Summer Camp Counselor Jobs

Camp Counselor Roles

If you love working with children and feel confident with teaching or coaching then the Summer Camp Counselor role is for you.

What is a Camp Counselor? Being a Camp Counselor is like no other job placement. As a Summer Camp Counselor, you’ll be living in a bunk with the campers and your role during the day will be to accompany and supervise your group throughout their schedule - joining in with all the fun and games. Arguably the most important job at camp, a great General Counselor will have strong all-round skills and ideally will be able to lead one or more specific activities at camp too.

Every day will bring you wonderful bizarre experiences and adventures. By the time you’re back, you’ll never be short of an interesting story to tell your mates. Whilst your role at summer camp is certainly going to keep you very busy each day, it's the most incredible and rewarding role you’ll ever have.

What is a Camp Counselor?

Spending a lot of time with campers. That’s right, you’ll be waking up early and heading to bed late, surrounded by energetic and excitable children - it’s the hardest job you’ll ever love.

Wondering if that's your thing? You may be more interested in one of our Support Staff Jobs: just as much fun, still great on your CV but no experience with children required.

Top Tip

Gain as much experience working with children as possible. The more experience you have, the stronger your camp counselor application will be.

What Not to Expect

To stick solely to your skill area. If you’re hired as a basketball coach, you’ll still be getting involved in fashion shows and supporting the ropes team if and when called upon. “That’s not my job” is not a phrase that’s often said at camp.

You’ll Love

The opportunity to teach and get involved in a huge variety of summer camp activities. You’ll get the chance to try things you’ve never experienced, all while getting paid to do it.


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.

Staff Training

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.

Time Off

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.

Spend your summer as a camp counselor in America
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