1Where is Ghostlight Theater Camp?
We are located in Oakland, Maine, approximately 3-hours by car from Boston.
2What are the dates for 2023?
Most staff contracts begin with the start of staff training at 5:00 p.m. on June 17, 2022 and end at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 8th. There may be some required video training and/or Zoom meetings prior to staff training. Lifeguards can choose to be certified on their own or attend our on-site Lifeguard certification on June 15 & 16.
3Who are the children I will be working with?
Campers range from ages 9 to 17. They all have a love for theater, either performing on stage or on the technical aspects of our theater festival.
4What is the day like?
Depending on your role, Staff receive one period off duty during the morning and typically additional time off in the afternoon or early evening. All staff are on duty through evening activity until campers are settled in their cabins at bedtime. One counselor per cabin remains on duty and in the cabin for the remainder of the night. All other staff are free until curfew.
5How can I get to camp?
Camp is easy to reach with a car. We will provide transportation (on scheduled staff arrival days) from Portland Jetport (PWM) and the Portland Transportation Center (home to Amtrak’s Downeaster and Concord Coach Bus line.) Staff receive a travel stipend (up to a maximum of $150) based on the distance from their off-season residence to camp.
6Where will I live?
Counselors live in our cabins with our campers (two counselors per cabin of 10 campers.) Counselors primarily sleep on bunk beds, and can choose either a top or bottom bunk (standard twin mattress.)
Leadership and artistic staff live throughout camp in a combination of dormitory-style housing (full-size beds), staff only cabins (twin beds), and private residences (full-size beds.) We can share your specific housing assignment in early June, so you know what size sheets to bring with you.
7What is there to do on days off?
There’s so much to do! Maine is an incredible place to explore during the summer. Portland, Bar Harbor, Camden, Brunswick, Freeport, Acadia, Moosehead Lake, to name a few.
8What if I have dietary restrictions?
We are a nut-free camp. Because we are a smaller camp (by camping standards) we are able to nourish our campers and staff with truly wonderful foods and choices - in addition to our main selections, we have a daily breakfast bar with granola, yogurts and fresh fruit and berries; a daily salad bar with salads, vegetables, and additional protein choices; and vegetarian entrees at every meal. Our kitchen staff can accommodate almost any type of dietary need, but if you have particular questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
9Can friends or family visit me at camp?
Your friends and family members are welcome to visit you on your days and nights off. All visitors must check in at the Office to receive a visitor pass. You may show your guests around the public areas of camp and invite them to join us for a meal. Typically, overnight guests are not permitted at camp.
10What is the salary? When and how do I receive my paycheck?
All staff will receive a base salary which will be specified in your employment contract. You may also be eligible for certain bonuses and or stipends for additional responsibilities such as lifeguarding, chaperoning camper travel, and serving as a certified van driver.
11How do I get around on my day off if I have no car?
Staff often spend time together and carpool to locations on days off. Taxis are also available locally.
12Is there internet and phone access at camp?
Our campers are not permitted to have phones or other WiFi/Cellular devices. We also encourage staff members to unplug as much as possible and instead enjoy the beauty of our camp and the ability to engage meaningful in face-to-face friendships. Internet is available throughout camp for staff only.
13Can I receive calls at camp?
In the case of an emergency, you can receive messages and phone calls via the camp office. All personal calls must be taken or made only during your daily time off.
14Is there a safe place to put my valuables while I am at camp?
Counselors and staff have access to private lockers. We do not recommend bringing non-essential valuables to camp with you and we cannot accept any responsibility for your valuables.
15If I take medicine, where do I keep it safely?
For the campers’ safety, no medications may be kept in cabins. Medications, including over-the-counter medications, are stored in the Health Center or in private lockers or cabins. Epi-pens and inhalers may be stored in your cabin. Medications will be available to you to take when prescribed. Non-cabin staff may keep medications in their private residences.
16What is the weather like at camp?
Most days of New England summers are warm, with daytime temperatures in the 70s and 80s Fahrenheit (20s Celsius). Evening temperatures cool to a comfortable 60°F (16°C). Weather is typically cooler at the beginning of camp (during staff orientation) and at the end of the summer, especially in the evenings. Short periods of higher heat (90s) and humidity can be expected during July and early August.
17What should I pack for camp?
We will provide you with a comprehensive packing list before your arrival at camp.
18Should I bring blankets and sheets?
U.S.- and Canada-based staff members are expected to bring their own linens. International staff traveling to camp from outside North America are provided with sheets, blankets, a pillow and towels.