What are the dates of employmemnt?
Our summer start date changes each year, but typically our first week starts in the middle of June, with a week before of staff training. Camp finishes after nine weeks, the end of August.
Will I get any training?
Oh yes. We are very proud of our week long intense training course. You will get to bond with you're new colleages, learn all about camp, including it's history, have fun learning chants, games and even get formal qualifications in first aid and sports activities such as rock wall climbing. You will also meet previous counselors, who will help you learn how to take care of yourself as well as the campers.
Do camp counselors live in cabins?
You will lived in a shared cabin or room with at least one other counselor. All of our accomodation has bathrooms with showers, hot water and heating.
What's the food like?
Our award winning chef prepares fresh from scratch foods every day. For breakfast you will have a choice of cooked breakfast, bagels, toast, cereals and fruits. Lunch will be a salad and sandwich bar, a cooked meal and a homemade soup or stew. Evening meals are a cooked meal with a dessert. We will always have an option for vegetarians, vegans, gluten free diets and any other allergies. If you have an unsual allergy please let the office know and we'll have a tasty treat prepared for you.
How many days off do I receive during the summer?
You will receive a full day off every Saturday and one evening off each week.
How often do I get paid?
You will be paid every two weeks.
How does the staff laundry work?
We have our own laundry room with several washers and dryers. Laundry must be completed in your time off. You must provide your own detergent. During training week laundry room etiquette is a whole section that we cover!
What can I do on my day off?
We will offer a different activity every Saturday such as a trip to Boston, Hampton Beach, Chunky’s Cinema, Merrimack Premium Outlets and many more. Your welcome to join us, arrange your own activity or stay at camp to relax and enjoy the facilities.
How many campers are there?
We typically have 150 campers at camp each week.
What is the cell phone policy for staff?
As Grotonwood is a technology free camp counselors must keep cells phones locked in their cabins or in the office safe. Counselors are not permitted to possess or use their phones other than during their time off. Cell phones must only be used in the staff lounge and never in the presence of a camper. This rule is strictly enforced and can lead to termination.
What is the camp’s policy on drugs and alcohol?
Use of and Possession of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, vaping and illegal drugs is strictly forbidden and will result in instant dismissal.
CAN I HAVE A CAR AT CAMP?
Yes. You will find yourself very popular at camp! All cars must be parked at the end of the parking lot, away from accommodation. The speed limit into camp and in the parking lot is 5MPH.
HOW CAN I stay IN TOUCH WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY?
There is a computer in the staff lounge which has internet access. If you are an international member of staff we will arrange for you to call home when you arrive to camp. Cell phones can be used in the Staff Lounge during your time off.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO CAMP?
It can get very hot during the days but cool in the evenings. So, bring clothes that can be layered. We will provide you with a T-shirt for the six days you spend with campers. For Sunday check in we ask that you wear khaki colored shorts. You will need clothes for your day off. Good shoes for hiking, shoes for the waterfront, any medications you need. We ask that you bring your own toiletries and linens. Don’t forget bug spray, sun screen and a hat. Our Camp Store sells caps, hoodies and other clothing items and toiletries. We also take staff trips to stores such as Walmart in case you forget to bring something from home.
WHAT CAN'T I BRING TO CAMP?
Anything that might be dangerous. If you’re not sure please contact the office or leave it at home.