Tips for Summer Camp Counselors
Tips For Summer Camp Counselors finding Camp Jobs
After you register with mysummers.com, you will likely be contacted by many camps who subscribe to our service. This is a good thing, as there are many quality camps and you'll have some great choices. Here are some things to think about when deciding which camp job is for you:
- What is the philosophy of the camp? Is it a camp geared to the outdoors, to sports, to the arts, or just a general camp? Is the camp competitive, non-competitive, or a mix of the two? What goals does the camp have in terms of promoting personal growth in their campers and staff?
- Are you ready for a 24/7 job? Although being a camp counselor is one of the most rewarding jobs, it is not all fun & games. It is a lot of work, as you’ll be dealing with homesickness & cliques with the campers, potential burnout with the staff and much more. What is your motivation for working at a sleepaway camp?
- Do you have aspirations to be a teacher? If so, taking a summer camp job will not only give you great experience, but also help you learn how to better work with children. Your time as a camp counselor may also help steer you in other career directions.
- If a camp offers you a job quickly, is that a good thing? Camp directors should be checking references, as well as giving phone/in person interviews. Being part of a staff that has been thoroughly checked out can help create a better working environment, with more dedicated staff and staff who believe in the camp’s mission.
- Facebook, Linkedin and other social networking sites: Do you have a profile at one of these sites? If so, are you comfortable with a camp director or a parent of a camper reading your profile? Applying to be a camp counselor may be one of your first jobs. But, what is out on the internet reflects on your character and employers are more and more looking at such sites.
Whatever camp you end up choosing, give it your best and try to be a team player. Successful camps are ones where the staff leaves their egos at the door.
Good luck in your search!