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Staff FAQ

How old do I have to be to work at camp?

Youth staff members must be entering 11th grade (16 years or older). Some programs may require additional experience before working the summer program.

Do I need to see a doctor before I come to camp?

Yes, a valid physical exam must be completed and stamped by a doctor within one year. In addition, all staff members are required to get a yearly TB test.

If I get injured at camp, what do I do?

You must notify your supervisor immediately and appropriate documentation must be completed in order to ensure your injury is covered by our workers compensation insurance. Our supervisory staff is happy to assist you with this process.

Do I need to bring lunch?

Yes, refrigerators are available for your lunches to be stored until lunch time.

Do you have a staff orientation?

Yes, 4-5 staff orientation sessions take place on weekday evenings in June. This includes a session in which counselors are able to meet with the children in their groups before the summer starts. In addition there will be one full day orientation on a Sunday.

Do you require staff to hold CPR, First Aid or Lifeguard Certification?

You are not required to hold any certifications prior to hire; however, at the Samuel Field Y we take the time to certify all of our supervisory staff members. Any additional training needed will also be provided by the Samuel Field Y.

How many counselors are in each group?

The Samuel Field Y prides itself on having very small camper-to-counselor ratios. We typically have one counselor for every 4-5 kids, especially in our younger groups. Our programs for children with disabilities may have different ratios, depending on mandates and to provide the best experience to all of our campers.

Can I bring my cell phone to camp?

Staff are encouraged not to bring cell phones to camp. Cell phones may not be used during the day at any time.

What “stuff” do I need to bring to camp?

Counselors will be given SFY Day Camp staff shirts during orientation, and these must be worn to camp every day. Sneakers are required for most programs. Counselors are expected to be prepared to go in the pool each day with a towel and a camp appropriate bathing suit. A nice big water bottle and sun screen are also camp day essentials. Most of all, we expect all staff to come with lots of energy, a great attitude and a smile!

What are the dates of camp?

Dates for the Samuel Field Y summer 2018 season are June 28th through August 17th. Individual program session dates may vary.

Do I have days off? What should I do if I need a day off?

The only day that camp is closed during the Summer 2018 season is Wednesday, July 4th. Your individual schedule will be determined by you and your supervisor prior to the start of camp. If you must take a day off, you must notify your supervisor in advance, and provide appropriate documentation upon return to work.

How much will I be paid?

Camp salaries vary depending on a number of factors including your age, the camp program you are working with and your eligibility for a number of employment programs that we offer. Please contact a camp professional for more information.

What age children will I be working with?

At the Samuel Field Y camp programs range from 2 years old to 15 years old. We also have programs for children with special needs. If you have experience working with a particular population or age group be sure to indicate that on your application.

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