Adirondack counselors are the heart of our Camp, living and working with campers in cabins and in activities. Counselors must be high energy to handle ADK’s “organized chaos”! Counselors teach four periods daily, and then comes Adventure Period, when staff share something totally different with campers—Can Jam, Magic games, friendship bracelets. Counselors enjoy meals with their campers, as well as planning and leading evening activities. All staff members are encouraged to have current American Red Cross First Aid and CPR. Applicants must be at least 19 years of age.
Think you have what it takes to work at ADK? Read on…
Can you be the coolest person in the room?
In this setting, especially with younger campers, you will be the coolest and most popular person in the world. They will look up to you, hang on your every word, and even dress like you. This also means they will do what you do, say what you say, and act as you act. Therefore, are you able to be the role model and not get carried away with this popularity and let them know too much about you? If the answer is yes, then we are off to a good start.
Can you be the least important person in the room?
At ADK we are all about taking care of each other. We depend on one another for support, encouragement, and consistency. What we do here does not work without being able to rely on our teammates. Can you consistently put yourself last to make sure that those around you are in a good place? If your answer is yes, then you are making good headway.
Can you wear a dress? Can you be in a rap battle?
We ask our campers to get out of their comfort zones and challenge themselves on a daily basis. We ask our counselors to be the example that the campers follow. To be clear, you are not required to wear a dress, nor are you obligated to be in a rap battle. We do want our staff to grow. If that means that you face your fear of canoeing, go canoeing. If you hate public speaking, participate in our amazing drama productions. Are you able to challenge yourself and try your hardest win or fail? If the answer is yes, you may like it here.
Can you dance?
This job is HARD and we get TIRED as staff, as well we should be. However, when you’re so tired that you can barely remember your name, can you find that reserve of energy we use to make camp special? Are you able to dance to that silly One Direction song that you hate because you know it will make your campers happy? Can you pretend to love the water at 9:35 in the morning when it’s 65 degrees? If your answer is yes, we are really starting to like you.
Can you wear many hats?
“I joke that I hear my name called at least 5 times before I get out of bed in the morning and brush my teeth. As counselors we are asked to be so many things; Mother, father, big sister, big brother, psychologists, confidant, doctor, nurturer, dietitian, mediator, tutor, teacher, mentor, disciplinarian, coach, instructor, guardian. In essence, we become parents for 8 weeks, while the other 44 weeks we are selfish 20 something’s. We are asked to do way too much, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Can you wear all these hats at the same time for 5 or 10 different people at once? If your answer is yes, then I think you just found your home.”
- Dexter J., Staff 2009-2013