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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Camp Wayne located?

Camp Wayne is nestled in the corner of beautiful northeastern Pennsylvania. We are just 2 ½ hours from New York City and just 3 hours from Philadelphia. All applicants must live on campus and stay for the entire summer session.

What qualities do you look for in a Camp Wayne counselor?

More than anything, we are looking for counselors who love children! More specifically, we are interested in people who are skilled in interpersonal communication, respect children as much as adults and are interested in personal growth. We consider hiring counselors to be our most important job. We are known in the camping industry as having the highest standards of staff selection. That’s why we insist on traveling around the country to meet each candidate in person for an in-depth, face to face interview. Working at Wayne demands of you an unselfish attitude. You must always be concerned first with the physical and mental welfare of your campers. Though you will have a tremendous amount of support from the Camp Wayne Directors it is important that you fully understand that being a camp counselor at a sleep-away camp is a tremendous responsibility which requires a selfless attitude and a lot of hard work.

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Will there be any staff training prior to the camper’s arrival?

Yes, we have a strong support system in place from the moment you are hired to help you be the best counselor possible. You will receive your Staff Manuel in the mail around May, along with a great handbook filled with tips on working with children. All staff are required to report to camp seven days prior to the camper’s arrival for orientation which is jam-packed with icebreakers, educational sessions and social activities.

What types of positions are available?

For the most part we are looking for specialty counselors. What that means is that, in addition to being a bunk counselor and taking care of your campers, you also have a specialty that you teach throughout the summer. For a list of activities available click here. We also have some other positions available such as a group leader, assistant group leaders, driver/administrative assistant, nurse’s aid, nanny, salad prep, bookkeeper and night watchperson.

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Is Camp Wayne for Girls a uniform camp/Is there a dress code?

We are not a uniform camp. You will not be required to purchase anything for camp. We will give you a Staff shirt that we will ask you to wear only on special occasions. Other than that, we just ask that whatever you wear be appropriate. We will also ask that you cover any tattoos larger than a silver dollar and remove all facial piercings while on duty with the children.

What are the living conditions like?

All of our bunks have been completely rebuilt within the last few years. You will be living in very clean, spacious and comfortable bunks. They are all equipped with electricity and plumbing.

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What are the campers like?

We are lucky to have over 250 of the greatest campers in the world! They are smart, fun loving, spirited kids who LOVE CAMP! The kids at Wayne are mostly from affluent backgrounds in the NY Metro area. We mostly attract campers from Manhattan, Long Island, Northern New Jersey, Westchester, Maryland, Philadelphia and Florida. While most of our campers are Jewish, most of our staff is not. The majority of our campers are “return campers” meaning they start at Camp Wayne at a young age and continue to return for many years. Many also have siblings at camp or parents that were once Camp Wayne campers building upon our strong sense of family and tradition.

How’s the food at camp?

We think it’s great. Remember, we have to eat here too! In our dining room we serve all three meals family style with waitress service. In addition to our main courses, we offer a full salad/substitute bar at every meal including breakfast. The salad bar is always stocked with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables mixed salads, pasta, deli and other assorted options. If you have certain needs or food allergies based on religious or philosophical beliefs, you should discuss this with us before committing to camp.

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I’ve heard a lot about this “camp spirit.” Just how much spirit is there?

From the minute the kid’s arrive ‘till the morning of their departure, be prepared to do a lot of dancing and singing at the top of your lungs. The best part of being a brother-sister camp is that the girls aren’t worried about being silly because the boys aren’t always around. Let’s face it, if you can’t have fun and be silly at camp, where can you?

Do I have any days off and how much free time will I have?

You will have a total of five days off during the summer. Nobody has off during orientation or the last two weeks. On average you will have about 1/2 hour off each day. Most of your free time will come at night. You are off 2 out of every 3 nights with a 1:00 am curfew. You are also welcome to remain in camp on your day off to enjoy the people and activities that make Camp Wayne so special.

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What type of amenities do you provide for your staff?

We know that you work very hard during the day and we want to do everything possible to make your free time more enjoyable. We have computers available for free internet access; we also have weekly staff events with Camp Wayne for Boys. You are welcome to bring your cell phones to use on your free time when off campus.

How much will I make being a camp counselor?

Well you’re not going to get rich, but you will have an unbelievable experience, meet a ton of amazing people and learn invaluable lessons in dealing with children. Our counselors make between $1,800 and $2,200 depending on age and experience. Remember that you also receive free room and board all summer as well as a travel stipend intended to cover about half your airfare. Because you have no expenses at camp, many of our counselors are able to save all or most of their entire salary to take home with them at the end of the summer. Staff receives their checks on departure day (the day after the campers leave). If you need cash during the season, you may request up to three salary advances which we will deduct from your final pay check.

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How Will I get to Camp?

You have the option to drive or fly to camp.Staff that fly in are given three choices of dates in mid-June to fly into one of the three major NYC airports (JFK, Newark and LaGuardia).There we will pick you up on the day of your arrival and drive you right to camp.Staff will also be given a ride back to the airport on departure day. Once you are hired you will receive more detailed information on travel.

What should I bring to camp?

You will receive a complete packing list in one of your staff mailings. For the most part the weather is great; warm in the daytime and cool in the mornings and evenings. So, you will need to pack some warm clothes as well as typical summer clothes. You are welcome to bring your car to camp and keep it in our parking lot. Many counselors find it advantageous to have a car on campus, especially on days off.

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Are there other expectations or anything else I should know?

Camp Wayne for Girls is a smoke-free campus. In addition, staff members are expected to obey all state and federal laws as they relate to drug use and the consumption of alcohol. We have a zero-tolerance policy for drug use and staff members under the age of 21 are not permitted to consume alcohol during their period of employment. Alcohol consumption is not permitted on the camp grounds and staff members are prohibited from returning to camp under the influence of alcohol.


Certainly, camp is a fun and exciting place. It is also one where the action never seems to stop. Campers and staff are constantly on the go. Many people like to say that a day at camp is equal to one week in the “real world”. Therefore, it is essential that camp follow a certain structure and schedule. It will largely be up to you, the counselor, to be the leader, to set the example, to be able to make sure that the day to day rhythms of camp are in tune.

Sounds great, now how do I apply?

If what you’ve read in these pages appeals to you… the fun, amazing, exciting and adventurous aspect of being a counselor as well as the responsible, educational and challenging aspect then we would love to hear from you. Click here to fill out our on-line application and we will call you once we receive it. Or you may call us directly at 215.944.3069 to speak to one of our directors.

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