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Staff


Camp Waubanong programming is brought to life by an eclectic mix of educators, community partners, students, parents and supporters!

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Staff


Camp Waubanong programming is brought to life by an eclectic mix of educators, community partners, students, parents and supporters!

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We think Camp Waubanong is a very fun and rewarding place to be - maybe you would too!

Strengthening Connection to Nature. Epic Games. Friction Fire. Nature Awareness. Building Community. Stories and Songs. Do you have a deep connection with the natural world that you want to share with others? Do you love practicing primitive skills and playing epic games? Do you thrive working in the outdoors with youth?
Camp Waubanong is not your typical summer day or overnight camp. We are seeking gregarious, enterprising individuals to join our wilderness skills mentoring team! Our radical approach to education fosters a meaningful connection to the outdoors through nature awareness, primitive skills, curiosity, community and the mystery of the natural world. Youth aged 3-16 spend their entire days immersed in the fields, forests and waterways of undeveloped nature – gathering resources, crafting tools, navigating the landscape, mastering fire skills and surviving limitless challenges together. Instructors will help craft our nature-based programs, facilitate positive group energy, and keep kids safe and engaged.

Qualified applicants will have:

• Experience working with children
• Strong background in natural history, primitive skills, and/or team-building
• Compassion, creativity, attention to safety, a passion for teaching and nature
• Willingness to work in a collaborative team to create and deliver safe, quality programs
• Good sense of humor and flexibility


AVAILABLE CAMP WAUBANONG POSITIONS

When applying for camp positions, please be aware that camp runs from July 5th – August 12th. To be considered for a position, applicants must be able to work for this entire period. We offer Friday night and Saturdays off for almost all camp staff as well as designated breaks during the day.

Cook

Camp Waubanong is known for its delicious, wholesome, nutritious food! Traditionally, foodservice professionals from local eateries and establishments are hired to prepare and serve three square meals each day for both campers and staff. We require training of all foodservice staff, including safe food handling and sanitary procedures. 

Instructors

Instructors live in cabins with, and supervise up to eight campers at a time, ages 6-16, and participate in all aspects of camp life with their campers (activities, meals, overnight). Our instructors lead multiple activities throughout the day including; woodcraft, wilderness and survival, music, performing arts, cooking, sports and games, all camp games, team building, ice-breakers, etc. Most instructors will run one primary activity and offer one choice activity in the afternoons. Instructors work with all other camp staff to ensure the safety of all campers at all times. Instructors also act as mentors to LITs who will live in cabins and work alongside them during camp. Camp is closed on Friday and Saturday nights, which enables all staff to be off together for two nights a week. Each instructor also receives two days off per week, as well as a break on “on” days.

Leader-In-Training

Leader-In-Training (LITs) live in cabins with instructors and campers ages 6-14, and attend camp for a minimum of two consecutive weeks. LITs participate in all aspects of camp life with their cabins (activities, meals, overnight). With the support of Instructors, LITs have opportunities to lead a variety of camp activities including; woodcrafts, wilderness survival, music, performing arts, cooking, sports, and all camp games. LITs also support camp through a variety of work projects, from collecting firewood, to rebuilding the driveway, and of course the oh-so-loved dish duty. This position is highly recommended for anyone interested in becoming a instructor in the future. LIT spots are open to anyone ages 15-17, although preference is given to former campers in filled weeks.

Lifeguards

Our lifeguard has current Red Cross Lifeguard Certifications. Lifeguarding shifts last one and a half hours and occur once or twice a day. The lifeguard is also responsible for all planning and management of the pool. This also includes the maintenance, opening and closing.  Our ideal candidate will be an instructor with lifeguard certifications. 


CAMP WAUBANONG STAFF APPLICATION FORMS & descriptions

Love the outdoors?  Are you a Camp Waubanong Alumni?  Take the next step and become a Camp Instructor and challenge yourself and become a leader of the wild. It is generally best to fill out applications electronically and send them to info@campwaubanong.com. Applicants sending by email will be received and responded to more quickly. If it’s not possible for you to email, we receive postal mail at Camp Waubanong, Attn: Sean Ashcraft  P.O Box 2199, Brattleboro, VT, 05303

We are looking for:
• Day Camp Youth Wilderness Instructors
• Overnight Camp Teen Wilderness Instructors
• Sunshine Camp (Ages 3-5) Instructors
• Summer Camp Kitchen Manager

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Volunteer


Exciting volunteer opportunities for friends of all ages and skill levels.

