Summer Programs
Staff and Employment

Available Positions

Summer 2021: We are looking forward to welcoming campers back to camp! In the months ahead, we’ll continue monitoring changing conditions and guidance as they emerge, adapting our plans and protocols as-needed to ensure the safety of all involved. For the most current information about Summer 2021, please visit our COVID page.  

Thank you for your interest in working at Tenacre Day Camp for Summer 2021! We will begin interviewing new staff in December. Please contact our Assistant Director, Marcie Glad, if you would like to find out more about our application process. The online Staff Application is available.

COVID-19 Information: Job offers for summer staff positions at Tenacre are fully conditional on the Summer 2021 season happening as planned!  Should COVID-19 interfere with camp operations, there may be a need to reduce/let go of staff, particularly in the event that we are not able to run programming.  As such, we are currently hiring and planning camp with the guidance that has been released to-date and are very confident that we will run camp this year.
Minimum Age/Education Requirement
  • 18 years old by June 1st

Our busiest weeks of the summer are Sessions 1, 2, and 3, and some of our staff head back to school in August.  For these reasons, we have a bit of flexibility and can hire some staff for less than 8 weeks. For example, if you have another job/internship or summer course that is taking place at the beginning of the summer, we can possibly hire you to work in August. 

Lifeguard/Swim Instructor
  • 18 years old by June 1st
  • Lifeguard and CPR Certification required
  • Full Day Hours: 8am - 3:45pm
  • Half Day Hours are available 8am - 12:15pm
  • 18 years old by June 1st
  • Threes Program (3 year olds) 8am - 1:30pm
  • Fours Program (4 year olds) - 3 full days & 2 half days
  • Full Day Program (K - 6th Grade) 8am - 3:45pm
Head Counselor (for 4 year old group)
  • College Graduate
  • Experience with Preschool Ages in a group setting
  • Fours Program (4 year olds) - 3 full days & 2 half days
Lead Teacher (for 3 year old group)
  • College Graduate
  • Experience with Preschool Ages in a group setting
  • Threes Program (3 year olds) 8am - 1:30pm
Support 1:1 Counselor
  • College Student or College Graduate
  • Background in Special Ed
  • Full Day Hours: 8am - 3:45pm
Activity Specialist
  • College Graduate
  • Full Day Hours: 8am - 4pm
  • Activities include Sports, Arts & Crafts, Nature, Science, Yoga, Archery, Ropes Course, Music, Storytime Theater, Dance, Clay, etc. NOTE: The camp activities will be adjusted for Summer 2021.
Please apply online by submitting a staff application form if you would like to apply for a summer position.  Most positions are 8:00 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  Tenacre will allow you to gain valuable skills working with children, and it's a place where you will meet lots of incredible people and make many great friends!

Tenacre Day Camp is a coeducational camp and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, family structure or sexual orientation in the administration of its admission, financial aid or policies. 

Who works at Tenacre?

Tenacre Day Camp counselors are dedicated, fun, enthusiastic, caring, and dependable people. Our staff is composed of approximately 100 teaching professionals and college students, who serve as strong leaders and positive role models.  All staff are at least 18 years of age, and most staff have completed one year of college or more. Our Activity Specialists are college graduates and many of them teach during the school year. We are proud to say that we have a high rate of staff return each year.

Where do most staff come from?

Our staff mostly live within a short driving distance from camp. They live in Wellesley and nearby towns within a 30 - 45 minute drive.

What is a Typical Day?

Each day begins with arrival from 8:00AM - 8:25AM. The morning meeting and rally begins at 8:30AM. The Full Day Activities run from 8:50AM to 3:15PM. The Half Day Activities run from 8:50AM - 1:00PM.  The Full Day and Half Day program includes a snack and lunch time.  The camp provides a mid-morning snack, and most campers and staff bring their own lunch. Tenacre is a peanut/nut aware campus.

Each day includes a variety of activities (i.e. sports, crafts, story time, music, music & movement, yoga, gaga ball, and choice periods for the older campers).  The Full Day campers swim twice per day in our outdoor, heated pools. The first swim time is instructional, and the second swim time is recreational.  The Half Day campers have a swim lesson each day. 

Aftercamp child care is available until 6:00PM.

Dress Code

A dress code is enforced for professionalism. The Staff T-Shirt that you are given during staff training must be worn EVERY MONDAY. All staff members receive a staff ID tag with a lanyard, and this must be worn every day. Campers and staff are required to wear a close-toed sneaker at all times.  Lifeguards must wear sneakers at arrival and dismissal, and footwear when leaving the pool deck. As a guide, all shorts should be at least fingertip-length when your hands are at your side. More information about dress code will be outlined in your staff handbook and reviewed during staff training.


In calculating actual ratios, "staff" includes counselors and activity heads. “Floater” staff are hired to float into groups when counselors are absent.
Tenacre must meet the minimum ratios for recreational camps in Massachusetts. The state sanitary code has the following requirement for ratio of Counselors to Campers. The camp must have 1:10 for campers 7 years and older, and 1:5 for campers younger than 7.

105 CMR 430.101 Department of Public Health

Camper Age                Number of Staff to Camper Ratio
3 Year Olds.......................................1:4
4 Year Olds.......................................1:5
Entering K - 2nd Grade.......................1:5
Entering 3rd Grade.............................1:8
Entering 4th - 6th Grade.....................1:10
Tenacre nurtures and challenges each child, every day.