Staff FAQs

What is it like to work at Camp Alsing?

Working as a camp counselor is a transformative experience. At Alsing, we are looking for staff members who hold a keen understanding of the impact that a positive adult role model can have on a young person. We are looking for people who care deeply about the positive emotional and social development of children.

Working at camp will be the most fun, and some of the hardest work you’ve ever done. Most staff leave camp with great memories, skills, and friendships to last a lifetime. Apply here.


Where will I live?

Coaches live in the dorm (we call it the “Birdhouse”). Coaches will live in a suite with campers. Each suite has private bathrooms and showers. Coaches may have their own room or share with a co-coach, depending on staffing needs for each suite. The dorms have some A/C but staff are encouraged to bring a fan or we can provide one.

What will I eat? What if I have allergies or dietary restrictions?

Campers and coaches eat together in Camp Alsing’s dining hall (we call it the “Birdfeeder”). We are able to accommodate almost all allergies and dietary restrictions at camp. We do our best to provide a healthy, varied and tasty menu that is pleasing to adults and children – which is not always an easy task. If you have dietary needs, please let us know and we are confident we can support them.

Will I get time off?

Staff members get one day off a week. Coaches have free time after lights out, as well as an hour-long break each day.

What are the qualifications?

Alsing staff members will be a minimum of 19 years old, or will have finished at least one year of college. A lot of our staff will be students or professionals in their fields working with children and adolescents, but some may just be excited and dedicated to working with our unique community of campers.

Most of all, our staff members will have boundless energy, a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, and a belief that all children deserve a wonderful camp experience.

Is there training? What if I need help?

All staff participate in some online training prior to camp, and then a weeklong in-person training where returning and new staff learn, connect and bond to build a team and community that lasts not only for the summer, but can last a lifetime. Fellow staff and our leadership team members provide support and guidance to each other throughout the summer.

Are cell phones and tablets allowed at camp?

Coaches are required to keep cell phones/tablets/laptops in a designated tech room and use these items during breaks and time off.

How will I get to camp?

We work with staff to make sure everyone has transportation to and from Camp Alsing.


There are washers and dryers in the dorm, and they are free! Staff should bring detergent and any other supplies needed to do laundry.

What if I get sick?

We have 24-hr nursing onsite that is there for our campers and our staff. We are also not far from top-notch health clinics and hospitals should the need arise. Staff are responsible for having their own health insurance. If you have questions about COVID, please click here to see our latest updates.

Is there a staff dress code?

Staff members are required to wear Camp Alsing staff t-shirts and name tags at all times when not on a day off. Shirts are provided to staff for no cost, and are returned to camp office at the end of the season.

Please feel free to be in touch with any other questions – you can contact our director, Emily Chaleff at 207-805-4155 or

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