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Is Summer Camp in America the Right Choice for You?

You should be prepared for: isolated camps where your social life may be limited on evenings off, rules and regulations including curfew and restrictions on alcohol consumption, mobile phone/internet usage, difficult children, bugs, mosquitoes and possibly rustic conditions, doing a job other than the one you were assigned to or being asked to assist in another area.

It’s a tough job but if you’re the right sort of person, it could be one of the most challenging, skill-enhancing, fun and incredibly rewarding experiences you’ll ever have.

What does being a summer camp counselor involve?

This program has been designed for you to spend a fun and worthwhile summer working with children in America and it’s definitely not a free holiday! It can be hard work with long hours, but for most participants, it’s hugely rewarding and enjoyable if you’re prepared to throw yourself into the spirit of camp life.

What does being a Support Staff member involve?

If you have office, maintenance, kitchen or housekeeping experience, then this is the role for you at camp.  Every camp requires a team behind the scenes, ensuring everyone has everything they need to keep the camp running smoothly.
 

3Adventures Summer Camp Counselor

Your role

Usually, two or three counselors are assigned to a cabin of four to eight children and take responsibility for them at camp. The camp director expects staff to set a good example, ensure that the children keep themselves and the cabin clean and that they follow the camp’s routine.

Your counsel to the children may include dealing with homesickness and personal problems as well as looking after and teaching them. Your role is like that of brother/sister/parent/teacher/friend and cheerleader all rolled into one.

You will have an orientation once you arrive at camp. This can last from one day to one week, depending on your camp. This orientation could include; preparing the camp for the kids or getting to know your role and how the camp operates. You may not know all of your duties until after the orientation when your camp director has assessed all the staff and assigned the various jobs.

Support staff roles generally involve a higher salary, and more free time, but you will not live with children.  Typically expect to stay in a cabin with other support staff members. You will be trained once you arrive at camp and be prepared to not know all of your duties until after orientation when your supervisor has assessed all the staff and tasks.

 
3Adventures Summer Camp Counselor

A full-time job

You should be prepared to spend 24 hours a day with the children, living and sleeping in the same cabin, working and playing with them. Hard work at times – but incredibly rewarding if you’re up for the challenge!

It can be a beneficial and enjoyable experience for anyone with a specialist skill or sports ability and the desire and enthusiasm to work with children.

Teachers or trainee teachers find that camp is as relevant and useful as teaching practice. Non-teachers and non-students have much to contribute to and gain from the program. There are also many openings for those with experience of working with mentally, physically or socially disadvantaged children.

You should be prepared to spend long days at work.  A typical work schedule for support staff in the kitchen could be:

  • 6.30am - Begin Work, prepare, serve and clean up breakfast
  • 10.30am -  Break
  • 11.30am - prepare, serve and clean up lunch
  • 2.00pm - Break
  • 5.00pm - Prepare, serve and clean up dinner
  • 7.30pm - finish work

The amount of involvement in camp is up to you.  You have to be willing to put forth the effort to spend time with cabins when not in the kitchen and make friends with counselors.

 
3Adventures Summer Camp Counselor

Eligibility

Working at a summer camp can be a great experience for the right person. Previous participants have been students, those qualified or experienced in their specialist areas, professional coaches or people simply wanting to do something different for a few months. Although a placement cannot be guaranteed, if accepted onto the program we will work hard to match your skills, experience, background and preferences to a suitable camp vacancy.

We encourage you to apply if you:

  • Like children and have experience with them (see below), ideally in a leadership role, e.g., teacher, youth leader, through team sports, scouts or guides or play schemes.
  • Are aged 18 by 1st June.
  • Are available for at least eight to ten weeks from May/mid-June though August. Most camp contracts start before 21st June and some start before 1st June so it is important you are aware of your commitments before applying.
  • Are cheerful, energetic, friendly, hard-working, tolerant, flexible, conscientious, caring, reasonably gregarious, uncomplaining and able to adapt to camp life including the long hours, rules and curfews.
  • Know of no reason why you cannot provide a guarantor or would not be granted a visa by the US Embassy. You should speak to 3Adventures before applying if you have ever been arrested or ever received a criminal caution or conviction as this could have implications for your US visa application.
  • Can speak English fluently
To work as support staff, you must be a full time student in continuing education on your summer break.
 
3Adventures Summer Camp Children

Experience with children

It is important that you have some previous experience of working or interacting with children, other than your own family experience or babysitting, to be considered as a camp counselor. The level of experience needed for camp varies and could be anything from helping out at a club, to teaching your own sports lessons, all depending on the individual needs of the camp.

You may be able to gain more experience and thereby improve your chances, simply by asking in your local community, at schools and weekend clubs if they need any help. Local organizations are often very happy for volunteers to get involved and be a part of their team. You can also improve your chances of placement by working to get a qualification in a sport or other activity at which you are already proficient.

If you are unsure of whether your skills or experience meet the requirements for the program, please contact 3Adventures for further information or clarification. Please email us at info@3adventures.com