Overland's summer camp counselors are called 'leaders'-- and rightly so, as our leaders not only capably guide their groups but they also inspire our campers to be the best they can be. Here's a look at our leaders by the numbers:
We recruit our leaders from America’s finest colleges and universities, meeting with hundreds of campus leaders across the country—an effort that generated over 650 applications in 2012.
We spend over five hours evaluating each of our finalists: there are two readings of the application, a thorough review of three references, a three-part background check, a preliminary interview and a two-hour final interview.
In 2012, a total of 150 men and women were selected to lead trips for Overland. A mix of first year and returning leaders (some of whom were back for their 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th summer), our leaders include top students, athletes and campus leaders—ideal role models for our students. Read profiles of our summer staff.
We visit the campuses of the country’s top schools multiple times during the year and rely on our network of leaders at these schools to produce a deep pool of qualified applicants.
All of our leaders come to Williamstown for 10 days of training in June. Leaders arrive certified in First Aid, CPR and lifesaving and training focuses on logistics, group dynamics and communications.
Our talented leaders have one goal: the success of each of their students. This, perhaps more than anything else, has made the difference for us as an organization and for the thousands of students who have joined us.