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CAMP WICOSUTA- AN OVERVIEW

Camp Wicosuta is a traditional 4-week summer camp for girls. Camp is located on 100 acres of pristine, wooded land on the shores of Newfound Lake in the foothills of the White Mountains in Hebron, New Hampshire. Wicosuta is 2 hours from downtown Boston, 3.5 hours from Montreal, and 5 hours from New York City.

We have approximately 300 girls each session ages 7-15. Our staff is made up of approximately 170 adults.

WHERE DOES MOST STAFF COME FROM?

About 70% of our staff come from across the United States. Our international staff come from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, England, Ireland, Scotland and South America. Each staff member has completed at least one year of college and they all have a passion for working with children.

HOW IS STAFF TRAINING CONDUCTED?

The majority of the staff arrive in the middle of June for an 8-day orientation. Staff who work in areas that require certifications have an additional five days of training. Orientation is designed to help our staff feel comfortable with their co-counselors and at camp. During this time, counselors learn about their particular group as well as their designated activity area. Each staff member is given the knowledge and tools they will need to effectively work with children. Orientation is the first step in our ongoing professional development program.

WHERE WILL I BE LIVING?

All of our camp counselors live with a group of children during the summer. A typical cabin has 6 to 14 girls depending on age and 2-4 staff members. Our cabins have bunk beds, bathroom & shower facilities, as well as electricity. Counselors live in the same room as a group of campers during the summer, so privacy is at a minimum.

DOES STAFF HAVE TIME OFF?

Staff members have several days off throughout the summer as well as time off during the day and evening as assigned by your supervisor.

CAN I USE THE FACILITIES DURING TIME OFF?

Staff members can use certain camp facilities during time off, as long as their use of these facilities does not interfere with camper programs. We open the fitness center, pool, tennis courts and basketball courts most evenings.

WHAT TYPES OF CAMPERS ATTEND WICOSUTA?

Our campers come from all over! Our two largest areas are the NY Metropolitan area (New York City, Westchester County and Connecticut) and Massachusetts. Others travel from Florida, California, the Dominican Republic, and Europe. Wico is a well-rounded camp and most campers have a wide-range of interests! Families who choose Wico are looking for a safe place for their daughter(s) to grow and learn.

IS WICOSUTA RELIGIOUSLY AFFILIATED?

Wicosuta is a values-based non-sectarian camp. We provide optional Friday Night Services for Jewish campers and staff members, as well as transportation to optional Catholic Mass on Sunday mornings.

WHAT DO STAFF MEMBERS WEAR?

Staff are given eight staff shirts to wear at camp and may purchase additional Wico t-shirts and other clothing if they like. All female staff members wear a one-piece bathing suit. Male staff members’ swim wear must be shorts-style bathing suits. Board shorts and rash guards are acceptable as well. Camper and staff laundry is done off-site once a week.

WHAT ARE MEALS LIKE AT CAMP?

We have assigned tables in the dining hall and rotate our seats once a week. Counselors sit with girls in their age group. Breakfast and lunch are buffet style and dinner is served family style. Along with the hot entree, we offer a wide variety of choices at our salad and sandwich bars. We offer plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables at each meal. Wicosuta is a nut-aware environment. When not eating, campers and counselors are often singing and cheering. The Wico spirit is always apparent in our Dining Hall!

DO WE NEED TO BRING TOWELS AND LINENS?

North American staff members must bring towels, sheets, pillows and blankets. All overseas staff are provided with these items at no charge. These supplies must be returned to the camp prior to departure. Counselors may certainly bring their own, but we are happy to help lighten the restricted suitcase load.

DO WE NEED HEALTH INSURANCE?

Staff members must carry their own comprehensive health insurance. International staff members coming through an agency are covered by the private insurance provided by the sponsoring agency.