Staff FAQ

Everything you need to know about working at camp… almost.

Here, you can find our most frequently asked questions about working at camp. If you have a question that does not appear on this page, please contact our Human Resources Director for more information.

How do I apply for a position at camp?

It’s easy to apply for a position at camp. Just complete an online Staff Application.

What positions are available?

We have job opportunities for people just like you, starting with our entry-level internship for High School Sophomores, all the way up to Certified Teachers, and the folks who help to manage our campuses.

What are the job requirements?

The number one requirement of all Camp Staff is to have a positive attitude, and a strong desire to make a positive impact on the lives of children. We also list additional requirements for each position at camp, and there are full job descriptions available too.

What is the hiring process like?

After you complete your Staff Application, it will be reviewed by a Camp Director, and if you’re eligible for a position at camp, they’ll contact you to schedule an interview. Following a positive interview, once we check your references, and take care of some paperwork, you may be offered a position at camp, or have a second interview scheduled. All decisions about future Staff are made within 1-2 weeks of their final interview. 

Is there Staff Training? 

Camps ‘R’ Us Staff have extensive job training in order to create a safe, enjoyable experience for our Campers. Requirements for Staff Training vary by position, and include written documents, videos, and in person training sessions. All Camp Staff are required to complete their training programs prior to working at camp.

When is it?

Staff Training written materials and videos are provided throughout the camp preseason, and in person training is generally held in mid-late June. The complete training schedule is provided to all hired Staff in early spring.

How old do I need to be to work at Camps R Us?

We begin our eligibility at 15 years old, provided you are completing 10th grade, and folks of all ages work at camp each summer.

Are there positions for Teachers?

Yes! In fact, most of our Senior Staff Members are Teachers. Working at camp is not only a great complement to a career in education, it’s also real world hands on training for anyone aspiring to be a Teacher. We even have positions specially crafted for Teachers, like our Tiny Tots® Early Childhood Lead Teacher and EDUCAMP® Lead Teacher positions.

Do I need to be CPR certified?

No. Staff Members do not need to be CPR certified in order to work at camp. There are specific positions at camp that need to have American Red Cross certifications in CPR, First Aid, Anaphylaxis Response, and/or Pool Activity Leader, and if you work in one of those positions, Camps ‘R’ Us takes care of scheduling and covering the cost of your training.

Do I need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to work at camp?

No. While we recommend that everyone who is eligible receive their full course of vaccinations, Staff Members are not required to be vaccinated in order to work at camp. Camps ‘R’ Us follows guidance provided by the Nassau and Suffolk County Departments of Health, which permit us to operate, and will update future and current Staff as new information is published about the COVID-19 pandemic.

What documents do I need to submit prior to the start of camp?

Camp Staff are responsible for completing a number of forms and documents in order to work at camp, including a contract, a series of health forms, and payroll information.

How many references do I need? 

Future Staff must provide at least three references when completing their Staff Application. Camps ‘R’ Us will contact references on your behalf using the information provided in your application. Additional recommendation letters are recommended, but not required.

Who is a good reference?

The best references are people in your life who know you in a professional capacity or in an educational setting. Current or former employers, supervisors, teachers, coaches, and colleagues in a related field are the best references. References from family members, friends, or acquaintances will not be accepted.

What is the salary?

Camp Staff are paid a salary that is competitive in the local camp community, and have opportunities for additional compensation through salary bonuses, incentives, overtime, and gratuities. Salary is openly discussed at Staff interviews, and each position has a clearly defined salary structure.