As a camp accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), Oneka hires counselors that are 18 years of age or older, and many are 21 or older. Our ratio of counselors to campers is an excellent one to three, allowing the counselors to get to know their campers and give them individual attention. Most years, a high percentage of our counselors are former campers and returning counselors.
We do include a number of English speaking international counselors. The cross cultural experiences that they provide add an extra dimension to the camp experience. A few junior counselors (Nekettes) are hired at 17 to provide continuity and training for campers to become counselors.
Oneka is fortunate to attract a number of teachers and education majors as counselors. Many have national certifications in the area’s they lead, such as archery, sailing, swimming and sports. Most of our staff and all of the waterfront staff hold American Red Cross Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid certification.
Counselors live in the cabin and tents with the campers and provide structure, support, and direction to their campers. Every counselor is also an activity specialist with specific skills to lead and teach a program activity. Along with cabin and program counselors, there is a full time trips director, two fulltime nurses (RN’s) are available at all times, and a food service staff for all meals.