FAQs | Camp Mohawk

Staff FAQs

Follow the links below to frequently asked questions:
Dates & Attendance
Salary & Bonuses
Lunch & Breaks
Staying in Touch
What to Wear and Bring
Other Policies


What kinds of jobs are available at Mohawk?
Each camp group is led by a Head Counselor (typically a teacher). Head Counselors help children adjust to camp, act as liaisons with parents and directors, organize and implement activities, and train and supervise their General Counselors.

GENERAL COUNSELORS: General Counselors work with one camp group all summer and individually supervise a subgroup within that group. General Counselors lead and coach activities, mentor children for success, encourage campers in resolving conflict and help their group evolve into a cohesive and spirited unit.

ACTIVITY SPECIALISTS: Activity Specialists (tennis, arts, dance, farm, etc.) work alone or in teams led by a Head Specialist, who is assisted by Assistant Specialists. Specialists organize and teach activities in their area of expertise.

SWIM STAFF: Swim Supervisors implement instructional swim and must be WSI certified. They supervise the swim crew (lifeguards) and General Counselors in the pools. Regular Swim Staff lifeguard, teach swim, lead pool games and activities, and help ensure every child’s safety in the pool. They must be LGT certified.

Can I choose what area and what age I work with?
We work hard to place people in the specialty or age group of their choice. However, we require staff to be flexible, since situations arise where you may be asked to work in a different capacity than expected. It is our staff’s flexibility and commitment to putting children first that has built our reputation as a premier camp!


What are camp’s dates for next summer?
Summer 2016: Monday, June 27th – Friday, August 19th (with no camp on Monday, July 4th). Several pre-season training days in mid-late June are also required!

What are the hours?
Arrival: 8:30 AM You must sign in and be at your designated area by 8:40 AM.
Depart: 4:30 PM for Bus Counselors, by 4:40 PM for others (after the last bus leaves).

Do I have to be there every day?
Yes, every staff member is required to be at Mohawk every day of the camp season. Consistency and continuity with our staff is crucial to our campers’ security, learning and enjoyment! If you have unexcused absences or are regularly late or leave early other than for emergencies, your employment may be compromised.

What if I have a family reunion/college orientation/friend’s wedding that I MUST attend?
If your College Orientation conflicts with camp, you are allowed two days of excused absences to attend – as long as you provide Mohawk with a letter from your school stating the Orientation dates.

Vacations must happen before camp begins in June and after camp ends in mid-August, and personal appointments should not be scheduled during camp days unless absolutely necessary. If there is a commitment that is unavoidable during the summer, you must discuss this with a Director and obtain their prior approval for the time missed. You will not be paid for days missed, and this will forfeit your attendance bonus.

Emergencies, of course, happen. If you are very ill or have a medical or family emergency, please let us know right away, preferably by 7:00 AM that day (if not the evening before).

In all cases of absence, please give Mohawk as much advance notice as possible. We will need to provide staff coverage so our campers’ days can continue to run smoothly!


What will my salary be?
Every position’s pay is different, and salary is commensurate with experience and years at Mohawk. Our team can discuss your salary with you at your interview.

How often will I be paid?
Staff members are paid every two weeks. Remember, you will only be paid for days that you worked.

Are there ways for me to earn more money?
You will receive a bonus at the end of the summer if you have perfect attendance (including our pre-camp Orientation days). In addition, if you refer someone whom we hire and who completes the summer with us – and they write your name on their application – you receive a bonus as a “Thank You” for helping add to our terrific team!

Staff can also earn additional pay for serving as Transportation counselors (riding on buses to and from camp with campers each day, ensuring their safe arrival and return home). NYC counselors almost always choose this option, as it is a convenient and reliable way to get to Mohawk.


Can I bring my lunch?
No. Mohawk provides a hot lunch and salad bar for staff, along with snacks, each day.

No food or drink (except water) is allowed to be brought in from outside – even morning coffee! We have children at camp with severe – often life-threatening – food allergies, and Mohawk takes strong precautions not to expose campers to any products that might be harmful. Bringing in outside food (including on the bus) may be grounds for immediate dismissal.

