Frequently Asked Questions About Working at Berky

FAQ1

First time applying to work at Camp? Check out these FAQ's

The Berkshire Soccer Academy is located in East Otis, in Western Massachusetts. 120 miles north of New York, and 120 miles West of Boston.

Our athletes have a passion for soccer and a desire to develop as a well-rounded player, on and off the field. Approximately 130 athletes attend the Berkshire Soccer Academy every session ages 9-16. Athletes come primarily from the North East, but we have athletes travel from across the US and the world, including Europe, and Central and South America.

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Berkshire Soccer Academy employs about 80 staff members for the summer in a range of roles. While about half of our staff is hired to work as soccer coaches, if you have a passion to work with kids and want to have a positive impact on a community this summer, we probably have a role for you.

Yes. You should complete an online application. We hire many international staff members every summer, and require them all to obtain a J-1 visa through one of our international agencies. If you are a successful applicant we will help you through the process of obtaining a visa.

Camp is very structured and demanding. We like to say it is “the toughest job you will ever love.” Our responsibility to the campers is 24 hours a day. If you are interested in joining our staff, please give all the information herein careful consideration, but don’t take our word for it, here is what previous staff have said:

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FAQ2

How to best prepare to work at Berkshire Soccer Academy

We require staff to be available mid-June through mid-August, with exact dates depending on position. We highly value consistency at camp and prefer staff for the whole summer schedule, and while we can be flexible and can make small exceptions for preseason and school obligations, all staff are required to be available for our staff orientation week (June 17 – June 23).

FAQ2

The Academy’s staff come from across the US and the world, including Canada, Europe and Central and South America.

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While every day at the Academy is unique and full of surprises, the days do follow a common structure. We bring variety to each camp session, including surprise events and special guest appearances. View a Sample Day at the Academy.

 We know for you to be an effective counselor, you need to take time for yourself. We want you to be fresh and invigorated. Specifically, you receive regularly-scheduled daily breaks. At that time, you may use any available facilities to recreate. Of course, you may opt to just read quietly or take a nap. In addition, you receive 1 day-off (a continuous 24hour period) per 6 working days. Days-off typically occur between camp sessions. When you’re on, be ready to work. But when you’re off, use your time wisely.

There are 2 washing machines and 2 coin-operated dryers located in the Staff House for staff to share. Staff can visit a local coin-operated laundromat in nearby Otis during their days-off. More information on laundry procedures can be found in the Staff Handbook.

Yes, we actually recommend that you bring to camp your phone and a tablet or laptop, so that you can connect to the internet, complete school work or to keep connected to the outside world and family. With that being said, we are very sensitive to the use of technology, and require all staff to ensure that the campers experience a Technology free, and un-plugged experience.

Staff can use technology during break times and only inside the Staff House. Cell phones cannot be used in the presence of campers and can be stored in a locked locker in the Staff House. Depending on the provider, cell reception can be limited at the Academy.

Staff can get paid in the method of their choice, on an every other week basis;

  • Direct Deposit (Domestic Staff only)
  • Live Check at camp or mailed.
  • Pre-paid Card (Provided for all International staff)

Staff are provided a standardized travel stipend to be used toward transportation to and from camp, and our Directors will personally help you plan your travel to camp. Camp has three locations that staff can be picked up from

Staff may also choose to drive their own vehicles to camp, and may use the staff parking lot for the duration of the summer.

FAQ3

What can you expect this summer whilst at Camp

Of course you can!  Camp is a very active environment and we encourage you to take part in all activities with your campers. In addition, in your free time you will have access to our Fitness Center, the lake (when a lifeguard is on duty), hiking trails and fields.

Staff that are Cabin Counselors live with children in cabins. The cabins are climate controlled, comfortable, and have both indoor plumbing and electricity. Our cabins house 10-14 campers and always have at least 2 staff members in each.

 

Our leadership staff and support staff live in semi-private dorm styled accommodation with other leadership or support staff. Accommodation is comfortable, climate controlled and typically in a building away from campers.

Our Food is Great! While we cannot accommodate special individualized requests, we do have many options at each meal to support those that are vegetarian, gluten or dairy free. This includes an extensive fruit, bread and oatmeal bars at breakfast. A full salad bar is available at lunch and dinner.

Our fully-equipped Health Center is staffed 24 hours a day by a registered nurse. We also have a full-time Athletic Trainer and an on-call Physician who is available seven days a week. Our nurse is aware of all staff and camper needs via the Health History Form and distributes medication to staff at meal-times or bedtime. The Health Center can accommodate overnight stays, and there is a hospital within a 25-minute drive. Our full-time licensed Athletic Trainer is on the field during every soccer session and provides pre and post-training treatments in the Academy’s Training Room.