Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bradford Woods gears up for spring season

It may not seem like it, but spring is right around the corner. And at Bradford Woods (affectionately known as “The Woods” to staff and campers past and present), preparations for a new season are underway. While the coldest and snowiest winter in decades has created extra challenges to simply stay open on a day-to-day basis, our full-time staff members have also been busy interviewing and hiring for the 2014 season.

Outdoor Instructors, who run Environmental Education and Adventure Education programming, arrive for training at the end of the month – and by mid-March will hit the ground running with a variety of client groups. These instructors are a uniquely talented group, and spend most of their time at Bradford Woods facilitating group experiences, including conducting hands-on environmental education with fifth graders, running team-building initiatives, and belaying on our high elements. Because of the wide range of knowledge needed, training these instructors is a busy and important time at Bradford Woods. Once trained, the group of 12 Outdoor Instructors will stay at Bradford Woods for three months, after which a new group of instructors will take over for the summer months.

The summer instructors will largely work with our Recreation Therapy department, which provides unique, nationally-recognized camping experiences for youth with chronic illnesses and disabilities.  In addition to the instructors, the Recreation Therapy department hires nearly 80 additional staff (some paid, some volunteer) to meet the rigorous needs of summer camp programming. The Recreation Therapy department has been busy getting the word out and filling these summer positions, which include Cabin Counselors, Cabin Heads, Cabin Life Coordinators, Lifeguards, Waterfront Directors, Media Specialists, and more. Hiring is well underway, but the Rec Therapy staff are still seeking qualified individuals to round out the staff, and have been advertising at various camp job fairs, including the School of Public Health’s Summer Camp Jobs Fair last week.

More information on positions and hiring can be found on the Bradford Woods website at Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about Bradford Woods, the 2013 Annual Report is now available on the website as well.

Contributed by Tim Street, Bradford Woods Associate Director

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