Interviewing counselors face-to-face, and a great UK Camp reunionJanuary 24, 2015
In speaking with prospective parents we’re often asked the question so how do you find and interview your staff? It’s an important question, since our camp counselors, coaches and teachers are such a vital part of what makes the Kenwood and Evergreen experience so powerful. Thankfully, most of our counselor and specialty positions are already filled for this coming summer, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t still interviewing lots of quality candidates.
Currently, our Program Director David Walsh is traveling to universities throughout the United Kingdom. As part of our interview process, it’s important that we have a chance to sit down, face-to-face, with the men and women who may become mentors and role models to our counselors. On this trip David has personally interviewed almost 100 candidates, and hired 9.
David has an incredibly good track record at hiring quality staff. It’s really his specialty. Before he left I asked him to list some of the questions he asks that help him best understand the applicant he is reviewing. Here’s what he told me:
David also employs a multi-layered approach to his hiring process when he’s at universities and colleges. While he conducts the full face-to-face interviews, he brings along some of our most seasoned counselors that live in the area to help with the sorting process. At each UK fair this year he had experienced Kenwood and Evergreen counselors, specialists and unit leaders on hand to first meet our applicants. They helped to gauge if these young men and women had the requisite hard and soft skills to even warrant a sit down with David. Literally hundreds of young men and women never made it past this stage of our vetting process.
We can’t wait to meet the 9 general and specialty counselors that David hired during his UK travels! Every summer, some of our best, most creative, most nurturing, most dedicated staff hail from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales!!
One thing about our staff and alumni from the United Kingdom: they are incredibly passionate about our little summer camp in New Hampshire! This past Saturday more than 30 current and past K&E counselors gathered together for a night of celebration. Our UK Camp Reunion is now a major annual tradition, with people traveling hours and hundreds of miles to spend a night laughing and hanging with their Camp friends. As I look at the photos from this gathering – which I am so sad to have missed – I certainly see staff from 2013 and 2014, but also from almost a decade ago. I love that our camp community now extends all over the United States and the globe, and that it is just as powerful for those who didn’t join it until they were adults.
In recent months we have profiled some of our talented staff in this blog. If you would like to read about them, or understand how they create such incredible outcomes for our campers, please click on any of the links below:
- James Manigley, Music and Rock Band director
- Jillian DiBlasio, Film making instructor
- Jonno Whitham, Ropes course director
- Chris Straker, Basketball coach
- Andrew Disbrow, Ceramics teacher
- Kass Walsh, Tennis coach
- Tom Shanks, Soccer coach