Celo helpers are a group of young people for whom the experience of camp means so much that they are willing to come and help in exchange for the privilege of being part of the Celo family.
Celo helpers assist in the kitchen with meal preparations and clean-up and also assist the counselors with camper activities and at bedtime. You will not be expected to lead a group of campers alone.
Being a helper is a full time job. You will generally have 2 to 3 kitchen jobs each day. At other times you are expected to join in the camper activities or games or help with work projects on the farm or in the garden. You should come prepared to work hard. A few experienced helpers will have paid jobs such as packing for hikes and campouts, caring for sick children, or maintenance work in addition to their other responsibilities. Most helpers work in exchange for the opportunity to to be at Celo.
The days work begins at 7:30 am with wake-up and ends after the children’s bedtime and evening sing at about 10:00 pm. You will have one hour off each day and one day off each week. Your day off ends at the children’s bedtime.
Over the course of the summer we develop a strong sense of teamwork and community within the helper group. In order to encourage this we need a core group of experienced helpers who can stay all summer. For first time helpers it is often best to just come for one or two sessions to get a feel for the job. It is also important to come for the pre-camp orientation. The application deadline is February 15th. Final decisions on applicants will be made in mid-March.
Lifeguard training is a valuable skill at camp and $250 is paid to those who have this certification and stay all summer.