All of our general staff members work all or part of the day in a program area, helping teach an activity. When you fill out your application, you will be asked to tell us which activities you’d be most qualified to lead or assist in teaching. Below you’ll find some thoughts on what our ideal candidate for each program area looks like, and what some of the responsibilities may be. (Keep in mind that we employ staff members with many different levels of skill and experience.)
Adventure Challenge and Archery
All adventure staff will work both in Adventure Challenge (high and low ropes, group initiatives and games) and in Trek (outdoor trips). Ideal candidates for this program are studying Outdoor Education or Parks and Recreation, have belay experience, biking proficiency, top rope setup experience, CPR/first aid certification and an interest in working outdoors. Staff should have experience with outdoor activities (hiking, biking, climbing, kayaking), need to be in good physical condition, comfortable with heights and prepared to be physically active in the heat and humidity of the Poconos, and should not mind getting dirty. Facilities include newly redesigned high ropes course including Jeebie Lunge, Hourglass, Pamper Pole, Helix, Zulu, Earthquake Bridge, Charlie Chaplin and Spacewalk; Giant Swing; indoor and outdoor climbing and bouldering walls; two ziplines (20’ and 50’); adjacent wooded property with approximately 10 miles of multi-level hiking/biking trails; and all equipment, including mountain bikes. Adventure staff are asked to come to camp early (five to seven days before the start of Staff Week) for training and program orientation.
Working under the supervision of the fitness director, fitness staff design and implement a program for campers of all ages. We offer a Junior Fitness program which revolves around basic movement and endurance activities on an age appropriate level. Campers ages 11-15 participate in a general fitness program and can choose sports conditioning, spinning or yoga as an elective. Applicants should be experienced in one or more of the above activities; certification is a plus but not a requirement. Our dance and fitness facility includes a dedicated spin studio and separate fitness room.
Arts & Crafts
Arts & crafts staff assist in planning and implementation of projects in beading, clay, decoupage, sewing, painting, leatherwork, candlemaking, airbrushing and collage projects. Specialized positions are available for staff with extensive experience in silver jewelry, glass fusion and ceramics. Art major a plus; creativity and patience a must. Brand new Fine Arts studio in 2013.
Most aquatics staff work full-time (4-5 periods a day) at the pool or lake, lifeguarding and instructing. Pool staff will lead small group lessons and supervise open swim. Lake staff will supervise boating, swimming, fishing and recreational water activities. Candidate must be an American Red Cross-, NPLQ- or Canadian Lifesaving Society-certified lifeguard at the time of application. Aquatics staff come to camp early (one week before general staff orientation) to participate in a Bryn Mawr-sponsored American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification course.
Working under the supervision of the athletic director and the athletic program directors, athletics staff teach and coach one or more of the following sports: soccer, softball, volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, golf and archery. Soccer, softball, volleyball and basketball teams compete with nearby camps in recreational and county title tournaments. Instructors should have significant varsity experience in their sports (ideally at the college level), and coaching experience is a plus. Facilities include seven all-grass soccer pitches, four grass volleyball courts, Field of Dreams softball field, full-size Court of America and junior biddy basketball courts, driving range, artificial turf putting green and archery range.
Girls love to cook, bake, and have fun in the kitchen. A cooking counselor will work with the cooking director in our brand new for 2013, state-of-the-art cooking facility to engage girls in this favorite past time and incorporate the next “Top Chef” ideas into the curriculum. This counselor should have significant experience in the kitchen, specifically in the area of baking. A home economics or food-related major is a plus but not a necessity.
Dance staff must be experienced in and able to demonstrate and teach at least two of the following styles: ballet, jazz, hip-hop, modern, tap. Knowledge of choreography and/or experience in a dance or musical theatre company is a strong plus, as is the ability to lead a class on your own. Our dance and fitness facility includes a 45’ by 36’ hardwood dance floor and adjacent aerobics studio.