Please contact a Director before camp if you have medical, religious or other dietary restrictions.

Is there time off during the day?
Yes. Every staff member has a lunch break each day, and there is a designated staff dining area separate from campers. Group Counselors eat in shifts, with some serving lunch to campers while others eat, then vice versa. Specialists and swim staff also eat in shifts, ensuring that there is coverage at their activity area at all times.

You must take your time off in designated areas – visiting parents can’t distinguish between staff with valid time off and staff who should be supervising children!

Can I leave camp during the day?
No. You will need to be at Mohawk for the entirety of each camp day, including lunch. If you must leave during the day for an emergency, you are required to obtain written authorization from your Division Director and, if necessary, inform our parking lot staff in the morning that you will need to be moving your car early.


Can I bring my cell phone to camp?
You may, but staff members are expressly prohibited from using cell phones – including taking pictures, texting or reading messages – while they are with campers. There is one designated time-off area for cell phone use.

We are very serious about this rule and if violated, cell phones will first be confiscated and thereafter, the staff member may be dismissed. Your campers expect and deserve your full, undivided attention and care at all times; cell phone use is not only unprofessional, it is unsafe and unfair to both your campers and to other staff on your team.

You may also not use your cell phone “to tell the time” – we ask that you buy an inexpensive, waterproof watch for camp and keep your cell phone safely tucked away! You may use your cell phone ONLY on your break and in designated break areas.

Can I post pictures, or use names, of campers on Facebook or other sites?
Absolutely not!!

Doing so is grounds for dismissal. Putting names or images of campers on websites puts children in danger, whatever the intentions of the person doing the posting. Parents entrust their children to us during the summer and it is our mission to protect them from any sort of public exposure.

We also expect you to set high privacy settings on your Facebook and other web pages, and NEVER “friend” a camper, even if the camper initiates the “friending.” Parents WILL look up their children’s counselors online, and whatever you post will reflect upon you and upon Mohawk. Do not post information or staff pictures/videos that feature smoking, drinking, are provocative, etc. since you are expected to positively represent yourself as a responsible adult caring for children.


Is there a dress code?
Yes. For security reasons, staff members are required to wear a Mohawk staff shirt every day (you will receive several of these at Orientation).

Except for Swim Staff, all staff members are required to wear sneakers every day (with closed backs). We do NOT allow sandals, “Crocs” or flip-flops as they are not safe during the active camp day!

We ask that staff wear conservative and minimal jewelry (small earrings or nose studs, no other visible piercings). Small, discreet tattoos are acceptable but occasionally we do ask staff to cover their tattoos. Staff are influential role models our campers wish to emulate, and out of respect for parents who may not appreciate body art or piercings, we ask that staff observe this rule.

What should I bring each day?
Every day, Head Counselors and General Counselors will go swimming twice – so even on rainy days, bring TWO swimsuits, because the weather will often clear! We have a towel service, so you do not need to bring towels. We ask that women wear one piece swimsuits that are more on the “conservative” side and that men wear “trunk”-style swimsuits.


How do you handle discipline?
Conduct in violation of Mohawk’s policies (explained in greater detail in camp’s Policies & Procedures Handbook) may be grounds for a reduction of duties, reassignment of position or dismissal. If a staff member’s duties are reduced or their position changes for disciplinary reasons, this may result in a reduction of salary.

Do you allow tips?
We do, but staff members are prohibited from soliciting tips from campers or parents.

Do I have to swim? Do I have to teach swim?
If you are a General Counselor, yes! General Counselors are in the water, helping teach swim to their campers (assisting the Swim Staff), twice daily. Since swim lessons are coordinated and taught by Mohawk’s top-notch swim staff, you don’t need to be certified as a lifeguard to teach swim at Mohawk. An important part of your pre-camp Orientation is training from our fantastic Swim Staff, so we have you covered!

Any questions we haven’t answered?

Please email staff@campmohawk.com