Being a camp staff member is likely to be one of the most fun jobs you will ever have. It might also be one of the hardest.
But the memories you will make, the kids you will help, and the people you will meet make this job one of the most worthwhile experiences you have in a lifetime.
Below are a few resources to give you an idea as to what staff life may look like:
- Pizza every Friday
- Resume development workshops
- Networking with local professionals and opportunities for mentorships
- If you haven’t been an ACA member before we can help you get your first year free
- Valuable work experience that can translate to camp fields and more
Daily Living FAQ
Q: Where will I sleep?
A: Cabin leaders and activity leaders will sleep on a bunk bed in one of our five cabins with about 16 campers also in the cabin.
Q: Can I bring food to camp?
A: You are allowed to bring food to camp, keep in mind that meals and snacks will be provided. You can’t keep it in the cabins but there is limited space for staff to store snacks.
Q: How much does a staff member walk on an average day?
A: Staff average about 7 miles of walking in a day at Wildwood during the summer.
Q: Can my family or friends visit me?
A: Guests may not be on property Monday-Friday to protect the safety of the campers. Weekend visits may be allowed if the Camp Director approves.
Q: Is there a uniform?
A: All camp staff will be provided with staff t-shirts to wear on Mondays and Fridays for opening and closing days you will also need nicer (khaki, jean, or otherwise buttoned) shorts/pants for opening and closing days. Outside of Monday and Friday, the dress code is pretty relaxed. We do not allow short shorts, inappropriate words/images/logos, or other non-kid-friendly clothing.
Time Off FAQ
Q: What if I have a doctor’s appointment?
A: Wildwood will work with your doctor’s appointments to create your schedule in a way that works for everyone. Oftentimes appointments only take part of the day so you might schedule a morning appointment and be back in the evening.
Q: Do I get weekends off?
A: All staff end the week on Friday in the early evening. They return to work Sunday at about 7 pm for an all-staff meeting.
Q: How do I request time off for vacations and other things?
A: When you are being interviewed it is asked that you provide any time off requests then or as soon as you know the confirmed dates. All requests will be approved by the camp director.
Q: Do I get breaks throughout the day?
A: Cabin leaders and activity leaders get 2 hours of break time during the day on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Times are decided with other staff during Sunday meetings.
Q: Will I get time off for the 4th of July?
A: Camp will be running a session through the 4th of July, and we will celebrate the holiday at camp. We suggest you get any celebrations outside of camp scheduled for the weekend before or after.
Q: Is there WiFi at Wildwood?
A: Yes! There is wifi in the staff break room and other various places at camp.
Q: Can I have/use my phone at camp?
A: You can carry your phone with you at camp. However, there are some restrictions on when they may be used. Campers are NOT allowed to have phones, so we encourage staff to be screen-free whenever possible.
Most phone carriers get good coverage throughout camp, but coverage may be spotty in some areas.
Q: Are there computers?
A: Wildwood has limited access to computers, priority use goes to international staff members. You can bring a laptop to leave in the staff room but Wildwood is not responsible for any damages or thefts of personal property.
Q: Will I have to wear a mask?
A: Wildwood does not require staff to wear a mask, but you are welcome to wear one if desired.
Q: Do I have to be vaccinated/show my vaccination card?
A: Though we strongly encourage staff members to be vaccinated against COVID-19, you do not need to be vaccinated or show a vaccination card to be on staff.
Q: Will I be tested for COVID-19?
A: If a fellow coworker tests positive for COVID-19 and you have been in close contact you may be asked to test for COVID-19 using our supplies at camp. Other situations may arise that require testing, but for the most part, there will not be a need to test.
Q: What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?
A: If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be asked to quarantine until you test negative again.