The staff has arrived at our 30+ Maine Camps and the all-important orientation and training has begun. Across the state of Maine, counselors are learning the ropes to provide campers with a safe and fun summer.
So, what do staff learn and how does it benefit Maine campers?
While many are returning counselors, some are new to camp. Staff get acclimated with the grounds and operations. They tour the fields and facilities, and they spend time on the lake. They learn the daily camp day schedule, as well as about the special events that will take place throughout the summer beginning with camper arrival day! Staff learn traditions, songs, and stories that make the camp that they’re at so special, and that will help connect them with campers and with previous generations.
Staff learn about the childcare development opportunities and philosophies of the camp, as well as the industry standards and laws when it comes to working with children. Providing safety, sensitivity, and supervision are among the paramount lessons learned.
As the staff are learning and training, senior staff and directors get to observe and determine where the counselors excel. This helps them assign the staff to different age groups and specialty areas.
While participating in training and learning sessions, staff also get to enjoy planned team building activities and even some casual downtime so they can get to know each other and start to become friends. One of the best parts of being a Maine camper is forming amazing friendships, and the same holds true for the staff. Happy, engaged, and energetic staff make the best counselors.
We’re so excited to welcome these counselors who will be instructors and role models. They will teach tangible skills like how to waterski, throw a ball, weave a bracelet, and make a bed. They’ll also help campers gain confidence and independence as they help campers navigate around the camp, their daily schedules, and social situations. The staff will encourage campers to try new things and to make new friends.
A good counselor is someone you’ll remember for life, and we can’t wait for this year’s staff to get to know and form bonds with this summer’s campers!
We wish all our Maine Camp Experience Camps a great staff orientation and training.
Maine Camp Experience Resources & Tools
Looking for the perfect Maine camp for your child? Try out our helpful tool where you can select a camp by choosing: type of camp (girls, boys or coed) and session length (1-8 weeks). It helps to narrow down a few camps to a manageable list that includes rates. Then you can research these camps in more depth.
Next, be sure to contact our Maine Camp Guide, Laurie to discuss these camps as well as for free, year-round advice and assistance on choosing a great Maine summer camp for your child.
Talk to Laurie, our Maine Campcierge®, about choosing the right camp for your child and what to do in Maine.