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.
POPULAR SUMMER CAMP JOB COURSES
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Outdoor Learning Instructor (C2)UK
Working in an enjoyable, busy atmosphere you will be required to deliver high-quality activity programmes to a diverse range of groups including; schools, youth groups (including Prince’s Trust and NCS), corporate groups, and individuals with additional support needs.
More Details.. Avon Tyrrell
When you join PGL as a live-on Paddlesports Instructor, staying at one of our 14 stunning locations across the UK, you’ll earn up to £441 a week with your food and accommodation taken care of. With no additional bills, all you have to worry about is enjoying your amazing new job!
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Camp Counselor in FranceEurope
We’ve been running English camps for French children since 1994! With multiple locations across France, American Village Language Immersion Camps welcome thousands of kids each year. Our caring, fun, and professional counselor team is a part of what makes our camp so loved by our campers!
More Details.. American Village
Multi Activity Instructors UKUK
We are recruiting for instructors with and without previous experience, to work at our UK activity centres, where you will be teaching outdoor pursuits to school groups. £1000 bonus for 2022! £250 bonus after 90 days for immediate starters!
More Details.. Manor Adventure
School Groups Co ordinatorUK
• Organise and co-ordinate the arrival and departure of your group.
• Ensure the accommodation is kept clean and tidy at all times.
• Ensure meal times run smoothly and organise the children for tidying up.
• Run / organise evening activities which include campfire
More Details.. Blackwell Adventure
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.
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.
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.
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
- USA & Canada
- New Zealand & Australia
- France, Italy & Spain
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
- 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.