A Day at Camp

Camp sounds great, but what is a typical day like?

The camp day is a little different based on whether you are a support and operations staff member or a counselor. Lets check out what a counselor's day is like.

Counselors

You won't know what age group (Juniors, Jinters, Inters, Seniors) you will be living with until we go through staff training week together, but this schedule will give you an idea of a typical program day.

We have rotating A and B program days that usually go in 3 day cycles and then we flip to a 'special event' or 'trip day.' On those days you will not be teaching in your program area. It is a break from the normal routine and a great opportunity to build community with your bunk. You may find yourself on a trip to ride the roller coasters at Dorney Park, white water rafting, or helping your team have a fun day during their special event, “Renegade Day” or “Chili Cook – Off.”

Sample Schedule

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  Juniors & J-Inters Inters & Seniors
8:00am Revielle & Wake-up Sleep
8:15am Breakfast
8:30am Wake-up
8:45am Cabin Clean-up Breakfast
9:25am Morning Flagpole
9:35am Period 1: WEE Excel
10:25am WEE Snack
10:35am Period 2: WEE Excel
11:35am Period 3: WEE Explore
12:25pm Lunch Cabin Clean-up
1:00pm Rest Hour Lunch
1:30pm Rest Hour
2:10pm Period 4: WEE Excel
3:00pm Moo Call
3:15pm Period 5: WEE Excel
4:15pm Period 6: WEE Explore
5:00pm Shower Hour Free Play & Senior Splash
6:10pm Dinner Shower Hour
6:45pm Free Play Dinner
7:10pm Free Play
7:30pm Flagpole
7:45pm Evening Activities
9:15pm Taps

Reveille and Wake-Up – Reveille is at 8:00am. Campers and staff wake-up and roll into breakfast in their PJs.

Wake-Up – Campers and staff wake-up and roll into breakfast in their PJs.

Breakfast - 8:15am for younger campers and 8:45am for older campers. Counselors will pick up their 'counselor schedule', and 'daily bulletin' telling you all the happenings for the day and what you are teaching or coaching each activity period.

Cabin Clean-Up – Campers head back to their bunks from breakfast to get ready for the day, and do chores like sweeping, making beds, putting away laundry, and tidying their cubby.

Morning Flag Pole – All campers and staff meet at the flag pole for daily announcements, sunscreen and flag raising.

Periods 1, 2, 4, & 5 Wee Excel – We have rotating A and B program days at camp. Each program day (A and B) we have 4 Wee-Excel periods. Campers choose these “majors” before they arrive at camp. Counselors will follow their counselor schedule coaching or teaching during this activity period.

Wee Snack - Come grab some pretzels, fruit or graham crackers on your way to your next activity period.

Periods 3 & 6 Wee Explore – Campers have the opportunity to explore new interests daily through these 'wee explore' activity periods. Staff will coach or teach in a specific area following their counselor schedule.

Moo Call – We have an extended 15 minutes between activity periods to grab an afternoon snack which can include fruit, popsicles, cookies and pretzels to name a few.

Lunch – Junior and Jinter campers each lunch first at 12:25pm, followed by Inter and Senior campers at 1:00pm.

Rest Hour – Campers and staff have about 1 hour in their bunk to relax before afternoon activity periods begin. Rest hour is a great time to play cards with your campers, write letters home, work on your MTV night dance, or enjoy a good book.

Shower Hour - Shower Hour is a great combination of getting clean and enjoying some down time with your bunk. Campers can often be seen with their counselors out playing a traditional Weequahic 'Taps' game on the mini basketball courts, or gaga while waiting to be called to dinner.

Dinner – Junior and Jinter campers each dinner first at 6:10pm, followed by Inter and Senior campers at 6:45pm.

Free Play – Free Play is unstructured free time on main camp supervised by counselors. Free play is an opportunity for siblings to visit with each other, campers to throw the frisbee with a friend, or just hang out time. Counselors will also meet with their Division Heads for 'Hero Huddles' to share quick stories of gratitude, attitude, and courage, and how they made a camper smile today.

Free Play & Senior Splash – Seniors have unstructured free time on main camp supervised by counselors on Program A days. On Program B days campers have an extra opportunity to head to the waterfront for swimming, playing on the lake toys and tubing.

Flag Pole - Campers and staff will meet after 'free play' for evening flag pole. Campers will share their 'GAC' (Gratitude, Attitude, Courage) nominations of fellow campers for exemplifying the Weequahic Way, and everyone will join together for flag lowering.

Evening Activity - After flag pole we dismiss to evening programs, which could be all camp events like Friday Night Campfire or age group programs like Quidditch, Weequahic Burbs, Pool Parties and tons more excitement!

Taps - After evening program finishes up it is time to call it a day, and put the campers to bed, anywhere between 9 -10:00pm. Once you put the campers to bed if you are not on duty in the bunk that night you can enjoy staff basketball, soccer, movies on camp or time off camp. Then we get up and do it all again in the morning!

Support and Operations Staff

(Nurses, Kitchen, Maintenance, Cleaning, Security, Front Gate Greeters, Bus Drivers and Office Staff)

The job that each of you play at camp is absolutely critical. However, your day is much different than our counselors. Please get in touch with us and we will walk you through your typical day!