Mail & Email

Receiving mail at camp is just as much fun for staff as it is for campers. Family and friends can send mail and packages to the camp address. We have computers with internet access available during time off for staff to use. We also have wireless internet on camp for those who choose to bring computers.


Getting dirty is a central part of summer camp and getting clean again should be just as easy. During the summer, a schedule is set for laundry, which is done twice a session. Staff send out their laundry with the camper laundry. It usually is returned within 48 hours. We also offer laundry service at the end of staff training.

Cell Phones

Most cell phones have reception at camp and you are welcome to use them during your off periods when the campers are not around. Cell phones must be left in your personal locker provided by camp during other times. Phones may not be taken to camper activities or in bunk. No campers are allowed to use staff personal cell phones for any reason.

Drugs & Alcohol

The use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages and/or drugs is not permitted on any part of camp property at any time and will result in immediate dismissal. This policy is as serious as it is uncomplicated.


Pets are not allowed at CYJ Midwest.

Personal Vehicles

You’re welcome to bring your car to camp. Staff vehicles must be registered at the camp office upon arrival to camp. You may use your vehicle to take your friends with you out of camp for days off, etc. No one may transport campers without the written permission of the camp director.

Tattoos & Body Piercings

Here at CYJ, we realize that role models come in all shapes and sizes, and some even have tattoos and body piercings. However, our staff is admired greatly by our campers and, as a result, they tend to mimic everything you do, say, and wear – including tattoos and piercings. Therefore, we request that while at camp, you cover them and do not bring attention to them when speaking with the campers. (We have made exceptions in RARE circumstances.) We ask that you please let us know during the interview if this will be an issue for you.

Time Off

Being a counselor is a highly demanding (and rewarding) 7-day-a-week, 24-hours-a-day job, which is why time off is so important. Each session you will have the opportunity to take three (3) non-consecutive days off (24 hours). There is also a 48 hour recovery period between the sessions for you to relax and re-energize for the next group of campers. Each day, staff members get an hour off as well in order to rest or deal with personal matters.


It is always fun to show your family and friends how much fun you are having at CYJ – just be sure to make arrangements with the Camp Director well beforehand. We can only accommodate a limited number of guests at camp at a time, so our guests are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Packing List & Tips

The following lists are based on careful thought and experience. Shelf space is limited, and extra clothing makes it difficult for the bunk to remain clean, organized, and uncluttered. For international staff, we provide those items marked with as asterisk (*).

General Packing List