I had always dreamed of working for Camp Cedarbrook full-time, but before I started in 2013, I never thought it would be possible! I feel truly blessed by God that I can work all year long for a place that I love and that has impacted my life in such a meaningful way.
It wasn’t until I began working for camp full-time that I understood what happens behind the scenes for camp. But the past five years have been fabulous and exciting, and I look forward to every summer spending another few months in New York’s Adirondacks.
So, what happens in the “Off-Season?”
Not a lot of people know what goes on in the off-season, when Cedarbrook sits under a few feet of snow and summer sun is months away. So exactly what happens during the fall and spring months to help get ready for the BEST MONTHS OF THE YEAR?!
During the off-season, I visit churches around the East Coast. Primarily this means attending kids’ clubs like Pioneer Girls or AWANA programs, but I also visit on Sunday mornings and speak to parents and families after Sunday services. I love getting to see camp people during the year, and I also enjoy getting to meet new camp families. Possibly the best aspect of this part of the job is experiencing how other churches do things and meeting new people and new possible camp families. Let’s be frank: I could talk about camp all day long! I love to share all of the amazing benefits of a week at camp with girls and their parents, and show them what an impact camp has had on my own life.
We start thinking about who will be working at camp pretty early. First, we get in touch with our past staff members to see who will be returning and in what roles they want to work. Then we post job descriptions all over the internet and send our materials to colleges. We seek out women who are ideal team players, those who are humble, hungry, and smart. It takes a special person to work at Cedarbrook, and we are always excited to find passionate young women out there who are interested in spending the summer in the woods, mentoring girls and helping them get to know God.
Phone Calls, Phone Calls, & More Phone Calls!
It would be fabulous if I was able to live up at camp all year long. I know, I’m crazy. But there is something uniquely fascinating about the quiet white landscape of camp during the winter. Unfortunately, the four of us who work for camp year-round work out of our homes. And that means there is quite a distance between all of us! Our Registrar and Director both live in Chicago, IL. Our Business Manager lives the closest to camp in Upstate NY (jealous!). And I live in Northern NJ. So we get really comfortable with Skype video calls. It’s a great way for us to keep up with one another and plan out every detail for the upcoming summer.
What can YOU do during the off-season?
How can you be a part of Cedarbrook during the off-season? Visit with us during one of our spring events at churches around the Northeast! Meet up with camp friends and have reunions in your own homes. You can also help by sharing about your awesome experiences at camp with friends and family who are not yet part of our camp community. Share your camp stories on social media! Post pictures of you and your friends, make videos of your camp story, anything at all, that tells people about the great impacts of camp. One of the best ways for us to reach new people for Christ’s Kingdom is to spread the word to your friends, families, and anyone you meet and to tell them about how camp helps girls get to know Jesus. And don’t forget, I would love to see you at one of our upcoming camp events!
New Hyde Park Baptist Church | Long Island, NY – 1/19
Westerlo Baptist Church | Westerlo, NY – 1/28
Harmony Baptist Church | Middletown, NY – 1/28
Hawthorne Gospel Church | Hawthorne, NJ – 1/31
Cornerstone Christian Church | Wyckoff, NJ – 2/4
Petersburg Baptist Church | Petersburg, NY – 3/6
Eastport Bible Church | Eastport, NY – 3/13
Central NY LEAH Event | Fulton, NY – 3/17
MassHOPE Convention | Worcester, MA – 4/26-4/28
Megan Maiello is the Assistant Director of Camp Cedarbrook in the Adirondacks. She grew up at Cedarbrook, participated in the CILT leadership program, and worked many summers as a counselor and a Division Director of Trailblazers (the best division at camp!). At camp, she loves sailing and sitting by the lake in the beautiful sunshine. She cannot wait to spend another amazing summer in the Adirondacks.