You all run an amazing program! Love to hear about all the activities and see the cool crafts that Ethan comes home with!
- Ann D., Westfield NJ
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Camp Riverbend is a children's summer day camp located in Warren Township, in Somerset County, New Jersey, (near Berkeley Heights). In 2014, our dates are Monday, June 30 through Friday, August 15. Camp is closed Friday, July 4. Camp runs on weekdays only, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Counselors are expected to be present for the entire camp day, and for the entire 7 week camp season, as well as all training dates.
In addition, staff training is mandatory, and is scheduled for:
Thursday, June 19: 5 to 9 p.m. (first year staff only)
Friday, June 20: 4 to 9 p.m. (all staff)
Saturday, June 21: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (all staff)
Sunday, June 22: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (all staff)
Since we are a day camp, we are unable to provide lodging or meals for staff members. You should have a place to stay within about 20 miles of camp. Counselors bring their own lunch to camp each day. Most counselors come to camp on a camp bus, either as a bus driver (which requires a special Commercial Driver's License) or as a bus rider (supervising campers on the bus). Bus drivers and riders get extra money for doing these jobs, on top of their regular counselor salary.
Camp Riverbend is family owned and operated (since 1962). There are about 185 staff members. Our main philosophy is one of participation, not competition. Our goal is for each child to learn and try his or her best, in all areas. Campers and counselors participate daily in sports, crafts, performing arts, nature and environment and swimming.
Salary levels vary according to your education level, your experience working with children in a variety of settings, and your skill level. College students (just graduating high school) start at $1855 for the season, which includes training. Students just graduating college start around $2200. Teachers' salaries are based on their experience and background. Our youngest counselors have just graduated high school. If you are still in high school, please contact us in your senior year.
There are three basic types of jobs at Camp Riverbend:
Group Counselors work with one group of 18 children all summer (all the children are in one grade). The group counselors plan activities for their group, and accompany the campers to activity instructors (such as arts and crafts), where they assist. Group counselors also assist the waterfront staff at swimming lessons and free swim time. Teachers are group heads, and they supervise 1-2 college students as their assistants.
Specialty Instructors teach specific skills related to their activity to 7 groups of campers daily. Some of our specialty programs are arts & crafts, ceramics, woodworking, baseball, canoeing, international games and cooking, drama, music and soccer. Group counselors assist specialty instructors during their group's sessions. Applicants must have experience teaching in their specialty area. Some positions (high and low ropes challenge course, canoeing, archery) also require that the instructor have, or be willing to earn, special certifications. Camp Riverbend will pay the fee to enroll you in a course to earn the required certification.
Waterfront Staff teach swimming lessons every morning (about 6-10 campers in a swim group) and lifeguard every afternoon. Applicants must have Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor certifications, or be willing to earn these certifications before camp begins. Camp Riverbend will pay part of the fee for these courses.