Unlike a single sport camp, our sports programs offer a well rounded and complete atmosphere for campers. Generally, our athletic directors oversee the entire program alongside specialty coaches who are professionals working in an individual sport. They organize and supervise instruction and coach select tournament teams.
Specialty staff may be responsible for a single sport or multiple sports depending on the camp. The staff members have strong backgrounds in their specialty area, organize instruction and league play and oversee teams that play against other camp squads.
While many of our campers are accomplished athletes, instruction and good sportsmanship are valued over performance so that all campers are equipped with the skills and confidence to be able to play sports and enjoy the experience. Camp provides a wonderful opportunity to develop and provide different forms of instruction, valuable tools for a coaching or teaching profession. We take great pride in the level of our athletic facilities and equipment and each area is responsible for some maintenance over the summer. Some camps participate in intercamp competitions with neighboring camps.
Some of the sports offered at the various camps include:
The Water Sports Program at each camp allows campers to develop their skills and personalities in ways that truly reinforce self-esteem. Quality instruction is offered in waterskiing, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking and swimming with top rated facilities and the most advanced equipment. As an instructor, you are responsible for providing individual and small group instruction and running a safe, well-maintained waterfront. All of our camps are located on picturesque lakes that are the centerpiece of the water sports program. Some camps also offer instruction in pools. Safety is the highest priority at all our waterfronts and all instructors must be WSI certified before campers arrive.
Each camper is successful at a certain skill level and this level allows him or her to feel confident about themselves and continually build upon that confidence. However, each camper is encouraged to try new skills and disciplines, which promotes growth and confidence to tread in new and unique places in all water sports; as well as in life. As a staff member you will not only be responsible for making this happen, but you will also find yourself growing and accomplishing personal and professional goals as well. This is of course in conjunction with the established traditions and structure of each camp.
Some of the water sports offered at the various camps include:
Our Fine Arts directors, professional artists or craftsmen, or experienced art teachers, are able to tap into their creativity while bringing out the imagination and originality of the campers and staff. They are responsible for the planning, preparation and implementation of their programs, as well as, creating a fun and inviting environment where kids will love to come and be creative. They oversee creative, talented artists who will be assigned based on their experiences, interests and skills.
As an Arts & Crafts Specialist you will be instructing kids ages 7 - 15, maintaining an organized and inviting studio, and accommodating the many and varied needs of camp that involve artistic assistance which can include special events and plays.
Some camps offer a general Arts & Crafts activity where you will be instructing in a variety of media. Other camps have more specific choices such as ceramics, jewelry making, woodworking and sewing. There can be a number of special events and group activities at camp that may require the assistance of the art staff for example, helping to make props or posters for an event or activity.
Some of the creative arts offered at the various camps include:
Theater and dance are offered as activities where the campers participate in improvisational exercises, acting techniques, dramatic and musical performances, singing and dance including ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop. In the theater department, you are responsible for producing two to four full-scale productions with daily play rehearsals. The campers will have an opportunity to assist in tech, set, and costume design. In dance, campers showcase their skills in a final performance in front of the whole camp.
As part of the performing arts staff, you will gain skills that will help further your career goals in coaching drama, directing, choreographing, working on set or costume design, music and dance.
Some of the performing arts offered at the various camps include:
Many of the camps listed on this site are located in the heart of different mountain ranges which include some of the most beautiful hiking country in the Northeastern U.S. Hiking is a major component of the outdoor adventure program as well as overnight adventures throughout the summer. All outdoor adventure specialists will be required to attend a five day mountain leadership school. During this five day course you will become certified in Wilderness First Aid and learn all necessary rescuing techniques. Many of camps feature highly popular ropes and challenge courses. Training certification is provided during orientation.
Some of the outdoor adventure activities at the various camps include:
Safety, fun and skill development are major goals established for our riders. Dressage is the foundation for all instruction. We use the standards of the U.S. Pony Club and British Horse Society as the basis of our program. Stable management is an important part of the Equestrian staff's responsibilities as well as a component of the instructional program. Campers are taught an appreciation for the necessary care, health issues and anatomy of horses. All riders enjoy small group instruction, allowing for individual attention. There may be 5 or 6 activity periods a day. Skills are assessed and positively reinforced with appropriate on-going critiques. Instructors are sensitive to individuals at all skill levels from beginners to experienced riders. Instruction is ring-based. Some camps have facilities for trail rides as well. Staff is expected to be competent, experienced riders with a patience and willingness to teach.