We know you have questions when choosing to work at Camp Kennybrook, the ideal overnight summer kids camp. That’s why we’ve identified our most frequently asked questions and answers:
What type of camp is Kennybook and where is it located?
We are a traditional, family-owned, residential summer camp for boys and girls who have completed grades 1st through 9th. Camp Kennybrook is so much more than just a good time. We go beyond what is expected to encourage new experiences, increase skills and nurture individual interests. At Kennybrook, kids can have fun, be themselves and enjoy being kids. We encourage camper choice and offer a structured, well-supervised program with a wide variety of athletic, creative and challenging activities. Each staff member is critical to our delivery of an experience that positively impacts campers. Located only 90 miles north of New York City in Sullivan County, NY, we have all the beauty and adventure of the Catskill Mountains right in our back yard.
When are counselors expected to be at camp?
All staff must attend orientation. Orientation begins approximately June 20th. Staff with special skills will need to be at camp a few days earlier to secure certifications and prepare activity areas. All counselors and staff are required to stay at camp until the last day, which is approximately August 15th.
What are the staff accommodations?
Camp Kennybrook counselors live with campers in modern bunks, with separate bathrooms and showers. There’s a minimum of two staff in each cabin with renovated bathrooms, electricity, exhaust fans and plenty of space.
What about communication, free time and laundry?
Many areas of camp have wireless connections and the staff lounge has internet/email access with computers and phones. TVs and DVDs are available as well as a fitness studio with machines and weights. We schedule staff games against other camps and staff activities at camp on Saturday nights. Most important, staff laundry is done each week.
Where does the staff come from?
Camp Kennybrook attracts staff from all over the world. With about 75% of our staff from North America, we do have several staff members from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Russia, Poland and South Africa.
How many counselors and staff are at Camp Kennybrook?
We have about 100 staff members with about 300 campers. That team includes Directors, Senior Staff, Counselors, Administrative, Health and Support Staff. All senior staff are college graduates, and counselors have completed at least one year of college or have graduated from our own Counselor Assistant program.
How do days/nights off work, and where can I go?
Each counselor has six days off during the summer. Counselors have four nights off each week from approximately 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM. We facilitate transportation to and from town four nights each week and arrange for special “day off” transportation three times over the course of the summer. Counselors enjoy visiting the Woodbury Commons Outlet Stores, Middletown for movies, shopping and food, Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame, Woodstock, New York City and the Delaware River for rafting and canoeing.
How are counselors paid and can I take advances?
Salaries are paid at the end of the summer, but staff may request advances twice during the summer, once in July and once in August.
What is Orientation?
Before camp starts, an interactive five-day orientation covers all aspects of camp, counselor responsibilities and performance expectations. Orientation is also a great opportunity to get to know the other staff and the facility. The workshops also focus on developing techniques to be successful in dealing with campers.
How are counselors expected to dress?
We are informal at camp. However, staff members are expected to be good role models for campers in terms of hygiene, grooming and language.