Welcome Camp Assistants

To Steens Mountain Running Camp 2023

The following is some information for you to read and keep with you for reference while you are on the mountain. When you register in Burns, you will be given a Camp Booklet with specific dates, times of job duties assigned to you.

While Ron Smith is the Camp Director, Pieter Voskes (1st session) and Max King (2nd session) are the “go to” guys for Coaches and Camp Assistants.  They have scheduled some meetings for you so please make notes of those days and times as well as to other meetings listed in your booklet (Handed out at registration).  It is especially important this year that Camp Assistants understand their role and to help make sure every task is completed in a safe manner.

Sara Truax is your “go to” person for all things related to KP, serving assignments, gear distribution and apparel sales.

We have out lined certain jobs and assigned each Tent a job to do at camp.  There are some adjustments from past camps.  Tents will have their own dining tables, wash stations, out-houses, and buses all week.  Below is a description of each job as well as other information you may find useful.

Job Duties and Descriptions

All coaches are assigned to a tent.  They will assist you, the Camp Assistant of that tent, with all activities, including KP, LNT (Leave No Trace), lights out at night, and other duties of that tent.

Tent Assignments: I will be sending your tent assignments and camper roster to you the week of July 9 or earlier.  Please make every effort to learn the name and school of each athlete in your tent.  Remember, you will introduce each of them on Monday Morning!

If your tent has KP duty:  Your tent will eat first, and assist with cleanup for all meals on your assigned day (empty garbage, sanitize, etc.)

If your tent is assigned LNT:  It is your responsibility to assist your tent with making sure all recycling is taken care of after each meal.  Any clothing and items left on buses need to be neatly organized at the Lost and Found.  You are also responsible for Litter Patrol.

Hand-Washing/Gatorade Stations:  It is your responsibility to make sure your tent keeps their specific Lime Green hand washing containers filled with water and Orange Gatorade containers filled with Gatorade.  You also need to make sure your drinking water Igloo 10-gallon containers are full and on your bus each time we leave camp.  Please, also make sure those drinking containers are removed from each bus and placed on backside of trailer when we return to camp.

325 Gallon Black Water Tank:  this tank is located near the creek and is to be used for filling your 10 Gallon Wash Containers.

When your tent is dumping its waste water:  Use greywater tank/or pit if tank is unavailable.  If needed, refill soap dispensers, refill paper towel dispensers, and keep your area clean and picked up.  Please assist the campers in making sure your tent completes all of these duties as needed for the entire week.

Water Monsters:  There are three 125 Gallon “Water Monsters” that are to be utilized for drinking water, filling your water bottles, cups, etc.

Evening Responsibilities:  At night, we ask the coach assigned to your tent to assist you, the camp assistant, with getting campers to bed before lights out.  This means 15 minutes prior to lights out, all campers should be attending to bathroom duties at their assigned bathroom and assigned wash table, cleaning teeth, etc., in order to be in your tent by the time lights are out.  No one should be out of their tent after lights out. 

Meals:  Your tent has specific dining tables.  They are numbered according to your tent.  At the start of each meal, you will bring a serving tote filled with plates, utensils, napkins, and condiments to set on your tent’s table.  Your campers will get their own plates, etc., go through the chow line and come back to those tables.  After the meal, you will return the tote and wipe table down.

Serving Duties:  Camp Assistants may be asked to help serve meals.  If you are assigned to serve, please be in the kitchen 5 minutes before each meal is scheduled.

Bus Assignments:  Tents 1 and 2 ride bus 1-2, tents 3 and 4 ride bus 3-4, etc.  If your tent has odd # your tent will always ride in the back of the bus you are assigned.  If your tent has even # you will always ride in the front of the bus you are assigned. 

📝 Registration is on Sunday, July 16 or July 23 at Burns High School

🚌 Bus Monitor Assignments:

PortlandSession One: Phoebe Brown, Abi Swain Session Two: Mckenzi Caprino, Olivia Babski, Isa Swain(alt).

Eugene/Bend – Session One: Creed Bodily, Chad Hughes – Session Two: TBA

IF you have been assigned as a bus monitor out of Portland, Eugene, or Bend for either Session, I will be sending you specific instructions the week of July 2nd.

First Aid/CPR Certification:

Please send copy of your card via email to:  hyrt@steens.camp or bring to camp.

This camp is for YOUR CAMPERS, so we want to make sure they have a great and safe experience.  It takes all of us working together to make this happen.

THANK YOU, in advance, for all of your help! See you Soon!

Harland and the rest of the Steens Crew