Staff Frequently Asked Questions

If you are a warm, nurturing and hardworking person who is 19 or completed at least the first year of college and who loves working with children in the out of doors, this is the job for you!2nd-year-plebe-outing-34-of-44
Our female counselor staff live with campers in rustic, screened cabins. Most of the cabins have bathroom facilities, but some do not. Most of the cabins do not have electricity. All cabins are technology free when campers are at camp. There is a central shower house with plenty of hot water. Male staff and support staff live in cabins with other staff members. Bathroom/shower facilities are located nearby. senior-cabin inside-cabin
Time off
  • Short periods throughout each day allow for time off
  • 12-hour or 24-hour alternating day off on Saturday or Sunday
  • We are located 50 minutes from Portland and 40 minutes from Freeport
  • Past day off choices have been baseball games, tubing down the Saco River, going to a trampoline park, picnicking, hiking, shopping or simply relaxing.
Please be aware
  • Time off is meant to rejuvenate and then return to Camp 100% ready for job tasks
  • Drinking age in Maine is 21, underage drinking is never permitted
  • Excessive drinking or drug use is also not tolerable by any staff member
We are a technology free camp, however, counselors may use their devices and have access to WiFi during their time off. WiFi is somewhat limited as we are in rural Maine. Being technology free is a promise that we make to our families.  With this in mind, we expect our staff to respect and follow this policy. counselor cafe
At Arcadia, we all wear a blue uniform. T-shirt tops are provided to staff and you provide the bottoms.  Ideally, fleeces, pants, shorts and swimsuits should be blue as well. However, you can wear clothing items that are neutral colors such as grey or black. with-campers
We offer a competitive camp salary which is dependent upon your experience and will be paid every two weeks.  We provide you with your housing, food and laundry service for the summer.  We are a seasonal camp so we are not set- up for direct deposit.  Staff have the option of getting their salaries on debit cards or in a check.  Bonuses are paid at the start of camp and travel reimbursement is paid at the end.
We have a great mix of returning staff and new staff.  Our staff comes from many different states and from countries all over the world.  While we love and are proud of our returning staff, we are excited for our new staff who enrich our community with novel ideas and activities.img_8282
Arcadia has been owned and run by the same family since 1916.  We have a strong and supportive environment and once you are at Camp, you are family.  We have many traditions such as singing, campfire, celebrations, opening and closing candlelight and the banquet among many others.   We are a very busy camp offering over 22 activities each day for our campers.   All of our campers have the opportunity to go out on trips.  Staff can also volunteer to go on some trips too.  While we work hard, we have lots of fun too.  You will make life-long friends and memories.4th-of-july
  • Wake up- 7:30 am
  • Meal
  • Two activity periods
  • General Swim
  • Meal
  • Rest Hour
  • Two activity periods
  • General Swim Meal
  • Evening Program
  • Bed time –Between 8 and 10pm
Safety is of the up-most importance at Arcadia. Therefore, most of our staff have a minimum of First Aid and CPR. Waterfront counselors must be certified lifeguards and our Trips, Canoeing and Campcraft staff must have Wilderness First Aid. We encourage hired staff to get their certifications prior to coming to camp and we reimburse a portion of the cost. We can assist you in finding a course if needed.
Arcadia does provide opportunities for internship credit. Some examples are small Business Administration, Horse Care, Education, counselling and more. We have senior staff who are able to supervise many different types of internships.
We have home cooked family style meals where one meal is served at a table. At breakfast we offer a fruit bar and during lunch and dinner a salad bar. A few times a week we have outdoor meals which are served buffet style. We do have some vegetarian and a gluten free options. If you have any other dietary restrictions, let us know.
Family style meals with 2 counselors and 6-8 campers per table.
Family style meals with 2 counselors and 6-8 campers per table.
Early Crew Some counselors are hired in early June to open camp. Responsibilities during this time are generally physical and include setting up facilities, docks, cleaning living spaces, painting, brush removal, moving equipment and any other task necessary to open Camp.Pre-Camp Training Some positions require pre-camp training and staff are expected to attend clinics and Certifications based on their positions at Camp. Please check the specific job descriptions for requirements of the position.Department Head Training Department heads come a few days before orientation and participate in Leadership Training.Counselor Orientation/Camp Season All counselor staff work during orientation, the camp season, and the alumnae reunion. Campers come for various amounts of time ranging from two to seven weeks. Campers arrive on June 22 and leave on August 10.Family Camp & A Week in the Woods Some staff will be hired to work these weeks. Family Camp is a time when families come and spend a week at Arcadia. Children live with their parents during Family Camp. Counselors will teach activities, lifeguard, babysit or perform other functions to facilitate Family Camp. Counselor lodges and roles will change during this week.Closing Crew Following Family Camp some staff members will be hired to close Arcadia for the winter. Responsibilities during this time are generally physical and will include closing down facilities, moving equipment, grounds work, painting, dock removal and any other task necessary to close Camp.
kailey-piggy-back2 Working at a summer camp is a unique, fun and challenging job which will develop many life skills that will help you in other areas of life and in other positions. You will develop your leadership skills, learn how to manage your time, learn how to interact with all different types of people, learn how to problem solve and work hard! Arcadia is a very special place and our staff form life-long friendships (just as our campers do). Becoming an Arcadian staff member will be a decision that you will always value, cherish and never regret!