What Makes A Great Application?
Here at Camp America, we don’t have a ‘typical’ application that we expect to receive! We know and appreciate that each and every one of our applicants is an individual and therefore we fully understand that each application will differ.
Having said that, there are fairly basic steps that you can take to ensure that your application is as full and comprehensive as possible:
Number 1: Be mindful over your spelling, grammar and the overall standard of your written English! When your application is received by a Camp America interviewer, they have to make a determination on your suitability for an interview based on the information that you provide within your application. If you write in text shorthand e.g. “i am gr8 at bsketball and luv 2 sk8”, then this doesn’t create the best impression of you. The interviewer may take from this that you haven’t given the application your full time and attention and this may result in them doubting your motivation in applying to the programme.
Number 3: Tell us why you’ll make a great counsellor! We know that there’re many things that you hope to take from the programme i.e. personal development, cultural experience, new friends etc – but this application is about what YOU can bring to the table. Why is it that you want to be a camp counsellor? What is it about you that is going to positively impact a camp environment? We want to see that you understand what our programme is all about and that you’re willing to contribute, as well as receive.
Number 4: Refine your application! A smiling, happy headshot with a few carefully selected activity photographs can really push your application that extra bit further ahead. Camp Directors want to see you and if you upload a photograph of you in face-paint, wearing a baseball cap with your head tilted to the side or, even worse, if there's more than one person in the picture, it just doesn't have the same effect!
As we've documented, everyone is different - but if you follow these principles and guidelines then you should have the ammunition to charge on and fire out of brilliant and comprehensive application.