Why Work at MKN

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Each counselor at Mah-Kee-Nac has a dual role. Days are spent coaching or instructing in your area of expertise while evenings are spent with your campers at fun special events and nightly activities. Counselors must be patient, fun-loving and genuinely concerned with the welfare and development of young people. We are looking for role models for our campers.

At Mah-Kee-Nac each counselor is a member of several teams, each headed by an experienced camp leader. Our leadership staff is comprised of dedicated teachers, coaches and recreation professionals.

Benefits of Working at Camp

We’ve always heard from staff, “I’m unable to work at camp because I have to get a ‘real job’.”  We’ll folks, a camp job is about as real as it gets.  If you can survive a summer as a camp counselor, you can do anything!  Employers these days are looking for 21st century skills like collaboration, conflict resolution, critical thinking, problem solving, strong communications skills.  The camp environment lends itself to not only teaching these skills, but practicing them day in and day out.  See these three helpful resources below to learn about how working at camp can benefit you as you as you grow both personally and professionally.

Typical Day

Activitiy Time
Wake-Up (varies by age) 7:45 AM - 8:15 AM
Flag Raising (Juniors only) 8:00 AM
Breakfast (start varies by age) 8:15 AM - 8:25 AM
Assembly 9:30 AM
Period 1 9:40 AM - 10:25 AM
Snack
Period 2 10:40 AM - 11:25 AM
Period 3 11:40 AM - 12:25 PM
Lunch (start varies by age) 12:30- 12:40 PM
Rest Hour 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Assembly 2:30 PM
Period 4 2:40 PM - 3:25 PM
Period 5 3:40 PM - 4:25 PM
Snack
Period 6 4:40 PM - 5:25 PM
Campus Time 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
Flag Lowering 6:15 PM
Dinner 6:30 PM
Evening Activity 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Lights Out (varies by age) 9:15 PM - 10:30 PM

About 8-10 campers and 2-3 counselors live in each cabin. The counselors’ job is to encourage friendship, spirit and camaraderie and to be sensitive to individual and group situations. Veteran key staff and returning counselors are always ready to help.

The cabins are clustered in rows by “Tribes”, with two or three age groups, making up a campus that is overseen by a Tribal Head. Counselors work together on evening activities, special events and trips.

Every counselor at Mah-Kee-Nac is a program specialist as well as a cabin counselor. As an instructor you would work with other counselors who share your specialty, under the guidance of a Program Head.

Working with children is rewarding, but draining. We build free time into the schedule to “recharge your batteries.”

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