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.
Many of our camp counselors and staff have been campers at Camp Regis, or are simply returning staffers year over year (they can’t pull themselves away from our beautiful campus). In 2016 over 50% of our staff will be comprised of alumni, returning for our special “Reboot Year” to help bring Camp Regis-Applejack to a new generation of campers.
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?”