Volunteer


Exciting volunteer opportunities for friends of all ages and skill levels.

Field Volunteers

Prior experience and a background check may be required.

Land
Volunteers help clear trails, haul wood, and care-take the beautiful natural areas we use for our programs.

School Break and After School Programs
Volunteers serve as regular assistants for school-year youth programs: homeschool programs, after school and more!

Summer Camps
Act as assistant instructors for our summer camps and receive training in youth mentoring. These volunteers get to choose at least 2 weeks in the summer to come to camp and support our instructors leading and playing games and activities. Other perks may also be included.

Other Opportunities

Advisory Board
Members of the Advisory Board volunteer their expertise across various disciplines to help leverage the reach of Camp Waubanongs vision and mission. They also are ambassadors who engage in outreach to build the organization’s reputation in the Windham County Vermont area and beyond.

Marketing
Volunteers help distribute flyers, host booth events, and support outreach efforts.

Administrative
Volunteers help with much-needed tasks such as organizing photos, data entry and analysis, reception and registration, and summer camp preparations.

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What to Bring


And what to do with what you brought...

What to Bring


And what to do with what you brought...

Personal Vehicles

It may be helpful, though not required, for you to have a car at camp to use on your day off. It is important to note that should you choose to drive/park your personal vehicle you assume all risk, liability, and responsibility for your vehicle. Lock your vehicle and avoid storing items of value in your vehicle. Vermont State law requires all drivers to have valid proof of auto insurance.

The speed limit on Waubanong Road and CW Property is 15 mph. Once you arrive you are required to register your vehicle. You can do this at the Employment Station during Skills Week shortly after your arrival. You will be required to display a parking permit in the front window of your vehicle. You cannot park at your camp. Please park your vehicle in one of the designated staff parking areas your assigned upon arrival

Primarily for insurance reasons, as well as for safety and liability reasons, no campers may ride in employee’s personal vehicles at any time for any reason.

Valuables

While we strive to be an open and trusting group, we need to be aware that cameras, knives, binoculars and other attractive gadgets can be a temptation for some.  Keep your valuables out of sight and avoid keeping large amounts of cash in your cabin.  Passports, tickets, and small valuables may be kept in the office safe.  CW is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen possessions.  You are welcome to bring bicycles (w/helmets), non- motorized boats and other equipment (personal equipment can’t be used in camp programming on our property, but can be used on days off). Unfortunately, CW has no way of providing security or insurance for these items.  Bring them at your own risk.

Please label everything!  Your name and address should be pasted outside and inside of trunks or duffel bags.  Your name should be on all your belongings.  Because stick on labels come off, use sew-on labels or indelible markers on clothing, poncho, musical instruments, camera, fishing pole, etc.

Camp Waubanong recognizes that the prospect of buying every piece of equipment on the following list is an expensive one.  Obtaining the things on this list does not need to be an economic hardship; much of the equipment can be found used.  We do have extra equipment here at camp that can be used by staff who aren’t able to bring their own (please understand that these are the same supplies we loan to campers).  Make every reasonable effort to bring your own gear.  Outgrown, serviceable camping gear will be welcome as a donation, for use by those without adequate equipment.

Also, some people who work at camp don’t need all this stuff (cooks who don’t go on trips, etc.).  If you’re wondering what equipment you do or don’t need, ask your camp director.

Clothing


A pair of sturdy boots ( staff/campers need a pair of comfortable waterproof hiking boots that do not have to be leather)

  • 2 pair of sneakers, or one pair sneakers and another pair of lightweight footwear

  • 4 pairs of heavy wool socks to be worn with boots. These may be a wool/nylon blend but should be at least 80% wool. Allow for some shrinkage when they are washed and dried.

