Thank you for your interest in Tripp Lake Camp This sections provides information about becoming a staff member.  It is also intended to give you background about the community of Tripp Lake and the type of opportunity you may have while working here. We look forward to hearing from you. For more information, please call the Assistant Director at 1-800-997-4347. If you are interested in joining our staff, please fill out our online application.

Current Staff can log in here for information about this upcoming camp season. You will be able to access all the necessary forms, bulletins, information and updates.

Our Counselor Staff

Many of our counselors come back year after year. Only highly qualified candidates are hired to care for and teach our campers. Candidates must complete an interview process to ensure that each counselor is someone who embodies the values we promote at Tripp lake Camp. We carefully check the references you provide. These references provide us with a solid outline of your characteristics. We work hard to match your expertise with a position for the summer. Each counselor is hired to specialize in an activity. Counselors must demonstrate skills or have a degree in their area.  Each staff member is required to have an annual background check.

Bunk Counselors are a key element to the success of our campers’ summer. Our program is a seven week session where campers stay the full season. Most female counselors live in bunks with six campers, with the remaining staff housed in separate bunks. A bunk counselor is a role model and a mentor. They are pivotal in creating a positive cooperative atmosphere as serving as the primary leadership and guidance in the bunk.

"Last summer, I worked at Tripp Lake Camp. The experience was life changing. Working at camp was more amazing than I could have ever imagined. Getting to meet other staff from all over the world and getting to play a hand in the fondest of memories of Tripp Lake for campers was incredible. Seeing campers come back and think so fondly of their years at camp and then knowing I was a part of that for those I worked with and met is a like being a part of something bigger than myself. I had the privilege of changing lives. If I could spend the rest of my life doing what I got to do at camp every day, I would never work a day in my life."

Hannah
Counselor

Positions

Tripp Lake Camp employs over 200 people during the summer. Our counselor staff consists of approximately 135 activity counselors from all corners of the United States, as well as around the world. Staff members generally have completed at least one year of college before coming to camp.

Salary

Tripp Lake offers competitive salaries dependent upon the applicant’s experience and qualifications.

Transportation and Lodging

Tripp Lake provides transportation allowance to and from camp as well as room and board,  laundry service, wifi, and camp uniforms.Counselors have their own recreation lodge with cable TV, computers, phones, wifi, refrigerator, and microwave that are open for use during their leisure time.

Health & Safety

The health and safety of each individual is our highest priority. Our full-time residential medical staff consists of one physician and multiple registered nurses. We have a well-equipped modern health center on camp property. The medical staff maintains vigilant supervision of health issues.

Uniform

Tripp Lake campers and staff wear a required uniform that is designed for comfort and function. The uniform not only eliminates competition in dress, but also promotes our sense of community and team spirit.

Location

Tripp Lake Camp is located in Poland, Maine, midway between the Atlantic Ocean and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We are 45 minutes north of Portland, Maine’s largest city, and just 20 minutes from Auburn, Maine, where you will find shopping and movie theaters. The camp property is 260 acres of spacious open fields surrounded by wooded acreage, located on the northwest shore of Tripp Lake. The grounds and facilities are maintained in excellent condition. Tripp Lake Camp is the only camp on the lake. The lake is a clear and temperate body of water about a mile wide and five miles long.

For more information, please call the Assistant Director at 1-800-997-4347.

"After my first summer spent at TLC, I can honestly say I’ve never felt the longing to return to one place in such a way - the people, the place and most of all the wonderful girls who all made TLC such an amazing and rewarding place to be."

Ciara
Counselor

Pre-camp Training Start Dates

The camp season begins in mid-June and ends in mid-August. Staff members are required to attend pre-camp orientation, which begins seven days before the campers arrive. Some activities require additional training programs, which are scheduled before pre-camp orientation. We offer Rope Initiative Training, Lifeguard, Water Safety Instruction, First Aid, CPR, and Trip Leader Certification courses.

Please note that international staff will need to arrive two days prior to the training start date listed below, and other staff will need to arrive one day prior to the training start date listed below.

Key Dates
Rocks, Ropes & Outdoor Living Course
June 7, 2021
Lifeguard Course
June 7, 2021
Support Staff Arrive
June 13, 2021
WSI Course (for swim staff without this qualification)
June 14, 2021
Departmental Training: Nurses
June 14, 2021
Trip Leader Course (Mandatory for RRODL, Canoe & Kayak counselors; Optional for other counselors)
June 14, 2021
Departmental Training: Riding, Tennis, Advisor, Assistant Advisor, Waterfront
June 15, 2021
CPR / First Aid Course; Remaining International Staff arrive
June 17, 2021
All Remaining Staff Arrive
June 18, 2021
Campers Arrive
June 26, 2021
Departure Dates
Camper Depart
August 13, 2021
110th Anniversary Weekend
August 13-15, 2021
Counselors Depart
August 16, 2021
Support Staff & Nurses Depart
August 17, 2021

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