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We truly believe that Camp Wayne for Girls has the "BEST STAFF". We are known in camping for having the highest standards of staff selection. We travel to over 30 different colleges personally interviewing hundreds of applicants, searching for the NICEST PEOPLE with the most qualified skills. The top recruits come together and join our returning staff to create a mature, caring, positive, and enthusiastic group of counselors in a beautiful and pleasant working environment.

We’ve all had teachers, coaches and mentors that have touched our lives. Think back to these individuals and ask yourself why these people played such an important part in your life. We’re confident it is because they took an interest in you and pushed you to be the best you could be. As a counselor at Wayne, you will have the same opportunity to positively impact the lives of our campers!

As any good camp director will tell you, the key to a successful summer is the quality of the staff. Maintaining a beautiful facility and implementing a dynamic program is only meaningful if our staff supports the mission of providing a safe, caring and nurturing environment for our campers. As directors we consider the selection of our counselors to be our most important responsibility. We select only sensitive and enthusiastic individuals who are excited about working with children.

It is our hope that as the camp season comes to an end, you‘ll look back on your summer at Camp Wayne as one of “the best experiences of your life.” We are fortunate to have over 90 years of tradition built into every summer at Wayne. If you value the opportunity to work with children in a caring and professional environment, we think you will find that a summer at Wayne will be as rewarding, educational and enriching an experience as possible. You will learn as much about yourself as you will about children. What can be more rewarding than having the opportunity to have an impact and enrich the life of a child at the same time enriching your own?

Having fun and being silly at camp is the easy part. This happens everyday at Camp Wayne. By reaching for more, by focusing on the growth and core development of young people, Camp Wayne provides both campers and staff the amazing chance to learn valuable life lessons while having the time of your life. Helping staff as well as campers towards successful futures is a major component of our philosophy. In short Camp Wayne provides a wonderful opportunity that will serve you well both personally and professionally.

Working as a Camp Wayne counselor you will be responsible for someone's most valued possession - their child. Over 250 families have entrusted Camp Wayne for Girls with the care of their child for seven weeks. We take on that responsibility whole heartedly and we ask that if you join our family that you also share in this responsibility by being 100% committed to our ideals. In return we promise we will be there to support you in your development and to provide you with an experience you will never forget.


 Structure

Counseling is a CHALLENGING yet extremely rewarding job. From wake-up until bedtime (approximately 14 to 16 hours a day), you will be supervising, teaching, and counseling your campers. Most of our counselors are hired to teach a specific activity. You will spend from 4-6 hours of your day at your specialty teaching kids from ages 6-16. Hiring talented individuals to teach each activity allows for a greater learning experience for the children. Times for meals, clean-up, and night activities are spent with the campers in your bunk. Throughout the summer there are special events and unique evening activities that will be spent with either your age group, the younger or older half of girl’s camp, the entire girl’s camp, or with Camp Wayne for Boys.

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 Staff Events

We, as directors, recognize and appreciate the efforts needed to be a great counselor, so we coordinate a variety of events with Camp Wayne for Boys to make your social experience more enjoyable. Co-ed and girls’ staff activities include Bond-fires, Staff Parties (i.e. Luau/Pool Party or Bowling Parties with a D.J.), a Square Dance, Volleyball & Basketball Games, weekly Tennis Clinics & Art Workshops, early bird Waterskiing, Aerobics, golf lessons and more. Counselors have the opportunity to participate in the Staff Show as well. There are also two staff lounges, one with a TV/DVD player and a refrigerator, and three computers available for internet use free of charge. Staff are also welcome to use the camp facilities on their time off.

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 Evening Responsibilities & Time Off

Counselors are off 2 out of 3 nights between 9:45-11:00 pm depending on the age of your campers with a 1:00 am curfew (some nights you may be free to leave earlier and for some evening activities you will need to stay later). On the third night you are assigned to be on O.D. (On Duty) to supervise campers in your bunk. Counselors will average about a half an hour off during the day time. In addition, every staff member has 5 days off during the summer that fall on the same day each week, between Monday and Thursday or Saturday, dependent on the activity you teach (i.e. every Monday or every Wednesday). You can usually arrange to have off the night before your day off and leave campus after your group’s evening activity is over. It is very common for counselors to carpool with their friends and visit cities like Philadelphia, New York City, Binghamton, and Ithaca.

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 Camp Calendar

Counselors will arrive 7 days prior to the start of camp for an extensive orientation program. Through workshops, role-play, and interactive games, you will learn skills for working with children and develop close relationships with your peers. The campers arrive one week later and remain for seven weeks. Living with the same girls for over seven weeks allows you and your campers to develop strong bonds with each other that often last for many years.

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 Salary / Travel Allowance

The Salary range for counselors is $2,000.00 to $2,200.00 and is based upon the year of school you are in and the amount of experience you have with children and in your specialty. In addition to your salary, a transportation allowance is paid to staff members who travel more than 100 miles to camp that should cover about half of your travel expenses. Both will be specified in your contract. All employees receive full room and board as part of their compensation.

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 Additional Employment

There is the opportunity for counselors to be employed for part of the month of June and possibly the end of August to do pre/post-camp work (i.e. painting, cleaning, grounds work, etc.). If you would like to earn additional money working in one of these programs, please let us know.

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 Linens & Laundry

Counselors are supplied with sheets, pillow-cases and towels. Pillow and blanket rentals are available for a small fee and could be deducted from your salary if you choose. A weekly personal laundry service is offered to the counselors at no charge. There are also coin-operated washers and dryers on campus if you wish to do your own laundry.

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 A Final Note

Before applying for a position at Camp Wayne for Girls, we’d like you to consider the following factors:

  • Am I available for the entire camp session dates from beginning to end? Do I have any obligations that might conflict with these dates such as summer school, weddings, boyfriend, etc?
  • Am I truly ready for the selfless responsibility of taking care of children for 7 weeks? Am I capable of putting the needs of the campers above those of my own?
  • Will I enjoy living and working with children, 24 hours a day, six days a week, for two months?
  • Is the salary acceptable to me? Do I need to make a certain amount of money this summer?
  • Am I ready to be away from my friends, family and home for two months?
  • Am I ready to come to camp with an open mind and to be flexible?

If you do schedule a personal Interview with Camp Wayne for Girls:

  • Please bring your specialty item, if any, to the interview (i.e. guitar, art or photo portfolio, tennis racquet, etc.)
  • Contact your parents or legal guardians to make sure the salary range and camp location are acceptable to them.
  • Plan your schedule on the interview date to leave free time in the late afternoon and evening in case you are called back for a second interview (let us know if this is not possible).

***IMPORTANT*** We travel to college campuses across the United States to find the very best counselors for our children. We ask you to seriously consider your responsibility in showing up for the interview that you schedule. Please understand that it takes a lot of time, effort, and travel expenses to do interviewing at your school. We’re counting on you to honor your commitment and be there for your interview. If something comes up that may prevent you from keeping the appointment please notify us immediately.

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