Welcome New Academy Staff!​

Please follow the steps below in order to finalize the hiring process and get you "Field Ready".

Dates to Remember:

May 24-25: WFA

May 24-26: WFR Re-cert

May 24-28: WFR

TBD: CPR Training (included in WFA/WFR courses)

June 1: New Staff Training

June 2-5: All Staff Training

Stay organized! Print your pre-summer checklist here.

#1: State Based Background Checks

*Due March 12*

*You may skip this step if you have ONLY lived in the state of Colorado for the past five years.

Starting this year, all Telluride Academy staff are required to obtain the following three background checks from all states they've lived in in the past 5 years:

  • State Criminal History Check

  • State Sex Offender Registry

  • State Child Abuse and Neglect Registry

You can use the following link to find instructions for completing each of these forms.


State-Based Background Check Instructions

You must have ALL of these forms sent into their respective organizations by Friday, March 5th. Once you obtain results of these background checks, immediately send the results to sophie@tellurideacademy.org

#2: Fingerprinting

*Due April 1*

  • All Staff must pass a National Background Check.  To complete the Check, please utilize the Colorado Fingerprinting or IdentiGo fingerprinting process. See directions below:














Other Important Information:


You must submit your fingerprinting by April 1st.  No exceptions. 



Best for those living outside the

state of Colorado.


  • Click here if you are a Colorado resident.

  • Click here if you are a non-Colorado resident.


Identigo Service Code: 25YJ15

Colorado Fingerprinting

Best for those living in the state of Colorado.


Click this link, scroll to the bottom and choose "Applicants Click Here to Begin." Create an account and follow the detailed instructions.

Note: In Step 3, you will order the "CBI CABS Fingerprinting."

CBI Unique ID: 1100DCLI


Telluride Academy

P.O. Box 2255

Telluride, CO 81435

Reason Fingerprinted:

Childcare Licensed 26-6-107

Agency Code:


Childcare License Number:


#3 Complete Standard Precautions Training

*Due April 16th*

All child care workers in the state of Colorado are required to complete a Standard Precautions Training every year. This free online training will take about an hour and a half.


  • Using Google Chrome, click this link to register in the Colorado Shines Professional Development Information System.

  • Under "Pre-Service and Required Training", click the green "Get Item+" box.

  • On the next screen, click the green "Sign-In-or-Register" button, and continue to "Register Now!"

  • When creating your account, sections 1-3 will ask you personal questions. Sections 4 and 5 will be in regards to your employment. Use the following information to answer the questions in sections 4 and 5:

    • Section 4: Current Employment

      • Employer Type: School Age Program

      • Country: San Miguel

      • School Age Program: San Miguel School Age (Before & After) & Camp Program

    • Section 5:

      • Professional Role Category: School Age Professional

      • Professional Role: School Age Professional

  • Follow online instructions to complete the course.

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#4 Complete Abuse Awareness and Prevention Training

*Due April 16*

Understanding and working to prevent abuse is an integral part of our work as educators. Telluride Academy is implementing a new Abuse Awareness and Prevention Training program to help instructors understand the the warning signs and ways we can mitigate these types of risks. This goal of this training is to help keep Telluride Academy a safe place for our students and staff! This training will take about 90 minutes.

After you have taken this training, please read Telluride Academy's Abuse and Neglect Prevention Policies. This document outlines our safety policies as they pertain to abuse prevention, camper and staff expectations, and the steps staff should take if they suspect inappropriate behavior. 



  • Click this link to create an account for Telluride Academy's Abuse Prevention portal.

  • Once signed up, the website will bring you to the portal home page. Click "Awareness Training" on the left, and watch the 9 short videos.

  • After you've watched the videos, take the online quiz. Telluride Academy will be notified with your results.

  • You do not need to print or email any certification documents. This will take about an hour.

#5: Staff Handbook & Field Guide

*Due April 16*

All staff MUST Read the 2021 Staff Handbook carefully! This document outlines all Academy policies, procedures as well as the expectations of all Field Instructors.  The Handbook is also a great place to familiarize yourself with how we structure and staff Academy programs. The 2021 TA Field Guide is a condensed version of the TA Handbook and is an essential component of your field kits!! This guide offers quick reference information about topics such as Emergency contact numbers,  Lightening procedures, Evacuations and more


  • Both documents MUST be read and reviewed prior to entering the field with students.


  • We recommend that you either print off a version of this handbook or download them to your smart phone. You MUST carry one of these documents with you at all times this summer!


  • There are also numerous addendum found on the 'Staff Resources' page that outline useful options that are available to you throughout the summer.

#6: Camper Code of Conduct

*Due April 16*

  • All staff MUST read the TA Camper Code of Conduct. This document outlines the expectation Telluride Academy holds for it's students. Instructors should be familiar with these expectations and communicate with admin staff if any child is not adhering to it.

  • We recommend printing this document and keeping it with you during camp. This can be a useful reference when students are not behaving.

  • This document can serve as a guideline when creating "Camp Contracts" with student groups on Monday mornings.

#7: Complete Required Forms

*Due April 16*

Login to your Camp in Touch portal. On the homepage, click "Forms and Documents." This page contains a list of forms that need to be completed as well as a place to upload all of your certifications. There are three types of forms:

1.            : Forms with this "down arrow" mean the document needs to be downloaded, printed, signed, and scanned back to your computer. Click the "down arrow" to download the document, then save it, print it and scan it back to your computer. Click the "up arrow" on the right to upload the signed and completed form back to the portal. Pro Tip: Some of these PDF documents can also be edited and signed in Adobe, which will keep you from having to print and scan. The following forms fall into this format:

  • 2021 Risk and Release

  • 2021 Terms and Conditions

  • Abuse Prevention Policy Agreement

  • Direct Deposit Authorization

  • Handbook Contract

  • Mandatory Reporter Acknowledgment

  • Skills Assessment

  • TRAILS Request Form ****MUST BE TYPED****

  • W-4

2.            : Forms with this "mail symbol" simply mean you need to upload documents that you already have. You must scan these documents to your computer and upload them to your portal by clicking the "up arrow" on the right. The following documents fall into this format:

  • Additional Certifications

*Additional certifications are not mandatory. This is where you would upload any non-required certifications,

such as Lifeguard, Swift Water, AMGA, Teacher's Certificate, etc.

  • CPR Certification

  • Driver's License

  • Social Security Card

  • Standard Precautions Certification

  • Updated Resume

  • WFA/WFR/(W)EMT Certification

3.             : Forms with this "computer" symbol mean you must complete an online form. When you click on the computer, you'll be brought to a form that you will need to fill out and then "submit." The following forms fall into this format:

  • Required Staff Information Form

  • Staff Bio

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#8: Itinerary Planning Project

*Due at staff training*

  • All New staff need to plan a themed two-week program using the Blank Itinerary Template provided here.  We have also provided two Sample Itinerary documents as well to help guide your planning. 













  • Create a unique name and a theme for your program. When planning please consider an age range (5-6, 7-8 or 9-11) and create activities suitable for your chosen age. Think about timing, flow and overall program objectives. What do you hope your students will walk away with? Please include at a minimum one hike, one day of rock climbing and one day of flat water duckying. Use real locations whenever possible that are appropriate for your age range. (This will require some homework)

  • See Staff Resources page for helpful information!

  • Please bring to the new staff training for our Program Planning workshop. 


Sample #1

Blank Itinerary

Sample #2

#9: Celebrate, Breath, Buy Yourself A Beer Because You're Done!!