Staff members must be at least 17 years of age by June 1st.
There is a minimum qualification for camp counselors in Massachusetts to have at least 4 weeks of experience in a supervisory role with children (babysitting counts!) or 4 weeks as a camper.
If you would like a copy of the state regulations or additional information concerning recreational camps for children, please visit www.mass.gov/dph/dcs or call the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau for Environmental Health’s Community Sanitation Program at 617-624-5757
Yes, absolutely! No matter your availability, we encourage you to apply! The busiest weeks of the summer are in July (after July 4thweek) and early August. We need most of our staff to be available during the busy weeks. During the interview process, please provide us with your summer schedule, and we will try to work with you.
If you ask for time off during the summer, our ability to grant time off depends on the dates of your request. If we already have quite a few staff out during that same time, we may not be able to honor your request. The earlier you make your request, the greater the chances we'll be able to grant time off.
After you submit the online application, your application will be reviewed by the camp office. If your qualifications seem to meet our needs, we will send you a calendar link (within 3 – 5 days) that will allow you to choose a day and time to interview. Interviews are either in-person or via skype.
You can use a variety of people to be a reference for you. Consider asking teachers, professors, employers, volunteer supervisors, or friends of your family that have known you for a long time. References cannot be related to you, so don't ask your family members.
All staff members must complete a Health History Form (online) and undergo a physical exam prior to camp (exam date within 18 months of the last day of Camp).
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health requires all staff to provide proof of the following vaccines:
MMR: 2 doses
If you were born before 1957 in the U.S., you are considered immune. In this case, you will need to provide laboratory evidence of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella.
Varicella (chicken pox): 2 doses
If you were born before 1980 in the U.S., you are considered immune. In this case, you will need to provide a reliable history of chickenpox (the doctor will make a note on your physical form of when you had the disease) or you can have your blood drawn and then provide laboratory evidence of immunity.
Tdap: 1 dose The Tetanus shot must be given every 10 years
The camp maintains a full-time registered nurse from 8am – 4pm.
Staff members need to carry their own comprehensive health insurance for any non-work related injuries or illnesses. Any activity not sanctioned by the camp, which causes injury, will be at the expense of the employee.
We issue standard checks for payment bi-weekly. The checks are distributed to staff on Friday afternoon or mailed to the staff person’s address that is in CampSite (Staff Dashboard). Tax forms (W-2’s) are mailed to the same address in January. We do not currently offer direct deposit to our staff.
Tenacre is a smoke-free campus, including vaping. We have a zero-tolerance policy for drug and alcohol use. Alcohol consumption is not permitted on the grounds, and staff members are prohibited from returning to camp under the influence of alcohol.
Please understand that if staff use or possess any drugs, including marijuana, or alcohol on the Tenacre campus, while they are employed by Tenacre Day Camp, that they will face termination and possible legal consequences.
Staff can bring their own lunch each day (peanut/nut free). The other option is to purchase lunch ($7.20) from the camp's kitchen. You will need to tell the Camp Office 1 day in advance or by 8am morning of that you are ordering lunch.
All staff need to bring a rain coat to camp each day (we suggest keeping one in your car at all times). In the event of rain, we still need to assist campers to and from their cars during arrival and dismissal.
The Tenacre campus is an elementary school, and there are numerous indoor spaces that we can use during rain or extreme heat. The buildings are air conditioned.
Full Day campers and staff eat outside when the weather is nice, and inside the cafeteria when the weather is poor.
The 3 and 4 year olds eat inside their home-base classroom all summer long, depending on COVID protocols.
The campers swim in the pools when it rains, but not if it’s down pouring or thunder/lightening.
We have pre-camp programs at Tenacre in June, an Aftercamp child care program during camp weeks, and we offer a 9thweek of camp in late August, depending on staffing and interest.
You can earn more money by being a counselor (assistant coach) for our Rising Star Sports weeks in June. This is a morning program for 3 – 7 year olds. The children play group games, and learn the basics of soccer, baseball, and t-ball. The working hours for these 2 weeks are from 8:45am – 11:45am, Monday – Friday.
Tenacre has a swim lesson program for 3 weeks in June. You need to be a certified lifeguard in order to apply. The program offers ½ hour group and private lessons from 10am – 5:30pm. We are able to hire staff for half day hours as well.
The Aftercamp Child Care program is offered to our camp families during the camp weeks. The program is until 6pm Monday-Thursday, and 5:15pm Friday. If you are interested in working extended hours, please tell the camp office.
Please consider working Week 9! It’s a great way to end the summer with a smaller group of kids and staff. Week 9 availability is to be determined based on staffing and interest.
Camp Office Staff: Throughout the year, the camp office staff prepares for the upcoming summer. We recruit and enroll campers, interview and hire staff, oversee maintenance, manage the camp’s finances, and oversee all aspects of the camp.
Summer Directors: Each Director is responsible for a main program at the camp. The programs at camp that have a Director are: Aftercamp, Swim, Full Day, and a Director for the 3 and 4 year old groups.
Counselors: 3 – 4 Counselors are assigned to be with a group of children, and the age group that you work with will be based on the camp’s need, and your preferences will also be taken into account. The campers look to their counselors for how to behave and how to talk. Counselors set boundaries with their campers, have fun with their campers, and are kind to them at all times.
Floaters: Floaters are responsible for providing minute-to-minute supervision to a group of campers, and floaters help to run daily activities as needed. Under the guidance of the Summer Directors, floaters will sometimes be assigned to assist with special events and administrative needs.
Activity Heads: Activity Heads plan a specific activity (Archery, Nature, Science, Art, Ropes Course, Yoga, Music, Sports, etc.) and teach specific skills to the campers. They have lesson plans prepared and are responsible for purchasing supplies.
Lifeguards/Swim Instructors: Lifeguards teach 20 – 25 minute lessons for the first half of the day, and guard in the afternoon during recreational swim times. Most 3 and 4 year olds swim 1:1 with their instructor, and the older campers swim in small group lessons.
Specialty Instructors: Tenacre runs one-week specialty programs and these are separate from the Day Camp. Specialty Instructors are responsible for running their half day or full day program.
Specialty Counselors: Counselors that work in these programs will be assigned to assist the Specialty Instructor. Most programs have 10 – 15 children.
Staff receive a t-shirt that must be worn every Monday, and also at the Meet & Greet and family picnic evening. Every staff member receives a name tag on a lanyard, and it must be worn every day. Socks and sneakers are required, as flip flops and sandals are not appropriate for the active camp day. Shirts must have a sleeve (no tank tops allowed). Shorts need to be long enough so that they reach your fingertips when you put your arms down at your sides.
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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.