Teach children and explore the beautiful summer camp landscape!
Love the outdoors? Get yourself a summer job working in the beautiful American nature! Camp is a very outdoors environment and there is a wide range of jobs you can teach at camp.
Spend your summer teaching; Hiking and Mountaineering, Outdoor Cooking, Rock Climbing, High and Low ropes, Zip-lining, Outdoor Education, Nature, Botanics, Ecology, Farm Animal Care, Wildlife, Forestry, Gardening and Camping. We also need counsellors in other Outdoor Sports roles, check out those activities HERE.
If you thrive on being outside and love exploring, these could be the perfect activities for you to lead! You will be teaching kids everything there is to know about the outdoors and you will get to explore the beautiful camp's setting too!
Any previous experience, qualifications or training in instructing these activities will look great as part of your application. For example, in-house training in instructing Climbing at an Outdoor Activity Centre or a Climbing Wall Award from the British Mountaineering Council is perfect for this position. If you've simply participated in these activities frequently in the past, camps may hire you for this role as some provide their own training on camp. For things like mountaineering, the Duke of Edinburgh Award is great on your application!
It'll be your role to set-up and instruct these activities at camp. You could be specialising in one particular area, like Rock Climbing, or getting involved in multiple Adventure activities. Different groups of kids will come to you for a period at a time throughout the day to try out whatever activities are on offer. You'll be expected to encourage the kids to get involved and spur them on, whilst ensuring of their safety at all times!
It's likely that you'll also have a role as a 'General Counsellor' in which you'll take care of a specific bunk of kids whenever you're not instructing in Adventure activities and get involved with everything else that camp has to offer!
Rock Climbing, Climbing Wall/Tower and High/Low Ropes are classed as 'Advanced Skills' as they're in high demand at the camps we work with. So if you're well qualified or trained in any of these areas, you'll be classed as an Advanced Skills Counsellor. This will make you eligible to receive a higher pocket money rate and give you a better chance of getting placed!
So if you have any experience in these skills, make sure you put them on your application! If you have any qualifications/certifications in these activities you can add these in as well, which will help us determine if you're an Advanced Skills Counsellor.
"As an outdoor Adventure/Canoe specialist I am able to take group of campers into northern Minnesota for weeklong canoe expeditions. Its great watching the campers form friendships over the week, learn new skills canoeing whilst going back to basics and living in rural lakeside locations. The views and the atmosphere are spectacular and I'm going to keep going back as much as I can, so I can explore, educate and enjoy."
With 50 states on offer, there is SO much to see and do in the USA that your 30-days of post-camp travel are guaranteed to be jam packed with adventure!
As camp draws closer, many of you will be thinking about your travel plans for after camp. So we scoured YouTube for some American travel videos to get you excited for your summer travels ahead.
As the world is currently faced with such unimaginable circumstances, it's important to remember this is not forever, and when things start returning to 'normal', summer camps will be needed more than ever before!