While there are a variety of roles at camp that we fill, the two main roles that we hire for new staff are General Counselors and Specialists. Both roles live in a bunk with campers and other staff members, but they play different roles during our day-to-day activity schedule.
This is the classic counselor role at summer camp! You’ll be living in a communal living setting, sitting with your campers at every meal, taking them to their activities, enjoying off-camp trips with them and hanging out everywhere in between. On a typical day, you’ll be guiding your group of campers through their daily schedule. Do you have basketball on the schedule first period? Toss on some athletic shoes and get on the court with your kids! Aqua Park second period? Get your bathing suit on and jump into Fiddle Lake to have a blast with your campers! You’ll be participating in a dynamic activity schedule with your campers while also playing an integral role as a leader, guide, coach, role model and friend to your kids. Confidence, creativity, energy, patience, kindness and empathy are the keys to succeeding in this role.
Like a General Counselor, you’ll need to exude all of the qualities that we look for in a General Counselor since you’ll also be living in a bunk and joining your campers for meals and bunk time. What separates a Specialist from a General Counselor is that when the activities begin on a typical day, you’ll be heading out to your specialty area to instruct, coach and supervise at your area of expertise. You’ll need to have confidence and knowledge in your sport or activity, and a passion to share your knowledge with all of our campers at Chen-A-Wanda! General Counselors will be bringing campers to your area and it’s up to you to best involve them with the campers to provide a fun, instructional, dynamic activity experience.
Below are the Specialist roles that we hire at Camp Chen-A-Wanda:
Our Waterfront is one of the true gems of Camp Chen-A-Wanda. Beautiful Fiddle Lake is home to our Aqua Park, Boating and Waterskiing programs, while our Olympic-sized pool is where our swim lessons and general swim periods take place. We hire our biggest team of specialists for the waterfront, being able to boast of having an amazing ratio of fully certified lifeguards to ensure a fun and safe experience for all of our campers and staff. As far as we’re concerned, you can’t get the true summer camp experience without hopping in the water!
- Swimming Instructor/Pool Lifeguard
- Lake Lifeguard
- Water Skiing
(Sailing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Paddleboarding)
We provide a thorough sports experience for our campers, offering a variety of team and individual sports on their schedules while also competing against other camps in the Wayne County Camp Association for athletics. Sports specialists are typically collegiate athletes or former varsity athletes from high school. In these roles, you get to instruct and coach a sport that you’re passionate about, while also training in our fitness center and playing your sport with your co-specialists in your down time to stay on top of your game!
- Roller Hockey
Camp Chen-A-Wanda provides our campers and staff with the opportunity to stay on top of their fitness goals throughout the summer. Our fitness center is the perfect place to work on weight training, cardio, and agility.
(Zumba, Spin, Yoga, Pilates, Kickboxing)
- Weight Training
Truly one of the most unique roles on camp, if you have experience on a flying trapeze, get ready to share your passion with our campers and staff while flying through the air throughout the summer! Our Circus Specialists can also teach juggling, Diabolo, lira, Spanish Web and silks along with the flying trapeze.
- Flying Trapeze
- Juggling/ Diabolo
- Spanish Web
Our extreme sports program will excite our thrill seekers. These specialists focus on sports that campers don’t get to participate in on a typical basis at home. We’re looking for thrill seekers whose hobbies are more extreme than your typical athlete. Teaching at these areas will be just as fun as you had learning them!
- Mountain boarding
(Rock Climbing, High Ropes, Low Ropes, Zipline, Team Challenge)
- The Zone
(Water Balloon/Water Gun Course)
Creative + Performing Arts
Camp isn’t just about the outdoors! Chen-A-Wanda offers a variety of creative and performing arts activities so that every type of camper can get to show off their creative side! Whether it’s starring in our theater show, or getting dirty on our pottery wheels, our campers will love learning from our arts specialists.
- Movie Making/Videography
- Chen-A-Plex Movie Theater
- Tie Dye
- Jewelry Making
- General Fine Arts
School of Rock
Who doesn’t want to be a Rock Star? Our campers will love learning the basics on guitar, rocking out on the drums, or playing their favorite song on the keyboard. Our music program provides opportunities for beginners to experts, and we’re looking for specialists who have been playing for years and want to share their passion with our kids!
- Recording studio