14 reasons you should be a camp counselor at summer camp in America

  1. The Bonds you Make

You won’t really understand the impact you’ve had on your campers until they step onto the bus on the last day of camp. You’ve looked after these kids for the last two months, you’ve been their cool big sibling, you’ve been their best friend and you’ve been a massive part of their summer, what you will realise in the months to come is that they’ve also been a big part of your summer camp experience. It won’t take you long to realise that being a camp counselor is more rewarding than any job you’ll ever have.

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  1. The Lessons you Learn

Everyday at camp is a learning experience. Whether it’s immersing yourself in new activities or understanding other people, you will continue to grow as the summer goes on. You’re spending 2 months in a new environment, embrace the opportunities.

  1. Camp Friends are the Best Friends

The friendships you make with your fellow camp counselors will last a lifetime. You’ve shared an amazing experience together. After two months you’ll have grown closer to some amazing people and whilst some of these friends you may never see again there will be those that you continue to connect with for the rest of your life. It’s the definition of bittersweet.

  1. Counselors are just Big Campers

Do you remember spending your summers covered in dirt and sand and not caring what you look like? You’ll be reminded at camp. You’ll lose your inhibitions and remember how great it is to be outdoors. It’s fun, freeing and an incredibly positive experience.

  1. Camp Traditions

Some camp traditions go back over a hundred years! Camp traditions are rooted into camp and they are there so you always have something to look forward to. Whether it’s choosing a theme for your bunk, a campfire with s’mores or a late night pool party you will never want to miss out on the classics.

  1. It’s the Best Job you’ll Ever Have

The best thing about camp is that it never feels like work. It’s not always easy and there’s times you’ll want to spend a day catching up on sleep but you wouldn’t change it for the world. You’ll get to spend all day hanging out with your group, trying new activities, enjoying the sunshine and eating your bodyweight in food each day.

  1. The Tan

After spending up to 4 months in America even your tan will have a tan.

  1. The Camp Bubble

You become disconnected from technology, social media and the outside world. Instead you form meaningful relationships, connect and have the best conversations with so many different people.

(Don’t get us wrong, your instagram will still look awesome by the end of the summer)

  1. This One Time, at Summer Camp…

All your stories will start to begin with,  “This one time, at summer camp…,” and they will be your best ever memories. You’ll tell anyone who will listen about camp, even if they don’t want to listen!

  1. Days off Rock

You get days off at summer camp each week. You’ll be allowed to visit local towns and attractions, go camping, cliff-diving, head out, eat, sleep and hang out with a bunch of cool people.

  1.  Try New Things

You’ll also have free time, you can choose to spend this relaxing or you can use this time to join different groups and activities, ever wanted to climb the rock wall, attempt the leap of faith or take a paddleboard out onto the lake… well you can, you have two months to push yourself.

  1. The Food

Okay, maybe by the last week of camp you’ll not want another pancake ever again, but the first 8 weeks you’ll be enjoying hot dogs, grilled chicken, bbq cookouts, all you can eat wings, and more… oh there are healthy options too, but it doesn’t sound as fun!

  1. Travel

When the summer camp ends, the travel adventure begins. On the J-1 Visa you’ll have up to a month after camp to travel America, you’ll be able to roadtrip with your friends at camp or book onto a Camp Leaders TrekAmerica tour and discover the best of America.

  1. You’ll Never be the Same Again

Camp changes you in so many ways. You’ll never be the same after.

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What to do this Summer – Working Holidays

Dreaming of a nice holiday this Summer but money’s tight? Then combining a job with a holiday could be the answer. Ok, so you may miss out on a few hours on the beach or Smiley face and sandsightseeing, but the benefits can more than make up of that. Apart from the money, think about the people you will meet and the new experiences you will have and it will definitely make it onto your CV.

Even though a lot of working holidays feature sport and/or young people, you can find other types of work if this isn’t what you would like to do. You need to start looking now though to ensure you get the best possible choice as deadlines can be early. Don’t wait until June before applying!

There are a number of great opportunities already posted on Unilife Connect – see below – and more will appear over the next few weeks.

Working holidays in the UK

Summer School Counselor, ISSO, Scotland and Cambridge, also Connecticut.

Easter & Summer Holiday Camp Staff, Barrachdas Activity Day Camps
Like this one? Then you may also like Rockley, Camp Beaumont, PGL

Working holidays around the world

Summer Hospitality Placement at a USA Resort

USA Summer Camp Jobs: Summer 2016 or USA Summer Camp Jobs
Like these? Then you may also like BUNAC, Camp Leaders, Camp America

Summer School Counselor, Connecticut, USA, also Scotland and Cambridge.

Camp Counsellor in European Sports, Adventure & Language Camps for kids & youth, Camp Europe, Germany

Seasonal Work Opportunities, Mark Warner, Greece, Sardinia, Corsica, Turkey
Like this one? Then you may also like Thomson and First Choice Summer Jobs, Kings Recruit

Learning a new skill more important than money?

5 week funded TEFL/TESOL course in Witney & Hungary £250.00 Spring, Summer and Autumn 2016 – £250.00 covers all tuition, certification, return flights and accommodation.

Canal Restoration Working Holidays £63 learn skills such as bricklaying, stone walling, machine operation and restoration techniques – £63 covers food, accommodation, transport.

Check these sites out as well

Natives
Small Earth
Season Workers
USW Careers Working Abroad

Our top tips

  • Start researching opportunities now
  • Read the small print. Some organisations require an upfront fee to cover costs, such as visa, travel and insurance. Worth noting what you get for your money too so that you can compare similar organisations.
  • Know exactly what’s expected of you in the role you’re interested in. It will also give you an advantage when applying if the job is competitive.
  • Beware of any company offering work that is paid as commission, the achievement of ‘targets’, or on stepped incentives. Ask yourself why they aren’t paying a sensible wage – it might be because it’s cheaper for them not to.
  • If you are organising your own working holiday, some countries do issue temporary working visas and some don’t, others you may be able to work without one. The number of working visas that are allocated each year can vary and change year on year. Check out the country’s UK embassy website for details.
  • Check your travel insurance covers everything you need it to and the country you are going to!

Need help with your application? Book an appointment with the Careers Service.