Summer Programs

Staff & Employment

Camp Season:
June 24 - August 16, 2024

The foundation of our camp's success is the quality of our staff.  We pride ourselves on our ability to create a team of amazing staff who are kind, friendly, hard-working, and wonderful role models for our campers. Our staff team is composed of approximately 100 teaching professionals and college students, who work together to shape a community where kids (and staff) can create lasting friendships and memories.

Prior to working with campers, all staff members  complete an extensive application and screening process, interview, Criminal Background and Sexual Offender checks (CORI and SORI), and attend all staff trainings. 

Flexible Contracts
We will consider staff for less than 8 weeks on a case by case basis. Staff who require full weeks off during the summer for family vacations, or other reasons should include this request on the application and discuss the request prior to contract offers. If you need time off during the summer, we encourage you to still apply so we can discuss your options. We are willing to try and make it work!

We hire experienced staff who love being with kids! Here are some of our positions:

Camp Counselors
All staff are age 17+ and most have completed one or more years of college. We hire counselors for traditional camp and specialty camp. 

Head/Lead Counselors
Must be a college graduate with preschool teaching experience or an Early Childhood background.

Activity Heads
Must be college graduates or have equivalent experience.

This position is typically reserved for returning staff who demonstrate exceptional skills but individuals with extensive experience with youth (especially experience with behavior management or special needs) maybe also be hired as a floater.

Summer Directors
Must be 21+ with extensive experience with youth and experience with peer leadership. Our summer directors support our staff and are a liaison between staff and parents.

Swim staff members are a minimum of 16 years old.  All swim instructors are lifeguard certified. You do not have to be certified when you apply.  Many of our lifeguards get certified after they’ve been hired. We typically run a lifeguard certification course on-site in June.  

Nurse/Health Supervisor
We hire 1 to 2 health care supervisors: a Massachusetts licensed physician, physician assistant, certified nurse practitioner, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, or other person specially trained in first aid. 

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  • Camp Programs

    Our camp is divided into a few different divisions:

    Traditional day camp campers enjoy a series of rotating activities led by Activity Heads. Offered activities vary by the age group but typically include swimming, sports, crafts, yoga, dance, science/nature, archery, ropes course, and clay. 

    • THE THREES - This is for campers who are three years old. Groups are composed of approximately 15 children, 2 camp counselors, and 1 lead teacher.
    • THE FOURS - This is for campers who are four years old. Groups are composed of approximately 15 - 20 campers, 2-3 counselors and 1 head counselor.
    • FULL DAY - This is for campers entering K-6th grade. Generally speaking, groups are 20 campers with 4 camp counselors.

    Campers in the specialty camp programs are those who want a more focused approach to their camp experience. Campers spend most of their time in their selected specialty, but also enjoy daily swimming and one or two traditional Camp activities. We have different programs each session ranging from art to science.  Groups are up to 20 campers with up to 3 counselors and 1 specialty instructor.
  • Camper Profile

    We typically have 250 - 300 campers a day. Our campers are 3 - 12 years old, and most come from Wellesley and neighboring towns.  In any given season, approximately 500 children will participate in our camp and specialty weeks.  Tenacre Day Camp has a highly regarded swim program with outdoor heated pools. For many campers, Tenacre is the first place they learn to swim. Tenacre is dedicated to helping campers build independence and confidence. Our staff is motivated to help kids learn new things about themselves and the world around them.

Interested in working this summer?

Please contact Alex Perry at
The Tenacre Country Day School and Tenacre Day Camp considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

Tenacre Day Camp complies with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and is licensed by the local board of health (105 CMR 430.190,C).

We Are Accredited

Tenacre Day Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), and is celebrating more than 40 years of providing a safe, fun, wonderful day camp experience for children.  Learn why choosing an accredited camp is important. 

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