Why work at Winadu?
Staff members have the opportunity to work under and learn from extremely talented high school and college head coaches. In addition, staff members have the added pleasure of meeting other motivated college peers from all over the United States and the world.
This opportunity is a great resumé builder for those majoring in education, physical education, child psychology, outdoor and recreation fields of study. Given the structure of our program, some schools have even accepted internship hours. Ask your advisor for more information.
Camp Winadu is located in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. The camp has wonderful facilities many of which are available to staff during time off. Evening basketball leagues take place in the Winadome and use of the free weights is available daily in our Strength and Conditioning Facility. Internet access is available in the Staff Lounge as well.
There are a variety of things to do on your time off. We are located just under 3 hours from both Boston and New York City. Staff members often enjoy exploring on their days off. Other common attractions include the Basketball Hall of Fame and Six Flags Amusement Park.
Summer Camp Info
Camp Winadu is a seven week summer sports camp for boys. Approximately 100 counselors live in the cabins with the campers. We also have an experienced administrative staff. The camp has a full office staff, kitchen and dining hall staff and infirmary staff consisting of five nurses and a doctor.
Our staff members come from all over the US and Canada, as well as from overseas countries, including Australia, New Zealand and England. Each staff member has completed at least one year of college. Many of these staff members are studying in an education or recreation related program in school. However, this is by no means a precondition for employment.
The camp is located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in the very western part of the state. We are approximately 2 1/2 hours by car to both New York City and Boston, MA. Other nearby attractions include the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA (1-1/2 hours away) and the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY (3 hours away). Staff have an opportunity to visit these places on one of their days off. Local rental car companies offer discounts to staff members and, by carpooling, staff can inexpensively enjoy all that our area has to offer.
Most of our campers are from the NY/NJ metropolitan area. Others travel to camp from Florida, California and even from as far away as the Dominican Republic. Campers come from a variety of families who are looking for a safe place for their son(s) to grow and learn, both as individuals and as athletes. Winadu provides them with a warm, nurturing environment that has a truly professional sports program.
A typical cabin set up at Winadu has 8-12 boys (depending on age) living with 2-3 staff members. The cabins are modern, but staff must understand that they will be physically in the same room as a group of campers during the summer so that privacy is at a minimum.
Counselors arrive prior to camp for orientation, a program where staff learn the “ins and outs” of Winadu. During this time staff are assigned to the age group and cabin unit where they will live during the summer. This is also a time when counselors are given many tools and ideas to use when dealing with camper issues during the summer.
Most counselors at Winadu have dual roles. They are counselors living in cabins with the boys and specialists teaching in one or more of our activity areas. Counselors work under two distinct supervisors, the Group Leader, who oversees all aspects of a particular age group, and the Area Head, who oversees the activity area in which a counselor is teaching. Our Group Leaders and Area Heads are teachers and coaches who have tremendous experience working with kids. They provide their staff with a wonderful set of resources for dealing with problems.
Counselors must come to Winadu with a true love of children, a high level of patience and a solid work ethic. Working with kids is one of the greatest experiences in the world and comes with tremendous rewards. However, working with children can also bring stress and frustration. Staff members must understand that kids don’t always say what they mean and since they are away from their parents, they will, at times, express their frustrations toward you, the staff member (authority figure). Working at Winadu can give you a great feeling of satisfaction as you help kids grow, but this comes only with a lot of hard work.
A Day at Camp
On a typical day at camp, a counselor gets up with the campers at 8:00am. After breakfast we have cleanup followed by two activity periods. After lunch there is a short rest period followed by three activity periods. After dinner there is always an evening activity. Lights out for campers is anywhere from 8:30 to 10:30 depending on the age group. After taps in the evening, staff members are on a 3 team rotation, with one team staying “on duty” each night. The other 2/3 of the staff are free to go out in the evening. We offer nightly transportation to and from town. Many staff members choose to remain in camp and enjoy the use of our staff facilities. Internet access is available. All staff must be back in camp and in their cabin by 1:00am.
Staff members work each day in neat athletic attire that is appropriate to the activity in which they are working. The days are usually warm and the evenings cool. Shorts and t-shirts are most often worn during the day but sweats may be worn some evenings (especially in mid August). Staff are given 2 staff shirts that are worn on weekends. Our camp laundry service picks up and delivers laundry for campers and staff once each week.
Unlike most camps that have one or two Head Counselors who oversee multiple age groups, Winadu feels each group has its own needs and challenges that require a separate Head Counselor (in Winadu terms, Group Leader).
Group Leaders have the ultimate responsibility for all campers in a given age group and for all counselors assigned to that group. This is a great responsibility that comes with plenty of challenges and an even greater number of rewards. Group Leaders coordinate everything from movements of the group (both in and out of camp), to checking eating habits of campers, and conflict resolution.
