Your Summer Home
Summer camp is a place to grow, learn, and discover. Being a Camp Modin staff member is a tradition of caring, educating, guiding, and nurturing children that dates back over a century.
Your summer home – your family
Modin is truly a magnificent place to spend the summer. You will live in the pristine wilderness of Maine’s Belgrade Lakes region. You will have the opportunity to try all sorts of exciting and adventurous things. More importantly, you will meet people from around the world. You will make some of the best friends of your life — people you will think of as “family.”
You will grow as a person and make a tremendous impact on the lives of children from around the world—helping to provide them with a safe, fun and nurturing environment. In short, you will have the most profound and exciting experience of your life. We look forward to welcoming you in to the Modin family and providing you with the experience of a lifetime.
This application is individuals applying for general counselor and specialist positions. All applicants are required to live on site at camp for the entire season.
Positions include kitchen work, housekeeping/cleaners, grounds keeping, and maintenance. This is for both local staff in Maine as well as international support staff who live on site.
– Matt, Manchester, UK
Why Staff Choose Modin
Being part of the Modin community
Modin is more than beautiful facilities and exciting programs. Modin is a community, and its people make the experience truly rewarding. When you work at Modin, you are more than just a staff member. You are a part of the Modin Team, a dedicated group of people from around the world whose main objective is to have fun, meet new people and make a difference in the lives of children. You will undergo an extensive training program prior to the start of the summer to hone your skills, learn about the campers, develop strong bonds with your peers, and to help you feel welcome in our community.
At Modin, we are not just your employers, we are your friends and family. The lines of communication are always open and there are so many people available to assist and support you throughout the summer. Not only do we want you to make a meaningful contribution to the lives of children, but we want you to have fun! At camp, you will go waterskiing and climb mountains. You will go to the beach and watch movies under the stars. You will sing songs around a roaring campfire and you will eat tons of ice cream and pizza! In short, you will have an opportunity to do everything your campers do and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Commonly asked questions by prospective staff
Where is Modin located?
How do I get to Camp Modin?
Staff can fly into either Portland International Jetport (75 minutes away) or Boston’s Logan Airport (3 hours away). Both are serviced by major airlines. Modin provides pickup service from the Portland Jetport. Concord Coach Lines provides bus service directly from Boston’s Logan Airport to their bus terminal in Augusta, Maine, where we will pick you up for the 20 minute drive to camp.
Greyhound Bus Lines offers service from New York City to Boston and Concord Couch Lines provides services from Boston to their bus terminal in Augusta, Maine, where we will pick you up for the 20 minute drive to camp.
Many staff members choose to drive their own vehicles to camp for use on days off. There is no public transportation in the area, nor does Camp Modin provide vehicles for days off. If you have the opportunity to bring a car, it is a good idea. All vehicles must be in good working order and have a valid registration and proof of insurance. Car rental companies are available in town, but generally limit rentals to staff aged 21 and above.
Who Are The Directors?
Lisa joined Modin in 1991, where she first met, and later married Howard. She began her Modin “career” first as a Counselor, then as a Head Counselor, Assistant Director and finally, Director. Her background is in elementary education and she has taught first, fourth and fifth graders. Lisa and Howard are the proud parents of a son named Jack, now enjoying his own Modin experience.
Samara Lender is the full-time co-director of Camp Modin. She began her Modin career as a camper in 1999. Samara’s journey at Modin included two years as a counselor followed by three years as the girls’ head counselor. Upon graduating from university Samara was promoted to assistant director, and eventually to her current position of director. Samara is a native of Rockland County, New York and comes from a large family of Modinites, including four of her siblings.
Together, they are responsible for all administrative functions, staff development and the well being of the entire community. They know each and every camper personally and spend the bulk of their time with the kids – at meals, on the waterfront, at campfires, everywhere. They like to operate “out in the field” and not behind closed doors. Their mission is to provide children with a healthy, safe and memorable summer experience.
Where Do The Campers Come From?
