Summer Camp Counselor Jobs

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What is a Camp Counselor?

As a Summer Camp Counselor, your role is to join in, have fun and to guide your campers throughout their schedule. Far from the lay down on the couch and tell me about your problems type counselor (which might spring to mind) - at camp, the term counselor simply means you’re the ones in with the kids.

No need for qualifications. 

A great General Counselor will be a strong all-rounder, happy to join in and give everything a go.

It's one of the best jobs at camp and here's why...


You get to have a go at everything

One of the biggest benefits of being a camp counselor is that you get to have a go at all the activities that camp has to offer. Unlike an activity specialist who will normally be stationed in one specific area, you’ll tour camp with your campers joining in all the fun. Name us another summer job abroad where you can climb ropes courseskayakhorse ride and fire an arrow in one day…


You know the campers the best

Being a camp counselor means you get to spend your day with your very own rabble. You’ll be living a bunk with your division alongside spending your full day with them, so you'll get to know the campers really well. Specialists will often say how they wish they knew the kids more as getting to know the campers is half the fun of camp.


You’ll be part of a team

Camp counselors are a tight-knit group and you’ll all work together to care for your campers. You’ll be in with Americans and others from all around the world and will have a camaraderie which activity specialists might not have if working by themselves.


Not your average day job

The day to day of a summer camp counselor

From waking the campers up in the morning to tucking them in at night, one way to describe being a general counselor is ‘non-stop’.

It’s down to the counselors that the campers get up and ready in the morning, that the cabins are in order and the campers arrive squeaky clean and dressed for their activities. You’re the role model and it's going to be up to you to make every task exciting (even cleaning the bunks).


Why should I be a Camp Counselor?

  • Camp Counselor jobs are your chance to have a different kind of summer, spending three months working with children.
  • It's a great experience for anyone who wants to go into teaching or coaching. As one of the most exciting Camp Leaders jobs, this role pushes you to be a better person and you’ll walk away as a problem solver, a communicator and a team player.
  • Working at a summer camp is the experience of a lifetime. Being a general counselor means you get to enjoy everything camp has to offer, you don't need to be qualified and you also get up to 30 days to travel the USA after your placement, with the J1 visa.



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.

Will I be trained for the camp counselor job?

Caring for someone else’s children can seem a little daunting but camp has it covered.

Alongside our Prep day - you’ll also spend your first week of camp being trained and introduced to your Camp Counselor job role.

Often called orientation, it will cover things like child protection, crisis management and team-building exercises, so you can get to know your co-counselors (team) properly before camp officially begins.

If you’re working at a more specialist camp, such as a special needs camp or weight loss camp, extra training will be provided.

How old will the campers be?

Every camp is different and based on your own personality you will be assigned an age group to suit you.

Children from 7-16 all come to camp, so from youngsters to teens, there's definitely a bit of variation.

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 fulfil the Camp Counselor job. To be a Camp Counselor this summer you must;

  • Have a clean criminal background
  • Be available over the summer - between June 19th and August 20th as a minimum.
  • Be over the age of 18 by the time you attend camp

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 seem 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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