Our camp provides a wide array of benefits for Group Leaders. Group Leaders live in camp facilities and have complete room and board provided. For many of our Group Leaders (GLs), the experience of managing a group of staff offers an opportunity for leadership that few other camps can provide.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is a typical day for a Group Leader?
Most days at camp begin with an administrative meeting at 7:30am. During this meeting, GLs, heads of sports (Area Head), and the camp administrators meet to discuss the day’s activities. This meeting usually lasts about half an hour. After this meeting, Group Leaders wake campers in their bunks and Area Heads assist in this process. Breakfast is at 8:45am followed by a 1/2 hour clean up time in the cabins. There are two morning periods, each lasting an hour. Then, following lunch at approximately 12:30, there are three, one hour activity periods. Dinner is around 6pm and then there is an evening activity, ending at approximately 8:15pm. Lights out for our younger campers (ages 8 to 11) typically happens around 9pm, and between 9:30 and 10:30pm for older campers. Group Leaders are responsible for being with their division until all cabins are calm in the evening.
Who are the counselors who will be working under the GL?
Our counselors come from many different colleges, both in the US and abroad. Most of the counselors are pursuing an education or recreation related degree. These staff are hired during interviews on college campuses by our staffing coordinators. GLs are welcome (and encouraged) to recommend other qualified staff candidates.
How is camp training conducted?
Our staff orientation is conducted in two stages. Our Area Head’s and Group Leaders arrive approximately 10 days before camp opens. There is a four day orientation program for these camp leaders before our regular staff members arrive. Then we begin a six day orientation with our counselors during which Area Head’s and Group Leaders have time to train and work with their staff members before the campers arrive.
What will my accommodations be like?
Our Group Leaders live in private or semi private quarters. These living facilities are modern but modest. Family housing is available, and we are happy to assist in making any special arrangements required by staff.
Unlike a specialty sports camp, our camp offers quality programs in many activity areas. Our Area Heads (AHs) oversee an entire program in conjunction with other sports within the larger camp program. Working with college age staff members, who have strong backgrounds in their specialty area, the AH organizes instruction and league play and oversees teams that play against other camp squads.
Our camp provides a wide array of benefits for our AHs. AHs live in camp facilities and have complete room and board provided. Our camp is constantly purchasing new equipment for each sports area. Our physical plant is maintained by our maintenance staff, but AHs and staff do some maintenance of their areas during the summer. AHs have plenty of opportunities to develop and provide different forms of instruction. Our overall camp philosophy gives AHs an environment in which they are highly supported.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is a typical day like for an AH?
Most days at camp begin with an administrative meeting at 7:30am. During this meeting, AHs, heads of age groups (Group Leaders), and the camp administrators meet to discuss the day’s activities. This meeting usually lasts about half an hour. After the meeting, Group Leaders wake campers in their bunks. AHs assist in this process. Breakfast is at 8:45am, and 1/2 hour clean up time follows. During this time AHs prepare their facilities for the first morning activity. There are two morning periods, each lasting an hour. Lunch follows at 12:30 pm. Following lunch, there are three one hour activity periods. Dinner is around 6pm and there is an evening activity, ending at approximately 8:15pm.
Other than directing my sport, what types of activities will I be involved with?
Although most of an AH’s job revolves around a particular sport, the camp environment requires that an individual “jump into” roles as needed. Our AHs spend one night each week working as a Head O.D. This means that from 9pm until 1am, the AH, working with one of our Group Leaders, patrols the campus and “checks in” our staff as they return from their evening off. Area Heads also have evening meetings several times during the summer to review programs and procedures.
Other than these standard procedural duties, Area Heads should expect to get involved in everything from occasionally helping to serve food at meals to supervising groups out of camp on rainy days. All administrators must realize that the most important aspect of camp is the health and safety of the campers. This sometimes requires filling different roles. The successful AH enjoys these non-sports related duties and enjoys the overall camp picture.
Who are the counselors that will be working under the AH?
Our counselors come from many different colleges, both in the US and abroad. Most counselors are pursuing an education or recreation related degree. They are hired during interviews on college campuses by our staffing coordinators. AHs are welcome (and encouraged) to recommend other qualified staff candidates.
How is camp training conducted?
Our orientation for staff is conducted in a two stages. Our AHs and Group Leaders arrive before camp opens. There is an orientation program for these camp leaders before our regular staff members arrive. Then we begin an orientation with our counselors during which AHs and Group Leaders train and work with their instructional staff before the campers arrive. Area Heads will be responsible for setting up thier assigned areas. For example lining soccer fields, hanging batting cage nets, etc.
What will my accommodations be like?
Our Area Heads live in private or semi private quarters. These living facilities are modern but modest. Family housing is available, and we are happy to assist in making any special arrangements required by staff.
