I have been running MySummers since 1999. All camp directors are looking to hire staff that are caring, experienced, skilled and above all, safe with campers. In hiring staff, there are phone/in person interviews, reference checks and background checks. All of these are a must, but then what about staff who have worked at other camps, but don't list those jobs on their staff application or on the MySummers registration form. I would recommend asking potential staff what they have done the past 2-3 summers. Also, ask for references from these jobs. If the applicant can't provide that information, that is a red flag and camp directors should move on to other applicants. Also, camps can subscribe to Staffer Index, a database provided by A.M.Skier. MySummers camps have use of Staffer Index during the busy hiring months (for free!). Staff can be the key to a successful summer, so in hiring for summer camp jobs, camp directors should take as many precautions as possible. I read an article by a former camp director who said he never regretted not hiring specific staff. There are always good applicants, and if you're unsure, move on. There will be less headaches than dealing with problems at camp. Best of luck in finding the best staff for summer camp jobs, one of the most rewarding experiences of all!
Camp Director, Maine Arts Camp
Owner, MySummers & Camp Finders