You must read the following three pages of information prior to completing a staff application.

Staff information for 2018 (New Staff Applicants)


  • Day Camp hours with evenings and weekends off
  • Working in the great outdoors
  • Making friendships
  • Working with children
  • Developing communication, leadership, and management skills
  • Possible internship credit
  • Having Fun!

 Camp Dates: All Staff Orientation is May 21-25, 2018. The camp season is from May 29-August 3, 2018. Specialized instructors must also attend specific training to be scheduled prior to May 21.

 Important Staff Information: (Additional policies will be discussed during orientation and training. Complete Personnel Policies are available at

  • Orientation and Training are required for everyone unless specific arrangements are made in writing with the camp director prior to accepting employment. Staff are not paid hourly for training, however, staff attending all of orientation and training will receive $50.00.

  • Staff members may have up to one week of unpaid vacation time. Days must be used consecutively, i.e. M-F, and requested in writing before May 1, 2018. Individual work schedules will be determined based on camp enrollment and the needs of the camp. All staff members, except for certified teachers reporting for inservice, must work the last week of camp (July 30-August 3) unless an agreement is made in writing with the director prior to accepting employment.

  • Staff members are expected to work all overnight campouts unless one of these events falls within the staff person’s scheduled vacation week, or unless a director schedules staff “off” due to the enrollment of a campout.

  • Staff members are not paid hourly for campouts but will receive $35 for working the campout.

  • Mandatory Staff Meetings will be held on Thursday nights during weeks 1, 4, 5, 8, and 10. You are not expected to be at a meeting during your week of vacation, but you must attend all other meetings. Staff meetings will be paid hourly on the final paycheck of the summer. (Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m.)

  • Body Piercing Policy: Females may wear up to two small earrings in each ear. No other visible body piercing is allowed including tongue or nose rings. Males may not display any visible type of body piercing. Inappropriate tattoos (including but not limited to references of death, drugs, sex, or violence) may not be displayed at camp.

  • As outlined by the Fair Labor Standards Act Section 13 (a) (3), Tate's Day Camp, being a seasonal recreational establishment and "not operating for more than seven months in any calendar year" is exempt from minimum wage and overtime requirements.

  • Personal websites such as Facebook and other social media sites are acceptable as long as they do not detract from your image as a positive role model for children. Inappropriate information, blogs, messages, and/or photos are prohibited.

  • All staff members must pass a background check and drug test. After the initial test, random tests will be conducted throughout the summer.  The camp will pay for both the background check and drug test.

 Other Important Dates:

  • Applications are accepted year-round.
  • May 21-25 (Monday-Friday) All Camp Orientation and Training (MANDATORY)
  • May 29 (Tuesday) First Day of Camp
  • June 22 (Friday) Camper Campout
  • July 4 (Wednesday) Camp is Closed
  • July 20 (Friday) Family Campout (Rain date is July 27)
  • August 3 (Friday) Last Day of Camp
  • Scheduled staff meetings will be held on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 PM.


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