  • Underwear – 9 pairs

  • Bras – 3, including a sports bra if you use one

  • Socks – 9 pairs, preferably non-cotton

  • 2 wool or flannel shirts

  • 3-4 pairs long pants. At least one pair should NOT be jeans. Jeans take forever to dry. Bring a pair made of cotton/polyester blend. Work pants like Dickies are rugged and dry quickly.

  • Heavy wool or fleece sweater or jacket

  • A wool sweater or fleece that is warm, but able to be packed in a backpack

  • 4-5 pair shorts. At least one of these should be athletic style i.e. loose fitting and not below the knee. This style is best for hiking.

  • 6 T-shirts

  • 1 Bathing Suit

  • 2 Bandanas

  • Pajamas

  • 2 Towels

  • A pair of work gloves

Miscellaneous Equipment

Trunk (footlocker) must fit under the bunk, so no taller than 14 inches. Borad Brook staff/campers need a duffel, not a trunk

  • Sleeping Bag: synthetic fiber fill with nylon shell for temperatures down to 40 degrees

  • Stuff sack for sleeping bag

  • Sleeping bag straps – for attaching the bag to backpack

  • Sleeping pad- for sleeping while on trips (optional)

  • Backpack – with a padded hip belt and padded shoulder straps. Daypacks and book packs are not adequate substitutes but are useful in addition to a backpack.

  • Poncho and/or Rain Jacket

  • For sleeping in camp, you have options:

    • 2 fitted, 2 flat cot size sheets, 2-4 blankets

    • Sheets and 1 blanket and a sleeping bag that can be opened to be used instead of blankets

    • Use your sleeping bag and 2 washable sleeping bag liners plus 1 blanket

  • A small pillow and 2 pillowcases

  • Eating utensils for use on the trail, including a sturdy plastic cup, a plate or shallow bowl of aluminum, stainless steel, or enamelware, stainless tell spoon or fork, and something to put them in.

  • Water bottle – 1-quart capacity, plastic with a wide mouth. Broad Brook counselors need 2 water bottles

  • Laundry Bag

  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries

  • Toilet articles – in a plastic bag or stuff sacks. Try to pack enough for the whole summer

  • Insect repellant

  • Stationery with stamps already stuck on envelopes

  • Pens, pencils, journal

  • Sunscreen and lip balm

  • Extra pair of glasses/contacts and prescription, if appropriate

Optional Useful Items

Rubber boots for in-camp rainy days and barn chores

  • Hat for sun protection; work gloves for work projects

  • Daypack for day hikes

  • Thin non-cotton liner socks to wear under wool socks

  • Musical instrument

  • Pocket knife and sharpening stone

  • Compass

  • A couple of good books

  • Dress-ups (costumes) for skits

  • Sketchpad

  • Sewing kit, knitting materials, other crafts

Personal Equipment

Staff can bring personal sporting equipment for use during camp under the condition that it is inspected and meets the standards of our program. CW is not responsible for these items if they are lost or stolen. In addition, staff are not allowed to use personal rock climbing gear or camp stoves during CW programming.

Items Not Allowed at Camp

Guns, firearms, explosives, recreational drugs, cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, tobacco products of any kind. Prescription drugs require a valid prescription from a physician.

Items for Staff Designated Areas & Times

Radios, iPod, MP3, Kindles and DVD players, cell phones, hair dryers, curling irons, hatchets (we use only axes), large or many bladed knives, candles, electronic games and keyboards, breakable bottles, candy and junk food.

Personal Laptop, Tablet, or other Communication Device

Camps are “unplugged” in the summer; therefore, you will be restricted to very specific times and spaces to use laptops or any other electronic communication devices. If you choose to bring this equipment, please be aware that we do not have individual lockable spaces for every staff person; we cannot guarantee the safety of these items. Ask your camp director if bringing your computer is helpful for your role at camp in the summer.

If you have specific questions, please ask your Camp Director what equipment you may need for your position.

CW is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged possessions, and CW has no way of providing security or insurance for your personal items—this includes your laptop or other communication devices.