Questions Counselors Ask

If you have a question that isn’t answered below, give us a call and we’ll be happy to talk to you!

When do I have to arrive at Camp?

Counselors typically arrive around two weeks prior to the campers. Please see our staff Travel Information to see when campers will be arriving.

What kind of training will I receive?

Our Adirondack U Leadership Training is a comprehensive program. Read the syllabus.

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What certifications do I have to get before I start working at Adirondack?


  • American Red Cross Certified Waterfront Lifeguard
  • CPR for Professional Rescuer with Lakefront


  • Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Aid, or RTE along with CPR for Professional Rescuer

General Staff

  • First Aid/CPR for the Professional Rescuer
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Do you provide any staff transportation?

We provide limited assistance. Counselors are expected to coordinate their travel with the Staffing Coordinator. Travel should be to the nearest bus stop (Schroon Lake, NY), train station (Ticonderoga, NY on Amtrak’s Empire Line), or airports (ALB/Albany International, NY) and (BVT/Burlington International, VT). Staff may bring their own cars to Camp and park them at the top of the hill.

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Is there a uniform requirement?

Similar to campers, Adirondack counselors wear a grey staff shirt and khaki shorts or pants from Retreat (formal flag-lowering ceremony before dinner) through dinner to the end of the evening. All Staff are expected to wear attire and footwear that is appropriate for activity and occasion at camp.

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How much time do I get off?

Counselors get one full day and night off during the week. The Staff Room has internet and is available during time off.

Where do I sleep?

Most staff will live in cabins with campers.

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What are my responsibilities in addition to the instruction of activities?

Counselors are responsible for the well-being and safety of all campers twenty-four hours a day, even during non-teaching activity times in Camp.

When will I get paid?

Paychecks are distributed four times during the season including a final one upon successful completion of contract terms.

Health Insurance and Vaccinations

Adirondack Camp requires that all staff be current for vaccinations. Adirondack Camp will require complete COVID-19 vaccinations (two weeks post 2nd dose) for all staff. If you live overseas and do not have access to COVID vaccinations and/or have health-related concerns, please contact us directly. Last summer, we were able to vaccinate many of our international staff on-site upon arrival. Please note, Adirondack Camp will continue to momitor CDC recommendations regarding COVID boosters and will let staff know of any potential requirements.

Health insurance is required for all staff. All international and domestic staff must be adequately insured in the United States and provide proof of insurance.