What do staff get for time off?
Each staff member gets a 24 hour period off each week, which makes
for six during the camping season. Each staff member is allowed an
early night out each half-season, which begins after dinner at 6:00
PM and ends at 7:00 AM the following morning. Each evening a few staff
members must be on duty, while the others are free to depart after
lights out. Winona does not have a staff curfew, but reminds staff
they must be ready to roll when the wake up bell sounds.
When do I choose my day off?
Each unit is a little different, in Senior and Inty it occurs during
staff meetings on Sunday and Monday respectively. For junior, days
off are determined the Wednesday prior to the week in question. Special
requests can be made to the unit director, if you have an important
event that you know of well in advance.
What do I do if I do not have a car at camp?
Winona provides three cars that are available for 21+ year old staff
t rent at a modest cost. Lots of staff car pool, so finding transportation
is not a problem.
What if someone needs to contact me?
Camp phones are staffed 24 hours a day. If you receive a call during
the day, and you are not busy with an activity, the call will be forwarded
to your unit or a message will be taken. Winona staff has access to
three pay phones on property for use during your free time. The office
even sells phone cards. Internet access is available to staff in the
evenings in the office. Winona has only a few computers, with slow
dial-up modems. So computer access is limited to the checking of e-mail.
Staff often prefer traveling into Bridgton during rest hour to use
the high speed connections at the library.
Can I bring my cell phone?
Staff are allowed to have
cell phones. We ask that they be left in a secure location a turned
off until the approved times of use which
will be discussed at orientation. AT&T wireless provides the best
coverage and reception, with a tower located across the pond on Pleasant
What should I bring to camp?
Typical summer attire is the standard staff uniform. Shorts and a
t-shirt work as the outfit on most days, with sneakers and a pair to
tevas/ sandals. Bathing suits and towels are a must for summer on the
shores. It is important to have a good rain coat and some warm clothes
for the cool evenings. A sleeping bag is also important for the many
trips at camp. Bring any sports equipment that you use frequently,
like tennis rackets and lacrosse sticks. Electronic gear has limited
use on the shores, and often is safer if left at home.
How do I get to camp?
You have so many options; we have a page dedicated to the details.
See the transportation page on this section of the website.
Can I get money during the summer?
Staff can draw up to what they have earned (days worked). The office
does require 24 hours notice for sums of $100 or more. Camp can also
write checks at no cost to you.
What is all this talk about certifications?
activities, staff must have a training certification from a national
governing organization like the American Red Cross. These
training certifications are the documentation of skills which have
been learned by staff. Winona pays for certification courses which
are related to a staff member’s job description, if approved
of in advance. Winona also pays staff additional stipends for current
certifications. If you have any questions on certification contact
the camp office.
Will have a chance to get my activity ready before the campers arrive?
Most new staff are anxious about teaching their activity. Winona provides
both the time needed and resources to get all the activities ready
to roll. The majority of time during orientation is spent getting staff
prepared to teach activities (as well as the social aspects) to the
campers. Do not worry; Winona will make sure you feel comfortable with
all your job responsibilities. Remember, if you have a question ask
it because chances are some else also has the same question!
Where do I learn about all the details about being a staff member?
Each staff member will receive a complete staff handbook in March
prior to Camp. It has tons of useful information and makes a great
resource for any staff member.
I have another question…….
Spencer C. Ordway