Staff FAQs | Timber Lake West

Staff FAQs

Once you are hired Timber Lake West, we’ll email you a lot of information to help prepare you for the summer of a lifetime! We will also set up a Staff Group on Facebook so you can start to get to know some of the other staff members coming to camp and possibly arrange to travel together to camp or meet up at one of the New York metropolitan airports. Below are various tips and hints from former counselors, to give you a better understanding of what you will need to bring and an idea of camp life in general. Feel free to contact us with any other questions you may have.

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Timber Lake West will email all new staff, information about

  • Clothing lists
  • Orientation
  • Days off

Below we will go into further details about these aspects of camp life.

Where is camp located?

Timber Lake West is located in Roscoe, NY, in the Catskill Mountains. We are approximately 2.5 hours northwest of New York City and 3 hours from Philadelphia. We are one hour East of Binghamton, NY and less than an hour West of Middletown, NY

How long do the campers stay?

Each session at Timber Lake West is FOUR WEEKS. All of the campers arrive and go home together. Each session has a different set of campers. We hire all of our staff for both sessions.

How do I get to camp?

By Plane or by Bus: The Short Line Bus Company run two buses daily to Roscoe, NY: 8am and 4:30pm. You can reach the Short Line Bus Company at 201-529-3666 or 800-631-8405. The buses run from the Port Authority Bus Terminal on 41st Street and 8th Avenue in New York City (Manhattan). The charge is approximately $40 one-way. BUS SCHEDULE

Once you arrive in Roscoe, you can call the camp at 845-439-4440 to be picked up. We will send a van to pick you up. Please advise our Office in advance of your travel plans so that we can more easily coordinate your pick up time.

By Car: Take a look at our Traveling to Camp page.

What is the weather like?

Mornings and evenings may be cool, while the daytime temperatures are usually in the 70’s and 80’s (Fahrenheit)

What should I expect of Orientation?

After arriving at camp you will complete a week of Orientation, which will cover all aspects of camp and what will be expected of you. This also gives you an opportunity to get to know the other counselors and staff. Orientation will give you some useful advice in order to deal with various situations you may come across at camp.

Orientation can also give you a chance to pick up all the necessary items you will need for the summer or were unable to bring with you. There is generally a trip to Wal*Mart or the Mall, which stocks everything from clothing and toiletries to bedding. It is advisable to take smaller sizes of toiletries to reduce luggage weight and buy more when you arrive at camp. Other items you may wish to purchase once you’ve settled at camp include:

  • Bedding — sheets, blankets — bed in a bag is a great bargain
  • Egg Crate for your bed
  • Flashlights
  • Water

How do Days Off / Nights Off Work and Where Can I Go?

If it’s your night off, you will be free after evening activity ends (around 9:15pm) until 12:30 am. You will have a variety of options available to you of what to do, including:

  • Shopping
  • Movies
  • Going to get something to eat
  • Staff may just want to stay in camp and relax. Staff can use the staff lounge to watch movies and use the computer facilities
  • All staff must be back on camp and in their bunk by 12:30am. All staff members have 6 days off over the summer which run from 9:15pm the day before until 12:30am on your day off. This is your free time, so take advantage of it. You can stay in camp but remember camp life will still go on around you. Many counselors will leave camp for the night and stay in a motel, go out for the evening, go to the movies or out for a meal etc. The next day can be spent shopping, at local beaches or lakes, or doing some sight seeing. Ask at the office for other ideas for days off, or consult the Days Off Page

All that’s left to say is you will have a great summer, enjoy it and have lots of fun!!! It will be a summer of a lifetime for you!