The concept of summer camping in the USA first began about 125 years ago, when schools and other organizations began taking groups on retreats in a back-to-nature trend aimed at pastoral rejuvenation. William Frederick Gunn, headmaster of the Gunnery School in Connecticut, is documented as having organized the first summer camp in 1861 for his pupils. Since that time, over 10,000 camps have sprung up across the USA, many with long histories and revered traditions. Summer camp is now a way of life for most American children, with the American Camping Associate (ACA) reporting that approximately 10 million children now attend camp annually.
There are literally thousands of camps across the US, from the Catskill Mountains of New York to the Arizona desert and even in the Alaskan wilderness! Camps range from small independent programs with under 100 campers to large, specialty programs with hundreds of staff and campers.
The primary purpose of many camps is the educational, physical and social development of campers. Children are encouraged to try new things in safe surroundings. Summer camp is often the first time that many children spend an extended period of time away from home and parents. As such, a great deal of trust is imparted to the camps to provide a nurturing and holistic environment.
At most camps, the adult supervisors are referred to as counselors and they are assigned to small groups of campers, called "bunks", "cabins", or "units". Counselors often share living accommodations with their campers or other counselors. Camps also recruit support staff to work in areas such as the camp office or the kitchen and these roles are just as important to a thriving camp environment. Camps hire staff from all over the US and many camps also choose to hire international counselors, who can provide a first-hand cultural experience for the campers and add value to any camp program.
Although still true in many respects, the traditional view of a summer camp as an outdoor environment with hiking, canoeing, and campfires is evolving. In order to meet the ever-expanding interests and needs of campers, more and more summer camps are offering a wider variety of specialized activities. There are camps for the performing arts, rock music, magic, computers, languages, mathematics, persons with special needs and weight loss, just to name a few!
Whatever you are looking for this summer, we have a camp that will provide you with an amazing adventure and a life changing experience.
It takes a lot of energetic and passionate people, in a variety of roles, to ensure that camp runs successfully each summer. Your first year at camp, you will be in counselor or support staff (depending on which you role you have applied for) and will play an integral part in the structure at camp.
You may be surprised to find the camp director or owner heavily involved in the day-to-day running of camp. Unlike the managing directors of most businesses, the camp director will often be found doing their part, sweeping or painting for example. They lead from the front, because they love camp and want to see it looking and running at its best. It's hard not to respect someone who has chosen to spend so much of their life counseling and creating memories for others.
The first year at camp is always memorable, due to new friends and experiences. However, many returning staff find that their successive years at camp are each unique and provide immense satisfaction in many ways. For example, new roles or greater responsibility allows them to get to know a wider variety of people and further develop skills. Returning staff, some of who have been at camp for many years, will usually be in positions of increased responsibility. This is something you may wish to aim for yourself!
The smooth running of the camp relies on many people with differing roles. Some of these roles are described below:
He/she is often someone with many years of experience at camp and may also own the facility. The Camp Director has the ultimate responsibility for running the camp and will deal with all major issues.
Typically he/she is the person that organises and oversees all the activities at camp. They schedule the campers into their selected activities and provide guidance to the activity specialists. In many cases they do not have direct responsibilities to the children, but act as a stepping-stone to the Camp Director if there is a problem with a camper.
Head Counselor/Division Head/Unit Leader
Most camps are divided into groups based on age and gender. For each group there will be a head counselor, division head or unit leader who is responsible for the counseling staff and all the children in that group. These leaders have often been counselors at camp themselves for many years and as such will understand the day-to-day needs of the campers. Their role is to co-ordinate all programs in their division or unit and they are often the first place you can seek help if there is a problem.
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