TIMBER LAKE WEST CAMP

Arrival and Orientation

Staff arrive on different dates, depending upon what role you have in Camp. Waterfront and Outdoor Adventure staff members are expected to arrive on Sunday, June 11th. Support Service, Cooking, Arts and Crafts and Web Staff arrive on Wednesday, June 14th, Group Leaders arrive on Thursday, June 15th, Adult/Leadership staff arrive on Friday, June 16th, New Staff not previously listed above, arrive on Saturday, June 17th and Returning Staff arrive on Sunday, June 18th. We begin our counselor orientation in the evening on June 18th after dinner and all staff members are required to be here. Orientation will train and prepare you for what’s in store when your campers arrive on June 24th! It will also help you become familiar with the other 200 staff members from all over the world. Make sure you arrive with an open mind and with the intention of having an amazing time meeting and getting to know your new summer family!!!

Getting To Camp

For those of you flying to camp, we assume you have already booked your flights into one of the three major airports around New York City – either Newark, JFK or LaGuardia airports. Once you arrive at any of the airports and have collected your luggage, you will proceed to ground transportation desk and catch a shuttle bus to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City. The shuttle ride is approximately $40. Once you arrive at Port Authority, you will find the Shortline Bus Terminal and take the Shortline Bus to Roscoe, NY.

There is service 7 days a week. The trip from New York City to Roscoe is 3 hours, so make sure you buy a snack and a drink for the bus ride.

IMPORTANT NOTE: BEFORE you leave Port Authority, please CALL US AT CAMP to let us know what bus you are taking so that we can have someone in Roscoe ready to pick you up: (845) 439-4440. If no one answers the phone, DON’T WORRY! We will be checking messages constantly.

Departure Day

You are under contract to be at camp until Wednesday, 8/16. Most counselors are free to leave by 2:00 p.m. on that day, so make sure to allow yourself several hours to arrive at an airport for a flight home – We recommend you DON’T book a flight home before 6:00 p.m. on 8/16.

Health Care & Medications

All staff members are required to complete a health form and undergo a physical exam prior to camp. Throughout the summer, you are entitled to use the services of our on-site Health Center at no charge. While your insurance will likely cover any out of camp doctor appointments and tests you may require, any Rx medications you’ll need will be charged to you and deducted from your salary. State law mandates absolutely NO MEDICATIONS WHATSOEVER may be kept in your bunk with you. If you take medications, the Health Center will keep them stored safely and you will access to them at all times.

STAFF LAUNDRY

Every week, along with your campers, you will send your laundry in a camp issued laundry bag to the laundromat we’ve been working with for the past few summers. Laundry is done once a week and usually returned with 36 hours of the time it is sent out. Every individual bag, campers and staff alike, will be washed and dried its own machine, folded and then delivered back to your bunk. This is the only option and the fee to be deducted from your salary is $36. ($6/week)

Dining Hall & Food Service

Counselors and campers sit together at all meals. We serve our food cafeteria style, and each main dish is supplemented with choices from our salad bars, deli-sandwich bar, soup bar and pasta bar. If you have any allergies or other food related issues that we need to know about, please be sure to let us know upon arrival at camp. Additionally, cabin counselors are responsible for making sure their campers have found something to eat and have cleared the table prior to departing the Dining Hall.

Time Off and (OD) On Duty

Every counselor will have three- four nights off each week, and one 24-hour period day off. Two nights per week and some Saturday nights, every counselor will be “On Duty” (OD). This means that you will stay with your campers from the end of evening activity until the next morning. image003.pngDuring time off, counselors may use camp facilities as long as it does not interfere with on-going camp activities. Our Canteen is open for staff to purchase food from 9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m, and on most nights our movie theatre is available for Direct TV and/or DVD’s. Our new fitness/spin center will also be available for staff on your time off each evening. Our Soccer Pitch and Basketball Courts are lit, if you wish to play a night game.

Days Off

There are six days off during the summer. There are no days off on our Visiting Days – July 8th and August 5th. Counselor days off begin at 9:30 p.m. the evening prior to your day off, and end at curfew (12:30 a.m.) the following day. You will learn more details during orientation.

Mail

Mail is sent out and brought in daily at camp. Personal mail can be received at this address:

YOUR NAME

STAFF

TIMBER LAKE WEST, 76 TIMBER LAKE ROAD, ROSCOE, NY 12776

We have a no package policy for our campers. If you must have a package sent to you at camp we ask that you have it labeled “essentials” so that our front gate staff knows to accept it

Phones – Land Lines (yes we still have these right)

Our phone lines are open from 8:30 a.m.- 8:30 p.m. daily. Messages will be taken and distributed to you if you receive a call. WE ARE A NO CELL PHONE CAMP WHILE YOU’RE WORKING. We understand that we are living in a “plugged in” world, but camp is completely “unplugged”. We expect that you will respect this policy throughout your time at camp. Staff members found using their cell phone while at camp will first be given a warning and after that will ultimately have tougher consequences and/or be asked to leave camp.

Computers

We do have a designated computer room open all day every day. On your time off only, you can check e-mails, Facebook, etc.

Valuables and Passports

Please remember when you are packing that this is camp. You will not need or want to wear fancy jewelry or expensive clothing, etc. All valuables are your own responsibility and are covered by your own insurance. Money, passports and other important document can be stored in a locker assigned to you during orientation in the Head Counselors Offices and you may retrieve them anytime during working hours.

  • What to PACK (this list can be used as a guide – use your judgement/personal preference)1
  • 10 short sleeve shirts (we will provide you with six staff shirts, which you will wear every day)
  • 10 pairs of shorts
  • 5-6 bathing suits (WOMEN - BIKINIS ARE ALLOWED, REMEMBER YOU ARE A ROLE MODEL)
  • 3 sweatshirts
  • 3 pairs of sneakers (we wear sneakers from 9:00 – 5:00 daily – sandals are permitted only to waterfront)
  • 1 pair of flip flops/crocs/pool shoes
  • 2-3 pairs of sweatpants
  • 1 blanket (we do have some but most staff like to have their own)
  • 2 pairs of pajamas
  • 3 pairs of jeans/pants
  • 1 “nicer” outfit for our end-of-summer dance
  • 1 Costumes (if you have one – don’t buy one if you don’t)
  • 1 WATERPROOF jacket ***** (when it rains at camp, it RAINS – make sure waterproof, not water- resistant)
  • 1 pair of waterproof shoes (highly recommended: rainboots***)
  • 14 pairs of underwear (truthfully you can never have enough of these)18 pairs of socks (at least 15 – the more the better! Somehow these disappear all the time)
  • 1 softball/baseball glove (if you have – don’t buy one if you don’t)
  • 1 tennis racket (if you have – don’t buy one if you don’t)
  • 1 wrist watch – remember no phones in camp.
  • 1 alarm clock
  • 1 flashlight
  • Pictures, posters, etc. from home to decorate the wall next to your bed

Report Abuse

If you feel that this video content violates the Adobe Terms of Use, you may report this content by filling out this quick form.

To report a Copyright Violation, please follow Section 17 in the Terms of Use.