Great staff are the core of Onondaga Camp. Our staff training is built on the insight that a kind and helpful staff member is often what a camper will remember most from his or her summer camp experience. We stress the importance of listening, watching, and encouraging so that counsellors can create an environment where campers feel good about trying new things and are supported for their efforts. This philosophy is a fundamental principle for our staff.
We hire new staff on the basis of the soundness and maturity of their judgment, their commitment to being strong role models, and most importantly their ability to establish positive and caring relationships with their campers. Onondagaʼs rigorous two-year Leadership-In-Training program, for our 16- and 17-year-old former campers, provides the theoretical and practical experience to become outstanding leaders and counsellors.