We’re excited to launch a new Counselor Apprenticeship at Tamarack Farm this summer!

Overview: The Counselor Apprenticeship is a 6.5-week (June 27-August 12) leadership development program for 15 to 17-year-olds. Counselor Apprentices receive two weeks of training. Upon successful completion of the training, they will spend four weeks as Counselor Apprentices at The Barn Day Camp. There will be an additional application process for this limited program as participants will be expected to take on a large amount of responsibility at the Barn Day Camp. The teens in this program will live at Tamarack Farm and be full members of the community and will participate in evening and weekend programming there.

Tuition: The rate for this program is $4,000 for the full season.

Application: Participants in this program will apply as campers at TF and they will also fill out an additional application (request by emailing [email protected]) and complete a phone interview.

Training: The first two weeks of the summer will be an intensive training based on the training we provide all our summer staff. The first week will cover counselor training, Emergency Action Plan, Risk Management, F&W mission & values and what it means to work as a part of a nonprofit, child development theory, activity preparation (with an experiential approach), trips training, and inclusivity and equity. During the second week, the Counselor Apprentices will have the opportunity to gain Red Cross lifeguard certification (if they are non-swimmers they can receive in-depth skill training in one of our activity areas), CPR, and First Aid.

Work: For the final four weeks of the program, the Counselor Apprentices will work at the Barn Day Camp (BDC) for their full day (8:45 am -4:15 pm). The BDC typically has between 75 and 90 4-10 year olds in its program. Apprentices will be placed within an activity area and receive support from a Barn Day Camp activity head as well as the head of the Counselor Apprentice program (who will observe and support their growth through the summer). They will be held to the high expectations we have of all our staff with an additional level of support and on-going training. Once Apprentices have successfully completed the program, they will have the certifications and experience we look for in our summer staff.

Community Living: The Counselor Apprentices will be full community members of Tamarack Farm taking part in orientation and goals setting, meals (except lunches when they are working at Barn Day Camp), chores, silent meeting, community singing and appreciation time, evening programming (town meetings, gender circles, all camp games, social and environmental justice discussions, cabin nights, open-mic nights, and community parties/events like Museum of Farm Arts and farm party), cabin life, 1-on-1 mentorship, and weekend all-camp work projects, rest (Sundays are a day to rest), and adventures (one Saturday is a wilderness adventure day).

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