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Staff FAQs 2020-12-21T16:19:05+00:00

What positions exist at camp?

Most people we hire each year work as camp counselors. Additional positions exist, including support staff, kitchen staff, leadership staff, and health staff. See positions we are currently hiring for on this page.

If I am a counselor, what age group will I work with?

At Friends Camp, counselors work with kids of all ages! The sessions are divided by age, with the first session being the youngest kids ages 7-12, the second session with middle schoolers, and the last session with high schoolers. During each of these sessions, campers throughout the age range do activities together. In most summers, we make an effort to put younger campers with older campers in the same cabin. For the summer of 2021, campers in cabins will be grouped more by age due to our cohort structure, but staff will still have the opportunity to work with kids of all ages!

As a counselor, how many kids will I look after at once?

Counselors are responsible for different groups of campers during the day, from their cabin, to the kids in their activities, to groups of kids at meals and during free time. Generally, you will not be singularly responsible for a group larger than 7 or 8 campers. 

How long is the summer?

The dates for all staff for 2021 are June 11th to August 21st. Some staff will be hired to arrive on May 21st as a work crew.

What skills do I gain from a summer of working at camp?

Working at camp in any capacity allows you to participate in community-building, to take on a leadership role, and to build your skills of communication and problem solving. A summer at camp requires you to be open and communicative with the other people you are working with, and to step in when you see issues arising. Friends you make as a camp counselor are often friends for life, and you will probably laugh harder in this job than in any job.

Do I need any special skills to work at camp?

Friends Camp requires staff members to have experience working with kids, an openness to Quaker values and living, and the ability to lead fun activities. Each summer, we also look to hire a certain number of lifeguards and staff proficient in boating, as well as staff who are excellent kitchen helpers, and staff who are trained in Wilderness First Aid. Your specific skills– magic tricks, volleyball, or accordion– may have a place here. Make sure to tell us about them on your application! 

How stressful is working at camp?

A summer at camp is definitely taxing, emotionally and physically, because the days are long and spent mainly moving around. Caring for other people as your main job can be draining. But don’t let that scare you! First and foremost, your well-being is always a priority. The rest of the staff is there for you when there is an issue, and it is always ok to ask for help when you need it. Furthermore, it is important to know what you need, and what helps you de-stress. Knowing yourself and making sure you get the rest you need is important to having the best summer you can! Many staff find that the routine of camp, including regular sleep hours, healthy food, and active time outdoors contributes to their well-being.

How will camp be different during Covid?

Camp in 2021 is going to be a little different due to the regulations set by the State of Maine for summer camps running during Covid-19, and because of our commitment to keeping everyone safe. This summer is ten weeks long rather than nine! Instead of our usual four sessions, we will have three slightly longer sessions, with longer breaks for staff in between sessions. Camp will be split into cohorts, with a few cabins making up each cohort, that will do activities together. Cohorts will be kept separate, however, until later in the session (if possible). This means that both campers and staff will have a smaller amount of people who they interact with during the session, but will also provide opportunities for a lot of bonding with a smaller group. 

What does staff training entail?

Staff training in 2021 will be two weeks long. It is a time to get to know the other staff, to learn more about how Friends Camp operates, and to participate in training activities that prepare you for caring for kids.  

How much do camp staff get paid, and how often?

Depending on your position and your experience, you can expect to be paid $275- $400 per week to work at camp for most positions. Salaries are paid once per session (4 times a summer) via check or direct deposit. Room, board, and laundry are benefits provided to all camp staff who live on site.

What does staff time off look like at camp?

Staff gets one day off every week, as well as a few days off between sessions. There are also down times during the day for staff, including rest hour or time at night. Usually, staff can leave on their weekly day off. This is up in the air for 2021 because it depends on the public health environment and what the State of Maine Covid guidelines look like in the summer. No matter what, staff will be offered a safe space, food, and wifi on their time off!