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August 19, 2011

The Top 5 Reasons for Working at a Summer Camp

summer campsSummer time presents plenty of opportunities for work: internships, high-paying labor, classes, travel, volunteer work and summer camp jobs for college students.  Each offers it’s own rewards, however, no matter what interests you or what your college major, working as a summer camp counselor is one of the best opportunities.

  1. Traveling and living somewhere different. With the wide selection of summer camps, you can choose from a summer camps in just about every geographic region. For example, if you’ve been yearning to live in  the mountains of Western North Carolina, there are a ton of summer camps in North Carolina to choose from. What better way to discover another part of the country while getting paid and engaging in your favorite activities?  Now’s the time to do it!
  2. Working with Children – if you like children, there is no better summer job than to be a positive role model for children of all ages.  You get to develop your mentoring skills helping them resolve problems, being there if they need to talk with someone, setting them on the right track.  Just being around children is fun.
  3. Developing valuable personal and professional skills – Working as a summer camp counselor offers many skill-building opportunities: communication, teamwork, problem-solving, leadership, conflict management, and responsibility. Many adults who were camp counselors during their college days can look back and recall how their summer camp counselor job days provided a foundation for their personal and professional skills which later helped build a successful career.
  4. Job security – assuming you like the camp and they like you, you will be able to return year after year relieving you of the stress of having to look for a job every summer.  This also looks good on your resume; it demonstrates to an employer a strong work performance and loyalty.  During an interview you can talk about all the abilities you developed as well: problems you handled, conflicts overcome, becoming a productive contributor of a community, teamwork, and communication.
  5. Making friends from all over – most overnight camps hire people from all over.  This is a great way to learn about other cultures and also make long-lasting friendships.

Have fun and try new things!  Most summer camps offer a plethora of activities.  During your time off, you can explore the programs and try something you’ve never experienced: sailing, tennis, arts and crafts, archery.

To explore whether a summer camp counselor job is right for you, take a look at our summer camp counselor jobs listings and contact the summer camps listed there!