Program Area Specialists
Miniwanca Specialists are responsible, enthusiastic, and camper-focused youth development professionals from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Program Area Specialists work to create a safe and exciting environment for campers from both Boys Camp and Girls Camp. Specialist positions such as Craft House and Woodshop Specialists are site-specific and work at just Boys Camp or Girls Camp, while others, such as Waterfront and Sailing and Paddling Specialists, work with both Boys Camp and Girls Camp. In each program area, specialists will work to create an experience that helps campers learn and grow. Campers will learn and practice new skills under the care of the specialists.
What should I know before applying?
In all of these positions, specialists typically:
• Love working with kids and being outside.
• Are enthusiastic about growing and inspiring campers to grow.
• See themselves as positive role models for the youth of Miniwanca.
Frequently Asked Questions
Specialists will spend many of their days in staff training in their program area preparing for the summer and learning about our systems. They will also learn all about the mission, philosophy and values of the American Youth Foundation. They will learn how to work with campers, how to teach activities, how to keep campers safe at the waterfront, and will work to build our positive community.
Yes, food and housing is provided for the entirety of your contract with Miniwanca.
Specialists will live in our open air cabins with other staff members. Our cabins have screened windows and flaps that roll down to cover the windows in inclement weather.
It is not uncommon for staff members to be experiencing camp and Miniwanca for the very first time. First time staff members should be open to new experiences and ways of operating when they come to Miniwanca.
Miniwanca is able to work with a variety of dietary needs and allergies. At each meal, Miniwanca will provide a dairy free, gluten free, and vegetarian option. Miniwanca is peanut and tree nut aware and will not serve anything with those products in it. Some snacks and desserts may be created in a facility that uses peanuts or tree nuts, and safe alternatives will be offered when those are the general option.
Miniwanca will pick up leaders on specific days from local airports and bus stations. If you do not have a car and are interested in using public transportation to get to camp please talk to your supervisor about what options are available to you.