Instructor: Teach fourth grade students activities on field study and model behavior by participating with them.
Cabin “Trail Guide:” Be assigned to a cabin or two as a "trail guide.‟ This duty asks you to be available to the cabin members, especially parents, at key times during the overnight to provide them with information and special help. Key times include: move-in, cabin time, cookout, before campfire, and bedtime.
Field Day: Cooperate with another Student Leader to run assigned station at Field Day.
Games and Virginia Reel: Help staff with field games in the evening rotations. Participate in the Virginia Reel as a "head couple‟ and help students do the dance during the challenging part.
Song Leading: Songs at Oregon Trail should be authentic as possible, in other words relating to or from the time of the Oregon Trail. Songs will be taught to or sung with the students from the time they arrive. We love to see Student Leaders up front leading songs. Here are a few reminders that will save you some embarrassment later:
1. Don't ask questions. For example, don't say, “Who wants to sing this song?”
2. Know the song you are teaching, demonstrate enthusiasm, teach it line by line, use hand motions, and only one or two verses.
3. Please do not be offended if your song is suddenly cut from the schedule. It is important that programs are kept on time.
4. There are songbooks available, so contact an Oregon Trail staff member if you need one.
Firewatch: The ultimate purpose of fire watch is to make sure the cabins are quiet and handle any problems that might occur during the evening when parents are given a chance to take a break. There will always be one Staff Member available and helping in each cabin area. Student leaders are expected to check in with their cabins at bedtime and to help them get to sleep. The Staff Member on fire watch will explain your specific expectations before leaving campfire.
Social Time: Each evening Student Leaders, teachers, parents, and staff have a chance to get to know each other, snack, play games, and just basically have fun. We encourage you to become involved when you are at social hour.
Cabin Push: Monitor cabins at transition times and encourage groups to get to their assigned area.
Meal Lines: Help students line up before meals and stall until dining hall/meeting area staff are ready for them to enter.
Table Toppers: Help set tables for breakfast meal each morning of the program.
Host: Sit at a table as a host and serve food to the table. Initiate appropriate conversation during meal.
Jump-Up: Get the food for table.
Cleaning Teams: Remain in the dining hall after the meal to help clean tables and move furniture.
Dining Hall Responsibilities in General: Managing students in the dining hall can be a big responsibility. However, if you know what is expected of you and you do those tasks, it can be a pleasant experience. Student Leaders at Oregon Trail Overnight, along with parents, have four main tasks in the dining hall at meals. Student Leaders and parents are hosts and/or jump-ups, monitor the noise level at the table, and they initiate conversation.
For many students this is the first time that they have sat down with a group to eat a meal. Be sensitive to this for this time should be relaxing, but can be a point of high anxiety for these students. A major responsibility of Student Leaders at meal times is helping the children with table conversation. This can be a harder task than it appears at first. Remember that ONLY APPROPRIATE TOPICS should be discussed or shared with students at the table. Please help make dining a fun and relaxing experience for all at the table.
10 Topics for Table Conversation:
1. If you could travel in time describe the time and place you would go? What would you do there?
2. If you got a ticket anywhere in the world where would you go? Why?
3. What is your favorite pizza? Where do you go to get your favorite pizza?
4. How many brothers and sisters do you have? Tell us something about your brother or sister?
5. What is your favorite dessert?
6. What is your favorite sport, team, player?
7. What has been your favorite activity so far at Oregon Trail?
8. What is your favorite way to eat potatoes?
9. What is your favorite holiday? Describe what you do on that holiday?
10. What would you like to do when you are an adult?