What to Expect as a Camp Counselor
Maine Camp Counselors

Recognized as one of the best camps in the camping industry, Camp Cedar is family-owned and run. We offer a warm and comfortable learning environment with an emphasis on human relations combined with athletic, creative, adventure and water based activities. We welcome individuals from all religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds who have an interest in working with kids, a sense of adventure and fun and the ability to serve as excellent role models for our boys.


Important Dates for 2017

  • Staff orientation begins on June 16th.

  • Camp ends August 11th.

  • Some staff are contracted to stay until August 17th to work with a post-camp inner city camper group.
     

Staff Makeup

Our male and female staff come from all over the United States, Canada and abroad. Ages range from 18 years old and up with an average age of 22. Many of our staff returns year after year. As diverse as our staff is in background, they all share enthusiasm and a genuine interest in working with kids. We pride ourselves on creating a work environment that generates a happy and fulfilled staff.


Living at Camp

Our cabins or bunks are freestanding wooden structures with electricity and plumbing. Each bunk has approximately 8-14 campers and 2-5 counselors (depending on the age of the boys). Male counselors live and sleep in the bunk with the boys. Female counselors sleep in their own separate cabin.

There are 3 meals provided daily along with both an afternoon and evening snack. Weekly on campus laundry service is provided for staff. There is a staff lounge with phones, computer email access, cable TV and DVD.


Program & Activities

At Cedar, we offer a full program of activities ranging from individual and team sports such as basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, tennis, volleyball, swimming, biking, sailing, water-skiing and golf to outdoor education and adventure programming including hiking, nature, trips, zip line and ropes course as well as a full slate of creative arts programming. The younger campers have a structured program that ensures their experience is as diverse as possible. As the campers get older, they have the opportunity to choose areas they wish to focus on. The program includes instructional periods, practices and competitions. Depending upon the activity, there are frequent inter-camp games that provide counselors the opportunity to coach and referee as well as teach.

Cedar’s facility is second-to-none. The camp has 9 basketball courts, 12 tennis courts, 2 baseball fields, 2 roller hockey rinks (one lighted), golf center with a driving range and par 3 course, lighted soccer field, lacrosse field, high and low ropes course, zip line, 60 foot climbing tower, indoor climbing gym, waterfront with 3 swimming areas and a float, sailboats, water ski boats, canoes, BMX bike course, miles of mountain biking trails, beach volleyball courts, darkroom, lodge for rainy day activities and dances, crafts facility, tetherball, ping pong tables, weight room, archery range and the most beautiful hardwood indoor gymnasium and stage you’ve ever seen.


Daily Schedule

Although being a camp counselor is a tremendously rewarding and fun job, it is also hard work. The hours are long and very busy. There are 6 periods a day. Some periods will be teaching, others may be coaching or refereeing depending upon the activity. Counselors are hired to work primarily in a specific activity department (baseball, swimming, tennis, etc.) and can expect to be assigned daily to that activity. Wednesday is “Trip Day” at Cedar. This is an opportunity for the campers and staff to leave camp and visit a local attraction or park. Trips go out to rivers for canoeing, the beach, water parks, hikes and more. On Sundays we follow a different schedule as well with intra-camp “Pizza League” play and a special camp-wide event in the afternoon such as carnival, capture the flag and “Mission Impossible.”
 

TYPICAL DAILY SCHEDULE

TYPICAL DAILY SCHEDULE

7:50am

Reveille

Wake-up

8:15

Breakfast

To the dining hall

9:00

Bunk Clean-Up

Lead bunk in daily cleanup

9:30

Period 1

Activity Period - Typically, these morning activity periods will involve instruction at a variety of skill levels.

10:30

Period 2

Activity Period

11:30

Period 3

Activity Period

12:25pm

Free Swim/Play

Supervision is assigned on a rotating basis

1:00

Lunch

To the dining hall & sometimes outside on the lawn

1:30

Rest Period

Campers get to take a break and, typically, so do counselors.

2:30

Period 4

Activity Period / Inter-Camp Competition - This is often a time for competitions with other camps for those who coach teams or referee. This can also be another period for activities.

3:30

Snack

A good refresher

3:45

Period 5

Optional Period - Most campers have their choice of activity to go to during this period. This period is great for one-on-one instruction, pickup games or team practices.

4:45

Free Swim/Play

Supervision is assigned on a rotating basis

5:45

Dinner

To the dining hall

6:30

Period 6

Bunk Activity / Intra-Camp League Games - This is typically a time for activities specifically with a bunk and may be scheduled for intra-camp league play. Evening leagues are held about once a week.

7:45

Evening Activity

Talent show, game show, movie, etc.

9:00

Taps

Showers and wind down time in bunks

12:30am

Sign–In

For counselors off-duty for the evening

Time Off

We understand that the counselor role is demanding and in order to maintain the highest performance, counselors and staff must have time to recharge. There are 4 scheduled days off during the summer and regular evenings off. Support staff have a slightly different days off routine. Regularly scheduled intra and inter-camp counselor competitions in basketball, soccer, roller hockey, tennis and volleyball provide a competitive outlet for those inclined. There is also a staff lounge with phones, email access, cable TV and DVD for off-duty staff. The weight room may be used during leisure time as can any of the camp facilities when properly supervised.


Non-Counselor Opportunities

There are several other very important jobs around camp. In addition to counselor positions, there are available positions in office/reception, bookkeeping, nursing, nanny, kitchen and maintenance. Please inquire regarding these positions if interested.