May 6, 2022
That being said, we LOVE a day off. Days off vary from camp to camp, and there are as many strategies for how best to utilize them as there are people who work for camp.
How often do I get a day off and how long do they last? At the majority of camps counselors will have one day off per week, typically the same day every week. It may change based on special events and weather, but you can typically expect the same day to be your day off every week.
Days off typically last for the entirety of a “workday” meaning your day off would start at wakeup and end at check in time at night. This is a much more fluid question depending on the camp, so we check with the specific camps you are applying to see their exact policy.
Who do I spend my day with and how do I get around? A group of counselors will have the same day off as you for the summer. In general, this is somewhat random but most camps give counselors a bit of say at the end of orientation on who they would like to have on their day off with them. This isn’t 100% guaranteed, but you won’t be alone!
The second question is more dependent on your specific camp. Some will allow counselors to use camp vehicles as long as the counselor covers the cost of fuel. Many American counselors will bring their cars with them to camp and are usually plenty happy to make a plan with a group to fill out their car for the day off.
What can I do on my day off? Will I need to bring money? As we said before, there are nearly as many opportunities for a day off at camp as there are people that work there. Here are some of our favorites: