Staff FAQ

What does a day at camp look like?

The day begins with an optional Polar Bear swim and morning run, followed by breakfast with the campers from your cabin.  Cabin counselors next lead your campers in completing some morning chores, such as sweeping the dining hall or feeding the farm animals. The rest of the day is divided into five 60 or 90 minute activity blocks. You will have one of these blocks off, and will be responsible for leading or assisting with activities during each of the other time periods.  You may also have scheduled blocks for planning or prepping for activities. Before dinner, you will have an hour with your campers in your cabin - a great time to facilitate friendship building and cabin bonding!  Following dinner, there will be an evening activity for the campers with a different pair of counselors being responsible for planning the activity each day.  After you've got your campers settled into bed, cabin counselors take turns taking time off to check emails, do laundry, etc.  Saplings Day Camp counselors work closely with a group of 8 - 20 campers, guiding them through various activities from 9:00 until 5:00 each day.  After the campers go home, Saplings counselors are off until dinner, then may assist with the evening activity or have time off or activity planning time.

 

What do you look for in your counselor applicants?

There are several factors which are helpful - being available for the full season; and having a first-aid, life guard, or WFR certification.  We also look for counselors who have specific skill sets which they can teach at camp; such as mountain biking, rowing, backpacking, arts and crafts, music, or theater.  Most importantly, we look for counselors who have a passion for working with children and helping them grow!  Generally, our counselors are college-aged people who are completing a university program.  We seek to build a diverse community of counselors, and encourage people of all backgrounds, genders, orientations, cultures, and religions to apply.  All camp staff must complete a criminal background check.

 

I need to study / train during the summer.  Will I be able to do this at camp?

Most likely! We work with many of our counselor staff to fit in their other required activities during the summer.  In many cases, training and studying can take place during off periods and evenings.

 

I need to make some money over the summer.  What kind of pay can I expect?

Pay is based on experience and the skills you bring to camp, however the general range for first-year counselors is $1800 - $2000 plus room and board for the 9-week season.  Counselors with lifeguarding and WFR certifications and counselors in leadership roles may receive more.  Returning counselors are generally given a raise each year. Because all your expenses are covered at camp, counselors can generally save most of this pay. Counselors from other countries traveling through an international agency may have agency fees taken out of their pay. 

 

I need to gain work experience or have an internship in my field of study.  Will being a camp counselor qualify?

Probably yes!  At Hosmer Point, all counselors are responsible for planning and leading activities, which mean you will gain valuable organizational and inter-personal skills.  Our staff training (as well as your time at camp) will give you excellent skills for working with children.  All staff are also given additional responsibilities, such as managing equipment and supplies for activity areas or planning curriculum. These responsibilities can be tailored to match many different fields of study, from Education to Business to Biology. Imagine adding "planned and implemented safe and age-appropriate mountain biking activities for groups of 5-10 children daily" or "organized engaging evening events for 100 children" or "managed arts and crafts supply inventory and created new curriculum for pre-school aged children" to your resume!  Our leadership team is committed to providing our staff with opportunities to grow, learn new skills, and step into leadership roles.  Our aim is to tailor these opportunities to your needs, and to provide feedback and support to allow you to meet your goals.  We are also happy to work with your school or university to complete any documentation or other requirements needed for an official internship program. 

 

Where is Hosmer Point, what is it near?


Hosmer Point is in north central Vermont, in the Northeastern part of the United States.  We are about 4 hours by car from Boston, Massachusetts, 2 hours from Montreal in Canada and about 7 hours drive from New York City.  The closest big city to camp is Burlington, which is 1.5 hours away.  Hosmer Point’s location is in a rural part of the state.  You’ll travel on many dirt roads before arriving here.

 

How do I get to camp?

Many counselors choose to drive to camp, as it can be useful (but not necessary) to have access to a car on days off.  Counselors from farther away can fly into the Burlington International Airport, or fly to a Boston airport and take a bus to Montpelier or Burlington, Vermont.  We will send someone to pick you up from the airport or bus stop. 

 

What is the food like?

Hosmer Point is very proud of our food!  We buy most of our food from local farmers or grow it in our camp gardens.  Although our food is kid-friendly, it is generally healthy and fresh.  Our kitchen can accommodate most dietary restrictions, including gluten or lactose free, vegetarian, and vegan diets.  Our kitchen is peanut and tree nut-free to protect campers and staff with nut allergies.

 

Where do I sleep?

Cabin counselors share a cabin with a co-counselor and a group of ten campers.  You will have a semi-private section of the cabin to share with your co-counselor. Saplings Day Camp counselors share a cabin with 1-7 other day camp counselors and support staff.  Wilderness Trek counselors stay in a tent while on trail, and in a cabin with other staff while on camp. Cabins are rustic, with screen windows and bunk beds, but have they do have electricity and power outlets in the counselor section.  Your storage space will be somewhat limited so pack well!  A group of 5-6 cabins use a shared bath house.



What’s the weather like?

While Vermont is known for being cold and snowy in the winter, it is actually very pleasant and warm during the summer.  Temperatures can be in the 40s at night, so pack some warm clothing and warm bedding.  Daytime temperatures are generally in the 70s or 80s, with high humidity.  Rain showers and thunderstorms are fairly frequent occurrences, so be sure to bring rain gear.  

 

How do I do my laundry?

We have two washers and two driers at camp for the counselors and support staff to use when they are at camp.  These are not shared with campers .  We will also provide you with the laundry detergent.  If you’ve never done laundry, brush up on it before coming to camp (sorting whites and colors, temperature settings, etc) or we can give you a few lessons .  You will be responsible for taking  time during your off periods, nights or days off to stay on top of your own laundry.  We suggest that you also bring a laundry bag to camp so you can transport your dirty clothes up to the dining hall where the laundry machines are kept.


Will I have internet access?

Yes, wifi is available in the staff room for you to use during your time off.  We restrict where you can access the internet and your computer and phone during the day when campers are around.  Campers are not allowed to access the internet.



What about using my phone?

Cell service is limited to certain areas of camp, although wifi calling will work in the staff room. You will not be able to carry your phone around camp, but will be able to access your phone in the staff room during your time off. We restrict where you can use your phone when campers are around.  Campers are not allowed to use cell phones.


When and how will I get paid?

You will get paid weekly.   Think ahead about how you will then access these checks.  We can set you up with direct deposit for your weekly pay.  That means that money would be deposited into your already existing checking account.  Or, you could mail your checks back to your own bank directly.  Finally, if you have a local bank, you can cash your checks directly there on days off.


What kind of time off will I have?

You will have one 24 hour period off each week, and most weeks you will have an additional 6 hours off in the evening.  In addition to that time off, you will also be given at least a period off each day which equates to an hour.  Most days you will also have time off in the evenings after the campers go to bed.  Your time off during the day must be taken on camp.  On your 24 hours and evening off, you are welcome to leave camp with the rest of your day off group.


What kinds of activities are available during my time off?

Counselors often choose to travel to near-by cities such as Burlington or Montreal during days off.  Shorter off periods can accommodate going out to eat at a local restaurant, or enjoying one of the many camp activities (such as mountain biking, paddle boarding, or hiking) on your own.  Relaxing on camp (without the campers) is also a great option! 

 

More questions?  Email or text office manager Carrie at info@hosmerpoint.com or 802-586-2090 or email director Jon at jon.hammond@hosmerpoint.com