Summer Camp Jobs

If you would like to work with children, but cannot think of anything worse than being stuck in a class room trying to teach them about things they are not interested in, then a summer camp job is probably exactly the right gap year for you! Most summer camps you will see adverts for are based in the United States, but opportunities do exist in other countries, even in the UK. Course requirements vary from job to job so please check for details.

If you have some experience or qualifications in sports teaching, your summer camp job application will be strong. Even if you don't have experience it is still possible to work at a summer camp. You might have to settle for peeling spuds in the kitchen, or you may be able to teach some of the activities, it often depends on your previous experience and the number of positions available. The best advice we can offer is to get your application in as soon as you can as competition for summer camp jobs can be fierce.


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Lifeguard

Lifeguard


Europe UK

Fancy a summer by the pool with some amazing people? If you do then join our team of amazing people this summer. Apply today.
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Make an enquiry with Xplore The World

Teach Watersports at a Summer Camp in the USA

Teach Watersports at a Summer Camp in the USA


NorthAmerica

Love splashing around? Every camp will have a large waterfront program and therefore will need competent and skilled instructors to teach in this area.
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Make an enquiry with Wildpacks




Lifeguard

Lifeguard


Europe UK

Fancy a summer by the pool with some amazing people? If you do then join our team of amazing people this summer. Apply today.
Get more details & apply
Make an enquiry with Xplore The World

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Lifeguard

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Lifeguard


NorthAmerica

Are you a qualified Lifeguard? Want to move your job from the pool to a lake in the USA? Then Camp America is for you! Spend your summer soaking up the sun with the coolest job on camp. Many of the camps we work with have a picturesque lake or swimming pool which is an amazing way to spend summer!
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Make an enquiry with Camp America

Camp Leader

Camp Leader


Europe UK

Are you a positive role model that wants to help students who are away from home for the first time? If you are then join our team of amazing people this summer. Apply today.
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Make an enquiry with Xplore The World

EFL Teacher

EFL Teacher


Europe UK

Do you like the thought of using your skills to teach English to our foreign summer camp students? If you are then join our team of amazing people this summer. Apply today.
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Make an enquiry with Xplore The World

Work an Adventure Role at a Summer Camp in the USA

Work an Adventure Role at a Summer Camp in the USA


NorthAmerica

Do you love heights, thrills and have a sense of adventure? If this sounds like you then you should definitely apply for one of the adventure and outdoor jobs at camp.
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Make an enquiry with Wildpacks

Work on a summer camp in the USA - Outdoor Adventure Instructor

Work on a summer camp in the USA - Outdoor Adventure Instructor


NorthAmerica

Love the great outdoors and have a strong sense of adventure? Want to spend your summer up in the air on camps high ropes, flying through camp on the zipline or working on the climbing tower? Look no further…
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Make an enquiry with Camp America

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Watersports Instructor

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Watersports Instructor


NorthAmerica

Love spending time in or around the water? Have experience in a water sport activity? Look no further… As waterfront staff, you could be involved in a variety of different roles. Water sports can include; Sailing, Water-skiing, Canoeing, Windsurfing, Paddle boarding and more!
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Make an enquiry with Camp America

Teach Sports at a Summer Camp in the USA

Teach Sports at a Summer Camp in the USA


NorthAmerica

Not only could you be enjoying teaching your sport at camp but you will be having a laugh with people your age, going for nights out and enjoying your days off exploring America.
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Make an enquiry with Wildpacks

Work an Equestrian Role at a Summer Camp in the USA

Work an Equestrian Role at a Summer Camp in the USA


NorthAmerica

If spending your entire summer abroad, getting paid to look after and work with ponies and horses, sounds like a dream come true then keep dreaming!
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Make an enquiry with Wildpacks

Volunteer Abroad Programs in Latin America

Volunteer Abroad Programs in Latin America


NorthAmerica SouthAmerica

Maximo Nivel’s volunteer programs in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru provide unique opportunities to live and work in Latin America, while giving back to the global community and immersing yourself in the local culture.
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Make an enquiry with Maximo Nivel

