How do I apply?
Visit the Employment Opportunities page to complete our online Camp staff application.
What are the dates of the camp program?
The employment period is for nine weeks in the summer; 2016 Dates:
Trip Leader Training: Monday, June 13 – Saturday, June 18 (new trip leaders June 12)
Activity Staff Skills Training: Sunday, June 12 – Tuesday, June 21
All Staff Pre-Camp Training: Tuesday, June 21 – Monday, June 27
Session I: Tuesday, June 28 – Friday, July 22
Session II: Sunday, July 24 – Monday, August 15
Staff may leave by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, August 16
What certifications do I need?
All of our in-camp staff are required to be certified in basic first aid and CPR at the minimum. Courses are available at Chewonki before pre-camp training begins, but we strongly encourage counselors to take these courses locally before the start of the summer. Lifeguard training, small craft safety, and wilderness first aid are other useful and sought-after certifications.
Wilderness trip leaders are required to be trained as lifeguards and Wilderness First Responders, as well as possess current CPR training. Many of the Chewonki trip leaders are also registered Maine Guides.
Check back this spring for 2016 training clinic dates.
What are the other requirements?
Junior cabin counselors must have completed their junior year of high school. Senior counselors must have completed their sophomore of college or have equivalent experience. Wilderness Trip Leaders are required to be at least twenty-one years old in order to obtain a trip leader permit. Outside of the cabin, we have a wide age range of support staff working in the kitchen, on maintenance, in the health center, teaching camp activities, and in the office.
Where will I be living?
Cabin counselors live in cabins or yurts with a group of 6-10 boys and a co-counselor. These cabins have no electricity or running water. Bathroom and shower facilities are located a stone’s throw away.
Non-cabin support staff live in yurts, small cabins, or dorm-style housing in our year-round buildings. Non-cabin staff are usually grouped by age and gender, with four to six staff members sharing a living space and occupying single or double accommodation rooms. We also have limited family housing available.
Wilderness trip leaders live in yurts with 4-6 other trip leaders before, after, and between sessions. Yurt accommodations are not equipped with electricity or running water; there are communal social spaces and rest rooms located centrally on campus.
Will I have time off?
Yes! We all need time off in the summer to stay well-rested and healthy amidst a very busy schedule. Each week in-camp staff have a night off, which starts at dinner, and a 24-hour day off. There are a variety of fun and interesting things to do in Mid-Coast Maine in the summer: play a round of mini-golf in Boothbay, pack a lunch and take a hike in the nearby Camden Hills, or have a taste of fresh Maine lobster at Wiscasset’s world-famous Red’s Eats. If you use your time off well, you will return to camp feeling refreshed and recharged.
Wilderness trip leaders will have time off between sessions.
We expect all staff to behave in a responsible and professional manner while on time off; though you may not be on campus, you are still a representative of Chewonki.
What is the daily schedule?
Click here to learn about a typical day at Camp Chewonki.
Do women work at the camp?
Though Camp Chewonki for Boys is a single-gender camp, women make up a large percentage of our non-cabin support staff. Many are former Semester School students or wilderness trippers, and teach camp activities, work in the office, health center, kitchen, and down at the waterfront.
What is the salary?
Compensation is based upon experience and qualifications. Benefits include room and board and laundry facilities.
Are tobacco products allowed on campus?
Chewonki has a non-smoking/tobacco free campus; this includes all staff and participants while on campus or on scheduled trips.
How do I keep in touch at the end of the summer?
Each staff member will have a check-out meeting at the end of the summer with the appropriate program director to debrief and discuss plans for the next summer. A great way to keep in touch during the year is to attend a Camp Gathering and Reunion in your area, or participate in the annual Staff Winter Retreat at Chewonki in January.
- If you are interested in returning to work at camp next summer, contact Camp Director, Garth Altenburg at email@example.com.
- If you are interested in working in the Adventures for Girls programs, contact Nancy Kennedy, Director of Girls Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you are interested in leading Chewonki wilderness trips next summer (21+), contact Emma Carlson, Director of Wilderness Trips at email@example.com
- If you are a Chewonki alum, drop us a line and let us know what you are up to at firstname.lastname@example.org.