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Summer Camp Staff / Youth Development

Mayhew Program

The Mayhew Program challenges and helps at-risk New Hampshire boys to believe in themselves, work well with others, and find their best. 

Mayhew provides boys with eight years of support through a residential summer program, school year mentoring, employment opportunities, and one-on-one goal planning to ensure they graduate from high school and establish a plan to lead successful lives. Mayhew is the only program in New Hampshire that provides this level of support on a tuition-free basis. 

Mayhew: a uniquely positive, supportive and challenging community.

Mayhew is a not-for-profit organization striving to provide a positive environment for “at-risk” New Hampshire boys, ages 10-12, to challenge themselves in ways they never before thought possible. 

Boys are referred to Mayhew for many different reasons—some have demonstrated questionable behaviors at home and at school that make them at-risk for more serious problems in the future while others simply lack the opportunity to participate in the sorts of activities Mayhew offers—but every boy enrolled is chosen because he could benefit from the inevitable boost in self-esteem and self-control that Mayhew can help instill.

Although Mayhew works year-round with the boys—all of whom participate tuition-free—the foundation for a boy’s growth as part of the program resides in his first two summers spent on Mayhew Island, a place where a community of 20 staff—inevitably a crew of uncommon maturity, strength of character, and commitment to purpose—come together to serve as role-models and sources of support for the boys of the program.  Together, boys and staff alike, we strive each summer to create the most positive, supportive, and uniquely challenging community that we can muster.

Are you ready to step up to the challenge?


First and foremost, we look to hire high quality, high character people.

We seek individuals who are interested in living in an intentional community, individuals who are willing to be selfless and to sacrifice their own interests for the good of the boys and for the program.

We seek individuals of strong character, maturity, adaptability, and personal responsibility who naturally model the sorts of behaviors and interactions we hope to promote in the boys of the program.

A good sense of humor, creativity, patience, a strong work-ethic, a willingness to learn, a commitment to purpose, a readiness to live and work within a highly structured and disciplined setting, and a strong ability to work well with others are also tremendously important.

With the extraordinarily demanding environment we like to create on Mayhew Island, we hire only the most capable and resourceful applicants each year.

Collegiate area-of-study is not important (past staff have included English, Philosophy, Sociology, Economics, and Sports Science majors).

Past experience working with children is ideal but not required.  Interest in working with at-risk youth is vital.

Ability to work from June 8 until August 13, 2019 is a must.


We are in search of Lead Counselors and Waterfront Specialists.

The Lead Counselors are responsible for leading the boys through the daily Island routine. The best analogy for this job is that of the stay-at-home parent. Usually, each cabin group will have two counselors, with one staff member leaving the group during the day to facilitate an activity (athletics, swimming, etc.) and the Cabin Counselor staying with the boys to lead them from activity to activity.

Waterfront Specialists requires American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor & Life Guarding certifications (or willingness to acquire them before the start of the Mayhew summer), along with strong swimming skills, good communication skills, patience, and common sense.  Waterfront counselors are responsible for instructing the boys in American Red Cross certified swimming at all levels.

How to Apply:

Please visit for more detailed program information and to access our summer staff application.

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Date Added: April 10, 2019

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