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.