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Become a Jack Camp Orientation Counselor

This year has brought about a lot of change, including the decision to alter traditional SFA summer programs like Orientation and Jack Camp. However, staff members have worked hard to create an experience for the class of 2024 that will be as impactful as our traditional programs have been in the past.

Jack Camp Orientation organizers are looking for 200 student leaders to be a part of this exciting new program!

Application Process

Complete the online application before the June 30 application deadline.

After applications are reviewed, students will be contacted through the email provided regarding next steps in the selection process.

What is Jack Camp Orientation?

This four-day event is on-campus program hosted at SFA where participants learn about campus life and academics as well as meet other incoming freshman students. Participants reside in residence halls and eat in campus dining facilities.

What will Counselors do?

Included Jack Camp Orientation activities are listed below. Each one is a chance for you as a leader to help create a welcoming environment that allows students and their families to settle comfortably into their new lives.

  • An Orientation program designed for first-year students and their families will be held on the first day. Participants will learn about campus resources that will help make their SFA career successful.
  • Various peer groups will help students expand their Lumberjack network. Leaders will first divide students into two large groups (Austin/Rusk) and then into various small groups based on residential living areas.
  • Academic activities will connect class of 2024 students to faculty and staff in their intended colleges of study.
  • Small group leaders will join Campus Recreation Department staff members to engage students in intramural games and unique team building exercises.
  • Small groups will allow students to learn more about themselves and help find their place as Lumberjacks during the fall 2020 semester.

Basic schedule

Student leaders will move in Friday, Aug. 14, and begin training. First-year students attending Jack Camp Orientation will be allowed to move in Saturday, Aug. 15.

  • Sunday, Aug. 16 — Family Orientation program; student program launch
  • Monday to Wednesday, Aug. 17-19 — Facilitate activities and small groups discussions; attend various program related events

Jack Camp Orientation counselors must attend various trainings and retreats specified below prior to the event. If you are unable to attend any of these dates, you will not be eligible to be a counselor this year.

If you feel your reasoning for absence should be considered more thoroughly, email, and a director will discuss it further with you.

Mandatory dates and requirements

Training: Will be provided online. Required Zoom meetings will be included but scheduled at a later time.

Retreat: July 31 through Aug. 2 Location: TBA

Time commitment: Student leaders are expected to be available and fully participate in all related programming from 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14, through 1 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19.


Orientation and Transition Programs

Physical Address:
Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.300

Mailing Address:
PO Box 6074, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

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