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.
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
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.
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
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.
- Know how to rig a sloop rigged sailboat. Know how
to come about, jibe, how to pick up a mooring under sail,
and dock a boat under various wind conditions. Know techniques
for avoiding a capsize, basic terminology, and some sailing
Applicants must be experienced backpackers, knowledgeable
low impact campers and have experience working with groups
in the woods. Climbing experience is a strong plus. NOLS
and Outward Bound experience appreciated. We take 1-6 day
backpacking and climbing trips. The program also uses a climbing tower and an indoor wall for on-site
practice and confidence.
BIKING - Extensive mountain biking experience; mechanical
skills preferred. Applicants must also be comfortable
with their back-country wilderness skills.
Applicants with playing skills equal to the United States
Tennis Association ranking of 3.0 or higher are encouraged.
Must be enthusiastic about teaching beginners and intermediates.
- Current American Red Cross Life Guard Training
is required, as is Red Cross Water Safety Instructor
Certification (or our "short"
WSI course). We offer these courses at camp in late May;
but you should try to have at least one completed prior to
Strong fundamentals in Hunter type riding needed. Experience
in handling “fun activities” like lunch rides
or in teaching “stable skills” is a plus. We’ll
give you 1 on 1 assistance in developing your teaching
/ KAYAKING - Strong Class III and above whitewater
experience is essential. The program starts in open boats
on the lake, them progresses onto gradually more difficult
whitewater and incorporates closed boats after good open
boat skills have been developed.
PROGRAM - Throughout all our activities, we employ
a philosophy of utilizing "teachable moments" in
environmental sciences, including botany, geology, animal
science, meteorology, ecology, etc. Separately, one or
two staff do this full time out of our "nature lab." College
level courses appreciated but not a requirement.
We emphasize making things - weaving, pottery, macramé,
jewelry, tie dye, basketry. The idea is to cultivate and
express the imagination through hands-on experience.
ACTIVITIES - Include archery, riflery, dramatics,
and short hikes. These activities are part-time, therefore
staff need a combination of skills and a lot of imagination.
NOTE: 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
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