Camp Shane
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I loved working at Camp Shane for the summer as a Guidance Counselor. I was able to do some daily check ins with campers, daily guidance classes and weekly meetings with supervisors. I did have a hard time with not feeling like I was getting paid as much as I should've been for my role. I also faced a lot of challenging problems with campers I felt like I wasn't entirely prepared for.
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You will not get paid!!!

The man who owns and runs this camp is quite possibly the devil in Earth. I worked for him last summer and did not receive any compensation. He used a young camper with Down Syndrome as a scape goat for all of the camps problems and his blatant lies. The children whose parents pay a small fortune are not given an eighth of what they are promised. There is not a nurse, a registered dietician.
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Don't do it!!

I signed up hoping to gain experience in nutrition and helping the children to lose weight. The food sucked, I became the lunch lady for every meal, the meal plans were put together without much thought, the sports activities were the same every day, no psychologist was provided or a nurse, like the parents were promised..... The company promises more than they give you and the pay sucks, especially since you are on your feet from 6:30 am - 10:30 pm. It was basically $1 an hour.....
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Not what I expected

Working at this camp was probably one of the most stressful things I’ve ever done in my life. Some of the staff didn’t get along and it was very unorganized.

Pros

Meeting new people/kids

Cons

Kids are basically out of control
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Decent experience

Fun to get paid to work out and be outside with a great group of kids. Also enjoyed teaching nutrition and cooking classes to the campers and their parents/guardians when they visited.
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Toxic environment

Years ago this place was wonderful but now it’s infested with bullies and poor working conditions. I was actually reported for my religious beliefs!! This place is absolutely horrific to work at but I would not be against sending campers here.

Pros

Diet food, cute mountain living

Cons

Showers don’t work, toilets break daily, counselors are treated like garbage, you are paid on average $1.30 an hour and they don’t pay for transportation
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Don't do it, you'll regreat it

This place is everything that's wrong with summer camps. You'll work 50 hours or more and may never get paid. The owner is reckless and doesn't care about the campers. I feel bad for the parents that send their kids here, they are getting ripped off. The only reason to even consider it is how much of an impact you'll have on those kids lives, but that impact is scarred by the memories of putting kids to bed while they're starving and begging for food, but the owner didn't give enough money for snacks that week. Whatever you do, just avoid this place like the plague.

Pros

Working with some great kids

Cons

Everything else
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Camp Shane

Terrible place to work for. One of the worst actually. Telecommunication from owner in New York to my co-director that had never worked in a camp setting. The co-director never listened to anything I had to say in regards to camp setting for the beginning of the summer to get the counselors properly trained and fit to run a successful program. The co-director and owner undermined me and actually gossiped about me instead of trying to be the most productive team possible.

Pros

pretty location

Cons

everything
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Highly Social and Physically Intense Working Environment

Very hard work over long hours, but there are few jobs quite like it. The impact this job has on the lives of these children who attend this fitness camp can be life-changing. Overall, very awarding work for a good cause.

Pros

Living and food expenses paid for

Cons

temporary work, very long hours, sometimes hectic, physically challenging, only one day off every week
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Rewarding

Rewarding to be in a position to have a positive impact on young people accomplishing their goals and teaching them the tools needed to sustain healthier lifestyles.
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Unorganized company with little to no communication

Communication between the head office and other locations was horrible. We were very understaffed and unprepared for being understaffed. Although the company itself was that way, the campus staff where the camp was located were great. Not to mention, our entire staff was new to working for Camp Shane and the campus staff were patient, helpful, and so kind to us. The kids were at times a headache, but they were a great and exciting bunch.

Pros

free food

Cons

15-hour days, unreliable co-worker, hardly any communication
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Fun, Enriching, and Fast Pace

I work at Camp Shane in many different roles, and one thing that stands out to me would be the relationships that I built. The culture at Camp Shane is fantastic. I was afforded the opportunity to make friends from all over the world. While the job can be a little stressful, it was worth every moment of hardships I may have faced. Because this organization does a great job with staff training, we all were ready to take on any task at hand. This job is very rewarding!!
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Poorly run camp

You should ask them why they're not ACA accredited. Poorly organized. The owner is not a good guy and the pay is a joke. Training for staff should be more thorough, professional, thought-through, and lengthy.
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Not ran well and on 24/7

It was disorganized and the manager for the Georgia camp was not very professional and took back his word a lot. If it was not his way, it was wrong. He broke them rules himself and let people go who might have broken the same rules he broke himself.
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Loved it

I have worked here the past two summers and it has been the best job I have ever had--very rewarding! Role is very diverse when you work at the smaller camps and will teach a variety of classes.
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Needs structure

Needs structure, and maintenance of camp grounds and its facilities. It was difficult to even to my clothes washed, and when they did get washed the clothes still smelled. Food can cause malnutrition.

Pros

Free bed and food.

Cons

Poor maintenance and lack of structure
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Great place

Camp Shane gave me a great opportunity to work for a family owned business that is really changing the world one child at a time. I used Final Cut Pro to edit short videos and post on company website.
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2.2 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
1.8 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
2.1 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
2.1 out of 5 stars for Management
2.4 out of 5 stars for Culture
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