to the Team!
Packing List, Forms & Important Dates
Here’s what you need to bring and what you need to know to be ready for your summer at Camp Arowhon
Staff Address Book
We know you want to stay in touch with staff and camper friends throughout the year so we’ve compiled an address book with mailing addresses, email addresses, phone numbers and birthdays of the campers and staff of this past summer.
Stay in touch
How does laundry work at camp?
Staff have two options for laundry service: you can take your laundry with you on day off and do it in town or at a cottage. Or you can have your laundry done by camp’s professional laundry service once a week free of charge. (it gets returned in 24 hours)
Can I use the internet at camp?
The Staff Lounge has wired high speed internet access, so feel free to bring your laptop and keep it either in a staff-only cabin, or in a locker in the Staff Lounge. Camp’s computers in the Staff Lounge are also available to staff.
I don’t have a cell phone but want to call my parents.
We have two pay phones in our Staff Lounge for you to use on your time off. These phones accept incoming calls as well.
Can I bring my cell phone to camp?
Cell service is spotty in Algonquin Park. However, staff are allowed to have cell phones. Rule is: You may charge and/or use your cell phone in any staff-only cabin and/or the Staff Lounge. If you use your phone in a camper cabin or anywhere else campers go, we will confiscate it immediately. Same goes for ALL other electronic devices. (DVD players, iPods, computer games etc…) Campers aren’t allowed phones and it would be unfair for them to see you using yours.
Can my friends or relatives come visit me at camp?
No, staff are not allowed to invite friends or relative into camp during the summer. If you would like to show camp to a friend or relative, they can pick you up on the last day of camp and you can tour them before you head home.
I have a wedding or exam during the summer. Can I still work at Arowhon?
We understand that things can come up during the summer and we are open to discussing this with you prior to your employment at camp. Please contact a Camp Director for more information on these exceptions.
Do I get time off?
All staff get 6 days off during the middle 6 weeks of the camp season. A day off is 24 hours, from 6 pm to 6 pm the next day. Days off may NOT be accumulated, nor may two consecutive days off be taken even though they fall on separate weeks.
Can I bring my car to camp?
Yes, except staff who are 18 years old and younger are not allowed to bring a car to camp. These staff are also not permitted to borrow another staff member’s car while at camp for use on day off.
When will I get paid?
All salaries are paid by cheque mailed within 14 days of the last day of camp. All staff except 17 year old counsellors & trippers may (on request during Pre-Camp) receive a portion of their pay at mid-season.
Do you train all the staff before the kids come?
Yes! All staff are required to attend Pre-Camp training which lasts 8-10 days.
Where can I go when I’m on my time off in camp?
Most staff hang out in our comfy Staff Lounge with a video room, nightly movies … pool tables … ping pong … private phone booths … Internet access … and a big porch. If you want to sleep during your time off you can do that in your own cabin or a friends.
How is the food?
Joanne, our camp director, is a food critic when she’s not at camp, so we eat really well! We have lots of choices so you can always find something that you like. We have main courses like pancakes, muffins, hamburgers, pizza, spaghetti, lasagna, grilled cheese and BBQ chicken. Plus, at breakfast we have fruit, homemade granola and oatmeal, at lunch we have a huge salad bar, 2 homemade soups, bread, jam, cheese and fruit and at dinner we have a homemade soup. There is always a separate meal for vegetarians, and we also accommodate food allergies. We also have a special staff snack every night.
How long do campers come to camp for?
Most of our campers come for one or two months, but some of our campers ages seven to nine come for two weeks.
How many staff are on each canoe trip?
Most canoe trips have a Canoe Tripper, a Counsellor & seven campers. If our campers are younger we make sure to have three staff and only six campers.
Where do your staff come from?
We have staff who come from all across Canada and the United States and also from Great Britain, Europe, Australia, Mexico and New Zealand.
I have a commitment and would have to come late/leave early is this okay?
Unfortunately, it is not okay. We are only able to hire staff who can work the full summer.
How many staff do you have? How many are new to Arowhon?
We have approximately 150 staff and about 30 are brand new to Arowhon each summer.
How old are your campers?
Our campers are ages 7-15 and our 16 year olds are Leaders-In-Training.
Is there work before or after the summer?
We hire staff to work in the spring and fall for our Outdoor Centre. To apply for Outdoor Centre spring or fall work, email firstname.lastname@example.org
How many campers/staff are in each cabin?
We have approximately 10 campers and two or three counsellors in each cabin.
Do counsellors get to choose the age groups they work with?
Counsellors certainly get to request the age group that they would most like to work with and feel best suited for and then at Pre-Camp we make the decision on your placement for the summer.
What are the dates for summer employment?
Staff need to be available from approximately June 20th to August 20th