Tamarack Farm Counselor Apprentice Program

The Counselor Apprenticeship is a leadership development program designed for 15- to 17-year-olds to build skills for working here at F&W or other similar organizations.  It is a 6.5-week program that starts with two weeks of training that will prepare participants to work for the next four weeks as Counselor Apprentices at the Barn Day Camp, Timberlake, or Indian Brook.   The teens in this program will be held to the high expectations we have of all our staff with an additional level of support and on-going training.  Once the Counselor Apprentices have successfully completed the program, they will have the certifications and experience we look for in our summer staff.

Application Process: There will be an additional application process for this program.  Spaces are limited and participants will be expected to take on a large amount of responsibility.  On the application for Tamarack Farm, there will be an option to indicate you’re interested in applying for the Counselor Apprentice program.  Once you’re registered, we will then send you the application for the interested teen to fill out.  When we receive the application, we will set up a time for a phone interview.

Community Living:  The Counselor Apprentices will be full community members of Tamarack Farm taking part in orientation and goals setting, meals (except lunches during the week), chores,  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 usually a day to rest), and adventures (one Saturday is a wilderness adventure day).

I would recommend the CA program... You get wonderful work experience, and you feel as though you’re a part of both the Tamarack Farm and the Barn Day Camp communities. I absolutely loved the experience.

—Piper ('18 Counselor Apprentice)