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
Advantages of working as a Camp Counselor
The best summer of your life: It really is that simple. This is your chance to have an experience that you’ll never get anywhere else. Your adventure will stay with you for the rest of your life. You’ll never forget your legendary summer in America.
CV Enhancement: Make yourself stand out. By working at camp, you’ll gain over 800 hours of hands on experience working with children in an international setting. Recognised by Employers, get yourself noticed and have fun doing it.
Mates from around the world: We send participants from 16 countries around the world, offering you the chance to make incredible friendships with people from far flung places like Canada, the Czech Republic and Venezuela. We’ve no doubt you’ll develop a passion for travel if you haven’t already and having a couch or two to sleep on during your next round the world trip really comes in handy.
Not your average day job
From waking the campers up in the morning to tucking them in at night, being a general counselor is non-stop. As soon as you hear the trumpeting of the 8am bugle - it’s go go go.
You will be responsible for getting the kids up and ready, getting the cabin in order and delivering your well-groomed and nicely dressed children at their activities.
You are the role model.
It's going to be up to you to make every task exciting and appealing to your rabble, no matter how tired you may feel. The campers will adore you and will want to emulate everything you do.
Bringing the energy and enthusiasm is what the job is all about.
Not only is Camp incredibly fun and full of adventure it also provides a safe environment to help social growth and young people’s personal development, campers from 7-16 all come to experience a world away from home. They grow as people, gain independence, have the confidence to combat their fears all at camp, all with you there to guide them.
Caring for someone else’s children can seem a little daunting but have no fear.
Alongside our Preparation day - you’ll spend your first week of camp getting trained on all other aspects of your Camp Counselor job role. This is often called orientation and will cover things like child protection, crisis management and team-building exercises, offering you the opportunity to make strong connections with your co-counselors before the campers arrive.
If you’re working at a more specialist camp, such as a special needs camp or weight loss camp then the extra relevant training will be provided.
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.
Summer camp is enormously fun but certainly one of the hardest jobs you’ll ever love.
Camps understand how hard you are working and will ensure you have time off to relax recover and enjoy.
Depending on the camp it may be once a week or each evening - or even the whole weekend if you are at a day camp. Every camp is different but the philosophies shall remain the same - work hard and play hard. As a counselor your priority shall be the campers, they always come first.
Making sure each camper has an epic summer is no small task - it takes effort and can be draining but rest assured, knowing your campers are having the summer of their lives makes the job worth doing.
There is no other summer role which will offer this level of job satisfaction.
As part of the camp counsellor program you also have up to 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 all yours for the taking, from San Fran to NYC and everywhere in between.
Why should I be a Camp Counselor?
Camp Counselor jobs are for anyone who wants to have a unique experience and spend three rewarding months working with children in an extraordinary setting.
Becoming a Camp Counselor pushes you to be a better person, you walk away from the summer as a problem solver, a communicator and a team player.
Be a Camp Counselor this May and become a role model, challenge your comfort zone and have an absolute blast whilst doing it.