Set on 130 acres of land in Southern Maine, Camp Waziyatah is a coed summer camp for children who range in age from 6 to 16. Camp directors Gregg and Mitch Parker oversee a group of skilled counselors and activity supervisors. Counselors participate in extensive pre-camp training and many are graduates of our two-year C.I.T. (Counselors in Training) program.

Most counselors are in their 20s, and they come from varied backgrounds. They are teachers, guidance counselors, and childcare professionals, the camp directors say. Many are former Camp Waziyatah attendees.

What makes a successful camp counselor? Gregg and Mitch Parker list the following qualities:

-- Enthusiasm for working with children
-- Patience and maturity
-- Experience and interest in the activities under supervision
-- Leadership skills and confidence
-- Ability to build relationships
-- Integrity and strong character

All Camp Waziyatah counselors are background checked, trained in safety, and certified activity coaches. Waziyatah counselors come from all over the United States and international locations such as Australia and Europe.

Camp Waziyatah, a children's summer camp in Waterford, Maine, offers more than 40 activities on 130 acres of land near a private lake. Owners Gregg and Mitch Parker are ACA-certified camp directors and members of the Maine Youth Camping Foundation.

Camp Waziyatah works to create a close camper community with the following distinctions:

-- Inclusion. Children are deeply influenced by what happens around them, especially in their peer groups. An environment of inclusion means all children, regardless of differences, are celebrated and accepted.

-- Kindness. Acting in a spirit of kindness benefits the recipient and the giver. Modeling kind behaviors and recognizing kind acts bring about stronger relationships among peers.

-- Safety. Camp Director Gregg Parker is certified by the Red Cross in advanced life saving, first aid, and CPR. All staff members are trained in child supervision to ensure the safety of all campers.

-- Core Values: Camp Waziyatah stresses the core values of Courtesy, Integrity, Respect, and Responsibility. These values are infused throughout the Wazi camp experience and make for an exceptionally friendly and fun environment.

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