Will my travel be reimbursed?
Money spent on buses or taxis to get to camp will be reimbursed upon your arrival to camp, but you must turn in those receipts.
Can I get my money exchanged?
You should exchange your money in the airport before you leave. It is tough to find places to exchange your money outside of NYC. Those arriving early to work pre-camp will be paid in cash (US dollars). We recommend that you purchase travelers checks which may be cashed at or nearby camp.
All our general counselors will work as the infirmary assistant in our Health Center, selling canteen and merchandise. These jobs are switch between the general counselors to get a varied experience. But all general counselors are also drivers and help organize the daily and weekly schedules of all counselors. There is no medical training or experience necessary to work in the infirmary as the assistant. Click here to learn more about our Health Center and the Infirmary Assistant's duties.
Coming to Stagedoor Manor will give you extra experience for your resume and your life.
But first and foremost, you are a counselor. You are like a big brother or sister to our campers. As a counselor, you are the caretaker of a group of girls or boys. It is your responsibility to not only wake them up in the morning and be sure they are all there at bedtime, but also to check in with them during the day. Does one of your campers seem sad? Did you notice all the roommates were sitting together at lunch or was one of them missing? You are not alone! We have group leaders and returning counselors and lots of staff to help if you see a problem or have a worry. Male counselors typically watch over 8 campers and female counselors watch after about 6.
Typical duties include:
Meal Duty- Each meal there are six counselors that eat before the kids so that they are available to take attendance (to be sure everyone is eating), wander around the dining room (to be sure no one is throwing their food, choking, etc), or need to go find a camper missing from the meal.
Entry Duty- During the day, we do our best to have someone sit at the entry table by the driveway, stopping visitors, and directing people to the front office.
Floor Duty- During rehearsals and classes, we have a counselor sit on each floor to ensure that no one is skipping a class, no one came back upset, etc.
Other duties include: attendance, office, evening recreation, grounds, etc.
All counselors have a 1:00am curfew!
During Session Changeover (the 24-hour period between when one group of kids goes home and another group arrives), it is the counselors that vacuum and dust the rooms, decorate the halls and generally clean up in anticipation of the next group of kids.
The hours are long. Some days you get up at 8:00am and not find your bed again until 1:00am. There is time in the day to socialize, take a two hour break, to check your email, etc.
Counselors live in a dorm like building on the same floor, but not the same rooms,as the campers they are supervising. Counselors rooms are large with a bathroom and usually share the room with 4-6 other counselors.
During the third week of each session, as it is production week and we are gearing up for performances, General Counselors find themselves doing a bit more counselor duties as the theatre-oriented counselors pick up more rehearsal time and work on prepping shows.