Meet Our Staff
Only the very best become River Way counselors.
River Way prides itself on having one of the finest counseling and management teams in the nation. With a year round staff recruiter, special effort is given to the hiring and training of quality individuals. In addition to carefully selected applicants attending a 2-day intensive, interview workshop, all contracted staff attend 7-13 days of specialized training, as our professional management team decides which individuals will actually serve as role models for your children.
All staff members must take a class in CPR during the seven-day staff training. Waterfront staff members are required to have lifeguard training and first aid certificates. A ratio of approximately one staff for every four campers gives each camper the individual attention and companionship necessary for a meaningful camp experience. All counselors are at least 18 years of age and have a year of college or equivalent experience.
More important than these numbers is the quality of our staff. When hiring, we look for young men and women who have proven experience with children as volunteers, mentors, tutors and teachers. Selection favors staff with education backgrounds and certifications in our core activities, full-time wranglers, waterski instructors, boat drivers, and Class B drivers.
Potential counselors must also demonstrate achievement in leadership situations. All counselors must have personal values which make them role models worth emulating for our campers.
During training, our staff are put through situations that demonstrate empathy, judgment, confidence, skill, and leadership abilities. River Way counselors will exuberate evidence of maturity, confidence, enthusiasm, and a sense of humor. We work to ensure that each counselor understands his or her role and will know how to bring out the best in your child.
In addition to recruiting staff from universities across the U.S., River Way partners with well-respected agencies including CCUSA (Camp Counselors USA) to recruit outstanding international staff. With staff members from the United Kingdom, Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Central / South America, our international staff expands our campers’ global horizons and gives awareness to cultural diversities.
Unique to River Way are our Camp Mom positions. River Way has a camp mom(s) who is available and acts as liaison between parent and camper. Contact with parents can be difficult for campers in the beginning, however we recognize the importance for parents to be informed and feel connected to their children even while they are away. The Camp Mom handles all concerns parents may have while their camper is at camp and can relay information, give the parents behind the scenes updates, and allows our campers to feel another connection of someone looking out “just for them.” Our Camp Moms often become the most beloved members of staff for both the counselors and the campers.