Maintenance and Janitorial Staff
Typical Work Day:
Our Maintenance and Janitorial staff begin each work day with breakfast at 7:00am. The work day begins at 7:30. The morning shift runs until 11:00am. Lunch is served at 11:00am and there is an hour lunch break from 11:00am until 12:00pm. Staff return to work at 12:00pm and work until 4:30pm. Dinner is served at 4:30pm.
Maintenance tasks change daily and include, but are not limited to:
- Mowing of fields and lawns with both riding and push mowers.
- Painting of bunks and camp buildings.
- Repair of cabin screens.
- Minor repair work on camp structures.
- Pickup and disposal of cabin and campus garbage.
- Moving of equipment as needed around campus.
- Assisting with set up and breakdown of campus special events.
Janitorial job tasks include, but are not limited to:
- Cleaning of restrooms throughout the camp, including toilets, sinks and floors.
- Cleaning of shower facilities throughout the camp.
- Removal of garbage throughout the camp.
- Cleaning of infirmary facility.
- Movement of equipment as needed around campus.
Kitchen/Dining Room Staff
Typical Work Day:
Kitchen and Dining hall staff members begin each day with a 7:00 am breakfast. From 7:30 until approximately 10:15am these staff assist with the serving of breakfast and the clean up following. Staff usually have a break following the cleanup. Staff return for lunch at 11:00 am. From 11:30am until approximately 3:00pm staff assist with the serving of lunch and the following cleanup as well as the set up for afternoon snack. There is an afternoon snack, after which staff have a 4:30 dinner. From 5:00pm until approximately 7:30pm staff assist with the serving of dinner and the cleanup following. Occasionally, staff assist with evening snack service for socials or other gatherings.
Kitchen and Dining Hall job tasks vary daily and include, but are not limited to:
- Cleaning of kitchen and dining hall. This includes tables, chairs, floor as well as all cooking surfaces and utensils.
- Set up for all camp meals. This includes placing of table cloths on tables, counting of proper number of server utensils per table.
- Service of camp meals. This includes placing food on tables, service at buffet tables and assisting with juice service during meals.
- Set up and service of camp snacks. This includes preparation of afternoon snacks (usually juice and cookies), evening snacks of fruit and assisting with the service of food during occasional camp evening activities.
Typical Work Day:
Our Laundry staff is responsible for the washing, drying and folding of the clothing for both the campers and staff members of Winadu. The Laundry staff begins the work day by loading that day’s laundry. Laundry staff work until approximately 5:00pm each day (or until last loads are complete) and are supervised by a manager at the laundry facility.
Laundry staff job tasks vary daily and include, but are not limited to:
- Loading and unloading of approximately 125 bags of laundry per day.
- Washing of each load individually.
- Folding of each load individually.
Camp Nurse Opportunities
- We hire RNs, LPNs, and nursing students with all types of nursing backgrounds
- Work with a team of 3 to 4 other nurses at your camp
- Rotating doctor in residence
- Camper population is approximately 400 campers, ages 7 to 15 and 180 staff
- Camp is within 5 miles of a hospital
Why be a Camp Nurse?
Do you truly enjoy working with children? Do you love being outdoors? Is a sense of community important to you? If so, Camp Nursing is a rewarding opportunity to care for others in a non-traditional setting. Working in a camp environment provides a fun, challenging experience and opportunities for growth and leadership in a camp community.
Camp Nurse Responsibilities
- Dispense meds
- First aid for minor injuries
- Ensure health and safety of campers and staff
- Daily sick call
- Weekly health checks
- Communicating specific camper health needs (allergies, special diets) to staff
- Medical record keeping
- Communicating with local doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies
- Make sure transitioning doctors are informed of Health Center procedures and current medical issues
- Communicate with parents
- Accompany sick/injured campers or staff to the hospital or to medical appointments
- Be a “summer mom/dad” to our campers
- Participate in camp activities and events
Qualifications and Requirements
- RN or LPN degree (or nursing student-to assist in Health Center)
- Flexible — able to adapt to different environments and schedules
- Confidence in nursing skills
- Responsible, hard-working
- Good bedside manner, friendly and personable
- Strong assessment abilities
- Prior experience with children (does not have to be in a medical capacity)
- Enjoy an active lifestyle
- Team player
- Willing to obtain appropriate state licensure (camp will reimburse)
- ER and/or pediatric unit experience preferred, but not required
- New nursing graduates and nurses with families are welcome
- Accommodations attached to Health Center or in separate staff housing
- Private or semi-private room
- Shared bathroom (share only with other nursing staff)
- Meals provided in camp dining hall
Our camp makes an effort to create shifts to fit the needs of the nursing staff, in addition to the overall needs of the camp. Our Health Center is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your work schedule will be a variation of the following:
- 8-1/2 to 10-hour shift which may be broken up during the day
- one day off per week
- on call every 4 or 5 nights