Important Camp Dates Trail's End Camp
|All Group Leaders Arrive||June 14|
|Outdoor Adventure and Waterfront Staff Arrive||June 14|
|Head of Areas Arrive||June 14|
|Activity Specialists Arrive||June 16|
|General Counselors/Cabin Specialists Arrive||June 18|
|Varsity Staff Arrive||June 18|
|Opening Campfire - Campers Arrive||June 24|
|Visiting Day for Campers' Parents||July 15|
|Camp Ends for Campers and Staff||August 13|
FAQs Trail's End Camp
Beach Lake, Pennsylvania – 2.5 hours from NYC, 2 hours from Philadelphia and 10 minutes from the Delaware River
We recruit from some of the finest colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and abroad. Staff must have completed their first year of college prior to working at TEC.
There is a five day orientation where our staff begin to develop skills that will be used throughout the summer. The training process continues with meetings every Tuesday night and ongoing support from Group Leaders, Head Counselors and Camp Directors. We expect our staff to come to camp with a willingness to grow and learn.
Our Assistant Director, Sara Fetterhoff is in charge of all recruiting. By way of background, Sara has been with us since 2008 and has served in the roles of bunk counselor, specialist counselor, Group Leader and Tour Director before being offered the opportunity to work as our full time Assistant Director. Having lived each of these positions she truly understands what it takes to be successful at Trail’s End. You can email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each group is comprised of 36 campers entering the same school grade. The group is divided into 3 bunks with 12 campers and 3-4 counselors living in each cabin. The bunks have modern bathrooms and spacious clothing rooms.
Area Directors and Group Leaders live in private or semi-private rooms with bathrooms.
Kitchen, Maintenance, and Housekeeping staff live in either dorms or large cabins.
You will be issued a personal lock box located in your head counselor’s office. This is the perfect place for your valuable such as; Passports, DS2019 forms, wallets, iPods, cash, etc. Additionally, if you are bringing a cell phone to camp, you MUST keep it in your lock box. Cell phone use is not permitted anywhere in camp except for the staff lounge area.
We offer a competitive salary based on a staff members years working at camp. All bunk counselors will be paid on 2 separate occasions throughout the summer. The 1st payment is 30%, and the 2nd is 70%. You will have the ability have the check cashed for you or you can send your check to your bank at home or hold it until the end of the summer. Non Bunk Staff can also have their payments issued to their bank account, via "direct deposit."
Staff are entitled to 5 days off throughout the summer and will also have 3-4 nights off per week. We recognize how important your social life at camp will be to you. This social life will be much different from college where many of you spend your free time at college bars. At camp you are working with children and as such the bars cannot be a part of your summer experience.
Therefore, we will organize events for you during your time off. Activities will include nighttime sports tournaments; movie and bowling nights paid for by camp; outdoor adventure midnight zip-line rides; a staff party; and more! We will introduce our complete staff activities schedule during orientation including our staff days off trips to Dorney Park and New York City.
Yes – counselor curfew is 12:45 AM and we expect a quiet camp at 1:15 AM
The kids at TEC are mostly from affluent backgrounds in the NY Metro area. We attract campers from Manhattan, Long Island, Northern New Jersey, Westchester, Maryland, Philadelphia and Florida. While most of our campers are Jewish, most of our staff is not. Over 90% of our kids are “return campers.” Many also have older siblings, cousins or parents that were once Trail's End campers, building upon our strong sense of family and tradition.
Summer days in Pennsylvania are warm, while the nights tend to cool off. Plan on 85-90 degree weather during the day with temperatures dropping to the high 70s at night. Don’t forget your raincoat, as we can always count on a few good rain storms each summer.
We will provide transportation from Newark NJ Airport. All American staff traveling to camp, should plan on making their way to Newark for the arranged pick up. For North American staff, we offer an allowance of up to $300 to fly to camp and up to $200 to drive (except for LI, Westchester, North Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania).
We have put together an exciting program for this summer. Included in this program are many opportunities for our staff to showcase their talents. Whether you sing, play a musical instrument, or have other special talents please think about bringing them to camp to enhance the summer’s program. Additionally, we have staff members from across the globe and are always excited to learn more about the different cultures. Please let us know if there is anything from your culture that you would like to share with us.
During the summer, family and friends can reach you on your cell phone during your free time. In case of an emergency, they can call TEC’s main switchboard at 800-408-1404 or 570-729-7111. Additionally, the mailing address is 230 Trail’s End Road, Beach Lake PA 18405.
We have a state of the art weight room and fitness center that is available to staff in the early morning, certain times throughout the day and at night until 11:00pm.