COUNSELORS & SENIOR STAFF
Since our beginning in 1957, we have maintained the belief that “Camp Staff” is the most important factor in ensuring a positive and enjoyable experience for our campers. For this reason, we place special emphasis on interviewing individuals who have demonstrated competency in working with children and the capacity to provide warm mature guidance. Child psychology and elementary education are two areas of studies for most of our counselors. Our youngest staff member is entering their sophomore year of college. Some counselors are university graduate students, while the average age counselor is 21 years old. All new and returning staff participate in a week-long comprehensive orientation and training program prior to the arrival of our campers. Cayuga's counselors are selected from fine universities throughout the United States and Europe. The majority of our counselors travel to camp from the Midwest states of Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Missouri, Ohio, Kansas, and Illinois. Approximately 10% to 15% of our cabin counselors travel to Cayuga from English speaking countries such as: Great Britain, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. Many counselors are recommended to us by other Cayuga staff, and approximately 50% of our staff members return to Cayuga each summer.
Camp Cayuga is actively supervised by the Camp Directors. Assisting them are over 40 Senior Staff members who ordinarily have experience as professional educators, school teachers, coaches, and/or guidance counselors, and eagerly assume the responsibilities of: Assistant Camp Directors, Staff Directors, Division Directors, Program Directors, Elective Program Directors, Evening Program Directors, Special Events Directors, Trips Director, Transportation Director, Medical Staff, and Administrative Staff. Cayuga’s Daily Activity Program is categorized by departments which are supervised by adult staff who act as Directors of: Athletics, Waterfront, Lakefront, Creative Arts, Performing Arts, Horsemanship, Flying Trapeze & Circus, Tennis (certified USTA professional), Wilderness & Adventure, Intercamp Tournaments, and Academics. Each age division (Juniors, Intermediates, Seniors, Super-Seniors) is actively supervised by a male and female Division Director who is dedicated to knowing every camper in his/her division and his/her interests. The Division Director’s sole responsibility is to supervise his/her division which includes working one-on-one with the campers & assisting the cabin counselors. All Senior Staff members live on the camp premises and are available to our campers on a 24-hour basis. Our staff to camper ratio is 1 to 4.
Under the direct supervision of our Camp Health Supervisor, 6 to 8 medical professionals and assistants monitor the health and well-being of all campers & staff. The camp medical staff have experience in pediatrics and emergency medical care. All camp medical personnel reside in the infirmaries and are available 24 hours daily.
The Junior Campus and Teen Campus Infirmaries are staffed at all times and are fully equipped to provide first-aid and minor treatment. Each infirmary consists of a treatment room, isolation room, separate sleeping quarters with private bathrooms for boys and girls, kitchenette, and private bedrooms for each medical staff member. Camp Cayuga's physician, who practices pediatrics at a local medical clinic, is less than 10 minutes from camp. Campers who require emergency medical care are treated at either the Wayne County Memorial Hospital in Honesdale (10 minutes from camp) or the Marian Community Hospital in Carbondale (20 minutes from camp). These hospitals have earned a fine reputation and provide 24-hour medical care where a variety of specialists are available.