About our Staff
Our staff members are the heart of the Hawkeye community. They serve as positive role models and mentors for all of our campers during the summer. At Camp Hawkeye we look for creative men and women who have a love for working with young people, enthusiasm in their activity areas, and an appreciation for the outdoors. Many of our staff members have grown up at Hawkeye and completed our Leadership Development program.
Hawkeye’s commitment to a diverse community extends beyond our campers to our staff members as well. We promote an environment that includes campers and staff from myriad backgrounds, income levels, and countries of origin. Our counselors come to us from all across the United States, Canada, as well as across the oceans from places like England, Ghana, Netherlands, and Spain; to name a few.
Staff members are chosen through an in-depth application process that includes a series of phone and/or face to face interviews and nationwide background checks. Most of our counselors have come to us through personal recommendations from current and former staff members and camper families.
Staff members participate in rigorous pre-camp training in addition to the application process described above logging more than eight hours of training a day for the week. During this time topics ranging from safety and group management to program specifics and first aid are covered.
On top of lots of training the Hawkeye staff works together to care for our campers. With a maximum capacity of 55 campers and 25 staff members Hawkeye maintains an excellent camper to staff ratio of nearly 2 to 1. Think about those numbers in comparison to school where classroom sizes in a well funded district are in excess of 15 students and often in the range of 20-30.