Important Information

Here lies crucial information for the 2019 Rural Program.

~UPDATED 02/13/19~


  • The Lifeguard certification is a requirement for the Lead Staff position. For those of you taking a course on your own, or if you are already certified, please be sure to send your certification to Jill Dutton at
  • Please note that attending a course does not guarantee that one will earn the certification. There is a pre-test that you must pass on the first day. For this reason, we urge you to practice these skills before the first day of your course- most certification courses cannot permitted someone to participate in the class if they cannot complete all three skills on the first day.
  • It is important that lifeguards be comfortable in and under the water, and that they have both the physical fitness and technical skill to perform rescues.  Some physically fit individuals, even some who consider themselves good swimmers, may struggle in the life-guarding course because there are other skills beside swimming- such as treading water and diving- that are important in for Lifeguards.
  • In order to prepare, please review the information below, and please go to a pool as soon as you can to practice the three parts of the pre-requisite test to make sure that you can do those. These skills take a while to build, so give yourself as much time as you can practice and prepare before your scheduled Lifeguard course.The prerequisite skills are:1. Swim 300 yards continuously, demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing (using front crawl, breast stroke, or a combination of both). Goggles may be used.2. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.3. Complete a timed event within 1 min, 40 seconds.a. Swim 20 yards (no goggles)b. Surface dive (feet or head-first) to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve an object. Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps
  • For more information on the test,if you need any tips on practicing, or would like to watch videos on the course, please read the: Lifeguard Cert Course Preparation 2017
    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

For everyone else:

  • Please note, if you arrive on the date provided below, Camp Fire will pick you up from the airport and get you to the dorms. If you plan to arrive early for your own personal travels, please let us know that as well so that we can schedule a dorm-check in time for you the day before training.
  • In May, after everyone has completed their flight survey, we will post an Airport Pick Up and Dorm Check-in schedule and send it out to you. Please be aware you may need to wait at the Anchorage Airport for a few hours on the day you arrive, as we will be coordinating to pick people up in groups as much as possible.

Arrive May 18-19: Staff will be picked up at the Airport and checked into Dorms. Please plan to arrive no later than Sunday Night, as training begins bright and early the next day.

May 21 training in Anchorage starts 9 AM on May 20-31

June 1 and 2: Travel to Rural (you might travel Sunday or Monday, depending on flight availability)

June 2 – July 28: Programming in Rural Communities

July 28 and 29: staff return to Anchorage

July 29 – July 31: Season Close-out and Reflection in Anchorage

Depart August 1: In the morning, Leadership will shuttle staff to the airport or other location in Anchorage (staff who have other rides and other living arrangements are free to “Check-out” with us as early as 5 PM on August 1.)

Housing for staff will be provided Saturday night, May 19, through the morning of Aug. 1st.





  • Please note that the following documents are REQUIRED for work at Camp Fire, and must be present when you arrive.
  • Please bring the following documents to your first day of training:
    • Proper Original Document(s) (Copies WILL NOT be accepted)
      • Employers cannot specify which documents to provide. Therefore, for your convenience, I am attaching a guide that clarifies which documents will satisfy the requirement. You may bring either one (1) document from column A, or a combination of one (1) item from column B and one (1) item from column C.
      • I-9 Acceptable Documents
    • You will also need to bring bank account information (Routing and Account numbers)



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