Staff FAQs | Timber Lake Camp

Staff FAQs


Do I need to see a doctor before I come to camp?

All staff members must complete a Health Form and undergo a physical exam prior to camp. Staff members are entitled to use the services of the camp’s Health Center at no charge. Prescription medications will be charged to the employee. The camp maintains a full time health services staff including licensed physicians and licensed nurses.

How do we eat in the dining room?

Counselors sit with their campers and are expected to supervise while in the Dining Hall. We serve our food family style and have a salad bar with a wide variety of choices. Considerations are made for those on vegetarian and other diets – though we do ask that you notify us prior to arriving at camp of any special food requirements.

Do we need to bring towels and linens?

We provide towels, sheets, pillows and blankets at no charge. You may certainly bring your own if you prefer.

Do we need additional health insurance?

American staff members are covered under the New York Workman’s Compensation Law for injuries sustained while on the job or in the performance of one’s duties. Any activity not sanctioned by the camp, which causes injury, will be at the expense of the employee. Staff members should carry their own comprehensive accident and health insurance for any non-work related injuries or illnesses. International staff are covered by private insurance provided by the sponsoring agency.

What is the correct mailing address?


Timber Lake Camp

354 Timber Lake Rd

Shandaken, NY 12480

How many staff members work at Timber Lake?

We employ about 150 in-bunk counselors and specialists and about 50 support staff. In addition, we have approximately 20-30 adults in camp. The camp population (and staff population) is evenly divided between males and females. Counselor staff age range from  18 and 24 years old.

Where does the staff come from?

Timber Lake attracts staff from all over the world. Most of our counselors come from all across the United States and the world, including Canada, Great Britain, Spain, Ireland, France, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Hungary, Colombia, and many others.

Will I have access to the internet?

We have several computers for staff in the Girls’ Head Counselor Office, the Boys’ Head Counselor Office and the Dorm which houses our support staff. Internet access is available to you all day and evening (during your time off) until curfew at 12:30 AM. You do not have to bring your own laptop.