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What does working in the kitchen/dining hall involve?

Cooking meals, preparing food, dishwashing, table setting and keeping the dining hall running smoothly!

Tell me more about this role...

Life in the kitchen & dining hall on camp is great fun and there is never a dull moment. Typically you'll start your working day earlier than everyone else but this means you get to finish before everyone else! You'll be responsible for controlling everyone's hunger and be running one of the most exciting places on camp. A lot of things will go on at meal times such as songs, chants, random food games and you'll be there to experience it all!

What experience do I need?

No specific experience is needed however if you've worked in a restaurant or kitchen, then you could be perfect for this role! You will be working as a part of a team with other staff from all over the world, so good teamwork skills are a must! When you start your Camp America application, make sure you select the Campower programme to apply for this role. Remember - you must be a student currently in full time education to apply for the Campower programme.

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Can I still get involved with the rest of camp?

Absolutely! Your role as a support staff member in the kitchen will be more like shift work, unlike the Cousellors who work around the clock. During your time off, you'll always be encouraged to get involved with the rest of camp and join in with the fantastic activities on offer. The great thing about working in the kitchen, is that everyone is going to visit the dining hall throughout the summer so you'll have plenty of opportunities to bond with the other staff and campers and build relationships with them.

Make the most of it...

Your living situation whilst on camp will be different to the counsellor staff. Most Campower staff will live together in separate accommodation and not with the campers, sometimes this may include senior counsellor staff. Wherever your accommodation is based you won't be too far away from the campers so it is really worth while getting to know them as well and joining in, in any cabin games and activities when you have the opportunity to.

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Gloria

Alumni

Gloria's Campower Experience

Applying for a Campower role was not my first choice but I don't regret it at all. We were very important part of the team, and without us camp wouldn't have been possible. I enjoyed my time with my kitchen mates and the cook. We laughed, we had ups and downs, we worked really hard, but we learnt a lot about how to work in a team, help and support each other when needed. Sometimes we worked long hours in the kitchen but we got a lot of breaks. We went kayaking & joined the activities on the camp, such as pool parties, talent shows or campfires. During our days off we were always together with the rest of Counsellors. We would go travelling, shopping, chill out at the beach etc. You can live the camp experience from another point of view, but as rewarding as being counsellor. For me it was priceless to be in the US, meeting new people from all over the world and experiencing life lessons I won't ever forget.

Gloria

Alumni

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