Salary for a general counselor ranges from $1400 to $1950 based on age and experience. You may receive an additional stipend for specialized skills (such as WSI certification). We will also provide staff with a travel allowance, paid at the end of the summer, based on distance traveled to camp. We will provide you with a complete salary package at the time of your job offer. Keep in mind that, in addition to salary, travel allowance and stipends, you will receive uniform shirts, room and board, internet access, laundry service and invaluable experience you would never earn in a retail or office job.
Where is Bryn Mawr?
Camp Bryn Mawr is located outside Honesdale, Pennsylvania, in the northeastern United States. Honesdale is approximately two and a half hours from New York City by car.
What is the uniform for staff?
Staff wear navy and white every day. We will supply you with uniform shirts, and you may wear your own navy or white shorts and pants. You can download a packing list from this website.
Where do most counselors come from?
Our counselors come from all over the world to spend the summer at Bryn Mawr. Last summer we had staff from 29 states, six Canadian provinces and 20 foreign countries. States with significant numbers of Bryn Mawr staff members include Illinois, Ohio, Iowa, California, New York, Florida and Georgia.
How many hours will I work each day?
A lot. The official answer: approximately 10 to 14. But the truth is that camp is not like a typical job. You don’t go home when the day is over. You’ll be living with campers and that means that you’re on 24 hours a day. It is hard work—but the rewards you gain from spending that time with campers are immeasurable.
What are the kids like?
The most important thing we can tell you about our “Bryn Mawr Angels” is that most of them—about 90 percent, in fact—are return campers. Many have older sisters, cousins, mothers or even grandmothers who attended Bryn Mawr. Camp is their second home. The traditions, the history, the cheers and special events—these are all extremely important to our campers and they take them very seriously. Most of our campers are very open, direct and energetic. They come primarily from upper-middle-class homes in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida, and most of them are Jewish.
How do I get to camp?
U.S. and Canadian staff fly into Newark Airport, and we’ll pick you up there. International staff travel arrangements will be made through your agency. We’ll send out more information about staff pickup dates in the spring.
How old will the girls in my cabin be?
Until you arrive at camp, the only answer we can give you is: somewhere between seven and 15. We don’t assign any staff to cabins until the end of Staff Week, when camper cabin placements are finalized and we have had the chance to get to know each counselor. You will be placed in a cabin with campers for whom we feel your personality and strengths are the best fit, and your preference will be taken under consideration.
How much time off will I have?
You will have six days off during the summer (from reveille until curfew), plus two additional nights off each week (6:00 p.m. until curfew), for a total of three (including your day off). On days you’re on, your program director or head counselor will give you a period off. Every Sunday night we have staff nights. The group leaders or senior staff will supervise your campers while you attend a fun event with your fellow counselors.
Why do you need a picture of me?
It’s part of a complicated psychological test that judges your personality based on the photo you send in. (That was a joke.) Seriously, we just like to be able to put a face with each name, particularly so that we can learn your names very quickly at the beginning of the summer.
Are counselors ever asked to leave?
Unfortunately, it has on occasion happened that we’ve had to dismiss counselors during the summer, usually for violations of camp policies, including abuse of drugs or alcohol, smoking, stealing or inability to abide by our staff code of conduct. Staff dismissals are a last resort and very difficult for campers and counselors, and we hope to avoid them at all costs.
Why can't I show my tattoo/piercing?
We support your right to decorate your body in any manner you choose; however, we also want to create a comfortable environment for our campers, many of whom are unfamiliar with and intimidated by tattoos, body piercings and similar forms of adornment. For this reason we require that tattoos be covered at all times (including at the lake or pool) and all body piercings (other than earrings) be removed while you’re on camp. Male staff must also remove earrings.
My coach/advisor/sorority says I need to be back at school by August 5. Can i leave a few days early?
The last week of camp is a crucial time for camper-staff bonding and end-of-camp preparations. We regret that, for this reason, we are unable to hire counselors who cannot stay the full season.
Isn't Bryn Mawr a school?
Lake Bryn Mawr Camp is not affiliated with Bryn Mawr College or the town of Bryn Mawr, PA. The name Bryn Mawr comes from Welsh words meaning “on a hill.”
Anything else I need to know?
Bryn Mawr is 100 percent smoke-free. We do not tolerate smoking on or near camp property. Staff are expected to live responsibly while at camp, and that includes following the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regarding consumption of alcohol. No staff member under the age of 21 may consume alcohol, on or off camp, and no staff member of legal drinking age may drink on camp or return to campus under the influence of alcohol. Bryn Mawr has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to smoking, illegal drugs, and inappropriate use of alcohol.
What is the climate like?
Summers in Pennsylvania are warm and humid. Daytime temperatures are usually between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Evenings tend to be cooler, and we receive occasional rain and thunderstorms.
I live outside of the U.S. How do I apply to work at Bryn Mawr?
If you are Canadian, fill out the regular staff application. If you are from a country other than the U.S. or Canada, you will need to work with an international staff placement agency. We hire new international staff through Camp Leaders (www.campleaders.com) and CCUSA (www.ccusa.com).
Where will I live?
As a general counselor or specialist, you will probably live in a cabin with campers. If you are a member of the support staff, you will live in staff housing with other support staff. All accommodations have electricity, hot running water and bathroom facilities.
Will I have internet access?
We have computers available for use, at no charge, on your time off.