About Working at Tanglewood’s Summer Camp

The following paragraphs describe what camp here is typically like. Due to COVID, 2021 will look different. We will have fewer staff, fewer campers, and fewer program options. While we do not deny that this will lead to a very different experience for both campers and staff, our goal is to preserve the spirit of camp by keeping the most important aspects of life at camp. We will not stop:

Learning by doing
Exploring nature
Practicing inclusivity, kindness, and respect
Being ourselves
Making friends
Having fun

In a typical year…

Tanglewood’s summer staff is made up of around 35 people from a variety staff on 1st day of campof backgrounds, who come together to form a dynamic community and create an awesome summer experience for hundreds of children. All staff are educators, guides, caregivers, entertainers, musicians, ecologists, artists, mentors, athletes, and holders of “great mad skills.” In a nutshell, you are a positive adult role model for the youth we serve.

Tanglewood has four main summer programs: Day Camps, Residential Camp, Outreach Programs and Trips, and Teen Leadership Instructors. All programs and staff roles overlap together to make up one nested community. Other key positions are cooks and kitchen staff, health care, and administrative staff.

The majority of the staff is composed of residential camp staff who live in a cabin with a co-leader and 8 campers, aged 8-14. Residential staff come with a speciality or educational experience to teach our morning focus programs or to serve as a support counselor.

Leadership Instructors work in teams of two and lead two to three-week long programs for teens which include time out of camp on wilderness trips and time in camp. The six leadership instructors teach hands-on wilderness skills and serve as mentors/shadow guides on 5-13 day trips where teen participants hold responsibility for their own leadership within the group.

Two adventure trips staff lead various one-week programs taking campers all over the state of Maine via trails, rivers, and coastal waterways. These individuals also lead outreach camps to our island communities.

A team of six to eight Day Camp staff run programs for Tanglewood’s youngest campers, planting the seeds of tomorrow’s great leaders! Day camp educators serve as lead teachers, and generally have a background in early childhood development. Our day camp counselors serve in support capacities to lead activities, games, and wrangle lost shoes and socks.

campers and staff gathered at camp music stageWe look for staff who recognize the importance of being a good role model, are committed to educating about the earth and sustainable living, and who genuinely enjoy working with youth.

All programs at Tanglewood require participants and staff to “disconnect” from digital devices to be truly present to programming and community needs. An important facet to leadership success is the development of true “social networks” among young people in real-time, to have peers with shared experiences that they are able to connect with and find support through outside of camp.

All staff live, work and play together as part of an intentional community of educators. Days are long and rewarding. We work in the sun, with bugs, in the rain, and under brilliant stars. Our campers come from diverse backgrounds and locations. The summer will fly by in a blink of an eye. People who were strangers at week one will be best friends by week nine.

Would you like to join our family?