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


Camp EMT

June 2023 - August 2023 Sweden, ME
β€œI appreciated how welcoming the Tapawingo community was. I felt like I could be myself and that everyone there wanted me to succeed. As far as the Health Center goes, I felt like we had adequate resources and interaction with the campers. I also loved the proximity to cool day trips - it made off-days more fun!”

Wilderness Trip Leader

June 2023 - August 2023 Sweden, ME
β€œIn looking for post-grad opportunities, I stumbled upon the Wilderness Trip Leader position at Camp Tapawingo. As a long-time outdoor enthusiast, it felt like the perfect way to spend time outdoors, working with children, and building my skills before the entering the "real world" after college. In working at Camp Tapawingo, I learned invaluable skills in trip planning, project management and execution, teamwork, effective communication, and team leadership. I also had the opportunity to explore incredible outdoor places I never would've had the chance to see otherwise. Camp Tapawingo has an excellent support system that truly feels like family. Your team is always ready to support you and wants to see you succeed. This was truly one of the most impactful experiences I have ever had!”
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