Are you looking for connection, adventure, and fun?
Camp Androscoggin is an all-boys camp in Wayne, Maine which is 20 miles west of Augusta, the state capital, and about an hour north of Portland. The campgrounds cover over 120 acres on the shores of Lake Androscoggin. With all our campers and counselors living and playing on a single campus, Androscoggin is a close-knit community where meaningful connections are formed between and among both campers and staff.
Every summer, we strive to create an environment in which each camper can improve their skills, gain an increased sense of independence and self-esteem, and form strong and lasting friendships. Camp offers a setting in which campers can learn and grow, create lifelong memories and gain skills that serve them for a lifetime. All while having the time of their lives.
We believe that the camp environment also offers staff members a unique opportunity to work closely with children and have a positive and lasting impact on their development. This coming summer, we will offer one seven-week session for 250 campers between the ages of 8 and 15 and 100 staff. Each summer, the opportunity to engage campers through impactful fun, sports, and adventure in one of the most beautiful locations we can think of is incredibly rewarding – we can’t wait to make it happen again this coming season. Consider joining us!
- Serve as an activity specialist – Skill development and exposure to new activities are important elements of our program, and we are seeking applicants with experience in their activity of choice. As important as competence or experience are your enthusiasm and a desire to teach.
- Ability to work with campers of all ages and skill levels from beginner to advanced.
- Work with other department members to plan instructional periods, manage a summer-long curriculum and maintain equipment.
- Camp Androscoggin offerings include: tennis, baseball, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, golf, archery, riflery, arts and crafts, pottery, woodworking, animation, photography, radio, video, dramatics, music, nature and campcraft, climbing, biking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, fishing, sailing and water-skiing.
- Supervise a Bunk of 6 to 8 boys – As the bunk is both the campers and your home away from home for the summer, the rapport each camper develops with his cabin counselor is one of the key ingredients in a successful experience.
- Male staff live in the building with the boys and co-supervise with other staff.
- Female staff are assigned bunks to co-supervise and live together in their own cabin.
- Work with your co-counselor to create a bunk culture that is welcoming, comfortable and safe.
- Additionally, supervise campers at meal times as well as other activities throughout the day.
- Participate in themed nights and event days like 4th of July and Sausage Fest.
- Participate in a duty rotation to ensure camper safety during specific periods of the day and at night
- Participate fully in Orientation, Staff Meetings, Department Meetings, and other administrative duties throughout the summer
- Collaborate with supervisors of your department and bunks to ensure the quality of our camp program and camper success.
- Potentially serve as a chaperone for our day and overnight camping program.
- Wear a camp uniform including camp shirt and appropriate attire and footwear for your activity area and abide by departmental specific policies.
- Serve as a mandatory reporter in compliance with Maine state law and American Camp Association accreditation.
What will you learn at Andro?
“I have hired several Androscoggin staff for my team because their skills match the most important things I need: the ability to problem solve effectively and an outstanding work ethic.”Omar BhakriChief of Staff, Patchwork Health
“The most valuable skill I learned at camp was the human elements of management. Both with campers, my fellow counselors, and eventually as a department head, I learned to delegate and determine who had what skills and match them to positions.”Morgan FurmanBiomedical Robotics Engineer, Striker
“Working at Androscoggin has made me a better medical student and a better doctor. The experience of being a counselor gives you a broad perspective that you don’t gain working in a lab or doing an internship.”Nicholas Moore, MDPediatrics, University of Vermont Children's Hospital
“I was wowed by the range of counselors from all over the world that now form a global network of friendships (and couches to crash on when traveling). The connections I made that one summer have helped me through every step of my career—and life.”Mercedes BlethGlobal Associate Director of Social for Condé Nast Traveler
“As a camp counselor, the impact you have on young people will resonate throughout their lives. You can contribute to a positive experience that pays dividends for that person for decades. You can’t have that in many summer jobs.”Peter FeldmanNew York City Program Officer, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA
“Working as a camp counselor throws you into leadership on day one. As a first year counselor, you’re managing a bunk of campers and running activity periods. As you progress at camp, you have leadership opportunities such as running a department, leading trips and organizing tournaments.”Stephen JonesMiddle School Science Teacher, San Diego Hebrew Day
A counselor is a combination of teacher, confidant, disciplinarian, and friend. To fill this role, we are seeking candidates who are:
- Prepared to be a patient, caring, and enthusiastic role model.
- Qualified to teach an activity area in land sports, water sports, camp craft and outdoor adventure, or the arts and media centers.
- Have an interest in and commitment to the development of children in a fun and engaging atmosphere.
- Have completed at least one year of college or a gap year (please note we do not have a CIT or Junior Counselor program).
- Department Heads and specific departments may require additional qualifications.
- The contract for the 2024 season runs from June 13th (June 10th for waterfront and ropes staff) to August 9th.
- Staff attend a 10 day orientation where you will get to know your fellow counselors and learn our daily schedule and other camp particulars, get training in your activity area, and explore concepts of early childhood development and how best to connect with campers.
- Pay is competitive based on job specifics and experience. Travel, room and board, laundry, and wifi are also included
- When you arrive, we will give you a sweatshirt and one t-shirt and ask you to purchase additional t-shirts at cost.
- 5 days off throughout the summer and rotating nights off.
- Opportunity to become CPR certified.
- Ongoing training and support from the Directors and our leadership staff.
- Ability to support this role as an internship if desired.
We expect a lot from our staff and recognize the need for competitive benefits, a strong support system and ample time off in order to recharge and stay refreshed throughout the summer.
Why Should You Join Our Team?
- Spend the summer outdoors in central Maine on the shores of Lake Androscoggin.
- Make lifelong connections with staff from around the globe and states across the U.S.
- Have opportunities to provide valuable learning experiences and cherished memories for children and make an enduring impact.
- Connect with a 115 year tradition of positive development.
We are looking for staff who want to contribute to a summer of connection, adventure and fun. If that resonates with you, send us a message!
- Waterski and Wakeboard
- Beach Volleyball
- Arts and Crafts
- Photography (BW and digital)
- Trip Leading
- Mountain Biking
- Climbing Wall
- High and Low Ropes