Our camp administrators and program specialists - those who design the camp program and offer professional support to campers - are primarily teachers from Barrie and other area schools. They create the program, set the tone, and mentor our counselor staff.
The young adults who comprise the counselor staff are the key ingredient in making a summer at Barrie a special experience for every camper. Campers admire counselors and have a special relationship with them, one that is very different than the ones established with their teachers and parents. Campers know that their counselors share the same continuum of experience and culture. Campers can speak safely and know they are being understood in the context of present day life.
Counselors: Camp groups are supervised by an enthusiastic, caring, and well-trained team of counselors, typically two senior counselors and one junior counselor. We maintain a one to six staff to camper ratio in Lower Camp and a one to seven ratio in all other groups. Senior Counselors are age generally age eighteen to twenty one and enrolled in college. Junior Counselors are Juniors and Seniors in High School. Counselors are expected to keep campers safe; be mindful of their needs, personalities, developing set of strengths; and provide friendship, encouragement and support. Campers often value the relationships they have with their counselors above any other aspect of the camp.
Specialists and Program Directors: Specialists and program directors run each of our programs, having a relevant college degree or specific training, experience, and certification in their field. Generally, 85% of our program staff return from one summer to the next.
Counselors-in-Training: Fifteen year-olds can apply for a CIT position in our leadership training program. CIT's are learning how to care for children and earning community service hours.
All camp staff have undergone reference checks and criminal background investigations. They participate in a comprehensive, pre-camp training program specific to the needs of Barrie campers.
Director: Peter Vogdes is completing his twenty-fifth year as Director of the camp and thirty-sixth year at Barrie. Prior to assuming his current duties, he taught in a Barrie Montessori classroom and led the Primary division of the school. Throughout the school year he is responsible for the school's Extended Day program. Each of Peter's three children have been Barrie campers, staff, and students. Peter lives with his wife, Lori, in a log cabin in the Catoctin mountains, just outside of Frederick, MD.
Assistant Directors supervise each camp division and its respective staff. They are experienced professionals with degrees in education or a related field. They are concerned with the well-being of our campers and are available to provide support to camp families, as well. Additional duties include monitoring of program quality, supervision of specialists, creation of the weekly camp schedule; overnight registration, and special event day planning.
Registered Nurse: Our camp nurse is on duty during the regular camp day. First Aiders are available from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Would you like to APPLY to be on staff this summer? Please go to "Forms and Information" to find our staff application and recruitment handbook. We accept completed staff applications throughout the Spring and interviews begin in March. Send us a hard copy of your application by mail or fax, or complete our online staff application.
Click HERE to access our Recruitment Handbook.
Current Specialist Openings:
Senior Counselors (age 18+)
Assistant Art Instructor
Outdoor Living Skills Instructor
Oral Traditions and Campfire Storytelling Specialist