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If you are under the age of 17, look for roles as a counselor-in-training or as a support worker in the kitchen, gardening, or the office. Counselors at most camps must be 17 or 18 years old. Some camp employment, however, may be offered for 16-year-olds or younger (depending on hiring policy and state labor laws). Details may be found on the camp's employment application and hiring page.
Get some experience dealing with children before applying for roles as a counselor or activity expert. Babysitting, tutoring, working with after-school programs, aiding coaches with kids' sports, assisting drama/dance/music instructors, assisting scout leaders, or serving as a Big Brother/Big Sister are all feasible options.
Inquire with guidance counselors, pastors, coaches, instructors, or college volunteer coordinators about opportunities to volunteer and earn experience.
Begin your job search as soon as possible.
Begin your job search as soon as feasible, while the majority of positions are still open. Typically, camps begin recruiting during the winter months. But don't be concerned if you get a late start. In May and June, several opportunities are often still available.
Concentrate Your Job Search
Those seeking specialised employment should get certificates or obtain references attesting to their skill in swimming/aquatics, art, theatre, sports, technology, horseback riding, mountaineering, and so on. This is something you should do before looking for a summer camp job. Include your certificates on your résumé and application.
Define the sorts of camps you want to target, such as overnight or day camps, special needs camps, or camps with a specific specialty, such as environmental, adventure, art, music, sports, intellectual, and so on. This will make it easy for you to look for work.
Some camps are very specialized. Consider working at a camp for individuals with specific needs, such as those aimed toward weight reduction, asthma, cognitive impairments, cancer, or emotional issues, if you major in psychology, social work, education, or a health-related field.
Utilize Your Network
Teachers and coaches are often in charge of camps, so ask your favorites for work suggestions. If you've pleased them, they could even employ or suggest you for a job.
Consider contacting the director of a camp or leisure program you attended as a child. Many camps want to recruit previous campers who are acquainted with the program or camp.
Search for summer camp employment on websites such as CampJobs, CampChannel, CampPage, and CampDepot. Also, go through some of the summer work sites, such as Cool Works, for intriguing opportunities. Additional advertisements might be found by searching Google for "camp jobs" and your locality.
Use the same sources to find camps, then apply online or call camp directors to enquire about work opportunities. Not all camps will list job openings on the aforementioned websites, but all will employ young people for summer work.
Even if no positions are mentioned, contact any camps where you'd want to work personally.
You may contact the camp via phone or email. A sample inquiry letter is provided below.
Contact your local YMCA and other kids groups, as many will provide day and/or overnight summer camps.
If you prefer a local day employment, inquire about jobs with your town and/or county recreation department's summer programs.