Summer Camp Activity Specialist Jobs

Exercise Those Coaching Skills


What is an Activity Specialist?

As a summer camp activity specialist, you’ll be the go-to person for a specific skill area. Activities are what makes camp such an energetic and unique place. Most days you’ll have around 5 sessions where you’ll coach, and for that hour it’s where the campers can have fun, improve their skills and try new things.

A great activity specialist will be experienced in their field and will always bring the energy to excite and motivate the campers.

There’s a reason that everyone wants to be a specialist at camp and here’s a few more...


You get to teach what you love

This is not a desk job. You’ll be able to spend a full 9 weeks teaching something you have always loved doing.

Stacking shelves in the local supermarket all summer or teaching American campers how to swim outside in the pool or lake… we know what we’d choose.

There are so many sports and activities at camp, something for everyone, so whether you're interested in archerylifeguarding or the great outdoors - you'll be able to do something which inspires you this summer.


You'll know everyone

One of the perks of being a specialist is that you’ll be able to meet and teach campers of all ages. Everyone at camp will be coming to you at some point in the week, so you’ll spend each day catching up with everyone rather than working with one specific age group, like the general counselors.


Make a camper’s summer 

Being a specialist gives way to some pretty special moments. Teaching a camper to ride a bike or finally swim that length, you did that. Helping with a friendship bracelet or giving them confidence overcome their fears and abseil down the rock tower, yep, you did that. There’ll be rewarding moments every single day.


Not your average day job

As an activity specialist at camp in America it's your job to make sure your activity is fun and engaging for all campers, no matter their age or ability. Camps are going to need you to teach at any level and to demonstrate, especially if you can backflip… (Gymnasts, you’ll be asked to do that a lot)

The role of an activity specialist is very diverse, it’s not your average job in America. At camp you’ll always have the best of both worlds as when the lessons are finished, you’ll be able to switch it up your schedule and be a counselor. Every day is jam-packed and you're never going to be short of things to do.


Why should I be an Activity Specialist?

  • Activity specialist jobs are your chance to teach your favourite hobby every single day.
  • Gain over 800 coaching hours (which look great on your CV) whilst having the time of your life in America. 
  • You get to have the experience of a lifetime teaching something you love for 9 weeks plus you also get up to 30 days to travel the USA after your placement, with the J1 visa.
  • It’s the best job ever.



Will I be trained for my specialist role at camp?

Yes, especially if you role requires you to have an American qualification; like lifeguarding and the red cross certificate.


You’ll spend your first week of camp getting trained on all other aspects of your specialist job role and for camp in general. Called orientation, it will cover things like child protection, crisis management and team-building exercises, offering you the opportunity to make strong connections with your co- activity leaders before the campers arrive.

Orientation week will also give you a chance to get used to your area of responsibility, whether that’s setting up poolside, organising the sports equipment or safety checking the ropes course. This is your time to get prepped for your summer adventure ahead.

Will I get time off?

Yes. You will.

Every camp is different but the philosophies remain the same - work hard and play hard.

As part of the camp counsellor program you’ll have days off in your contract for when working at camp, alongside your 30 days to explore the best of America after camp. Soak in the sights, sunshine and experience the real USA firsthand. Whether you fancy a DIY adventure or one of our many discounted group road trips, the USA is yours for the taking. 

Are there any requirements?

Summer camp in America is one of the most accessible ways to work and travel abroad. However, there are some criteria which you need to meet in order to fulfill the activity specialist role. To be an activity specialist at camp in America you must;

  • Be over 18 years by the time you attend camp
  • Have a clean criminal background
  • Be available during the American summer, early May to September

Maybe your dates don’t quite work or there might be something that you know is going to pop up on your medical form which you’re a worried about.

The first thing is to speak to us.


We want to help and what seems like a problem, may not be an issue at all. Give us a call, tweet or just plain shout from the rooftops - we got you.

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