Where Do The Staff Come From?
How Long Is The Camp Season?
What Do You Mean By "Jewish Camp?"
Do I Have To Be Jewish To Work At Modin
What Is Staff Orientation Like?
What Is The Difference Between A General Counselors And A Specialist?
Within the cabin their roles of general counselors and specialists are identical, and they share equal responsibilities. The main difference in their roles pertains to their activity assignments during the day. In the morning, the specialists go off and teach at their assigned activities. The general counselors travel with the entire bunk of campers to each activity, assisting the specialists as needed. In the afternoon, campers travel individually to their elective activities, which they sign up for daily. Specialists teach their assigned activities and general counselors are assigned to assist the instructors.
Many times, we rotate specialists so they have the opportunity to travel to activities with their own bunk. Additionally, specialists participate in all special activities, such as overnight camping trips, amusement park trips, birthday parties, evening activities, and so much more.
What Age Children Will I Be Working With?
What Is A Cabin Like?
On average, each bunk is made up of 4 counselors and 12 campers who are generally grouped by grade. All staff except administrative, medical, and support staff live in the cabins with the children.
Do Staff Have Time Off?
While we’re all here to spend quality time with the campers, we recognize that everyone needs time off to rest and recuperate. During the seven weeks that the campers are in attendance, all staff members receive 4-5 days off (depending on your start date) that are about 24 hours in length.
Staff are also provided with a number of evenings off, generally beginning at the end of evening activities and running until curfew. If not on-duty, staff are free to go off camp, work out in our fitness center, enjoy our game room, grab a bite to eat in our camp canteen, or catch a movie in our magnificent lodge.
What Is The Salary?
Staff members have no expenses during the summer except, perhaps, for items purchased on days off. The benefit of working at camp is that most staff members depart at the end of the summer with their entire paycheck, having spent very little. Modin provides staff shirts free of charge. In addition to salary, Modin provides free room and board, as well as linen and laundry service.
How Is The Camp Organized?
|2nd, 3rd, 4th
|5th & 6th
|7th & 8th
|9th & 10th
7:30 am Wake Up
7:45 am Line Up
8:00 am Breakfast (three shifts)
8:30 am Clean Up
9:25 am 1st Period – Bunk Activities
10:25 am 2nd Period – Bunk Activities
11:25 am 3rd Period – Bunk Activities
12:30 pm Lunch (three shifts)
1:00 pm Rest Hour/Free Time
2:00 pm 1st Period – Electives
3:00 pm 2nd Period – Electives
4:00 pm 3rd Period – Electives
4:50 pm General Swim/Free Time
5:30 pm Dinner (three shifts)
7:00 pm Evening Activities
8:30 pm Curfew Begins (varies by age)
What Is The Food Like?
Is The A Dress Code?
How's The Weather, Are There Bugs, How Warm Is The Lake?
While insects such as black flies are a problem for those of us here in Maine’s early springtime, by the time you arrive at camp the black flies have gone for the season. Mosquitoes can be a minor nuisance, but nothing that a little bug-spray can’t cure!
Salmon Lake, on which Modin is located, is the jewel of the beautiful Belgrade Lakes chain in Central Maine, some 70 miles north of Portland, Maine. More than two miles long, Salmon Lake offers a crystal clear, sand bottom, spring fed lake, with water temperatures averaging about 75°-80°F/24°-26°C. -80°F/24°-26°C.
Is Being A Counselor For Me?
– Lee, Sydney, Australia
For current Staff
Specialty Training Begins
|Tuesday, June 11, 2024
|Monday, June 17, 2024
|Full/First Session Campers Arrive
|Wednesday, June 26, 2024
|Camper Family Visiting Day
|Sunday, July 21, 2024
|First Session Campers Depart
|Sunday, July 21, 2024
|Second Session Campers Arrive
|Sunday, July 21, 2024
|All Campers Depart
|Sunday, August 11, 2024
|Monday, August 12, 2024