Camp Doodles Reviews

Updated June 2, 2015
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  1. Everyone is Family at Summer Camp

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Mill Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Mill Valley, CA

    I have been working at Camp Doodles part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked for three summers as a counselor and then one as a Team Leader. My absolute favorite part of the job was seeing the fellow counselors and campers that would come back summer after summer. The leadership team has the best in mind for the campers and is very open to listening to counselors and community for how to best improve the camp experience.

    Cons

    As the camp gets bigger, it naturally will start to lose some of its personal touch. With that being said, there are many great tactics in play to keep this camp feeling like family. It's a really fun summer camp!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  2. Lots of room for improvement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Camp Counselor
    Former Employee - Camp Counselor

    I worked at Camp Doodles full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Kids are great (mostly) Other counselors are good, made some good friendships Free kids snacks Good location Site director was great and understanding of counselors' needs

    Cons

    Pay is bad Too many hours - leading staff to be completely overworked and exhausted, especially around weeks 7-8 Scheduling is a nightmare - if you're going to hire me for the summer, give me the opportunity to work at that site for the entire summer. Give more than a few days' notice that a staff member is not allowed to work for the next week Dealing with management was frustrating, I felt they treated me condescendingly and dealt with counselors' issues very passive aggressively Gossip among staff and management Training was not comprehensive enough Some parents were a pain to deal with Schedule of the camp was too strict and rushed - should be more flexible to allow for clean up time and so that kids can have more fun - 20 minutes for an activity isn't enough! Campers should be assigned to counselors' groups at the beginning of the week with careful thought about which campers will get along, size of the group, etc. - not just 'whichever 10 kids are near me are now in my group for the whole week' method, which led to campers fighting, one counselor having a 10 kid group while another counselor had 5 kids, etc. The Doodles pins for staff were not the most effective way of recognizing a counselor's achievements and instead led to hostility among younger staff members Overall a really chaotic, stressful and not fun environment to work in

    Advice to Management

    Spend less money on the Doodles brand (pins/buttons/temporary tattoos barely anyone uses and are not essential to the camp) and more money towards employees' salaries. This would lead to happier staff, which would lead to happier kids, which would lead to happier and more satisfied parents, which would lead to good word of mouth which is the best publicity for the camp Treat the counselors with respect and be transparent about wages Spend more time during staff training focusing on how to deal with behavioral problems and conflicts among campers, counselors, etc. Spend less time focusing on games and songs which counselors can learn on their own or from the Internet More flexibility for the schedule of the camp Perhaps counselors shouldn't be forced to work 9-10 hour shifts, and alternating shorter shifts would be more effective and lead to less overworked and happier counselors More organization at the upper management level More field trips for younger kids


  3. Positive and supportive summer job with kids

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Camp Counselor in Mill Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Camp Counselor in Mill Valley, CA

    I have been working at Camp Doodles part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun, happy kids, great staff, nights and weekends are off

    Cons

    Sometimes going straight from school to the training in June can be tiring

    Advice to Management

    Contimue to support your staff and have more staff only events


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Best summer job ever!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Camp Director in Mill Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Camp Director in Mill Valley, CA

    I have been working at Camp Doodles

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    It's really fun. One can make a difference in the lives of children. Supportive camp leadership / management Make friends with other like-minded employees The hourly salaries are decent...and employees get a free hot lunch that each day from lots of great restaurants (including sushi!)

    Cons

    It's only a summer job for most of the employees. High expectations Can't go to the beach during the regular summer day as one needs to work Monday - Friday.

    Advice to Management

    Try to create year round opportunities for employees


  6. Helpful (1)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Camp Counselor
    Current Employee - Camp Counselor

    I have been working at Camp Doodles part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun, outside, kids, seasonal job

    Cons

    Poor pay, changing hours, exhausting,



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