Below you will find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions that our staff members (and potential staff members) have about Copper Cannon. If you have other questions that you do not see answered here, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (603) 823-8107.
Summer camp staff at Copper Cannon come from not only all over the U.S. but all over the world. During 2019, we had summer staff from Poland, Ireland, England, Turkey, Australia, Wales and Finland. We also had staff from all over New England.
Every summer we usually have at least a couple of staff who are working at camp for college credit. We will be more than willing to work with your university and adviser. Staff have received college credits for the fields of education, social work, nonprofit management, human resources and plenty of other fields. Talk to your academic adviser about the possibility of receiving school credit for working a summer at camp.
Our staff training process is one of the most important parts of the summer! Each staff member goes through a 10-day staff training segment that will prepare you with all the tools you need to make sure that both you and the kids have an awesome summer. The training process covers a lot of ground but is presented and learned in fun, interactive ways that you will enjoy. The staff training time is also the best time to bond with your fellow counselors and develop solid relationships with them before the campers arrive. All staff will also be trained and certified in first aid and CPR if they are not already.
No matter whether you are in food service, activity specialist or a regular counselor, you will be working with kids all day, every day! Your main job is to show the kids a great time and keep them safe in the process. You will also get to lead or assist in a number of activities each week, many of which are based on your particular interests and skills. Being a camp counselor might be one of the toughest jobs you will ever have, but it will probably be the most rewarding!
There are eight weeks of actual summer camp, spanning from late June to mid August. Your staff training will last for 10 days before camp starts.
In order to maintain the highest quality of service for our campers and families, we do require that all seasonal staff fill out an application and re-apply each summer if they are wishing to come back. This is a requirement not only of our camp policy, but also that of the American Camp Association (ACA) and our insurance company.
We know that being a camp counselor can be a tough, exhausting job, and that’s why it’s necessary that you do have some time off each week, as well as a bit of down time during the day, in order to keep you refreshed and at your best for the kids! After the campers leave on Saturday morning, we will have meetings and camp cleanup for a couple of hours afterward. Following this, counselors will usually have a 24-hour span of time off before beginning meetings the following day in preparation for the next group of excited kids. During this time, counselors can rest, use the facilities at camp, or go into town to eat, shop or see movies at the theater. We will also plan some fun (optional) activities for staff during time off.
In addition to the 24-hour period on the weekends, most staff will see one or two hours of downtime during an average day while other counselors take over during “hill duty” and “siesta duty.”
Here is a sample daily schedule, taken from the campers page of the site:
Sample Daily Schedule
7:00 a.m. – Wake up
7:45 a.m. – Flags
8:00 a.m. – Breakfast!
8:45 a.m. – Good Turns
9:00 a.m. – Nature Circle
9:15 a.m. – Cabin Activity 1 (With your cabin and buddy cabin. Could be low ropes, archery, nature, arts and crafts, sports, etc.)
10:15 a.m. – Cabin Activity 2
11:15 a.m. – Cabin Activity 3
12:30 p.m. – Lunch!
1:30 p.m. – Siesta / Down Time (staff members not on siesta duty have time off)
2:30 p.m. – Transition
2:45 p.m. – Program Choice, Skill Building, Echo Lake, All-Camp Activity, etc.
5:45 p.m. – GaGa Tournament
6:15 p.m. – Flags and Dinner!
7:00 p.m. – Campwide Game (Bombardment, Skunk or other large-scale games!)
8:30 p.m. – Cabin Closings
9:15 p.m. – Lights Out, Hill Duty begins
9:15-11:15 p.m. – Staff members not on hill duty have time off
Each counselor will live in the cabin with the kids, although in a staff area which is separate from the main bunk area that the kids stay in. You will have storage space to put all of your stuff. You’ll have access to the laundry hut for free, as well as all of the other facilities during your down time. Food specialist staff live in Ben’s Den or Corliss. Activity specialists might live in separate cabin areas or they might join another counselor in a cabin with campers.
It’s one of the toughest jobs you will ever have. If you are lazy or against putting your full effort into things, summer camp might not be the place for you. However, you get out of it what you put into it. Those willing to really put forth their best effort for both themselves and the campers will have a life-changing experience and certainly understand what the magic of summer camp is all about.