What makes Camp Regis-Applejack special is the perfect combination of everything we offer, and our staff is a very large ingredient in this recipe.
The core principles of our child-centered community philosophy include:
- ensuring that each camper is able to experience the camp program and the camp living experience in a supportive and safe, both emotionally and physically, manner;
- creating a supportive environment that helps instill in each camper, a new-found confidence in themselves and in their unique abilities as an individual- one of the best ways to improve confidence is by promoting competence;
- providing encouragement to each camper, leading to tangible signs of growth in camp skills, as well as in the highly important area of group interaction and living;
- offering a group-living setting that enables teaching of the values of teamwork and group development and leads to a feeling, by each camper, of acceptance and belonging;
- allowing for unlimited opportunities for each camper to gain status and recognition, along with a sense of accomplishment that comes through learning;
- broadening the horizons of each camper by bringing together people of varying races, nationalities, religions, orientations, and backgrounds, thus promoting a knowledge, understanding, and respect for this diversity, as well as a recognition of the basic commonality shared by all;
- fostering the ideals of simplicity, respect, appreciation, and knowledge of the outdoor environment and nature with a desire for each camper to develop and understanding of the complex, fragile, and expendable state of our small earth and its resources;
- establishing a community atmosphere where an emphasis can be placed on “having fun” as a part of the complete camping experience- and of learning. Fun, in the camping environment, consists of making a successful adjustment to camp life, becoming a valued, functioning member of one’s group by:
- developing warm and long-lasting bonds of friendship,
- sharing common experiences with others, feeling the excitement of trying new things n a supportive environment, and
- having a continuous feeling of successes in one’s endeavors.
Camp Regis staff are here at camp because they want to be here; it’s family. Our mix of Educators, Parents, and activity and child specialists shape the summer for your children. Our interview process is a rigorous one because there is nothing more important than your children. We have a zero tolerance policy for any indiscretions with drugs and alcohol on campus.
Group counselors are chosen because they believe in the values of Camp Regis-Applejack. They are caring, mature, outdoor-adventurers. Pulling from International staffing organizations adds to the world-view of diversity at Camp. Our neighbors next door at Paul Smith’s College have been another amazing resource for staffing. The university offers a concentration in Experiential Education, a training for the ideal camp counselor.
Everyone is a counselor at Camp Regis in some way or another. We are role models so we are held accountable to this standard of counsel. We love a challenge. Each morning, that’s the first question to ask and answer: “Do I gave the qualities of challenge?”