AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps FAQs

Where is Pfeifer Camp located? Pfeifer Camp is located 10 miles west of Little Rock, Arkansas, in Ferndale. Take I-30 or I-40 onto I-430. Exit at the Cantrell Road/Highway 10 Exit. You will exit to the west. Stay on Highway 10 approximately 9 miles to Ferndale Cutoff. (Note – you will pass the Robinson Middle School and Robinson High School) Turn left on Ferndale Cutoff. (There a volunteer fire station on the right.) Go about 2 miles. There will be a sharp curve in the road. In 500 yards Pfeifer Camp is on the right.

What happens after I submit my application? After your application is received and processed by our office, you will be contacted by phone or e-mail from our Director or Assistant Director to set up a time for your interview.

What happens if I am selected to serve at Pfeifer Camp? You will receive many forms to complete prior to your enrollment in AmeriCorps. We are also required to conduct many background checks on all persons working with children. You will receive forms to sign for the background checks. You will also be required to submit personal information to Truescreen and Fieldprint background check services.

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As a cabin counselor am I also expected to be an activity instructor? Although administrative staff members are primarily responsible for program activities, we do expect counselors to instruct many of our daily activities (i.e. basketball, arts & crafts) Let us know your special talents, and we will see if we can put them to great use. During the ACE program counselors also serve as tutors and mentors.

When do I get paid? The Living Allowance is issued bi-weekly. Serving at camp provides a great opportunity to save money. With housing and meals furnished, your stipend is yours to spend or save. Please note that all stipends have the mandatory tax deductions withheld.

Does Pfeifer Camp have a curfew for staff and AmeriCorps members? In order to assure that staff members are able to function at all times throughout the camp season, policies have been set regarding time off at camp and away from camp. There is a 10:00 PM curfew for all staff during the week and midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. Staff and AmeriCorps members who plan to be away from camp past midnight on weekends should find a hotel or alternate housing for the night.

When do I have time/days off? According to American Camp Association standards, each staff member is scheduled two hours off each day, plus one six hour block during the week. However, AmeriCorps members generally have more time off than that. Usually, AmeriCorps members are off from Friday evening until Sunday evening when campers are in session. When no campers are present, additional time off may be allowed.

Will I have to attend AmeriCorps orientation? Yes! A comprehensive orientation program is required and is held during the first week of the summer season and the first two weeks of the ACE Program. The training/orientation covers a great deal of information - from camp policies and procedures to working with groups. Orientation allows staff and AmeriCorps members the opportunity to meet and develop strong working relationships with each other and to prepare for the challenges of serving in a residential camp setting.

What if I am a vegetarian or have diet restrictions? Special diets (i.e. low cholesterol, vegetarian, etc.) can be accommodated on a limited basis. If you require such assistance, it is your responsibility to make such arrangements in advance prior to official acceptance of the position. We make every effort to accommodate diet restrictions when possible.

What is there to do in Little Rock? There's plenty to do in Little Rock. It is a mid-sized town with all of your favorite restaurants, movie theaters, and shopping. In addition, Central Arkansas has many tourist attractions including Hot Springs National Park, Pinnacle Mountain State Park, the Clinton Presidential Library, and the River Market. Staff will guide you in the right direction and offer advice for things to do.

What is Pfeifer Camp’s Smoking Policy? Smoking is not allowed in any buildings or anywhere on camp grounds except for designated area by the staff lounge. Staff members are urged to quit prior to their arrival at camp. This is a challenging position for a smoker.

Will I have access to my Email? Computers will be available for staff use with free access to the Internet and free wifi in some buildings. We recommend that you bring your own laptop.

May I receive visitors during camp? Staff may have not visitors at camp without the advance permission of the Camp Director. All visitors must stop at the office. Visitors are not allowed to use the facilities of the Camp without permission and are in no way to disrupt the camp program. Visitors may not stay at camp overnight.

Joseph Pfeifer Kiwanis Camp does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.