Camp Tapawingo

About Camp Tapawingo

Camp Tapawingo is a traditional, all-girls summer camp in Sweden, Maine. Each summer, over 100 campers come from all over the world to learn new skills, laugh uncontrollably, and make lifelong friends. At Tapawingo, campers learn how to be leaders, how to be true friends, and how to be themselves. Our 200 acres of woods, fields and sandy beaches overlook Mt. Washington and the White Mountains in the Lakes Region of Maine.

As a Tapawingo counselor, you'll spend your days teaching classes to small groups of campers in your area of expertise (arts and crafts, landsports, horseback riding, theater, outdoor adventure, or waterfront). In the evening, camp hosts all-camp programs such as theater productions, sports games, campfires, or goofy team-building activities. As a member of the Tap Staff, you'll help to make these memorable and magical!

Along with our paid counselor positions, we also offer support staff positions in our kitchen, maintenance department, and office. We oversee paid teaching, social-work, or coaching internships. The Camp Tapawingo Leadership Team is filled with expert teachers, coaches, and licensed clinical social workers who are qualified to support you throughout your internship.

Minimum Qualifications:
- Completed one year of college or equivalent, or at least 19 years of age
- Desire and ability to work and live with campers ages 7-17
- Good character, integrity, and ability to adapt to a camp setting of over 200 people
- Ability to work with others and accept supervision
- Ability to maintain self-control, be flexible, and display a sense of humor and enthusiasm

General Responsibilities:
- Plan and teach skill based lessons to campers of all ages within your program area
- Allow campers to develop an appreciation and skill for your program area
- Help each camper meet the goals established by the camp for camper development

Essential Functions:
- Ability to communicate and provide necessary supervision to campers
- Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its' appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety procedures, and apply appropriate behavior management techniques
- Ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring emergency procedures
- Ability to identify and respond to environmental hazards
- Ability to provide directions/instructions about bunk living to campers
- Ability and strength to lift objects weighing a minimum of 20 pounds

Pay & Benefits:

- $2,200 summer salary DOE + $500 end of season bonus
- Room and board provided
- Uniform, linens, towels and laundry provided
- Partial travel reimbursement provided
-Paid training (teaching, behavior management, life guard, etc.)
- Access to camp facilities for personal enjoyment on your time off


Landsports + Senior Bunk Counselor

June 2021 - August 2021 Sweden, ME
“Tapawingo has a strong community that makes you feel at home no matter how far from home you are. Camp Tap is a positive work environment. While here you'll receive progress reports throughout the summer with an evaluation of your performance. The staff is friendly and willing to assist you in whatever capacity necessary. Meg the Landsports Head is the most caring and energetic person you'll ever meet. This experience taught me how to roll with the punches, while improving my delegation and teamwork skills. Through my coaching internship I had the opportunity to coach/teach kids in multiple sports through competitions and practices. I was also given the freedom to create and execute an internship project where I put on the first ever "Tap Olympics." If you're looking for an opportunity to make an impact on children, be in a setting that is one with nature, to work with the most genuine and compassionate people, and have an experience you will never forget, Camp Tapawingo is the place for you.”

Bunk counselor and swim instructor

June 2021 - August 2021 Sweden, ME
“I loved how open and accepting everyone at camp was. There was always somebody willing to help you out or a shoulder to lean on if you needed. The people at this camp is really what makes it so great.”
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