Staff Info

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Working with Children

is a fun and rewarding experience. Men and women never forget their summers as camp counselors. If you have patience, common sense and a sincere desire to work with children, we would like you to consider working at Camp Playland.

At Camp Playland, our staff is the key to a successful summer. We spend many hours selecting staff members who are mature, dedicated individuals and who exhibit a true desire to work with children. Combining quality, experienced staff, with directors/owners who are on site for the entire summer, sets Camp Playland far above other summer programs.

Important Information

Camp Dates

Your summer begins with Orientation on Saturday, June 16, 2018. The summer continues with the first day of camp on Monday, June 25th and runs daily, Monday through Friday for 8-weeks, ending on Friday, August 17th.  Camp is closed on Wednesday, July 4th for the Independence Day holiday.

Positions

Positions are available for group counselors, counselors in specialty areas, camp nurses, and office staff.  Specialty areas include Swimming (lifeguard certification required), Sports, Music & Drama, Arts & Crafts, Archery (certification required), Discovery Den and Ropes (certification required). 

Learn more about each position below

Dress Code

Our counselors are role models for campers and will be asked to dress appropriately at Camp. Information regarding our dress code is included in the Staff Handbook given to every staff member.

Every Group Counselor Must Know How to Swim

You will be actively involved in our swimming program, and should expect to be in the water daily.

 

Health Form

A health form will be supplied to every employee. The State of Connecticut Health Department requires each staff member to submit a completed health form prior to the start of camp. The health form must be based upon a physical examination that occurred within 36 months of the first day of camp.

Salary

In all cases, salary is based upon the position you are hired to fill, your qualifications, and your age.  Additional salary is offered for bus counselors who supervise campers on their daily bus ride to and from camp. Although camp families may tip a counselor at the end of the summer, tipping is not mandatory and should not be expected.

All Camp Playland Staff Members

can expect to have a fun summer playing, outdoors, with kids and peers. Staff members should have appropriate expectations for children and other staff members. Playland campers are young and require a professional, nurturing, and loving staff. Counselors should establish an environment that creates success and promotes camper safety, both physically and emotionally. The best interest of our campers is our # 1 priority. The way you dress, talk, and relate to children and peers defines who we are and what we believe. Therefore, counselors must arrive every day eager to work with children, prepared to be good role models, prepared to exercise patience and compassion, and prepared to demonstrate empathy.

GOOD STAFF MEMBERS MAKE A GOOD CAMP. WE HAVE GREAT STAFF MEMBERS!

Senior Group Counselors

lead camp groups of 10-25 kids. Campers are split into groups by age and gender. Senior Group Counselors spend their day actively and enthusiastically participating in all activities, at their campers' level. Senior Group Counselors are expected to set appropriate rules and guidelines for their campers and their junior staff members. In this way Senior Group Counselors ensure campers and counselors alike will enjoy a safe and fun summer together at Camp Playland. 

Senior Group Counselors must have completed one year of college education. 

Junior Group Counselors

assist leading camp groups of 10-25 kids. Campers are split into groups by age and gender. Junior Group Counselors spend their day actively and enthusiastically participating in all activities, at their campers' level. The primary responsibility for a Junior Group Counselor is to engage campers, have fun with them, and help them enjoy a safe and fun summer at Camp Playland. 

Junior Counselors are high school students between 16 and 18 years of age. 

Senior Specialist Counselors

lead a specialty area for all campers (boys and girls age 3-13). Senior Specialists are expected to plan and implement activities for all campers. They must set appropriate rules and guidelines for campers and direct junior specialists, senior group staff, and junior group staff on how best to assist campers and participate appropriately in each activity. Prior to the start of camp, specialists are responsible for ordering materials, setting up their areas, and planning a progression of skills to be taught throughout the 8-week summer. The core ingredients for success are passion and fun. 

Senior Specialist Counselors must have completed one year of college education. 

Junior Specialist Counselors

assist leading specialty activities for all camp groups. Junior Specialist Counselors spend their day supporting their senior counselor. They are involved in the set up and clean up of each activity, help demonstrate, and support each child to  participate appropriately.  Junior Specialist Staff actively and enthusiastically engage with all campers, help them experience success within each activity, and help them enjoy a safe and fun summer at Camp Playland. 

Junior Counselors are high school students between 16 and 18 years of age. 

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