Working at Camp
Over the last 3 decades, Nashua Valley Council has earned an enviable reputation by providing Scouts with a great camping experience. Opportunities to serve Scouting by being a member of the Nashua Valley Council Camp Staff are available to outstanding members of the Boy Scouts of America. The requirements are stiff; the job demanding; the experience exhilarating! Apply to join the camp staff today! Application deadline is November 15.
Why Work at Summer Camp?
The life of a camp staff member is a tough yet rewarding experience. Camp staff work for 8.5 weeks each summer to deliver a high quality program to the Scouts of New England. Staff members come together for one week of physical set up and staff development before opening Camp Wanocksett for 7 weeks of program, and Camp Split Rock for 3 weeks of program. At the conclusion of the summer, camp staff spend half a week putting things away for next year.
Through it all, you’ll make lifelong friendships with Scouts from across the area. Living, eating, and working with friends is the job of a lifetime for many.
Should get an internship instead?
Internships are valuable, but the skills and lessons you’ll learn at camp usually outweigh those of an intern being asked to fetch coffee orders each day. You’ll have the time of your life
- Why Camp Counselors Can Out-Parent Parents – NY Times
- Camp Belongs on Your Resume: Highlighting the Professional Development Value of Working at Camp – American Camping Association
- The Camp Counselor vs. the Intern – NY Times
- This One Time at Summer Camp: Why I’ve Never Had a Summer Internship – The Huffington Post
Life of a Camp Staff Member
Camp staff live and work at camp from Sunday at 1PM through Saturday at 11AM. Staff compensation includes a competitive wage, provided with 17 meals per week, housing, and a staff uniform shirt. First Aid & CPR/AED training are provided free to all staff. Nights out of camp for supervised trips into town are allowed once a week for junior staff under 18 and twice a week for senior staff over 18. Time off is available to staff with ample notice to the administration prior to the start of camp. Staff are also encouraged to take advantage of the development opportunities available to them to complete advancement and merit badges.
The process to hire a camp staff for the upcoming summer begins almost 10 months before. An online application is available during the months of October and November with a submission deadline of November 15th. Interviews for accepted applications take place during two times; late November for Senior Staff positions (over the age of 18 for the upcoming summer), and late December for Junior Staff positions (under the age of 18 for the upcoming summer). Accepted applicants will be contacted about an setting up an interview. Submitting an application does not automatically grant you an interview. If selected for an interview, you will be contacted by email. Senior staff applicants will be contacted after November 1. Junior staff applicants will be contacted after December 6. All applicants must be age 15 before the start of staff set up week in late June (June 23). Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Counselors In Training
The CIT program builds upon the leadership skills learned via the Scouting program. Through the CIT program, Scouts will be better prepared to take on leadership roles within their Scouting unit.
Scouts will participate in the program for 4 weeks:
All Scouts will participate at Camp Wanocksett during training & camp set-up. CITs will then participate in three weeks of program of their choosing.
The total cost of the program for 2020 is $300. This includes all room & board. This amount is not due until acceptance to the program has been confirmed. Fees will be collected at the CIT orientation meeting in May.
The requirements are stiff; the job demanding; the experience exhilarating!
- Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America
- Be at least 14 years of age by the start of the camp season
- Be at least a First Class Scout or Venturer and uphold the ideals expressed in the Scout Oath and Law.
- Have a Unit Leader appraisal submitted after you complete this application. An appraisal will be sent to the unit leader you provide in the application.
- Have not previously participated in the Camp Wanocksett CIT program.
Complete & submit the application prior to April 15.
A CIT orientation meeting will be held for accepted CITs in May. At this meeting a $300 fee will be collected which includes room and board, exceptional leadership training, and a CIT T-shirt.
Questions can be directed to the CIT Director, via email at email@example.com.