To be a staff member at Camp Homeward Bound is to be a part of an incredible community of people from all over the country and the world who work together to change the lives of 360 children each summer. The Camp Homeward Bound staff takes on the mission of the Coalition for the Homeless in a unique way by providing homeless children with an experience they will never forget, an experience that could help to shift the course of each of their young lives.
Who works at Camp Homeward Bound?
Most of the counselors are college/university students or graduates. Some are from the New York City area and majority come from various states and countries around the world. Counselors also include former campers who have completed our Counselor in Training Program.
What is camp like for staff?
Working at Camp Homeward Bound is demanding but it is also most rewarding. Our camp is beautiful and rustic. Staff members lead and supervise campers closely 24 hours a day, sharing a platform tent, nestled in the woods, with their fellow counselors and an average of six campers.
Click here to see our beautiful site at Harriman State Park in Upstate New York.
Summer 2020 Schedule
Tuesday June 3rd: Work Crew & Chef arrive
Saturday June 6th: Volunteer Day
Wednesday June 10th: Lifeguards and Nurses arrive
Thursday June 11th: Lifeguard Training begins
Sunday June 14th: Kitchen Staff, Returning Lifeguards
Monday June 15th: Unit Leaders and 2nd Nurse arrives
Wednesday June 17th: Program Staff and Support Staff arrive
Saturday June 20th: General Counselors Arrive
Sunday June 28th – Monday July 13th
Thursday July 16th: Staff In Service Training
Friday July 17th – Saturday August 1st
Tuesday August 4th – Staff In Service and Day camp group
Wednesday August 5th – Thursday August 20th
Friday August 21st: Staff Depart
Saturday August 22nd: Leadership Team (Unit Leaders, etc.) departs
Tuesday August 25th: Work Crew Ends
Note: Lifeguard schedule is subject to change and returning lifeguards may be coming earlier for WSI training.
Counselors are the core of camp life. Counselors live with the campers, participate in activities with them, and ensure that each child’s daily needs are met.
Activity Specialists lead variety of different activities: sports and fitness, biking, arts and crafts, dance, nature and outdoor living skills, music, computers, video production, photography, and cooking and nutrition. Activity Specialists also work directly with assigned camper groups when not leading their specific activities.
Lifeguards spend their days at the waterfront. They must have up-to-date lifeguard certification, including CPR and First Aid. Camp Homeward Bound can arrange for staff to be certified or re-certified in the beginning of the summer. Also, like Activity Specialists, Lifeguards work directly with assigned camper groups when on at the waterfront.
The Health Center Director and Nurse examine each child and work together to address all medical concerns of campers and staff throughout the season.
Support Staff do not work directly with children but ensure that camp runs smoothly. These positions include an Office Manager, Driver, Kitchen Assistants/Dishwashers, Maintenance Staff, and Laundry/Housekeeping Staff.