What is the atmosphere/culture like at Brown Ledge?
Brown Ledge has a friendly, relaxed, welcoming, yet active atmosphere. There’s an energy and buzz in the air as campers run eagerly from one activity to the next, cheer on their bunkies’ accomplishments, or work to master a new skill. Here, we want everyone — campers, JCs, and counselors alike — to feel comfortable being their authentic, unmediated selves. Because of the acceptance and encouragement found throughout Brown Ledge, campers are not afraid to try new things, to maybe fail at them, and to try again anyways. We grant campers a great deal of freedom from Day 1, and they quickly feel a sense of belonging at Brown Ledge. All of this fosters a warm, open, and inclusive environment at camp. The ongoing tradition of embracing others for who they are creates a true community spirit.
Do I have to wear a staff uniform at camp?
No, Brown Ledge is a uniform free camp and our staff and campers are free to wear what they wish. This freedom of self-expression aligns with our Freedom of Choice philosophy, which we believe creates an open and dynamic energy at Brown Ledge.
In what cabin will I live?
At Brown Ledge, all senior staff live in separate cabins from the campers. The cabins range in size from one- or two-person cabins to larger cabins with up to 10 people. You will find out which cabin you will live in for the summer (and who your bunkies will be!) during pre-camp.
How does time off work?
Time off is regulated and agreed upon within the departments, usually on a weekly basis. Often, department members will get a morning or afternoon off on some sort of rotating schedule.
What is the salary/How do I get paid?
Your summer salary will be determined based on our pay scale, which will be discussed during the interview process. In addition to salary, all counselors are provided with 3 meals a day and lodging. You will be paid biweekly throughout the summer.
Does BLC have any religious affiliation?
No, Brown Ledge accepts and welcomes campers and staff from all backgrounds, religions and faiths. Camp encourages time for thought and reflection, and our Sunday chapel is a non-denominational service which emphasizes ethics, morals, and friendship, rather than formalized religion. It includes nothing ritualistic or intrusive.
Why do staff choose to come back year after year?
Staff choose to return to Brown Ledge year-after-year because of the strong friendships they develop, the investment they feel in the camp community, and the lasting sense of connection and accomplishment that comes from being a teacher and mentor. Our traditions, routines, and daily schedule create a close-knit community where lasting relationships can be forged. Campers look up to junior and senior staff members alike as role models, and often, they develop close connections with the counselors who are teaching and challenging them daily. Of course, the energy and joy at camp are also contagious: The design of the program allows staff to take part in the camp activities when there is room, so staff can try out sailing or waterskiing or archery on their days off. We want our staff to have fun and learn as much as they can — and most report that they definitely do!