Thank you for your interest in the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center's Staff-In-Training Program!
The Skelton 4-H Center is the largest 4-H Center in Virginia and serves approximately 3500 youth each summer. Nestled on 120 acres along the shores of Smith Mountain Lake, we have offered Junior 4-H Camp for more than 50 years. We stress the 4-H philosophy of “Learn-By-Doing” in all 4-H Center programs, which means that participants learn by becoming actively involved in an activity. In order to meet the needs of the thousands of youth we serve each year we hire more than twenty (20) college-aged summer staff.
The Staff-In-Training (SIT) program offers a select number of qualified teens the opportunity to serve as “junior” staff members for a two-week period, with the potential to serve a third session for those with exceptional performance (District Camp). SITs have the opportunity to positively impact campers from other counties while experiencing “the life of a staff member”.
SITs will be assigned a mentor (a veteran staff member) on a weekly basis with whom they will spend much of their time during that week, while assisting with classes and other camp operational responsibilities. SIT positions are volunteer positions with lodging and meals provided. If at any point the SIT is not meeting expectations set forth in their orientation, their involvement in the SIT program will be terminated and they will be asked to leave the 4-H Center immediately. Ultimately, a successful SIT experience gives the participant the opportunity to showcase their abilities and improve their chances to be hired in subsequent years for a position on camp staff. However, participation in the SIT program does not guarantee employment in subsequent years.
To be eligible for the SIT program, applicant must be 16 years old or older and have completed at least their junior year of high school (11th grade). Typically, individuals who could be eligible for a position on staff would not be accepted into the SIT program. Participants must be available for the entirety of a 2-week session. Each session will accept no more than four candidates.
Virginia Cooperative Extension and W.E. Skelton 4-H Center programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the 4-H Center at (540)721-2759/TDD* during business hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event.
*TDD number is (800) 828-1120.