The primary prerequisite for a counselor at Robindel is a desire to live, work and play with children, and of course, love them. We seek mature and reliable people who can be counted on to be part of a team. Here at Robindel, our cabin counselors are also activity specialists. This means that you get to spend your days sharing your passion for sports, arts or nature with all of the camp community. We are looking for people who like to work hard and play hard! Most staff at Robindel return for more than one summer and many find clarity in their career goals after spending summers with us. We are happy to work with you to fulfill internship requirements, should you have any.
Unit Leaders are responsible for overseeing the campers and counselors in one or two age groups. As a Unit Leader, you are a liaison between staff, campers, administration and parents. The position requires organization, creativity, patience, enthusiasm and hard work. Unit Leaders have been known to sing some pretty silly songs at Sunday Campfire!
Department Heads are responsible for overseeing a department area, which includes organizing the daily program (6 activity periods) for campers and staff, and maintaining equipment. Department heads are experts in their program area. Aside from expertise in coaching an activity, the position requires organization, creativity, good judgment and decision-making skills, and an “instructor voice.” As a department head, you are the go-to person for everything in your department area at Robindel.
Specialty Staff/Cabin Counselors
Archery is a fairly new activity at Robindel, received with a lot of enthusiasm during the 2013 summer! An archery instructor will work with small groups of campers on the mechanics of archery, focusing on safety and technique. Experience teaching archery is preferred, though not required. We will train you to teach archery as long as you have experience as a participant!
Arts & Crafts
Our extensive Arts & Crafts program is based in a 3-story building known as the “Art Barn.” It is a great space to share your appreciation of art as well as learn and explore new mediums!
The bottom floor is for ceramics and pottery. We have 6 pottery wheels and our own kiln. The middle floor is dedicated to fine arts, including drawing, painting, photography and more. The top floor is for all sorts of crafts – anything you can dream of! We do tie dye, sewing, candle making, paper mache, beads, looms, stained glass and more!
With your guidance, campers work on projects that can be completed in one activity period as well as long-term projects.
Though you do not have to be an art major in school, it is helpful to have experience and knowledge in teaching a variety of art mediums.
Using our dance studio as well as the outdoors, our dance instructor teaches four to six hours of dance each day. You should have personal experience and knowledge in teaching and choreographing a variety of dance styles, especially jazz and hip-hop. You will be responsible for guiding our campers in “dance-offs” which are fun competitions with other camps in our area, as well as in the end of summer dance show, performed for the entire Robindel community.
Our fitness department is Fun! Fitness instructors teach a variety of classes including Zumba, yoga, step, cardio-blast and sports conditioning. This is an especially popular activity with our older girls. As an instructor, you have a lot of flexibility in the specific classes that you teach and the music to go along with them. We want girls to learn proper techniques, keep active, and most of all have fun while exercising!
Our gymnastics program is housed in the “Rec Hall,” overlooking beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. We are looking for people with experience as both a participant and a coach in a gym setting. Our gymnastics instructors use proper spotting techniques while coaching and teaching gymnasts of all levels on our spring floor, tumbling mat, uneven bars, beams, and vault. All activity periods begin with stretching, as we are always mindful of healthy habits and safety.
Robindel’s Landsports Department is spirited, energetic and well-rounded. Staff in this department coach more than one sport. Our landsports staff need to be flexible, organized and able to lead lessons for both large and small groups. Lessons are focused on progressive skill development and teamwork with tons of fun thrown in! Some staff lead smaller training sessions for campers who have a special interest in a sport or are training for a school team at home. All landsports staff will have the opportunity to coach an inter-camp team (to compete against other camps in the area) at some point in the summer.
SO, what is Landsports anyway?! You’ve probably guessed by now that Landsports includes:
- Basketball – played on 2 full length courts with 9 adjustable hoops.
- Field Hockey – gaining popularity again in recent years, field hockey is played on any of the fields at Robindel.
- Golf – we have a driving range and putting green, and opportunities to play on local courses.
- Lacrosse-we have 3 fields for lacrosse and all of the equipment (goals, sticks, masks, balls) to go along with them.
- Soccer – we have 2 soccer fields. The “Green” Field and the “Main” Field, right on the lake!
- Softball – played on Jolly Field!
- Volleyball – we have a beach volleyball court right next to the lake.
