Caddies have always been an integral part of the golfing experience. But ever since the introduction of the electric cart, they have since seen their numbers dwindle. One caddy program that continues to thrive is the Caddie Camp at Sankaty Head Golf Club. Recently, Sankaty put out a release offering participation in their camp for First Tee members.
For Long Islanders, that means those who are regular participants of the First Tee of Nassau County are now eligible to participate in the Sankaty Head Caddie Camp. What's is wonderful about participating in a caddie camp such as the one at Sankaty Head is that it not only will groom you into being a great caddie, but being a good caddie will make you a better golfer. It also affords you to make contacts with people can help you both in your personal and professional life.
Below is the official press release for the camp:
Dear Participants,The First Tee is excited to announce Sankaty Head Caddie Camp - a new opportunity open to male participants of The First Tee, ages 13-15. After online applications are submitted, camp Directors will select up to four participants of The First Tee to attend and reside at the camp during the summer months. The camp is also open to young men outside of The First Tee and requires a two month commitment from the participants, June 20th – August 25th.Camp Details:
Supported by the Sankaty Head Foundation, each summer the Camp is home to 60 caddies and staff members. Campers live in a structured, disciplined camp environment and spend part of each day caddying for members of the Sankaty Head Golf Club. Campers are paid for caddying and also have the opportunity to qualify for academic scholarships awarded annually by the Sankaty Head Foundation. On average, campers earn a minimum of $4,000 just caddying and scholarships are available after two summers. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $8,000.
The Sankaty Head Caddie Camp is located at the end of Burnell Street on the grounds of the Sankaty Head Golf Club in the town of Siasconset on the eastern end of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts.
The camp will admit mostly younger campers (ages 13-15) with the understanding that a small portion of admitted campers could be older participants.
The priority will be to accept kids who are in high academic standing and have sterling character. Acceptance criteria include the following:
- outstanding performance in the classroom
- high character/citizenship
- diverse backgrounds
- athletic experience
- golfing background (not mandatory)
To view a sample of the daily schedule, click HERE.