Our camp staff are go-getters ready to take on each day and all the excitement that comes with it. A typical day’s schedule (although no days are the same!) reflects the energy and commitment our staff have for campers and camp life. Depending on the camp session, location, and role of the staff member, schedules will vary, but we can say there will be few dull moments!
Kitchen staff are preparing breakfast for campers and staff. Specialists, managers, and directors may be prepping for an early morning activity or meeting.
Campers wake up, get dressed, and head to morning activities. Counselors may need to set their alarm a few minutes earlier so they are available to help campers get ready for the day. You’ll love seeing the sunrise and come to enjoy those quiet moments before the buzz of the day arrives!
Breakfast. You’ll sit with 6-10 campers to help them learn proper table manners, engage all campers in conversation, develop camaraderie, and ensure that campers are eating a well-balanced meal…and occasionally break out in a sing-a-long.
Flag raising with campers, brief staff meeting, and then counselors lead campers in completing kapers (a.k.a. camp chores) like restocking the wood pile, picking up litter, sweeping, emptying garbage, cleaning up cabins, etc.
Program time: Staff organize and lead a variety of camper activities (some of which you’ll already be familiar with, and some new).
Lunchtime! You’ll refuel with your campers over a healthy meal and good conversation, and continue to refresh them on their table manners.
Rest hour: While campers rest and relax in their cabins or do individual activities, you’ll check-in to ensure they are using this quiet time to themselves to re-energize. You might use this time to work on a lesson plan, paperwork, scheduling, or a new activity idea.
You’ll lead program time for your group and help with all-camp activities, like open swim, hiking, or boating.
Dinnertime! At dinner, staff ensure campers are eating enough (they’re expending lots of energy during the day!) and are connecting with others and feeling comfortable at camp.
You might lead an activity with your group, like Gaga Ball or a sunset walk, or help lead an all-camp activity like songs and s’mores around the campfire.
Bed time! Staff ensure campers are ready for the night (teeth brushed, PJ’s on, tick check complete, hair brushed, etc.) and winding down for a good night’s rest. Then, you’ll turn in for the night and get re-energized to do it all over again the next day! Even when sleeping, staff members in units need to be available to comfort campers who may be homesick, help with night trips to the bathroom, and attend any other of the campers’ needs.