What is the procedure for applying to work at camp?
Click on the Apply Now link and fill out our online application form. Once we have received your application you will be contacted to set up an interview. After your interview and your preliminary paperwork has been received we may come to a verbal agreement. It is the understanding of B’nai B’rith Camp that we consider these verbal agreements as commitments. It is not appropriate for you to speak with another camp about employment after agreeing to work at B.B. Camp. Upon accepting a position you will be sent a contract, a health form, tax forms, a copy of the personal policies and other forms. You are required to sign the contract and return it to our winter office within 10 days of receipt in order to formalize our agreement.
Do I need any special certifications to work at camp?
All staff are required to be certified in First Aid and CPR. Waterfront and Pool staff are required to have Lifeguard Certification (or the international equivalent) . Absence of certification does not preclude you from applying, but we prefer applicants who already possess the necessary certifications. Other positions may require prior certification or specialized training including Archery, Ropes Course, and OJA.
If I was on staff last year, do I get any special consideration for employment?
Veteran staff members are required to interview but will be given the appropriate consideration for their experience. Keep in mindy however that seniority does not refer to a greater level of entitlement, but a higher expectation of responsibility and leadership.
What factors determine whether or not I am offered a position on staff?
Evaluation of all staff, new and returning, will include, but are not limited to: talent, skill, participation, maturity, work ethic, loyalty, stamina, and attitude. Staff members must be positive, respectful, and always put the group first. It is not how much you know that matters, but how much you care.
It is a rare staff member who starts the season with all the knowledge and ability to be 100% successful. It is willingness and capacity to improve that distinguishes the good from the great. Prospective staff must demonstrate their willingness to be part of a team and be a tolerant caring person. Regardless of age, demonstration of maturity will mean a lot.
How many people apply and what are my chances of being selected for Summer Staff?
Each year we receive around 200 applicants and have 100 positions available. A good deal of time is spent regards to these hiring decisions. Applicants who are interested in more than one position have a much high chance of becoming a staff member than those that will only accept being a Counselor if instance.
What if I have a conflict with attending all weeks of camp?
Although it is highly preferred that you attend the full summer it does not necessarily preclude you from being on staff. Those types of instances will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Regardless of the reason, if you have a camp conflict you should strive to attend as much of camp as possible. If someone else is equally skilled and can attend the entire summer, they may be given first priority in the hiring process. You will need to discuss the conflict with the camp director during your interview.
I’ve worked at a camp before, do I really need to be at Staff Orientation?
Yes! A comprehensive Staff Orientation program is held during the first week of the summer season. During this week, staff members are presented with a great deal of information – from Camp policies and procedures, to working with groups. Staff Orientation is required for all staff members. The goals of staff orientation are two-fold: (1) to give staff members the opportunity to meet, get to know, and develop strong working relationships with each other and (2) to prepare staff members for the challenges of working in a residential camp setting. Group-building experiences, training sessions, and concentrated planning done with other staff members are all combined into Staff Orientation. Combined with the Staff Manual, reading packet, and the good judgment and common sense of the individual staff members, staff orientation should provide the tools and skills necessary to guarantee a successful summer for all.
What if I cannot attend staff week training?
Staff week training is critical to your success during the summer. If you are a new applicant and cannot attend, you may not be able to be part of the B.B. Camp staff (school dates are one of the possible exceptions). If you are a returning staff member and there are extenuating circumstances, you may be excused from the week long training. Those types of instances will be handled on a case-by-case basis after discussion with the camp director.
Can I leave camp during the summer to attend a wedding or other important event?
We will make every effort to accommodate such a request if it is brought to our attention when you apply for the position. However, accommodations of such requests made after arrival at camp is much more difficult.
How often do I receive time off?
Each staff member usually receives one to two periods off per day. In addition staff also receive nights off, and 7 days off per summer. Days off may begin at dinner and end at dinner the next day. Staff will have several days to choose from however, only so many people can sign up for each day off based upon the unit size and schedule.
When do I get paid?
Summer salaries are broken into four parts, 20% is received on June 30th, July 15th and July 31st, and then 40% is received on August 15th.
Can I bring a pet?
No, pets are not allowed at camp.
What if I am a vegetarian, keep kosher or have other diet restrictions?
B’nai B’rith Camp is a kosher facility. In addition we offer a complete vegetarian menu and salad bar for the camp population. We will do our best to prepare meals that correspond to your needs. If you are a vegan, you may find it necessary to bring your own substitute protein source, as it is difficult for us to cater to those specific needs.
May I receive visitors during camp?
In general visitors are not permitted while camp is in session. On occasion staff may have visitors at camp with the advance permission of the Camp Director. Such visitors are not permitted to go beyond the administrative area of the Camp until the staff member meets them. Visitors are not allowed to use the facilities of the Camp without permission and are in no way to disrupt the camp program. Visitors may not stay at camp overnight.
What is the smoking policy at Camp?
B’nai B’rith Camp is a non-smoking institution. Staff may find it difficult to leave camp during the day and in the evening. We highly encourage our staff to try to use this time as a great way to start on a healthier path of life by quitting. Smoking on camp is prohibited and may result in a review of employment.
Will I have access to my e-mail?
There are several computers with internet access available for use in the Staff lounge.
As a cabin counselor am I also expected to be an activity instructor?
We hire cabin counselors to work as counselors and a separate staff of specialists to instruct most of our daily activities (i.e. basketball, arts & crafts, tennis, etc.) We do, however, expect counselors to attend activities with their campers and assist specialists with activities. Any counselors interested in leading a specialty activity are encouraged to let the Program Director or Specialist Director know.
Where do I live at camp?
Most staff live in the cabins with the campers. Support and leadership staff members live with other staff in cabins around the camp property. Housing is clean and comfortable. Storage is limited. All cabins have bathrooms and electricity.
Where do I do laundry?
Laundry facilities are not available at camp. Most staff do their laundry where they are staying for their day off or there are several coin-op or drop off laundry facilities in town.
Do I need a car?
No, a car is not a necessity though many staff do find it useful. In most cases you can usually get a ride with fellow staffers. Parking at camp is limited and spots are on a first come first served basis.