Most of our staff have two primary roles at camp, that of an activity instructor and that of a cabin counselor.
Both jobs are lots of fun, and you’ll definitely appreciate the variety. A few of our more experienced staff will spend so much time in the woods that they will not have a cabin, but they still act as counselors when they’re not teaching, helping to fill in the gaps.
In your role as an activity instructor, you’ll be a part of a team led by an “Activity Head” who will coordinate schedules and teaching methods. Simply being able to swim does not qualify you to teach swimming; having had a horse does not qualify you to teach riding. A good teacher needs a thorough understanding of the fundamentals and a method for communicating them. If, however, you do possess a basic skill, we can teach you to teach.
We use activities as a means of communication, as a tool for stimulating growth. We teach fairly high-level skills (i.e. whitewater canoeing, rock climbing, extended backpacking, etc.) but we are just as interested in the beginner as in the advanced camper.
Our emphasis on building skills means our staff must be very capable. To help you determine whether or not your skills are “up to par” for our program, here’s a rough idea of “entry level proficiency” for each activity. Understand that trip leaders and those in supervisory roles require more advanced experience. Previous teaching experience is a plus, but not a necessity.
All staff are required to have current CPR and First Aid training. All waterfront staff are required to have Life Guard Training. Trip leaders must have at least a Wilderness First Responder. We provide these courses during our orientation at the beginning of each summer, and may agree to subsidize part of your costs if you get the training elsewhere.