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Want to Be an Action Sports Instructor?

If you’re a thrill seeker who’s always looking for that next adrenaline rush, we might have the perfect summer job for you. Keep reading to learn more…

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What Does an Action Sports Instructor Do?

Action sports are in high demand at camp. From high rope courses to mountain biking and skateboarding, there’s hundreds of campers who are ready to live life on the wild side. Action Sports instructors will help the campers to try these sports for the first time or develop any existing skills and experience. You’ll also keep them very safe in the process! When not teaching, you can expect to get involved in all the traditional aspects of summer camp too.

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Skills & Experience

  • Action Sports

    You can teach the following action sports at camp:

    • BMX
    • Go-Karting
    • High Ropes
    • Mountain Boarding
    • Mountain Biking
    • Paintballing
    • Quad-Biking
    • Riflery
    • Rock Climbing
    • Skateboarding
    • Zip Lining

    Any previous experience, qualifications, or training in instructing these activities will look great as part of your application. For example, it could be in-house training instructing climbing at an outdoor activity centre, or even a Climbing Wall Award from the British Mountaineering Council.

    If you’ve just participated in these activities frequently in the past, camps might still hire you for this role as some provide their own training on camp.

  • Childcare

    Even though you’re an activity specialist, you’ll still likely have counselor duties when you’re not teaching or taking your time off. Any childcare experience can be great to include in your application. As a counselor your duties will include waking campers up in the mornings, joining in with mealtimes and evening activities and then making sure they go to bed at night. You’ll be keeping them organised and safe, making sure they listen to instructions (and follow them…) and also serving as a key source of fun and entertainment throughout the day!

  • Enthusiasm & a Fun-Loving Attitude

    As well as finding talented individuals who can help campers to improve in certain sports, Camp Directors are looking for Action Sports Instructors who can make sure their campers enjoy the best summer ever.

    By approaching every day and every activity with enthusiasm and fun, you’ll make sure your campers feel the same way too. They’ll be much more willing to step out of their own comfort zones and embrace new experiences, especially if they’re first-time campers who might already be feeling a bit unsure or nervous.

  • Communication

    From sunrise to lights out, you’re likely talking to someone, somewhere. From your campers themselves, to other counselors and staff members, you’re going to need your communication skills to be in tip-top shape.

    With the campers, you need to be able to strike the balance between understanding and following rules and expectations, and creating incredible memories of one of the best summers they’ll ever have. Although, remember communication isn’t just about talking - you’ll need to actively listen to any problems or concerns, and make sure campers feel valued and heard.

    With other counselors and staff members, you’ll also be building a network of hugely supportive relationships at camp, and likely developing new friendships you’ll have for years and years to come. Communication becomes one of the most important aspects of the teamwork you’ll need to make sure each day runs smoothly.

  • Patience

    You’re going to spend a minimum of 9 weeks working with kids of varying ages at camp. They’re going to be excited and energetic, and you just wait until the sugar in those s’mores hits their system!

    Patience is a hugely valuable skill to have in your remit. By being patient you’ll be able to let the campers express themselves to their fullest, all the while retaining control, maintaining the fun and being as supportive as you possibly can. When a challenge arises, patience can help you navigate it with ease.

  • Flexibility

    Camp life and kids are unpredictable, so having some flexibility is going to help you out a lot in daily camp life. Joining this together with some problem-solving skills, you’ll be able to navigate plenty of tricky situations.

    From changes to the schedule, handling bad weather or dealing with unexpected events, being flexible will help you handle a changing camp environment in a way that means your campers likely remain oblivious to the fact that this wasn’t the plan all along. The more enthusiastic you are about new plans, the more on board your campers will be too!

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Real Experiences

Don't just take our word for it - this is just a snapshot of the amazing summers our participants have had at summer camp and why they keep coming back for more.

Camp is my happy place, a place where I can escape from the chaos of the world for 8 weeks. I have made friendships from all over the world but also gained the best memories with these people!

Molly, YMCA Camp Kon O Kwee Spencer PA

Molly, YMCA Camp Kon O Kwee Spencer PA

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Camp America has changed my life in every way possible. From my time spent at Camp to working in the office I have made the most incredible memories and friendships that are like no other.

Phoebe, Camp Pontiac NY

Phoebe, Camp Pontiac NY

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Camp is my home away from home, and a family I never knew I was missing. Friendships, memories, laughter, spontaneous fun, traditions, and so much more make camp an unforgettable experience.

Lucie, Camp Laurel ME

Lucie, Camp Laurel ME

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I would definitely recommend going to a Job Fair as it gives you the opportunity to check out all the camps available and increases your chances of getting placed at a camp you really want to go to.

Heather, French Woods NY

Heather, French Woods NY

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Camp America was a life changing experience for me. I didn’t think I would have the experience and confidence to be a certified lifeguard. but the training I received was thorough and I had a lot of support.

Harrison, River Way Ranch Camp CA

Harrison, River Way Ranch Camp CA

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After my 6th summer, we headed to Boston! You can visit Harvard, explore the aquarium or eat at the famous Quincy market! Personally this was my favourite place to travel after camp.

Matt, Camp Sebago ME

Matt, Camp Sebago ME

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Why Be an Action Sports Instructor?

Spend your summer finding the biggest thrills at summer camp and helping campers to experience them too. You’ll get to watch kids and young adults face and overcome their fear, grow in confidence and have so much fun trying new things. They’ll develop new skills under your guidance, while you get to do what you love every day. And when you’re not teaching? Enjoy all the classic summer camp activities and build friendships to last a lifetime.

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Ready for the experience?

Don’t miss out on your American summer camp adventure. Start your application today and prepare for a summer working abroad, travelling the USA, and becoming a positive role model for children and young adults in whichever camp you call home.