Our staff is an international one – coming from as close as CT and the Tri-State area to as far away as Australia and New Zealand. We take staff recruiting very seriously and background checks are performed on all staff before they start. One of our directors interviews and hires all the staff – so we are sure that they meet the Awosting standards.
All of our staff members are activity specialists. In the areas like Archery and many of the Waterfront activities, we require that all staff members be certified. For example, all waterfront staff are American Red Cross Lifeguard certified. We have no general counselors, except for our Counselor-in-Training (C.I.T.), Counselor-Aide (C.A.), Jr. Counselor programs. Those programs are for former campers (age 16+) that are not old enough to be a counselor but too old to be a camper.
The staff to camper ratio varies from 1:4 to 1:5, depending on the age of the campers. We have an amazing staff return rate, well over 50%. All staff are required to attend a 10-day pre-camp training program.
Kathy Baker, Camp Nurse
Kathy has run the Camp Awosting Health Center since joining Ebner Camps the summer of 2010. She graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in Nursing and has worked as an acute care RN in one of the Boston teaching hospitals for over 20 years. For the past 5 years, Kathy has also worked as a per diem school nurse in her local community.
“I found Camp Awosting after searching for the perfect camp environment for my family. I wanted separate brother and sister camps, as I felt it was important for my kids to have the freedom to be themselves without any social pressure. After seeing what a positive impact that first summer had on them, I became a firm believer in the benefits of overnight camp and have been at Awosting ever since. My husband and I feel that bringing them here was one of the best gifts we have ever given to them.”