if Wanake is a good match for you. We look forward to meeting you! Pack to spend a weekend at Wanake!
What is different about the Leader in Training Camp that I see in the summer camp brochure and the Wii program?
The Leader in Training (LIT) camp is a summer camp program just like Go Kart Camp or Fashion Camp that campers come to learn skills you can apply at camp and beyond. You come as a camper to that to experience camp, learn, and have fun. All are welcomed to participate in this great learning experience!
The Wii camper program takes that a step further and adds more time, and a small paycheck. A Wii could be placed with any group. The difference is LIT’s are campers and Wii’s are campers who have completed the interview process and are hired to assist counselors.
You can register to come to LIT camp on the summer camp page.
How will I get paid?
You will receive a pay check after your 3 weeks of service (the dates that you work will affect when your pay check comes in the mail)
What dates are options to work?
We ask that each Wii make a 3 week commitment choosing to work one of three options:
Attending both the LIT camp and working other weeks as a Wii
Working alternating weeks as your schedule allows.
If none of the options work for you, we may be able to be creative and make something else work.
Wii’s are required to attend a 2 day period of our staff training (Dates TBD)
The opportunity to work additional weeks may be available.
What if I need time off for something important like a wedding or something else?
We ask that you pick an option when you are able to be free, but if something comes up we do our best to be flexible. All requests for time off must be given to the Assistant Camp Director in writing, three weeks in advance.
Here are some other good things to be aware about:
- Because our Wanake Incredible Interns are considered campers, if they are a minor, when the staff is off from Friday Night until Sunday at noon, Wiis are not permitted to stay at camp. They may either go home, or spend the weekend at a friend's house with their parent's/guardian's permission. Also, because Wii campers are minors, they will not receive unsupervised mid week breaks. If a Wii were to need a break for physical or mental reasons, we would be happy to work those details out with their Team Director.
- A Wii who is 17 or 18 years old, may be promoted later in the summer to full time staff, if they are qualified and we are in need of additional full time staff.