Re: Camp Staff Pay
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@VM1.UCC.OKSTATE.EDU)
Tue, 27 Jun 1995 16:00:08 CST
My son gets $45/week, 16 year old, first full year on staff but he did work
one week last year when several staff were dismissed before the season ended.
He teaches in the scoutcraft area. (Camp fee is $100)
My youngest (turns 14 next week) went as a CIT for one week and was not paid.
On the other hand, he did not have to pay to go. He also didn't get any
formal training. When I had CIT programs in camp, the camper paid a small
fee and we had a staff member assigned to provide several hours per day of
My first year on staff (1956) I worked for room and board. In those days,
staff were paid $5 for each year they returned, i.e., second year $5/week,
third year $10/week. Area directors got a bit more. (Camp fee was $11.50
in 1956, $13.50 for provisional units).
In the late 60s/early 70s I earned $100-$125/week as program director. In
one council I got "paid" more but they deducted $20/week for room and board.
Typical nets were $25/week for "instructors", $40 for area assistants, $60-$80
for area directors. Most councils paid to send us to camp school. I don't
remember the camp fee from that time period.
In one council, staff could only work 8 hours a day. Camp fees were higher
and we had more staff than usual and they were paid more than most--something
about minimum wage.
I've often wondered if camps didn't run afoul of child labor laws!
Roundtable Commissioner, Pawnee Bill District, Will Rogers Council
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