Staff FAQs


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to see a doctor before I come to camp?

All staff members must complete a Health Form prior to camp. Staff members are entitled to use the services of the camp’s Health Center at no charge. The camp maintains a full-time health services staff including licensed registered nurses.

Do I need to bring lunch?

No, North Shore Day Camp provides a complimentary meal service for staff and campers alike. We serve our food family style and have a salad bar with a wide variety of choices. While the menu has been developed to satisfy children, there are plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and considerations are made for those on vegetarian and other diets. Counselors sit with their campers and are expected to supervise while in the Lunch Areas. Counselors are responsible to ensure that their groups clean their lunch area before going to their next activity.

Do we need additional health insurance?

Staff members are covered under the New York Workman’s Compensation Law for injuries sustained while on the job or in the performance of one’s duties. Any activity not sanctioned by the camp, which causes injury, will be at the expense of the employee. Staff members should carry their own comprehensive accident and health insurance for any non-work related injuries or illnesses.

What is the correct contact information?

North Shore Day Camp
85 Crescent Beach Road
Glen Cove, NY 11542


How many staff members work at North Shore Day Camp?

We employ about 175 group counselors and specialists and about 20 support staff working in maintenance, grounds, transportation, kitchen, medical, security and office. The camp population (and staff population) is evenly divided between males and females. Staff ages range from high school through adults. The majority of our counselor staff is between 18 and 24 years of age.

Where does the staff come from?

North Shore attracts staff from all over the New York metropolitan area. Most of our counselors come from Long Island, with some staff members joining us from other areas throughout the United States and the rest of the world!

What are my working hours at camp?

Monday through Friday. Sign-in is at 8:30 for staff not involved in transportation. Dismissal is at 4:00 PM. Staff involved in transportation can expect to begin their day at approximately 8:00 and should be finished by 5:00. Some staff may be required to stay late for parent visiting and/or extended day trips. Breaks throughout the day can be arranged only with the Division Leader’s approval.

What should I wear/bring to camp?

Our staff members serve as role models to our campers and as such are expected to maintain a neat and professional appearance. North Shore Day Camp is a uniform camp for staff. Staff must wear their staff shirts (provided), shorts or pants and sneakers daily. Female group counselors must wear once piece bathing suits only. No extremes in hair color, piercings or body art are permitted. We provide lunch, 5 camp staff shirts, towels, equipment and supplies for all sports and activities & sunscreen.

What should I expect of Orientation?

You will be required to complete 3-5 days of orientation in June, which will cover all aspects of camp and what will be expected of you in your role as a counselor or specialist. This also gives you an opportunity to get to know the other counselors and staff. Orientation will give you useful advice in order to deal with various situations you may come across at camp. Adventure specialists will have additional orientation regarding the use of equipment and safety of the program.

How are we paid?

Total Compensation as per your contract is divided into two equal parts: Salary and Completion Bonus. Checks will be distributed bi-weekly and your Salary will be pro-rated for time worked during each 2-week time period. Please note that your Total Compensation will be pro-rated for time missed and our Perfect Attendance Bonus requires perfect attendance for all orientation and camp days. All required camp forms must be turned in prior to receiving a check.

What other hints do you suggest?

Come to camp with a positive attitude each and every day. Get to know your campers. Think of ideas to entertain them before you arrive at camp. Talking with returning staff may also give you insight, so ask for some email addresses before camp to find out their views and ideas. It is hard work but if you put in 100% it will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.

Enjoy the summer and have lots of fun!!!