Summer Camp Staff – Elementor

“We are a staff of people that want to spend time with kids, and make kids laugh, and are amused by kids, while also conscious of the charge that’s been placed on us: treating kids as if they’re your own.”   –Caleb: counselor, section head, assistant Headmaster



“Every counselor has something that they can teach kids. Some kids need to feel empowered, others need a parent, while others want a cool older sister. It’s sometimes crazy, but a fun crazy! Unlike the real world, here it’s cool to make a fool of yourself!   –“Trout”: current section head

A successful summer camp experience starts with a well trained and enthusiastic staff. Pok-O-MacCready Camps prides itself on our administration and counselors, with an industry high return rate.
Many of our staff are former campers and thus contributes to the “family” feeling at Pok-O, while new staff members contribute fresh ideas and innovations to insure our program continues to strengthen.
The success of our camp is due to the vital role our staff play and directly contributes to creating a safe, nurturing environment for our campers which, in turn, enables kids to develop their highest potential.

“As for being a counselor for so many years, why do I keep coming back?  To feel like a kid again. ‘Hoot with the owls, soar with the eagles’. Arrive early, stay late, work hard, push through, etc. This is how I live my life.”
– Suzanne: camper, counselor and program specialist

“The amount of things we pack into a day is absurd, but a week flies by. Time is not standard here. When I come to camp, the rest of world stops and I don’t worry about everything, or the passage of time, or stress or distractions.”
– Nathan: camper, counselor, section head

It is a full-time  job, beginning with reveille or the wake-up bell each day, for eight weeks, and closing each evening when you crawl wearily into bed. And you will have a blast; You’ll make great friends! The counselors who return year after year do so because they love the job.

On paper, your responsibilities might include coaching, teaching, guiding, helping, fostering and molding campers, be it in the cabin or during an activity. This is all true. But a counselor’s most important work is not necessarily in the job description. A counselor is someone who loves spending time with campers, getting to know them well, talking, joking, teaching, and even learning from them. This is what makes the camping experience important for both you and the campers.

Basic Staff FAQs

Hired staff will receive a full handbook and information packet several weeks prior to their arrival.

Is there Internet access at Camp?
Yes. We have limited Internet access in our office and staff lounge. This is made available to staff during their time off throughout the summer.

How do I get paid while at camp?
You will be paid by check every two weeks.

How do I get to camp?
You are welcome to bring a car, but we are happy to help arrange transportation for you.

FYI:  The nearest airports are Burlington, VT, Plattsburgh, NY and Montreal.

What is the weather like at camp?
During the day at camp the weather is usually in the in the 80’s (Fahrenheit) or mid 20’s (Celsius). The nights can get cold in the beginning and toward the end of camp.

Will I get a day off?
Absolutely!  You will receive one day off each week.  There are so many fun areas to explore around camp, with fellow staff members.  You can relax on a lake, hike in the Adirondacks, shop and dine in nearby towns and cities, or just relax on camp!

Where will I be living at camp?
Most of our staff live in the cabins with campers. Program heads and some other key staff live apart from the campers.

Am I required to be vaccinated?
Pok-O-MacCready will follow – and announce – any mandated regulations in place involving vaccinations and restrictions related to COVID-19 or other health/medical issues.

What do I do if I have any questions?
Call us at 518-963-7656. You can also email us HERE

2023 Pok-O-MacCready Staff Schedule

Pre-Camp Assistance: starting in May
For staff interested in helping with camp setup and leading school group actitivites


Specialized Training: June 15-22
For staff hired – or interested – in lifeguard and first aid certification and/or leading wilderness trips


“Pre-Camp” Staff Orientation: June 12-30
Workshops… certification courses…. class and section prep…. games (right)… bonding


Camper Sessions: July 1 – August 19
Long days, unrivaled fun!


Optional Reunion – Family Camp Week: August 23-27


* Contact us about the possibility of early arrival— there’s plenty to do at camp starting in the spring




Interested in working at Pok-O?  Good decision!

Prior to applying, please check out the sections involving dates and “Why work at Pok-O”.  Plan on 10-15 minutes to complete the application.

Please completely fill out the form HERE.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.



Pok-O-MacCready Camps
1391 Reber Road, Willsboro, NY 12996

Located in New York’s Adirondack Mountains

[email protected]

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