Now that the hiring season is officially under-way, IENA’s camp team receives many questions about interviews, hiring, contracts, etc. from our camping partners. Oftentimes, we receive the same question from multiple sources, so I wanted to address one of the big questions by camp directors at this time of year: how much does camp pay an IENA participant?
If you have hired an IENA applicant via our first-time placement program (by searching on our database, or if an IENA representative has sent you an application), IENA has required salary minimums for these participants. The salary minimums for first-time participants are very straightforward, as they are based on age.
- If an applicant is aged 18-20, his/her salary minimum is $1,600 for up to a nine week contract
- If an applicant is aged 21+, his/her salary minimum is $1,750 for up to a nine week contract
These salary minimums are the same for counselors and support staff. For both age brackets, the salary minimums are for up to a nine week contract. This means if a contract is less than nine weeks, the salary minimums of $1,600 & $1,750 are still required.
If a contract is longer than nine weeks, there should be an additional stipend of $200 per week for weeks 10+.
When you hire an applicant on the IENA website, please add up the total salary (including the additional stipend for weeks 10+, if applicable) based off the total contract length. If you have any additional questions about salary minimums, please feel free to reach out to your IENA representative for assistance!
*For every first-time IENA placement, there is a $1,000 fee from camp to IENA.