Drama & Music
Drama staff will help produce camp musicals, assisting in all aspects from auditions and stage design to costuming, rehearsal and performance. Applicants should have experience in and good knowledge of the theatre (drama major is a bonus but not a requirement), and ability to assist in at least two of the following areas: set design and construction, costume design and construction, makeup, blocking, musical theatre, vocal performance, light and sound, backstage crew. Facilities include two stages with pianos (indoor proscenium with dressing room/backstage areas; outdoor amphitheater with movable backdrop flats, light/sound booth and backstage work area), costume and prop collections and storage rooms, costume sewing room. Performances are held outside except in case of inclement weather. Drama staff may also be asked to assist with Friday night talent shows and special events.
Gymnastics staff must have advanced skills and experience in beam, uneven bars, tumbling, vault and floor exercise. Experience teaching or coaching at any level is preferred. Facility includes 40-foot TumblTrak with vaulting horse attachment, 42’ by 42’ foam training and competition spring floors, two sets of Speith Anderson uneven bars and one single rail, AAI vaulting table with Stratum springboard, three AAI springboards, two Speith Anderson adjustable beam, AAI spring-loaded adjustable beam, ten low beams, multiple sizes of spotting blocks and wedges, competition landing mats, eight-inch skill cushions and landing mats. Bryn Mawr holds over 30 years of consecutive Wayne County junior and senior gymnastics titles.
Nature staff will work under the nature director, helping to maintain the Nature Museum and its inhabitants and assisting with Junior Camp nature classes. Knowledge of nature, ecology and animal care and high level of comfort with outdoor activity and all kinds of animals are required; biology or similar major a plus. New Nature Museum in 2013.
The newspaper counselor must be proficient with a Macintosh computer and have excellent motivational and organizational skills. Campers participate on an elective/extracurricular basis to prepare several issues of The Poplar Post during the course of the summer. Experience on high school or college newspaper required.
Camp photographers are responsible for coordinating with the website administrator to shoot photos of campers at their daily activities, evening programs, and special events. In addition to being comfortable with a digital camera, the photographer(s) will spend a significant amount of time in our web office, uploading and tagging photos with a program similar to Facebook. Candidates must have experience with action photography and be comfortable using a digital camera.
Equestrian staff must have experience in hunt seat riding. Of particular interest are individuals with backgrounds in hunters, jumpers, eventing, dressage, and/or hunt seat equitation. Candidates should have basic horse knowledge, and should be able to groom, tack and wrap unsupervised. Knowledge of basic horse first aid would be helpful. Teaching and show experience are pluses, but not necessary. Riding specialists work a full day and often spend extra hours in the barn caring for horses and working with individual campers. In addition to our traditional camp program, we also offer Bryn Mawr Riding Camp, a short session (one, two, and three week) camp specifically for equestrian campers. These girls receive two riding lessons per day, along with periods of on-the-ground horsemanship and barn management. Both programs are dedicated to teaching campers of all riding levels the fundamentals of hunt-seat riding. Our facilities include 36 stalls, an indoor riding arena, five outdoor arenas, acres of trails, and a cross country course.
Tennis staff will work in general tennis or Tennis Plus. The directors of tennis will assign staff to one of these areas during Staff Week. General tennis includes instruction of all campers from beginner to advanced in a class setting. Tennis Plus is an advanced elective program for senior tennis players including high-intensity conditioning, stroke and skills work, and competitive play. Facility includes 17 fast-dry courts and two storage buildings. We also have a racquet stringer on camp.
Waterski instructors must be American Red Cross-, NPLQ- or Canadian Lifesaving Society-certified lifeguards with knowledge of waterskiing and boat driving. Staff will teach beginners through advanced skiers. Waterskiing is an elective activity for all campers. Staff will work under the guidance of the aquatic director on an individualized program for each camper. A boat license and some knowledge of maintenance are preferable; staff should be able to handle a 15’ SeaCraft with 60 HP Mercury motor.
Bryn Mawr is happy to act as a paid internship for many programs including but not limited to: education, social work, outdoor education, family studies, sociology, psychology, sports management, exercise science. We have extensive experience working with colleges and universities to either fit the criteria already in place for an internship or help design a unique program. If you are interested in an internship at Bryn Mawr, please contact us in the New Jersey office.
"I learned a lot about myself and being a leader. My program area helped me become a better teacher. I hope I now have more patience."
~ Heather S., Provo, UT