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CAMP WICOSUTA-AN OVERVIEW
Camp Wicosuta is a traditional 4-week summer camp for girls. Camp is located on 100 acres of pristine, wooded land on the shores of Newfound Lake in the foothills of the White Mountains in Hebron, New Hampshire. The camp is just 2 hours from downtown Boston, 3.5 hours from Montreal, and 5 hours from New York City.

We have approximately 280 girls during first session, 250 girls during second session, and 40 two-week campers. There are approximately 90 camp counselors living in cabins with campers, who also teach classes in one or two specific activity areas. There are many non-bunk positions available at camp, such as administrators and activity heads, a medical staff consisting of 5 nurses, office, and dining hall, and support staff. The overall camp program is designed for instruction in numerous activity areas from athletics, such as tennis, soccer, softball, and basketball, to water sports, fine arts, and nature.

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WHERE DOES MOST STAFF COME FROM?
Our staff members come from all over the U.S. and Canada, as well as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Jamaica, Argentina, and Europe. Each staff member has completed at least one year of college and many are studying some form of an education, psychology or recreation program in school. This, however, is not a requisite for employment.

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HOW IS STAFF TRAINING CONDUCTED?
The majority of the staff arrive mid June for an 8-day orientation where staff learn the ropes of Camp Wicosuta. During this time, counselors learn about their particular group as well as their designated activity area. Each staff member is given the tools and ideas they will need for dealing with specific camper issues throughout the summer. There will be various trainings and question/answer opportunities for each staff member to ensure that we are prepared for the campers' arrival.

*Activity Heads, Head Counselors, Nurses and staff working at the pool, waterfront, ropes course, horse and archery may arrive earlier for further training in their area.

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WHERE WILL I BE LIVING?
All of our camp counselors live with a group of children during the summer. A typical cabin set-up has 6 to10 girls depending on age, living with 2-3 staff members. Cabins have single beds and bunk beds for campers and staff. Our cabins have electricity and bathroom & shower facilities. Counselors are living in the same room as a group of campers during the summer, so privacy is at a minimum.

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WHO SUPERVISES THE STAFF?
Staff members are working with two distinct supervisors, the Head Counselor, who oversees all aspects of a particular age group, and the Activity Head who oversees the activity area in which a staff member is teaching. Our Head Counselors and Activity Heads have often been at Wico for many years and have tremendous experience working with kids. They provide staff with a wonderful set of resources for working with campers.

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DOES STAFF HAVE TIME OFF?
Staff have one day off per week during the middle 5 weeks of the summer. There are also two half days off during orientation before the campers arrive. Days off begin at 6:30pm and end with a 1AM curfew the following day. Most days you will receive one period off during the day, BUT it is not guaranteed. When it rains at camp, all staff is to be with their campers or designated activity.

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CAN I USE THE FACILITIES DURING TIME OFF?
Staff members can use certain camp facilities during time off, as long as their use of these facilities does not interfere with camper programs and as long as the head of the area gives approval. We open the heated pool, lighted tennis court, basketball, and beach volleyball courts for staff in the evenings.

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WHAT TYPES OF CAMPERS ATTEND WICOSUTA?
Our campers come from all over! Our two largest areas are the NY metropolitan area (New York City, Westchester County and Connecticut) and Massachusetts. Others travel from Florida, California, Dominican Republic, and Europe. Families who choose Wico are looking for a safe place for their daughter(s) to grow and learn as Wicosuta provides them with a warm, safe, nurturing environment that has a truly professional instructional program. Wicosuta has no religious affiliation.

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WHAT DO STAFF MEMBERS WEAR?
Staff members work each day in a Wico staff T-shirt and in attire that is appropriate to the activity in which they are working. Staff are given 8 staff shirts to wear at camp and may purchase additional Wico Ts and other clothing if they'd like. All female staff members must wear a one piece bathing suit. Male staff members swim gear must be a shorts style bathing suit, Board shorts and rash guards are acceptable as well. Days at camp can be warm and the evenings cool. Shorts and tee shirts are most often worn during the day but sweats may be worn on cool evenings. We have a laundry service that we use for camper and staff laundry once a week.

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WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT BEING A COUNSELOR?
Staff members must come to Wicosuta with a true love of children, patience, and a solid work ethic. Working with kids is one of the greatest experiences in the world and comes with tremendous rewards. However, working with kids can also bring stress and frustration at times. Staff members must understand that kids don't always say what they mean and often ask "why" instead of saying "yes." As their summer surrogate parent, kids may be frustrated with you, the counselor, the same way they would their own mom and dad. Working at Wicosuta gives staff members the satisfaction of helping kids learn and grow that comes only with a lot of fun and a lot of hard work.

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HOW DO WE EAT IN THE DINING HALL?
Counselors sit with a group of campers and are expected to supervise while in the Dining Hall. Breakfast and Lunch are buffet style with hot dishes as well as a wide variety of choices at the salad and sandwich bars. Dinner is served family style by the staff. While the menu has been developed to satisfy children, there are plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and considerations are made for those on vegetarian and other diets.

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DO WE NEED TO BRING TOWELS AND LINENS?
North American staff members must bring towels, sheets, pillows and blankets. All overseas staff are provided with these items at no charge. These supplies must be returned to the camp prior to departure. You may certainly bring your own, but we are happy to help lighten the restricted suitcase load.

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DO WE NEED HEALTH INSURANCE?
Staff members are covered under the New Hampshire Workman's Compensation Law for injuries sustained while on the job or in the performance of one's duties. Any activity not sanctioned by the camp, which causes injury, or existing pre-conditions will be treated at the expense of the employee. Staff members must carry their own comprehensive health insurance for any non-work related injuries or illnesses. International staff members coming through CCUSA or Camp America, or the CampGroup Visa Program are covered by the private insurance provided by the sponsoring agency.

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WHAT IS THE CORRECT MAILING ADDRESS?
Summer Address:

Your Name
Camp Wicosuta
21 Wicosuta Drive
Hebron, NH 03241

** Note: Information being sent prior to June 1 to the Staffing Director should be sent to:

Camp Wicosuta
4 New King Street
White Plains, NY 10604

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HOW MANY STAFF MEMBERS WORK AT CAMP WICOSUTA?
We employ about 90 bunk/activity counselors and about 30 support staff that work in maintenance, housekeeping, kitchen, security and the office. In addition, we have approximately 25 supervisory staff in camp. The camp population (and staff population) is primarily female. However, we do have approximately 10-15 male staff that serve on tennis, waterfront and support positions. Counselor staff age ranges from 19 - 25 years old. The average age is about 21.

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HOW ARE WE PAID AND CAN WE TAKE ADVANCES?
Staff may request advances at designated times during the summer which will be announced during staff orientation. Any travel allowance and completion bonus are payable only with your final paycheck at the end of the summer. Final paychecks are issued the day your contract ends.

The office will help foreign staff cash final paychecks, at designated times prior to the end of camp. Traveler's checks may be cashed, at designated times, throughout the season. We suggest that you bring traveler's checks with you as that is the easiest access to needed funds.

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