Teach Performing & Creative Arts at a Summer Camp in the USA

Teach Performing & Creative Arts at a Summer Camp in the USA


NorthAmerica

If you and your friends have a passion for just about any creative pursuit – ranging from music and dance to glass blowing and art – there could be a great job waiting for you this summer.
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Make an enquiry with Wildpacks

Office Manager

Office Manager


Europe UK

Do you pride yourself on attention to detail and enjoy administration and planning? If you are then join our team of amazing people this summer. Apply today.
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Make an enquiry with Xplore The World

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA


NorthAmerica

Are you ready to make summer 2020 the best one yet? Get ready for real fun, real travel and real adventure with the real Camp America. Camp America is your chance to spend nine weeks living and working on an amazing summer camp in the USA.
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Make an enquiry with Camp America

Teach Watersports at a Summer Camp in the USA

Teach Watersports at a Summer Camp in the USA


NorthAmerica

Love splashing around? Every camp will have a large waterfront program and therefore will need competent and skilled instructors to teach in this area.
Get more details & apply
Make an enquiry with Wildpacks

Work in the USA as a Camp Counselor

Work in the USA as a Camp Counselor


NorthAmerica

You will be spending your summer months working at a fantastic summer camp in the USA! Wild Packs specialise in finding summer camp jobs (based all over America) for hundreds of young people every year. We look to support enthusiastic individuals who are eager for a challenge!
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Make an enquiry with Wildpacks

New Zealand Australia Gap Year Semester Program
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New Zealand Australia Gap Year Semester Program


Australasia

This is our most popular Program,a 10 week program in NZ & Australia. Think service learning conservation projects in diverse national parks, outdoors expeditions, backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, surfing & educational adventure travel in NZ & Australia's mountain, forest and beach environments
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Make an enquiry with Pacific Discovery

Wildlife conservation experience plus travel week (South Africa)

Wildlife conservation experience plus travel week (South Africa)


Africa

4 Weeks wildlife placement working on over 12 conservation projects in the greater Kruger National park plus a week dedicated to adventure and travel! Explore South Africa, help wildlife, discover natural wonders and try adrenaline pumping activities.
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Make an enquiry with Hamba Africa

Centre Manager

Centre Manager


Europe UK

Do you have management experience and you're looking for a fun summer managing one of our many centres with a team of amazing people? If you are then join our operations team and apply today.
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Make an enquiry with Xplore The World

Sea Turtle Conservation in Bali

Sea Turtle Conservation in Bali


Asia

Protect endangered sea turtles in stunning Bali! Care for eggs and hatchlings that have been rescued from poachers. Help hatchlings get strong and healthy so they can return to the sea safely. During the hatching season, turtles are released every week!
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Make an enquiry with Go Eco

Lego Robotics Instructor

Lego Robotics Instructor


Europe UK

Are you handy with coding and want a fun summer? If you are then join our team of amazing people this summer. Apply today.
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Make an enquiry with Xplore The World

Affordable Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180

Affordable Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180


Africa Asia NorthAmerica SouthAmerica

PMGY offer some of the most amazing Under 18 volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 1-week to 6-months.
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Make an enquiry with Plan My Gap Year

Chief Instructor

Chief Instructor


Europe UK

Are you looking to step up the ladder in the outdoor industry and gain further experience and a residential summer camp. If you are then join our team of amazing people this summer. Apply today.
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Make an enquiry with Xplore The World

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Sports Instructor

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Sports Instructor


NorthAmerica

American summer camps offer a huge range of sports for the kids, which creates a big need for Sports Counsellors. Camps will normally have Tennis, Gymnastics, Golf, Soccer, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Baseball, Basketball - plus many more! So if you love sports, then we need you!
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Make an enquiry with Camp America


Spend your summer at an American Summer Camp

Thinking about spending your summer working in the sun, rather than being cooped up in an office? Here is all the information you need in order to secure a job at an American summer camp.

summer camp canoeing
The Application Process

If you go through a summer camp provider instead of applying to a summer camp directly, the providers will help you arrange the requirements and walk you through the process.

