BDC’s Camper Leader Program is a unique, part-time, summer opportunity for our oldest campers rising into 10th and 11th grades. 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 workforce while gaining job and life skills.
Information & Application Packets will be made available to campers entering 10th and 11th grades in the off-season (typically in mid-February) when the CL Program begins accepting applications. Those materials are available on our website HERE.
Applicants must apply for acceptance into the Camper Leader Program via a written application. Space in this program is limited and highly competitive. The goals for Camper Leader participants are to:
- 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 themselves 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:
- A rising 10th or 11th grader (or international equivalent) in school for the upcoming fall;
- Familiar with the routines and expectations of BDC or through other past camp and/or work experience with 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 act as a positive role model;
- Able to document current abilities in activity areas through past experience, portfolios, certificates, and by formal recommendation or interview upon request.
CLs are an integral part of the camp community and depending on their interests and skills. Participants spend the day in a few different way’s;
- Participating in training sessions targeting social and emotional development, communication skills, and a variety of other life skills.
- Participating in role-playing scenarios to apply lessons from sessions
- Practicing these skills with their peers during a Camper Leader activity block.
During a Camper Leader’s two-week session, their days will be broken up into 3 training days and 3 adventure/activity days. The Camper Leader Program is intended to be a part-time program. The camp day is from 9:30-3:30 with a ½ hour grace period for early drop off beginning at 9:00AM and late pick up until 4:00PM. Please note the following 3 scheduling options:
- 2-Week Session – 6 days total running Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week.
- 1-Week Session (Only offered the week of August 17th-19th) – 3-day program running Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, consisting of 3 Adventure/Activity Days.
All participants are still considered “campers” and are assigned to the full-time Camper Leader Director – an experienced BDC staff member (often a professional teacher) accomplished in leadership training and experienced in working with high schoolers. In assigned activity areas, CLs are under the direct supervision of the Camper Leader Director. Participants meet with the CL Director on the first day of camp for orientation, to determine personal goals, group goals and to go over the expectations in place for all CLs. During lunches, the CLs are encouraged to take part in roundtable discussions on current events and themes in camp and the world, moderated by the CL Director. Guest speakers may also be invited to join the CLs for lunch. At the close of the experience, CLs complete a Self Evaluation and meet with the CL Director individually. The CL Director will also complete a final evaluation for each CL and will review that evaluation with the CL on his/her last day. Parents are invited to request feedback and share insights regularly, with the CL Director. The camp office assists parents in connecting with the CL Director, by phone, email, or in-person meeting.
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 require Community Service Volunteer Hours as a minimum requirement for graduation. BDC is pleased to support these requirements 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 contact the camp office for proper documentation of your participant hours. We are also happy to work with a school’s specific documentation needs. Please let us know how we can help, and provide us with your school’s forms or contact info for the appropriate person at your school. Community service documentation may be requested at any time throughout the summer and off-season, by contacting the Camp Office, once hours are completed by the CL participant.