Counselors bring their talents and passions that add to the list of available choices. Campers choose their weekly schedules to be with friends, learn new skills, and to explore their own un-tapped talents.
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All staff members and counselors at YMCA Camp of Maine participate in a week-long training program before any campers arrive for their first day. The training includes strategies for building community, cabin management, managing homesick campers, helping campers build positive relationship, and how to ensure everyone's safety. The topic of Child Abuse Prevention is discussed. All members of the YMCA Camp of Maine community play a role in detecting and reporting bullying and abuse.
Camp is a fun and rewarding experience. Counselors and staff members are chosen because of their talents, unique personalities, and desire to enrich the lives of young people through role modeling. The Senior Staff meet before the counselors arrive to discuss active supervision, responsibilities, training and programming.
Every year, counselors and staff members provide an application and references that are professional and personal. An annual background check is conducted on everyone. New staff are required to have an interview with the Director. Returning staff are in contact with the Director during the winter to talk about what responsibilities will be assumed during the next summer. Staff and counselors are evaluated periodically during the summer to ensure expectations are clear and everyone is on the same page.
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