2023 Camp Registration Open Now!

Magic is waiting for you at our 2023 summer dance, music, and song camps! Whether you’re a beginning fiddler or a professional bagpiper, a third grader or a grandparent, a brand-new contra dancer or a seasoned morris squire, you are welcome here. Join us for nine weeks of camps at four camp locations across the U.S. this summer. Learn more.

Are you looking for summer employment? Retired and seeking adventure? Between jobs or in a transitional period? Generally looking to spend some quality time surrounded by music, dance, and song?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then we have several positions open at our dance, music, and song camps that are ideal for you! Positions are 1-6 weeks long and compensation ranges from full scholarship to paid staff, depending on the job and the session. Find out more.

In episode 10 of From the Mic, Mary interviews Chrissy Fowler. Chrissy co-founded a dance series in Belfast, Maine, which has evolved into a thriving participatory arts nonprofit—Belfast Flying Shoes. In her Flying Shoes bio, Chrissy describes herself as an organizer, leader, dancer and cheerleader. She likes to cultivate community by organizing fun stuff, including BFS programs and Puttin’ On the Dance, a conference for Northeast dance organizers.

Come work with us at camp!  Are you…

  • Looking for summer employment?
  • Retired and seeking adventure?
  • Between jobs or in a transitional period?
  • Generally looking to spend some quality time surrounded by music, dance, and song?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then we have several positions open at our dance, music and song camps that are ideal for you!  Each year we need help running our summer dance and music camps at our four facilities: Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, MA, Camp Cavell in Lexington, MI, Camp Louise in Cascade, MD, and new this year, Agassiz Village in Poland, ME.

Compensation ranges from full scholarship to paid staff, depending on the job and the session. If one of the jobs below appeals to you, write to Joanna Reiner Wilkinson, Director of Programs, joanna@cdss.org.

Pinewoods Operations Manager

Dates: July 13-August 28
Commitment: 6 camp weeks, plus some additional work on either end
Location: Pinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MA
Compensation: $6,300
Primary duties:  Manage the administrative side of camp, including setting up the CDSS office at Pinewoods, assigning housing and jobs for each session, acting as a liaison to the Pinewoods office and crew, and managing support staff.

Office Assistant (Pinewoods)

Dates: July 15-August 26 
Commitment: 1-6 weeks, depending on availability
Location: Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, MA
Compensation: varies
Primary duties: Assist the Operations Manager with administrative and logistical tasks including creating camper packets, answering camper questions, and other tasks as assigned.

Bookstore/Auction Manager (Cavell, Agassiz Village, Cascade)

Dates: See locations
Commitment: 1 week
Locations: Camp Cavell in Lexington, MI (June 17-24)
Agassiz Village in Poland, ME (August 13-19)
Camp Louise in Cascade, MD (August 14-20)
Compensation: $800-825
Primary duties: Manage bookstore and auction processes as well as other logistical tasks.

Sound System Operators (all weeks)

Dates: July 15-August 26 
Commitment: 1 week
Locations: Camp Cavell in Lexington, MI (June 17-24)
Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, MA (July 15-August 26, 1 week commitment)
Agassiz Village in Poland, ME (August 13-19)
Camp Louise in Cascade, MD (August 14-20)
Compensation: $800-825
Primary duties: Set up and manage sound systems for program spaces at evening events and during the day for classes that require amplification, working with program staff to provide optimal auditory experience for campers and staff. 

Lifeguards with CPR/First Aid Certificates (all weeks)

Dates: See locations
Commitment: 1 week 
Locations: Camp Cavell in Lexington, MI (June 17-24)
Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, MA (July 15-August 26, 1 week commitment)
Agassiz Village in Poland, ME (August 13-19)
Camp Louise in Cascade, MD (August 14-20)
Compensation: Program tuition and room/board
Primary duties: Inform campers of swim area rules and safe behavior, be on duty during officially scheduled swim sessions. Lifeguard certification required. 

Doctor or Nurse (family weeks)

Dates: See locations
Commitment: 1 week 
Locations: Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, MA (July 15-22 and August 19-26))
Agassiz Village in Poland, ME (August 13-19)
Camp Louise in Cascade, MD (August 14-20)
Compensation:  Program tuition and room/board
Primary duties: Be first point of contact for campers experiencing health concerns

In addition to these jobs, we will have scholarship and work exchange opportunities for each camp session. Full details will be available when camp registration opens in mid-January. Click here for a full listing of camp weeks, dates, and Program Directors.

The Winter 2022 CDSS News is now available! Step into Jane Austen’s world with Graham Christian; learn about positional calling from Louise Siddons; listen to gender conversations with Scott Higgs; and get a year-end update from the CDSS Board, Community Resources Manager, and member survey. Plus much more! 

If you’re having trouble finding something or if something isn’t working, please fill out this form. We will get in touch to help as soon as we can.

Matthew Byrne introduces “Jack Ashton,” the tale of a storyteller who brought a little escapism to poor children in a postwar factory town.

In episode 9 of From the Mic, Mary interviews Sue Rosen. A leading caller of contras, squares, English country dance and family dance programs, Sue has been actively calling for 30 years in the Boston area, across the country, and overseas. She has built a collection of great dances and has written contras that have become part of the standard repertoire of dance callers across the contradance world.