A Day in the Life of a… Coordinator

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A Day in the Life of a… Coordinator

All camp staff go through training together; you’ll learn how to work with kids, get trained on your activity, explore the Neck, and meet lots of new people. Camper arrival day comes quickly, but music is playing and the energy is high.

The Camp schedule has 3 different days; Chewonki Days, Excursion days, and Activity Days. You’ll have Activity days first.

As a Coordinator, you may start your day during Pre-breakfast doing the Polar Bear, a birdwalk, or Farm chores. At 7am, you ring the bell to wake up camp!

  • Breakfast is always homemade – today we’re all eating farm eggs, or maybe homemade granola. You read a quote before the meal, and then ask for announcements. As campers clean up, you will lead or support the morning meeting.
  • Morning inspection is shortly after breakfast. Today you will inspect each cabin to make sure it is clean and organized. You will announce the different activities offered during Free Period today, and ask campers to sign up.
  • Period 1 The campers will go to one of eight activities: Natural History, Outdoor Living Skills, Visual Arts, Farm, Archery, Woodworking, Community Building, or Watercraft. The Cabin Leaders will either accompany their campers, meet with you, or have a free/planning period that they can use to plan or prepare for activities later in the day.
  • Period 2 is time that you can use to check in with Cabin Leaders, attend an activity with a cabin, or talk to other Coordinators/leadership to plan.
  • Lunch is Farm Greens, farm Tomato Soup with grilled cheese and Cheese-Its (don’t knock it ‘till you try it!). After reading a quote, you sit back, eat, and listen to the Farm Activity Head talk about a Food Fact – did you know that tomatoes have an antioxidant in their skins called lycopene? The redder the tomato, the more lycopene is in it!
  • Rest Hour happens after lunch in which everyone reads a book, writes a letter, or takes a nap – staff and campers alike.
  • Period 3 is when you prepare any materials needed for the Period 4 activities, check in with Cabin Leaders, etc.
  • Period 4 starts at [Eastside Starflower or Westside’s Lower Field]. You will direct campers to the staff/activities that they signed up for. You can help staff with their activity, plan for the evening activities, or check in with Cabin Leaders or your other Coordinators.
  • Dinner time is highly anticipated tonight – we heard a rumor that it’s blueberry cobbler for dessert (made with Maine blueberries, of course). After reading a quote and asking for announcements, the Cabin Trip Coordinator talks about who is on trip, what they’re doing, and highlighting cabins that are about to go on trip.
  • Evening Activities fall into 3 categories. Bunk nights are activities that cabin leaders plan for (or with) their campers. All Camp nights are generally campfires, skit nights, or another activity that Coordinators and leadership plan for all campers and Cabin leaders on campus. Group Night that is something that Cabin Leaders and the Cabin Coordinators in an age group plan.
    At bedtime you check in on the cabins, make sure all cabins are covered, and then you take some time to slip away and check your email, call a friend, or head to bed.

The next day may be another activity day, an Excursion Day, a Chewonki Day, or your day off!

Chewonki days and Excursion days

Chewonki Days are the Cabin Coordinator’s wheel-house. They happen every 6 days throughout the session, meaning that there are 3 Chewonki days a session. This day is focused on reflection, recognition, and selfless service. Cabin Coordinators plan a service activity that happens after the Community Reflection and the bead ceremonies. We will end the day with a Campfire and singing.
Excursion Days happen every 6 days, 3 times a session and is planned by the Activity and Operations Coordinators. This day is intended to give campers a chance to explore the Neck, have fun, and be as silly as possible. We will end the day with an All-Camp Activity that focuses on collaboration and teamwork.

End of Camp events

The end of camp is packed with tons of fun, community building, and emotion.
Chewonki Games day is the second-to-last full day of camp. As an Activity Head, you’ll take part in creating, preparing, and leading different activities throughout the day. After tons of excitement, we’ll end this day with the final campfire of the session and watch campers perform skits about their time at camp.
The Final day at camp is a day that focuses on traditions. Activity Heads will prepare materials for a few of these activities, such as plaque making. The majority of your time on this day will be spent preparing for Banquet, our last dinner at camp. Decorations, table set up, place settings, music playlists are all things that the Activity Head team will prepare ahead of time for the celebration. Everyone dresses up in their best camp clothes, and we’ll end the evening with a picture montage and campers spending time with each other and the staff that made their summer so wonderful.

Beginning of Session 2

We return from intersession to prepare for Session 2.
Session 2 starts, and it’s similar but different from last session. The energy is there, but it’s different. Campers are there, but they’re different. Fortunately, you have your friends, peers, and Directors to lean on through the transition. Before you know it, you’re in the rhythm of camp again and you’re more confident in your interactions with the campers.
As camp progresses, we get closer to the end. You’ve gotten close with your staff, and now it’s time to prepare to say goodbye to them, and to Chewonki for now. We work together as a camp to clean, organize, and store our supplies. Coordinators delegate tasks to staff, and gather important feedback about the summer from their staff. Although campus starts to look empty, it feels alive with energy and memories that you’ll remember when you come back next year!
After camp, you’ll leave with new things; memories, experience, confidence, professional references, a stronger resume, and an understanding of how you can (and did) make an impact on your camper’s and staff’s lives.

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