Clover Patch serves both children and adults between the ages of 5 and 90 with disabilities such as mental retardation, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, muscular dystrophy, autism, and Down Syndrome. The season runs eight weeks, beginning with a one week staff orientation. Sessions run Sunday through Friday with no more than 24 campers per session.
Important Information for Potential Employees
Essential Requirements of Great Camp Staff
You will have a lot of fun at camp but, a summer at Clover Patch is not for everyone. You will spend the summer living, eating, playing and sharing first with the campers and then with the entire camp community. Your first and foremost responsibility while at camp will be the campers’ well-being and happiness. Your influence on their lives is profound. Your own personal example will influence them more than your words. While at camp we expect you to:
- Work with people who are as old as your grandparents or young enough to be your children.
- Gain a new sense of understanding about what it means to be disabled.
- Take care of others’ personal needs before your own.
- Be proud of your work and know that most people couldn’t do what you’ve done.
- Be a friend to others who need friendship more than you might ever realize.
- Maintain a professional appearance and demeanor at all times and in all areas of daily living (including any and all social media).
- Respect the buildings and facilities you use as if they were your own.
- Possess the stamina to carry out camp activities daily throughout all 7 sessions.
- Be the least important person in the room. Put yourself last to make sure those around you are in a good place.
- Be the coolest person in the room. Foster an uplifting environment with your infectious enthusiasm and by keeping your speech free from negative comments and profanity.
- Keep the camp free from alcohol and controlled substances, which are strictly prohibited anywhere on campus.
- Be a positive representative of Clover Patch Camp. Both within and outside camp your actions bear directly upon our reputation and campers’ attitudes.
- Be open to change, new experiences, hard work, long hours, personal development, and sharing yourself with others.
- Enjoy working in the outdoors in all the weather that is part of a summer in Upstate New York.
Free rustic bunkhouse living quarters
All meals provided daily
Laundry facilities and supplies provided at no charge
Free healthcare for minor illnesses and injuries
Staff lounge with telephone and TV/DVD
Internet access and Wi-Fi
2 hours off each working day
- Transportation to and from buses, trains and Albany airport
- A one-week orientation to prepare for the summer experience
- Lifelong interpersonal and leadership skills
- Opportunities to learn new skills
- Professional job experience
- Comprehensive job training
- Support and feedback during employment
- A chance to work with staff from across the country and around the world
- Camp Counselors
- Maintenance/Groundskeeper/Kitchen Assistant
- Head Cook
- LPN – Healthcare Coordinator
Each staff member is required to complete a one week orientation covering the following topics:
- Transfer and Mobility
- Disability Overview
- Back Injury Prevention
- Seizure Managment
- Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention (SCIP)
- Team Building
- Sexual Harassment
- Sign Language
- Recognizing and Reporting Abuse
- Emergency Procedures
- Direct Care
If you’re an international applicant (a non United States citizen), please note that you must have a valid working visa, valid green card, or valid J-1 visa. The J-1 visa can be obtained through Camp Counselors USA.
Notice to All Applicants
- All camp staff members work closely with campers throughout the summer. As part of the recruitment process we must make certain that the individuals we employ are acceptable role models.
- Potential employees complete a comprehensive application including disclosure of criminal history and a complete background check (state and sexual offender databases).
- Each applicant completes a personal interview with camp administration or CCUSA representative (international applicants).
- Three references are checked for every candidate.
- The Internet presence of potential employees (i.e., Facebook, Instagram, etc.) is checked.
- Employees are continually observed during their employment to ensure exemplary performance.