Each summer, a team of staff members is hired to create a fun summer camp experience for our campers by teaching exciting new skills, providing adventure opportunities, and encouraging rank advancement.
As a member of the Camp Hinds Staff, you will have the opportunity for tremendous growth while trying new things. If you are ready to work as a team and try new things, you will become a valuable staff member.
On the Camp Hinds staff, you will have a part in leading ceremonies, teaching skills, organizing campfires, greeting campers and leaders, and making our program fun. These are full days of interaction with Scouts and adult Scouters. You will be living with the staff in the Maine woods on beautiful Panther Pond for much of the summer.
You may work in aquatics, nature, Scoutcraft, archery, shooting sports, our new camper program (Polaris), rock climbing, our Cope adventure ropes course, dining hall services, administration, or other areas. You may be selected to do something that has not been you forte, but you will get the training and guidance you need during Hinds University Staff Training—a full week of intense preparation before our summer guests arrive.
To join the staff, you will need a positive attitude, willingness to try new things, ability to work long days, and most of all, a real love of working with Scouts, Leaders, and family members. While our emphasis is on campers ages 11-17, there will be special programs for Cubs, older youth, and families, too.
You must be 16 years of age, though we have special counselor-in-training and leadership programs for those 15 years of age.
Area directors and assistant directors will be ages 18 or 21 or older depending on the area and the certifications required.
Many of our area directors will be graduates of the BSA’s National Camping School and hold certifications. We would like as many camp staff members as possible to hold first aid and CPR certifications and our waterfront staff will be certified or re-certifed as Lifeguards before camp opens.
To prepare for the summer, you will attend Hinds University or Staff Week before campers arrive. Staff week is a six-day experience of building our team, learning and polishing not only outdoor skills, but also techniques for working with our Scouts, teaching, and leading. At the end of the week, you will have clear understanding of what is ahead and your role making camp the very best.
The Camp Hinds staff is divided into the areas listed below. You may apply to work in any one of them and we will discuss your potential to work in areas you may not have tried before. During the summer we may have special programs or needs that require staff members to flex.
Ecology, Conservation, Nature
Scoutcraft (Outdoor Skills)
COPE (Challenging Outdoor Program Experience
Dining Hall Services
Ranger Team (Facilities)
On the Camp Hinds staff everyone is expected to be a leader. There are also a special group of camp staffers that are responsible for the safe and fun operation of our various departments and training, coaching, and mentoring our younger staff.
Area Directors on the waterfront and for climbing and Cope and shooting sports and trekking are all 21 years or older and hold special required certifications from the National Camping School. Nature, Scoutcraft, first year camper are also trained at NCS or have equivalent training and are at least 18 year of age. If the candidate for those positions do not already hold a certification, we will make arrangements for the training courses.
Additionally, the Camp Director and Program Director for the camp hold NCS certificates and have a variety of Scouting and Camp Hinds experience. The camp health director, ranger, and dining hall kitchen manager all hold various certifications.
If you are of age and believe you are ready to take the next step in camp leadership, talk to us about becoming an area director or assistant director.
Click here for the camp staff application. You can fill it out online and submit.
After we receive your application, expect a phone call from the camp or program director to discuss your interests for the summer and schedule a face-to-face interview.
The interview will give you an opportunity to ask questions and to better understand the duties of camp staff member. We will also explain the preparations necessary for camp such as what to bring, training schedule, lodging and meals.
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Key to our success in providing your summer camp experience are the camp and program directors who develop our camp program, recruit and train our staff, forge relationships with our unit leaders, ensure the safety and health of our camp community, and see to our general administration.
Camp Director Jacob Lanoue is well experienced in what makes Units and Scouts go!
Last year, he was our Program Director at Hinds. Jacob is York District’s Activity Chair, an assistant Scoutmaster and a Venturing Crew Advisor. One our council’s best activity planners, Jacob is an Eagle Scout and a vigil honor member of the Order of the Arrow.
Jacob is a graduate of the BSA’s National Camping School in both Program and Management and is a Camp School faculty member. When not at camp, Jacob is a general contractor.
One of Jacob’s favorite memories of Hinds is delivering what was left of a perfectly soaked peanut butter and jelly sandwich to a waiting Scoutmaster on the docks during a camp-wide game!
Anna Gervais is excited to be returning to Camp Hinds as program director.
Anna spent five previous summers at camp as office manager, dining hall steward, and Polaris (new camper program) director. Anna is a graduate to the BSA’s National Camping School in Outdoor Skills and First Year Camper programs and spent years as a Camp School faculty member. She is a recipient of the Venturing Silver Award.
In the “off season,” Anna is a first-grade teacher and can be found skiing, hiking, camping, and adventuring with family and friends.