Helpful Information for New Staff Members
Program Assistant (PA) Development begins on June 3rd at 5:00 PM.
All other staff: August 9th
Second Session – June 30th – July 19th
Third Session – July 21st – August 9th
We recommend that all staff members bring at least:
• 6 shirts or tank tops
• 5 pairs of athletic shorts
• 2 swimsuits
• 2 pairs of tennis shoes
• 1 pair of flips flops or sandals
• 1 hat and plenty of socks and undergarments
We’ll also provide you with a drawer full of Sweeney shirts to wear during the summer.
In the unlikely event that it rains, you may want to have a rain jacket on hand. Many staff members like to bring a fleece or pair of sweat pants for evening events in the Shull Activity Center.
Staff members should also bring their own bed sheets, pillows, wash rags, towels, laundry bag, and personal toiletries. If you forget something at home, don’t worry, we’ll be making a trip into town during staff development.
There are also special events that you will want to dress for appropriately. See “Are there special events I should prepare for?” below.
OPENING/CLOSING DAY: There are also many special events at Camp Sweeney that you’ll want to be prepared for! On opening day, all staff members are asked to wear either khaki pants or a khaki skirt with the Camp Sweeney oxford we will provide you. On closing day, all staff members wear either khaki or navy shorts with a Camp Sweeney polo.
FIGHT SONG WEDNESDAY: Every Wednesday at camp is “Fight Song Wednesday.” Campers and staff dress in their favorite college gear and cheer for their schools at dinner. Be sure to bring enough clothing to deck out yourself and your little siblings.
PURPLE POWER DAY: Thursday are made for wearing purple! “Purple Power Day” is a serious camp tradition, so you’ll want to bring as much purple as you can!
DANCES: Three of the biggest and most popular camp events each session are our Dances, where we turn the Shull Activity Center into a massive dance club. Each dance has a theme, and staff members are encouraged to go all out with their costumes. The themes for this summer are: Luau, Halloween, Neon, and prom “Night of a thousand Stars”!
BANQUET NIGHT: The final night of each session is our Awards Banquet and Code of Living ceremony. Staff members are asked to dress formally to honor our campers and provide a festive atmosphere for the evening. Male staff members should wear a coat and tie and female staff members should wear a semi formal dress. That night is also the “prom night” after the banquet. So the banquet attire can also work for that night’s dance.
c/o Camp Sweeney
PO Box 918
Gainesville, TX 76241
Staff mail will be delivered to cabins each day.
c/o Camp Sweeney
10687 FM 678
Whitesboro, TX 76273
This is for UPS or FedEx only. Otherwise there will be a delay in mail delivery. Staff packages will be delivered to cabins each day.
You will be assigned your cabin in March.