The nature program at Robindel has no bounds. It is shaped each summer by the passions of its staff members. As a nature instructor you can share your love for the outdoors with our campers, providing them with education and fun. You get to coordinate the recycling program at Robindel, and find new ways to keep kids interested in preserving our planet. We have a relationship with a local farm where you can take campers to pick vegetables, milk cows and learn a ton! There is a local blueberry farm that loves when we bring our girls blueberry picking in August. You can take campers on walks, cook, make crafts, build fires, the sky is the limit!
The Outdoor Adventure department combines hiking, camping and exploring the beautiful New England mountains and coast. You have the rare opportunity to introduce kids to the world of camping and to share your love for it. We find that campers come back from their trips excited about what they have learned and eager to go again.
Our Junior campers (ages 7-10) all go on one overnight trip in the summer. Our intermediate campers (ages 11-12) have the opportunity to go on 2 different optional overnight trips. You will lead our 13 year old campers on a 2-night trip to Camden, Maine and our 14-year old campers on a 3-night trip to Bar Harbor, Maine. One of the most memorable trips is with a select group of 15 year-old campers interested in hiking Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast.
As an outdoor adventure staff member you will definitely work hard and play hard. We are looking for people who love to camp, and who feel comfortable with skills such as: fire building, cooking on a camp stove, putting up tents, leading groups on hikes, logistics, and driving a 15-passenger van. We will help you with any of these skills! The primary prerequisites are that you are responsible, safety conscious, and able to lead large groups. It is helpful if you are a Wilderness First Responder, but not necessary. You must be at least 21 years old with a valid drivers license to be on the OA Staff.
Our camp photographer spends her day amongst smiling campers who seem to flock to the lens! We are looking for somebody who is comfortable with digital photography – taking photos, editing photos, and uploading them onto a site for parents to see. It is very important for parents to be able to “see” their daughter, and your job is to make that happen for all parents. You will also be responsible for keeping the photos labeled and organized, ready to be used for the end-of-summer slideshow and yearbook.
The riding program at Robindel is offered as an optional activity. Therefore, you will be working with a select group of campers who have a true interest in learning to ride or progressing their skills from home. You will work with each camper between two and five times per week. Riding instructors must have personal expertise and teaching experience in English riding skills at all levels.
Aside from teaching responsibilities, the riding staff is responsible for caring for the horses. Therefore, riding instructors do not live in cabins with campers. You will be assigned as a “Bunk Aunt” to a group of girls with whom you will eat meals and join in certain activities. This allows you to be connected to a cabin while allowing for your different schedule based on the needs of the horses.
Robindel’s ropes course is truly one of a kind. Its central location is not just convenient, but also means that you won’t have bugs in your face all day like many courses tucked away in the woods. We have an extensive high and low challenge course and operate under the “challenge by choice” motto. As a ropes staff member, you will be responsible for facilitating group games and low ropes elements to teach the basics of teamwork, trust and cooperation. Most of your summer will be spent on the high ropes course which includes a climbing wall, giant swing, trapeze leap, giant ladder, vine walk and tall ships just to name a few. AND, of course, the aqua zip! We actually have the only zip line that lands in the lake!
It is helpful if you have experience belaying, leading initiatives and climbing. All ropes staff members will go through an intensive three-day training by an outside company, regardless of prior experience. Not only does this training get you comfortable with our ropes course, but also it is a super fun time to get to know the rest of the ropes staff!
Ski is one of the most popular programs at Robindel. As a ski staff member, you will spend your days on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee teaching campers how to ski and coaching them as they progress. We have 4 Malibu ski boats and a whole shed of fun equipment including regular water skis, slalom skis, wakeboards, kneeboards, surfboards, trick skis, wake skates, and even discs! Of course, you do need to know how to drive a boat while pulling skiers. Once at camp, we will help you prepare for your NH boating license, a requirement on the lake.
Swimming is an important part of the Robindel program. Most campers receive instructional swim every day. As a swim staff member you will teach lessons throughout the day based on the American Red Cross standards. During free swim times, swim instructors act as lifeguards. We have three inflatable water toys, which are very popular during this time!
We look for people who have compete on swim teams and who have taught swim lessons. If you are not currently an American Red Cross Lifeguard or WSI Instructor, we will provide this training to you before the start of our official staff orientation.
“Buffalo Bob” has been the head of our tennis department since 1992. We take pride in our extensive tennis program and facilities, which include 12 courts (7 hard and 5 clay). Most tennis staff compete at the university level and have experience coaching, while others act as tennis coaches year-round. Tennis instructors have the opportunity to teach both group and private lessons. Some staff will coach campers in intercamp tennis tournaments.
