BDC’s Camper Leader Program is a unique, part-time, summer opportunity for our oldest campers rising into 9th or 10th grade. Camper Leaders (CLs) are expected to be self reflective and to work as part of a team while identifying and taking responsibility for pursuing excellence in areas of interest at camp. CLs at BDC learn that with freedom comes responsibility. All participants build skills and confidence in becoming a competent leader in an adult work force while gaining job and life skills.
Information & Application Packets will be mailed to age-eligible (rising 9th & 10th grade) campers in the off-season (typically in mid-January) when the CL Program begins accepting applications. Those materials will also be uploaded to our website HERE at that time.
Applicants must apply for acceptance into the Camper Leader Program via a written application. Space in this program is limited and highly competitive. Once accepted, the CLs, with the assistance of the CL Director, design individual schedules which meet their personal goals and focus on the following three program goals:
- Challenge oneself physically, mentally, and creatively in activity areas offered at Brewster Day Camp;
- Learn effective communication, leadership, and team problem solving skills;
- Acquire a working knowledge of appropriate child development teaching strategies when working with young children.
The Camper Leader Program Application is completed by both parent/guardian and the CL and is accompanied by the non-refundable Processing Fee. Upon review of the submitted material, the applicant may be contacted for a telephone or in-person interview. All Camper Leader applicants, first year and returning CLs, must complete the entire Camper Leader Application including the Written Interview. Click HERE to download the Camper Leader Application and Enrollment Forms.
CL Written Interview
This portion of the application process MUST be completed by the applying CAMPER LEADER with limited to no adult assistance. The purpose of the written interview is to:
- Provide an opportunity for the camper to introduce him/herself to the CL Director;
- Encourage the camper to review his/her strengths and weaknesses and consider how these attributes factor into the camper’s performance in this program;
- Simulate other written application processes such as college or other job applications;
- Allow the camper to outline personal goals for the summer and begin to define strategies to accomplish their goals at BDC.
Camper Leader applicants must be:
- Rising High School Freshmen or Sophomores;
- Familiar with the routines and expectations of BDC through past camp experience and/or work with young children;
- Able to demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively, set and achieve personal goals, demonstrate positive and effective leadership among peers and young children, be self-reflective, and appropriately express emotions;
- Able to document current abilities in activity areas through past experience, portfolios, certificates, and recommendation.
CLs are an integral part of the camp community and may customize their own schedule depending on their interests and skills. Participants spend the day as a leader in a combination of one or more ways:
- Assist teachers/counselors in classrooms/tent groups with campers who are 3-8 years old.
- Assist activity heads in areas of interest. Note: CL’s skills are considered when making individual schedules, i.e. only CLs with extensive sailing experience will be assigned to sailing, etc.
- Assist on BDC Trips, provide invaluable preparations for – and help facilitate – BDC Special Events, or lend a hand during Wednesday Swim Meets.
- Take part in Tennis, Golf, Semi-Private Swim, or Horseback Riding Lessons.
Because of the developmental lessons learned, all CLs spend some amount of time working with children toddler through pre-kindergarten age. At the conclusion of their time at BDC, each CL is provided with a written evaluation of his/her time at camp.
The Camper Leader Program is intended to be a part-time program. CLs are expected to enroll for no more than 4 full weeks (20 days) or 8 partial-weeks (24 days) of the summer season, as BDC believes that multiple summer experiences is an important part of well-rounded development at this age. The full camp day is from 8:30-4:30 with a flexible grace period for early drop-off beginning at 8:00AM and late pick-up until 5:00PM. Please see EXTRAS brochure for information regarding Trips, Lessons, and Special Event Days that CL’s are also welcome to attend. There are 4 ways to enroll as a CL at BDC:
- 5 full days (M-F) assisting with children ages 2-9 in the YCPs (Young Children’s Programs) or in an activity area, or a combination of the two.
- 3 full days (MWF or TWTh) assisting with children ages 2-9 in the YCPs (Young Children’s Programs) or in an activity area, or a combination of the two.
- 2 full days (TTh) assisting with children ages 2-9 in the YCPs (Young Children’s Programs) or in an activity area, or a combination of the two.
- Taking part in BDC Trips, Lessons, BDC Sailing School.
Camper Leaders may combine some of these options to make an individualized schedule. For example: some weeks could be 5 day, while others are 2 or 3 days, within the max of 24 days per summer season.
All participants are assigned to the CL Program Director who is a master’s level BDC staff member accomplished in leadership training. Participants meet with the CL Director on the first morning of camp to determine personal goals and design individual schedules. During camp, CLs meet as a group three times: first thing in the morning, during lunch, and at the end of the camp day to discuss progress, challenges, and related topics. In their assigned areas, CLs are under the direct supervision of the Lead Teacher or the Activity Head for the area in which the CL is working.
A limited number of CLs are accepted to the BDC CL Program each summer. Applicants are accepted on the basis of submitted material, past experience, program availability, and in some instances at the camp director request, a personal interview. Please contact our office by telephone (888) 396-CAMP(2267), or email firstname.lastname@example.org with further questions.
Half of the CL tuition is due upon enrollment to hold the spot, and the remaining balance is due by May 1st. CL participants pay reduced camp tuition as designated on the Camper Leader Program Application form. All applications accepted after May 1st must be accompanied by full tuition.
CLP Community Service Credit
Many high schools now require community service credits for high school graduation. BDC is pleased to support this graduation requirement by providing written documentation regarding a CL’s volunteer work with young children at BDC. If you are interested in CL Community Service Credit, please note this in your CLP application or inform the BDC Office, so that we may provide you with proper documentation at program’s end.