Teens: How to Become a Camp Counselor

By in Life and Time Management on 18 May 2010

As a teen, are you a veteran of several years of attending summer camp? You thoroughly enjoyed the experience while you were there and would like to help younger children have the same experience. You may be wondering how to become a camp counselor.

Begin your search for a job as a camp counselor at the camp you most recently attended. Since you are already familiar with the camp, how it’s run, and the permanent staff, this would be the best place to start. Call the camp director and ask if there are any positions available or send a letter with a resume.

Other local places to check include the local parks and recreation department, high school guidance counselor, or ask neighbors and friends at church if you attend. You can also check the telephone book to get information about other camps in the area as well as numbers for churches which may offer church camps. The local employment office job lists is another option to consider.

After you’ve exhausted local opportunities, search the internet. There are job boards which list camp counselor positions around the country. You can find out what’s available, the process for applying, and any other qualifications necessary to become a camp counselor.

Do you have the necessary skills or meet the qualifications necessary? If you are already certified as a lifeguard, CPR or first aid it will be a boon for any camp. Determine if you have any other skills which would be beneficial as a camp counselor. Perhaps you play an instrument, have been in scouting, are a skilled horseback rider, or are knowledgeable about the flora and fauna or your area. Highlight these skills on your resume as they are often in demand.

Are you athletic? You may want to check into a specific camp for that sport. It’s not unusual for there to be soccer camps, gymnastic camps, archery camps, music camps, art camps or cheerleader camps. Already having this interest and experience will help move your resume to the top of the pile.

Prepare a resume with any job experience, specific interests and skills which a camp counselor needs, and information about your own time as camper, including dates and which camps you attended. Pull together your school transcript thus far and get letters of recommendation from high school teachers, people you’ve babysat for, youth pastor if you attend church, or past employers.

Be prepared to meet the camp director for an interview. It is important to be knowledgeable about the particular camp you’re applying to, so internet research is advised. Be on time and act enthusiastic without being too forward. Try to relax and enjoy the process. If you can do those things, as well as having the skills and experience as a camper going for you, you could be well on your way to becoming a camp counselor. Good luck!

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