We have 3 courts with lights which many staff use in the evenings. If you are playing for your university, you will have plenty of opportunity to keep up with your training with other tennis staff here at Robindel.
Robindel has 2 special “Nights at the Theatre” per summer. The theatre staff is responsible for organizing these productions. One is for our youngest campers (ages 7-10) and the other is for our older girls (11-15). We encourage all of the girls to participate in the theatre productions, and many campers enjoy helping backstage as well.
Theatre staff should have experience in at least three of the following: directing, acting, scenery, makeup, costumes, singing, dance, lighting, sound equipment.
Water Crafts (aka Small Crafts): sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing
Water Crafts is a popular area at Robindel for good reason: we are located in a secluded cove of a beautiful lake. This allows for sailing instruction with just the perfect amount of wind, and great days for paddling. As a water crafts staff, you will spend your days teaching basic boating skills of kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, sailboats (Sunfish and Hobie Cat) and windsurfs. Many campers like to learn how to sail on their own, and work to earn their “skipper” with you as their coach. We teach proper paddling techniques. Most of all, we teach campers new skills to use while enjoying the lake and being safe. Experience with both paddling and sailing is preferred, but not required.
Our kitchen staff are crucial members of the Robindel community, preparing three meals a day to over 350 people. The kitchen staff at Robindel are a true family, many returning summer after summer. As a team, you are responsible for assisting the chef to prepare food, washing dishes, setting up and clearing meals, sweeping and mopping the dining hall, supervising salad bars and making sure that the dining hall runs smoothly during meals. Between meals and in the evening, we encourage you to enjoy the facilities at Robindel and the beautiful setting on Lake Winnipesaukee.
The laundry staff at Robindel makes sure that everybody has clean sheets and towels, and that bathrooms are kept sanitary and stocked. We send all clothing to be washed outside of camp, so your primary responsibility is washing one towel per person each day as well as one set of sheets per person each week. In your free time, you are welcome to enjoy all of the wonderful facilities at Robindel, including beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee.
We are looking for hard working people who are handy and want to work as part of a team. Our maintenance staff makes sure that camp looks great! Robindel’s maintenance team is lead by Joel who has been with us since 1982. Jeff and Craig, who have also been with us for many years, assist Joel. During the summer, we add a few more people to the maintenance team. The maintenance staff definitely works hard, but they have been known to laugh and joke around pretty hard as well! Our maintenance guys often return for many summers to the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee.
Our nurses play an essential role in the care and safety of the entire Robindel community. Nursing responsibilities include: distribution of daily medications, assessment of camper and staff health needs, first aid application and updating charts. Our Health Hut is visited often by campers with minor bumps and bruises accumulated by kids running around having fun at camp! Our nursing staff also arranges appointments with local doctors and dentists. You will work closely with the other nurses and camp doctor, and communicate often with parents.
As a Robindel nurse, you will have your own room in the Health Hut. Nurses schedules are flexible, allowing you time to enjoy the beautiful setting of Camp Robindel.
We are looking for recent graduates and professional licensed registered nurses* who are organized, patient and have a sense of humor! You must hold a current nursing license and apply for a New Hampshire license. We are happy to help you with this process!
* We hire one student nurse per summer. If you are still in school and interested in being our student nurse, please apply!
Office & Program Staff
Our camp office is a busy place! Campers love stopping by to say hi and write you notes. Office duties include answering phones, taking detailed messages, sorting camp mail and packages, making photocopies, downloading camper emails, making overhead announcements, and greeting visitors. The office staff is in constant contact with campers, staff, parents, and visitors of Robindel both in person and via telephone. We are seeking people who are organized, punctual, friendly, have a calm demeanor in stressful situations, and who are comfortable using computers. A great sense of humor is helpful too!
Our program team works out of the Head Cabin, which is like the hub of camp. Daily schedules and all programming come out of here. They make sure that everybody knows what’s happening each day, and as a program staff you will be wearing many hats! One day you may be planning large group activities and shopping for supplies. Another day you may be taking photos or giving somebody a tour of camp. You will find yourself helping our office staff, making photocopies, going on trips with campers, doing airport pickups, making newsletters, creating fun gifts for staff, and more! Our Head Cabin team have a lot of fun every day and they also work really hard.