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.
- Trip Leader Training: Monday, June 10 – Saturday, June 15 (new trip leaders June 10)
- Activity Head Planning & Prep: Friday, June 14 – Monday, June 17
- All Staff Pre-Camp Training: Tuesday, June 18 – Monday, June 24
- Session I: Tuesday, June 25 – Wednesday, July 17
- Session II: Sunday, July 21 – Sunday, August 11
- Staff may leave by noon on Wednesday, August 14
- Senior Staff Leadership Debrief: Wednesday, August 14
- Senior Staff may leave after Debrief or by noon on Thursday, August 15
What certifications do I need?All of our in-camp staff are required to be certified in Wilderness First Aid (this includes 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 advanced first aid are other useful and sought-after certifications. Wilderness trip leaders are required to be trained as 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 2019 training clinic dates.
What are the other requirements?Camp Chewonki for Boys staff must have completed their senior year of high school or be eighteen years old. 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 nearby. 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 restrooms 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 and are expected to follow all state and federal laws.
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 Maine Coast Semester students or wilderness trip participants. They 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 Chewonki for Boys Director, Charlie Fear at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you are interested in working for Camp Chewonki for Girls or Extended Wilderness Trips for Teens, contact Wilderness Trip Coordinator, Jen Adams 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.