Staff FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can you tell me more about Camp Cobbossee?
  2. What are the dates of camp?
  3. Where do staff members come from?
  4. Where will I be living?
  5. Will I get any time off during the summer?
  6. What can I do on my time off?
  7. Is there a curfew for staff members on time off?
  8. How do I get to camp?
  9. May I receive visitors during camp?
  10. When do I get paid?
  11. Can I smoke or use chewing tobacco at camp?
  12. What is the daily schedule like?
  13. Is there internet access and phones at camp?
  14. What do I do with my valuables while at camp?

Can you tell me more about Camp Cobbossee?

Camp Cobbossee is a traditional four-week summer camp for boys. Camp is located in the beautiful Maine wilderness, on the shores of Lake Cobbosseecontee. Cobbossee is less than an hour north of Portland, Maine and only a couple hours from Boston. Each session, we have approximately 150 boys who come to camp to create new friendships, practice sports, develop new life skills, and most importantly, have fun! The camp program is designed for instruction in many activity areas, from basketball, football, baseball and hockey, to water sports, climbing, arts and crafts, and more! Many of our counselors double up as activity specialists and bunk leaders. Counselors work under the supervision of an area Group Leader, who oversees all aspects of a particular age group, and the Activity Head, who oversees the activity area in which a counselor is teaching. Our Group Leaders and Activity Heads are teachers and coaches who have tremendous experience working with kids. They provide their staff with a great set of resources for teaching, coaching, and dealing with problems. However, there are other non-bunk positions available at camp, including administrators, a medical staff, office, dining hall and other support staff.

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2. What are the dates of camp?

Counselor Orientation will begin in mid-June. This week-long course is required for all staff. The campers and staff leave camp mid-August.   Note: Some counselors will be required to come to camp earlier for additional training. You can find specific dates in the Important Dates section of our website.
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3. Where do staff members come from?

A majority of our staff members come from colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Other staff members come from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Mexico, and many other countries. Each staff member has completed at least one year of college/university.

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4. Where will I be living?

All counselors live in the cabins with campers. Our bunks are comfortable, equipped with electricity and bathrooms with running water. You will have your own space for clothes and personal items. Each cabin will generally have 8-12 campers and three counselors. During staff orientation, we evaluate you for placement in a cabin that’s a good-fit and ensures an enjoyable summer for you and your campers. You will also share meals with your campers.

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5. Will I get any time off during the summer?

Staff members will have six pre-scheduled days off during the course of the summer (which is approximately one per week). Additionally, staff members will have a period off each day. Counselors have two out of every three nights off. The third night is spent in the bunk with the campers. On nights off, counselors are free to leave camp after lights out.

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6. What can I do on my time off?

Camp is close to many scenic Maine attractions, and many counselors spend their days off in groups at beaches and parks. Some counselors also leave camp the night before their days off and spend the night camping, or traveling to Boston or Portland for baseball games, shopping or nightlife. While some staff members drive their own cars on time off, we provide transportation to pre-determined destinations for staff members who need rides. We have a staff kitchen where snacks will be prepared for staff members to enjoy as they wind down the day. We have staff casino nights, movie nights, karaoke nights, and much more to provide entertainment for staff members once the campers are asleep.

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7. Is there a curfew for staff members on time off?

Yes. Counselors leaving camp on time off are expected to return by 1:00 AM. Staff members should use their time off to “recharge their batteries” because we expect our staff to perform their duties to the best of their abilities and a full nights sleep is recommended.

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8. How do I get to camp?

Counselors arrive at camp by either their own cars, by plane or bus. Counselors traveling by plane usually arrive at the Portland, Maine airport, whereas counselors who travel by bus arrive at the Augusta, Maine terminal. We will arrange for you to be picked up at the airport or bus terminal upon your arrival.

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9. May I receive visitors during camp?

For the assured safety of our campers, we do not allow anyone unattached to camp on the premises during the camping season. Visitors may stay in town, and you will be free to arrange to spend your time off with them.

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10. When do I get paid?

Counselors receive a paycheck at the end of the summer. Throughout the summer, you may request a salary advance equaling up to the amount you have earned to that date.

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11. Can I smoke or use chewing tobacco at camp?

Camp Cobbossee is a non-smoking facility. The use of tobacco products on campus is prohibited.

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12. What is the daily schedule like?

On a typical day at Camp Cobbossee, wake up is at 7:45 AM followed by breakfast being served at 8:20 AM for the entire camp. After a cabin clean-up, activities begin at 9:55 AM. Lunch is served at 12:20 PM and is followed by a rest hour that lasts until 3:15 PM. The afternoon consists of three program periods. Dinner is at 6 PM and then there is an evening activity every night. Two-thirds of the staff are off each evening and may leave camp after the campers are in bed. Each counselor will have one period off during the day.

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13. Is there internet access and phones at camp?

Yes. There are computers with internet access available in the staff lounge. We kindly request that internet is only used during time off, so the kids can be properly supervised. Campers are never allowed on the internet. We also have phones in the staff lounge that are free of charge anywhere in the US or Canada. If staff members need to use cell phones, they must use them in the staff lounge. Cell phones are prohibited in the bunks. We also sell phone cards in the office for those who need to purchase some.

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14. What do I do with my valuables while at camp?

Each staff member receives his or her own lockbox and code to place valuables in throughout the summer.

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