Simply put, the Chinqueka team is AWESOME! We are proud to say that summer after summer, parents continue to tell us that our team is one of the key reasons that make us stand out from other camps. Sure, they are fun, goofy, characters that will do crazy things like play mud soccer in the rain, make an absolute fool of themselves at a campfire, and generally become the coolest person your daughter has ever known. But at the same time, they are caring, conscientious, and responsible individuals who we search long and hard for all winter long. They are hyper-aware of the safety and well being of all campers and they value the fact that you, as parents, are entrusting them with your most prized possession.
Our staff is a diverse one – coming from as close as CT and the Tri-State area to as far away as the UK and New Zealand. We take staff recruiting very seriously and background checks are performed on all staff before they start. Our director interviews and hires all the staff – so we are sure that they meet the Chinqueka standards.
All of our staff members are activity specialists. In the areas like Archery and many of the Waterfront activities, we require that all staff members be certified. For example, all waterfront staff are American Red Cross Lifeguard certified. We have no general counselors, except for our Counselor-in-Training (CIT), Counselor-Aide (CA), Jr. Counselor programs. Those programs are for former campers (age 16+) that are not old enough to be a counselor but too old to be a camper.
The staff to camper ratio varies from 1:4 to 1:5, depending on the age of the campers. We have an amazing staff return rate, well over 50%. All staff are required to attend a 10-day pre-camp training program.