Staff FAQ's - The Answer Place!
WHERE IS THE CAMP?
Wa-Klo is nestled in the heart of southwestern New Hampshire at the base of Mount Monadnock (Fact: Second most frequently climbed mountain in the world!) between Jaffrey and Dublin on Thorndike Lake. Jaffrey, NH is close to both Massachusetts and Vermont. This special place is only 4 ½ hours from New York and less than two hours from Boston making an easy day trip.
WHEN WAS CAMP WA-KLO FOUNDED?
Camp Wa-Klo was founded in 1938 by two educators from New York, Ethel Kloberg and Olive Watkinson, who gave life to a dream. Camp Wa-Klo continues their legacy with Ginny Maurer and Susan Chenet at the helm as it welcomes girls from all over the United States as well as from all corners of the globe.
WHY IS WA-KLO AN ALL-GIRLS CAMP?
Research tells us that in social and learning environments, girls tend to defer to boys, and teachers often favor male students. In our single-gender community, we eliminate those attitudes and the social pressures of dating.
The all-girl environment encourages campers to have fun, not be concerned about how they look, take supportive risks, and develop at their own pace in a positive way.
That being said, we also know that it is important for girls to have social opportunities, so we plan activities (frequency and type based on age) with boys’ camps and often host co-ed sporting events and socials.
IS WA-KLO AN ACA ACCREDITED CAMP?
Yes! We are proud of the fact that we have achieved the rigorous standards of the American Camp Association. We also comply with the New Hampshire State Board of Safety Rules and all industry requirements.
WHERE DO THE CAMPERS COME FROM?
Our campers come from all regions of the United States as well as from all over the world. They come from different cultural, religious, and economic backgrounds, and all bring something special to our beautiful Camp Wa-Klo.
IS CAMP WA-KLO A UNIFORM CAMP?
Yes. Our girls sport Wa-Klo green and white for the summer! We have found that campers are more at ease when they don’t have to worry about what they are wearing or what they look like. We concentrate on having fun at camp, not what we have to wear! Once a week we have a “Civie Day,” where girls can wear whatever they want in order to express their personal style.
WILL I HAVE UNIFORM PROVIDED FOR ME?
Wa-Klo provides uniforms for each counselor consisting of two green sweat shirts, two pairs of green shorts, and two pairs of green sweat pants. You will need to bring your own plain white t-shirts, a pair of white shorts, and a black one-piece swim suit to camp to complete the counselor uniform. Laundry is provided once a week.
WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY LIKE?
A typical day for a counselor starts at about 7:15 each morning when everyone wakes up to the infamous bugle, the flag is raised, and breakfast is served.
After an all bunk clean-up, there are three morning activity periods followed by lunch at 12:45. After lunch, the entire camp takes time to write letters, play games, nap, read, or just relax with friends around the bunk during rest hour.
There are two more activity periods in the afternoon and, at 5, we have "flex" time which is always a good shower time! After supper, a variety of wacky and fun evening activities take place and can include anything from tribe games, bunk skits, movie night, plays, scavenger hunts, campfires, and more. After the evening activity, bunks head back to their cabins for lights out (time depends on age).
WHAT ARE THE MEALS LIKE?
Meals are a time for coming together, conversation, songs, and fun. Girls sit in age groups while counselors change tables each week. Meals are served family style. Our director makes it a priority to ensure we serve quality and healthy food for everyone. As a result, everyone agrees, the food is great! Favorites include pizza, pasta, hamburger cookouts, and lo mein. Of course, we offer alternatives to meet dietary or vegetarian needs. We offer a salad bar at lunch and supper. And we are a nut-free facility.
WHAT ARE THE DATES FOR COUNSELORS?
Staff Orientation begins mid June and the summer season concludes for staff on Wednesday, August 17th. Orientation is one week before campers arrive for the summer. Orientation consists of a very thorough staff training to prepare you for the summer ahead.
WHERE DO MOST COUNSELORS COME FROM?
Like our campers, our staff comes from all around the world!!!
WILL I LIVE WITH CAMPERS?
Of course! Being there for the kids is what being a counselor is all about! You will be living in a bunk, most likely with at least one other staff member, with about 3-10 girls in a cabin (depending on the cabin’s size and age group). During the day, you will be instructing activities in your specialty area, and during non-activity periods, you will be with your bunk of awesome young Wa-Klo girls.
WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS LIKE?
Cabins are pine-paneled with electricity, toilet, and sink. The cabins are clean, spacious, and well kept. Depending on age, some cabins have “family rooms” where couches, fire places, and/or a piano can be found. We are very proud to offer outstanding living and activity facilities. Shower houses with individual stalls are available for use.
WHEN DO I GET PAID?
Salaries will be paid at the end of the camping season by way of check. However, if you need a salary advance, you can put in a request bi-weekly anytime after the first week.
WHAT TIME OFF WILL I GET?
We believe you do your best job when you have time to yourself; therefore, counselors get one 24 hour day off each week (excluding the last week of camp for a total of 7 days). Unless a counselor is O.D. (On Duty), counselors may leave camp most nights after 10:00pm. Counselors have a curfew of 12:30AM for camper supervision, and, more importantly, it is imperative to take care of yourself and be well rested.