What do staff get for time off?
Each staff member gets a 24 hour period off each week, which makes for six during the camping season. Each staff member is allowed an early night out each half-season, which begins after dinner at 6:00 PM and ends at 7:00 AM the following morning. Each evening a few staff members must be on duty, while the others are free to depart after lights out.
When do I choose my day off?
Each unit is a little different, in Senior and Intermediate it occurs during staff meetings on Sunday and Monday respectively. For Junior, days off are determined the Wednesday prior to the week in question. Special requests can be made to the Unit Director, if you have an important event that you know of well in advance.
What do I do if I do not have a car at camp?
Winona has a few specific vehicles that are available for 21+ year old staff to rent at a modest cost. Lots of staff carpool, so finding transportation is not a problem.
Can I bring my cell phone?
Staff are allowed to have cell/mobile phones. We ask that they be left in a secure location a turned off until the approved times of use which will be discussed at orientation. AT&T wireless provides the best coverage and reception, with a tower located across the pond on Pleasant Mountain.
What should I bring to camp?
Typical summer attire is the staff “uniform”. Shorts and a t-shirt work as the outfit on most days, with sneakers and a pair to tevas/sandals. Bathing suits and towels are a must for summer on the shores. It is important to have a good rain coat and some warm clothes for the cool evenings. A sleeping bag is also important for the many trips at camp. Bring any sports equipment that you use frequently, like tennis rackets and lacrosse sticks. Electronic gear has limited use on the shores, and often is safer if left at home.
Can I get money during the summer?
Staff can draw from their salary twice each week, from what they have earned thus far (days worked). The office does require 24 hours notice for sums of $100 or more. Camp can also write checks at no cost to you.
What are certifications?
For many activities, staff must have a training certification from a national governing organization like the American Red Cross. These training certifications are the documentation of skills which have been learned by staff. Winona pays for certification courses which are related to a staff member’s job description, if approved of in advance. Winona also pays staff additional stipends for current certifications. If you have any questions on certification contact the camp office.
Will have a chance to get my activity ready before the campers arrive?
Most new staff are anxious about teaching their activity. Winona provides both the time needed and resources to get all the activities ready to roll. The majority of time during orientation is spent getting staff prepared to teach activities (as well as the social aspects) to the campers. Do not worry; Winona will make sure you feel comfortable with all your job responsibilities. Remember, if you have a question ask it because chances are some else also has the same question!
Where do I learn about all the details about being a staff member?
Each staff member will receive a complete staff handbook in March prior to Camp. It has tons of useful information and makes a great resource for any staff member.