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Re: summer camps

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PrimaryE_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Tue Feb 19 2002 - 05:56:23 PST


In a message dated 2/18/02 9:41:41 AM Eastern Standard Time,
rjritter@optonline.net writes:

<< I have been teaching at the HS level for 6 years, my husband is in the
 process of getting his MS in secondary ed with art teacher certification.
 We have never worked for a summer camp. However we are considering working
 for a local university's summer camp art program this year. The director
 asked us what we expected to be paid, and I have no frame of reference. The
 camp runs for 8 weeks, with a morning and afternoon session of 30 students
 per class, ages ranging from 7-14 years old, from 8-4 p.m. I was hoping
 for some feedback from those of you on the list that have worked at summer
 camps. We appreciate your help.
 
 Thanks
 Jeanie (Long Island, NY)
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HI! Not recently but up to about 5 years ago I worked in summer camps
teaching art for about 3 summers in Westchester county in NY. I would expect
things to be pretty similar in LI. I found that summer programs are
financially most rewarding for parents who have camp age children. After
figuring in free tuition for both my children, free lunches, no need for
baby-sitters, and my salary, it was quite a deal. In addition my children
went to great camps. I don't know what camps cost now but lets say it costs
$5000 per child. You have to figure what that would cost you before taxes on
your salary so the tuition is more. My experience was that it really didn't
pay for me to work at camps once my children wanted to go to sleep away camp
and I didn't want to spend my summers living in a bunk working there.

I have a little bit of advice for you. My experience is when you instruct
art at summer camp it is VERY different from teaching art at a high school.
Financially it was great but not a rewarding experience for me. Remember the
parents are paying and it's the kid's summer vacation. Some kids are into
art and others are into complaining and wasting materials. I guess if I did
it again I'd look for an art's program and not a basic camp. Hopefully,
because your camp is run at a college, they will pay enough to make it worth
while. Unless you have children going to camp, figure out how much you are
willing to work for per hour and multiply it by the weekly hours. In
addition you will have to spend time setting up the room and ordering
supplies. Also, is the room air-conditioned? Shaded out door space can be
pleasant if it's not a real hot summer. Good luck to you. Write if you need
any advice with projects or helpful suggestions.

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