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Top Kid’s Summer Camp in Maine
A Prospective Staff’s Interview with Dave Schiff
Prospective Staffer: Dave, thanks for taking a few minutes to talk.
Dave Schiff: Sure thing! It’s very important to choose your summer work carefully. On the one hand, you need an opportunity to recharge your batteries before you go back to school and on the other, you want to build your resume and gain valuable life experience.
On this page:
- Where is Camp Manitou
- Getting to Camp
- Who I’ll Be Working With
- Athletic Facilities
- Room & Board
- Medical Care
- Time Off
- Contact Friends/Family
Prospect: First of all, where is Camp Manitou?
Dave: Manitou is five miles from Waterville, Maine, a college town with lots of recreational and social opportunities. Manitou is a three-hour drive from Boston, an hour’s drive from Bangor Intl. Airport, and an hour’s drive from Portland Intl. Airport.
Prospect: How do I get to camp?
Dave: When we send your contract it will include reimbursement for travel expenses to and from camp. Manitou provides travel to and from the Waterville Bus Station, the Portland Jetport, and Boston’s Logan Airport on a designated day. You may drive your own car to camp if you want.
Prospect: What about the people I’ll be working with? Where do your staff members come from?
Dave: About 75% of our staff come from the United States and 25% from overseas. International counselors typically come from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Spain, and France.
Prospect: What kind of athletic facilities does Manitou have?
Dave: Manitou has a brand new weight and fitness room plus several lighted basketball and recreation courts. We also have an oval track and roller hockey arena.
Many of our staff need to stay in shape over the summer for school sports and you will have the opportunity to do so during off-duty periods.
Prospect: What about room and board. Is that provided?
Dave: Room and board is included in all live-in staff contracts. We serve three hot meals a day plus periodic snacks.
Prospect: What are the living arrangements?
Dave: You will be living in a cabin with about 10 campers and 3 other counselors. Our cabins are well-sized and typically include a large main room, screened porch, coat room and a well-appointed bathroom. We spend considerable effort matching our staff with the right group of campers. Most of our staff cite their cabin experiences as something that far exceeded their expectations.
If living and working with kids is not your cup of tea, let me tell you now, you should be looking for a different summer job.
Prospect: What kind of medical care is provided?
Dave: We have an on-camp health center with four nurses and a doctor. There are two hospitals five miles away. All staff are required to present a current medical form signed by your physician as well as a copy of your health insurance coverage.
Prospect: Speaking of recharging the batteries, will I have any time off?
Dave: Absolutely! You’ll get 6 days off during the summer plus 4 or 5 nights off per week. You’ll also have 2 to 3 one-hour periods off during the day.
When you’re off duty you have access to most of the facilities at camp as well as the staff lounge. On a typical night, there will be over 75 off-duty staff, so it’s not hard to find other people looking for fun.
Waterville, home of Colby College, is fifteen minutes away and it offers plenty of “collegiate” diversions. You’ll have access to camp transportation for trips into town.
Our staff enjoys good relations with the staff at our sister camp across the lake. They’re a lot of fun and you’ll have ample opportunity to get to know them.
You know, at Manitou we treat our counselors like adults. We impose limited restrictions on how you spend your off-duty time, as long as your actions don’t affect the camp and your ability to effectively do your job.
Prospect: How can I keep in touch with friends and family while I’m at camp?
Dave: Most staffers keep in touch at TouBucks, our staff-only lounge with high-speed internet, email, and phones. There’s cable TV in there as well.
Prospect: Wow, working at Manitou sounds like a lot of fun! How do I sign up?
Dave: Fill out our online application and we’ll take it from there.
Typically you’ll get a confirmation email immediately after you apply, then we’ll look over your app and get back in touch within a week to set-up an interview.
If you have questions, please call us at (207) 465-2271.
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Military-patriotic camps 2023 – Tours, prices, rating, reviews
Summer military-patriotic camps
Moscow region, Ruza district
Moscow region, Naro-Fominsk district
Robinsonade. Laser Wars
Kaluga region, Zhukovsky district
Dex Military Historical Camp. DOL Zarnitsa
Krasnodar Territory, Sochi, Lazarevsky District
Transformers. DOL Zarnitsa
Krasnodar Territory, Sochi, Lazarevsky District
68 military-patriotic camps
At sea, in the Moscow region, in the Leningrad region. In any season. For boys and girls.
The child will improve physical fitness and learn discipline
Introduction to the military and self-defense training
Frequently Asked Questions
This is not necessary, all camps accept children without passing additional tests. It is important that the child has no contraindications for playing sports.
Sports and military disciplines, for example, hand-to-hand combat techniques, shooting, self-defense. He will also acquire survival skills in extreme conditions, learn to provide first aid.
Most camps accept both boys and girls for shifts.
Classes and activities are conducted by professional instructors and experienced counselors. More detailed information can be obtained on the page of the camp you like in the “About the camp and counselors” tab.
If the weather permits, the children swim in the sea. To clarify the location of the camp, you can use the filter or select a military-patriotic camp on the sea on this page
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Reviews of military-patriotic camps
DOL “Grad Detinets”
Leningrad region, Polyany
So the 3rd shift is over, thanks for a great vacation. The boys from FC “Olimp” are full of impressions: training, relay races, tournaments, competitions, discos, everything was great! I was especially inspired by shooting from a pistol and a machine gun, throwing knives, a military relay race – the boys, after all. I really hope that the team will come here again and again. Great food, all the guys said it was delicious. Special thanks to counselor Galina for her patience. From the wishes: it is worth updating the flooring boards on the territory and the stairs, it is also the seats, around the football field. On the steps from the entrance side, one is missing, the rest do not look strong, it was scary to sit. In general, the impressions from the camp are the most positive, both children and parents are satisfied. Thank you, see you soon!
Spetsnaz children. Leningrad region
Leningrad region, Gatchina
Amazing camp. Created by famous computer games. Children undergo military training, get acquainted with weapons (of course, under the supervision of instructors), learn to survive in the forest, participate in airsoft. Children are busy every day. Most importantly, phones and gadgets are prohibited, but photos and videos of children are posted on the site daily. Once every three days, children are given a call to their parents. The first time they let me go with doubts, will you like it? They thought that nothing could surprise their 13-year-old son. But “Special Forces Children of St. Petersburg” succeeded. The son arrived delighted. He asked for another shift. And yes, there is entertainment too. Children put on performances, discos are held, fun starts, sports games.
mother of a 13 year old
Vympel Storm. Tuapse
Krasnodar Territory, Tuapse, Novomikhailovsky
Good afternoon! I want to leave a review about my child’s stay at the camp.
Many thanks to the organizers and counselors for the wonderful memories! An 11-year-old child went to the camp for the first time, for the first time she left her parents, for the first time she was completely independent! During the stay there were no problems at all, and it was wonderful! Excellent location, fresh air, forest, training grounds. It is especially great that the guys have a tough regime throughout the entire shift. Children are taught routine, which is very important. Thank you very much to the instructors for the excellent training and coherence in actions in relation to our children. Most of all, I liked laser tag.
Novgorod region, Borovichi
The guys returned home… It’s time to share their impressions))) First of all, I would like to express my gratitude to the RUSICHI Center for Organizing such an important military-patriotic camp in our time.
I was very pleased, personally, that the child was without a phone all this time) Thank you so much for your daily reports. This is a colossal work, after a busy day, to make a report for parents so that we don’t worry – only emotions))) Thank you very much for your patience and willingness to answer our questions.