Being a staff member at Camp Laurel is far more than a summer job... it's an unforgettable experience in beautiful surroundings... and a rare opportunity to reach your full potential as you help others reach theirs.
Camp Laurel was founded in 1949 and has been in continuous operation ever since. Its original site was at Lake Awosting, New York, and since 1965, has maintained its home at its current site in Readfield.
Camp Laurel is located in the heart of Maine's Central Lakes region, 17 miles west of the state capital of Augusta. The camp has 160 unspoiled acres of woodlands. Its 2000 feet of shoreline along sparkling Echo Lake features access to more than three miles of exceptionally clear waters. The area is famous for sunny, warm days and comfortable evenings.
Each year, Camp Laurel welcomes 240 boys and 240 girls from all over the United States as well as a few foreign countries. The campers range in age from 7 to 15. The return rate for campers is excellent. Many campers follow older brothers and sisters to camp.
Sending a child to camp is a tremendous act of faith by parents. At Laurel, we take that responsibility very seriously and maintain an environment that encourages both safety and health and reinforces a positive self-image. We aim to provide campers with opportunities for emotional and physical growth, encourage their natural abilities and instill the benefits of group living. Our ultimate goal is to provide an enjoyable, exciting summer experience that motivates our campers to approach the future with courage, confidence and a feeling of self-worth.
We create a warm, family feeling at Laurel in a number of ways. We limit camper enrollment; encourage continuous skill development throughout the summer; stress personal development no matter what the inherent ability of a camper may be; and work to create an atmosphere of attention and care for the individual.
Laurel's program is unique in that it offers campers a certain amount of freedom in selecting activities. There is a "core" program of swimming, tennis and team sports in which all campers participate. After that, campers select and focus on activities of their choice. It is possible for a camper to specialize in several activities throughout the summer, such as tennis, waterskiing, theatre, hockey, studio art, etc.
The scope of our program recognizes the individual needs and interests of the campers. We avoid a very intense atmosphere, but have an extensive inter-camp and tournament program for campers desiring more competitive athletics.
Each year, the Laurel team is chosen from students, graduates and faculty from schools and colleges throughout the United States. We seek people with personality, character, stability and warmth. Most importantly, we look for staff members with a sincere desire to work and live with children. Our camper-to-counselor ratio is better than 3:1.
We want you to be enthusiastic and happy about your work and recognize that you need some time off for rest and relaxation. Camp life is structured and demanding and a high energy level is important for a successful summer. In addition to regularly scheduled time off, camp facilities are open to staff in the evening and when not in use by the campers. A staff-only lounge is open every night. The lounge is fully-equipped with telephones and internet access. A modern Fitness Center is also available each evening for counselors. For those interested, there are regularly scheduled staff games under the lights in volleyball, soccer and basketball. We have weekly trips to Augusta and provide transportation on days off.
It's not easy to adapt to a new situation, even if you are an enthusiastic person. We make the transition for you as easy as possible with a good deal of training and support:
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