In the Pioneers, each group is headed by a licensed teacher, with Assistant Counselors, Junior Counselors and CITs (counselors in training), 15 years old with valid NYC working papers. Pioneers have the most staff than any other groups, as this age group requires the most individualized attention.
In the Adventures (grades 1 – 2) and Stars Camps (grades 3 & 4), groups are limited to a 1 to 7, with a Head Counselor (18 yrs of age minimum required), Assistant Counselor, Junior Counselor and CIT. Many campers attend only part weeks, making the counselor/camper ratio even smaller on most days.
In the Explorers Camp grades 5 & 6, each group is limited to a 1 to 8, with a Head Counselor (18 yrs of age minimum required) and 2 Assistant Counselors and/or Junior Counselors.
Teen Quest Camp grades 7, 8 & 9, each group has 3 Head Counselors (2nd year college student minimum required) that are specially chosen to work with the Teens based on prior experience.
It should be noted that many of our campers do not attend camp 5 days a week or for a full 8 week summer. Therefore, there are days when the groups have smaller numbers of campers. Also, most of our Head Counselors if they are not returning from the previous summer have worked at Mill Basin Day Camp for years and have moved up from being CITs or Junior Counselors, etc.