Step 1 - In the first instance you need to apply online via their website. At this stage, most companies will require an initial payment of around £50 - this may or may not be refunded if your application is unsuccessful, so check the small print!

Step 2 - If your initial application is accepted, next you will be contacted to arrange an interview. These may take place locally, or often via skype.

Step 3 - Following on from the interview, if you are suitable for a summer camp role, the provider will help place you with a summer camp. You will usually be required to provide DBS and medical information, as well as second payment.

Step 4 - Visas, flights, and further arrangements will then be made.

summer camp counselor jobs
Types of summer camps jobs available

General counselor - A general counselor will supervise or take part in the activities with the children, supervise the children during mealtimes, and also at nighttime; they often sleep in the same cabins as the campers.

Activity counselor - Activity counselors instruct an activity - therefore you will usually need a qualification or certification in order to instruct the campers. The types of activities you could teach include: Archery, Arts & Crafts, Canoeing/kayaking, Fencing, Horse riding, Life guard, Rifles, Rock climbing, Sailing, Sports (e.g. basketball, dodgeball), Tennis, Water-skiing.

Camp support staff - Support staff include roles such as office administration jobs, cleaners, cooks, servers, maintenance, or housekeepers.


usa lake camp
Types of summer camps
  • Private camps
  • Day camps
  • Under-privileged background camps
  • Special needs camps
  • Not for profit camps
  • Speciality camps
  • Girl scout camps
  • Faith groups

Popular locations

  • USA & Canada
  • New Zealand & Australia
  • France, Italy & Spain
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Before you travel!
  • J-1 Camp Counselor Visa (You need to go to the US Embassy, London. The visa enables you to work in the summer camp for 3 months & to travel the US for 30 days following camp)
  • In date passport
  • Flights
  • Medical insurance
  • CRB check (in order to work with children)

A Summer Camp Experience

My friend's older sister went to work a season at a summer camp in America and she didn't stop talking about her experience for months. That's probably where I first got the idea, though I remember seeing programmes and films as a child which romanticised the summer camp counsellor experience.

I first applied in August - the earlier the better - and it wasn't until November when I found out I had been successful. To be honest I wasn't sure I would be accepted as I had heard the financial crisis meant they didn't need as many staff these days, saying that, there were plenty of adverts for staff. I had some experience helping out with my local guides, so I applied to be a counselor, which basically involves being a mentor for the children, but also helping supervise the day to day events. Realistically, quite a few camps expect you to pitch in and help with a bit of everything, which is fair enough and makes the days more varied. If you have done some sports coaching that definitely helps your chances of being selected. Quite a lot of the people I ended up working with had sports teaching experience.

Anyway, I was placed at a residential summer camp for girls, in the state of Maine. I had no idea where it was when they told me, but once I knew I was accepted and where I was going, I did lots of online research, trying to find out everything I could about what to expect.

Arriving at the camp was fantastic. The location was amazing, right by a huge lake and lots of pine forests; pretty much exactly as I had pictured it over the last few months. I am sure some accommodation is basic, but the camp I was at was pretty luxurious so I must have been lucky. We had less than a week to settle in before the children started arriving.

The day to day work was fun... most of the time! It was great to see the children learning new skills and helping them get over their fears. Occasionally a child would be quite rude, but the massive majority were happy and just as excited to be there as we were. Well, almost. I really enjoyed the swimming and canoeing on the lake, and the meals were pretty good too. Meeting lots of new people and making friends I am sure I will keep in touch with for many years, plus getting to see some of the local area on our days off. Lots of favourite bits really. I would recommend working at a summer camp to everyone. You don't make tones of money, but it isn't really about that. It's the experience, and it will be the best you've ever had. Get your application in - you won't regret it.