There are several types of positions on the staff at Bryn Mawr. Although their responsibilities are different, they are all equally important, and camp could not function without each of these talented and hardworking groups of staff members.
General counselors live in cabins with campers. Most bunks have 10 to 12 campers and two counselors. The two types of General counselors are Cabin Specialists and Program Specialists. Cabin Specialists spend the day traveling with their bunks to program areas while Program Specialists have expertise in a specific activity and work full-time in that program area. In some instances a Program Specialist may work part-time in a program area and spend the remainder of the day with her cabin. All staff are responsible for the physical and emotional well-being of their campers.
A Program Director is responsible for coordinating and overseeing a specific program area or group of areas. Program directors are generally college graduates, experienced and highly skilled in their areas and often professional coaches and educators. Program directors live in staff housing and assist with evening camper supervision and will plan and coordinate some all-camp activities, evening programs and special events.
Group Leaders are special staff who live and work on Cabin Row. Each age group has one or two “GLs” who are responsible for being familiar with the campers and staff in their age group as well as the issues and events that affect those campers and counselors each day. GLs are older college students or graduates with experience in summer camping, youth work or education. They are responsible for ensuring a comfortable living environment for the campers and staff under their leadership and communicating with the head counselors and directors on a daily basis.
We also have a core Leadership Staff of administrators who supervise the program and life on Cabin Row to make sure everyone is having the best summer possible. Each administrator helps keep things running smoothly for the group leaders, counselors and campers in his or her division or area. These women and men are experienced members of the Bryn Mawr staff who are always prepared to help solve a problem or resolve a conflict.
We do hire a limited number of Male Staff each summer—primarily very skilled specialists or program directors in areas like tennis, adventure challenge and athletics. Our male staff live in special separate accommodations and have some additional responsibilities, including helping to prepare camp for opening and closing, assisting with all-camp activities and special events, and competing in our annual Male Beauty Pageant.
Our Medical Staff is a crucial part of the camp community. We have a staff of full-time RNs who dispense all medications (prescription and over-the-counter), triage and treat campers and staff at daily clinic calls, supervise campers not well enough to attend activities, manage our Health Center, and are on call to respond to medical needs on camp. Nurses must be licensed RNs who love and understand children and must obtain Pennsylvania licensing (we will assist with this process). Nurses may also be asked to help supervise day trips and help address general community health and hygiene issues.
Camp could not function properly without our Support Staff, who work around the clock to take care of all of our campers and staff. Our hardworking kitchen staff assist in the preparation, serving and cleanup of three meals and two snacks daily, plus additional duties as requested. Laundry staff work at our commercial facility in Honesdale. Each cabin’s laundry is sent out twice every week. Our maintenance staff care for 78 groomed acres of land and approximately 50 buildings, including lawn and grounds work, indoor and outdoor building upkeep, and response to emergency situations.
"I really had an amazing time this summer, i meant some great people whom i shared endless amounts of good times with. Camp was everything that I hoped that it would be and so much more! My girls rocked as i couldn't have asked for better "angels"... i miss them all so much!"
~ Lindsay S., Canada