General camp counsellors are the lifeblood of any camp and one of the main roles at AmeriCamp. As a camp counsellor, you will be responsible for waking your campers in the morning (and ensuring they go to bed), making sure they get to meals on time, getting involved with all the crazy activities and to be an all-round great role model. For general camp counsellor roles you do not need any specific experience or skill set in any given activity. However, you must be a charismatic all-rounder that loves working with children. Experience of working with children is definitely a bonus in this role!
Activity counsellors are usually skilled and experienced in a particular activity and will directly instruct or assist with the campers. You will usually teach in your field during the day, so if you are a sailor expect plenty of time on the water and a wicked tan! In the evening you will join in with the camp activities, be it a rowdy campfire or activity night. Some of the skills we look for are listed below, however if you skill isn’t listed give us a call! Camps love new and exciting skill sets.
Support staff are instrumental in the upkeep and day-to-day running of each Camp. Typically responsible for all important ‘behind the scenes’ activities, you will be tasked with all manner of maintenance duties, from painting, gardening to any other necessary practical work. You may also apply for an office-based support staff role, where you would be assisting the camp management with administrative tasks such as filing, word processing and other miscellaneous tasks. Housekeeping and catering roles are also available, in which you would assist in cleaning or catering work. If you already have experience in any of the above or similar fields, then this could be the perfect role for you!
Special needs counsellors work in the same way as general camp counsellors, though specifically with campers who have either learning/physical difficulties or specific requirements (e.g. behavioural/emotional disorders). In this role, it helps to be open-minded, patient and most importantly both kind-natured and caring. Whilst this may appear a challenging role, no previous experience is required and all necessary training will be provided. In addition to looking great on any CV, we guarantee that fulfilling this role will not only prove to be a rewarding and heartfelt experience – you’ll be making friends for life! In the words of one of our returning Special Needs Counsellors: ‘It’s campers we lead and teach each day, but in reality it’s they who teach us so much about ourselves!’