California really is a fantastic destination with all kinds of great qualities for any summer camp counselor to enjoy. You have the picturesque Sierra Nevada mountain range which runs down the eastern side of the state, complete with Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and Mammoth Lakes. On the other coast you have hundreds of miles of fantastic coastline with a mix of beautiful sandy beaches and rugged coastal areas. the state also boasts two of the most well known cities in the world with San Francisco and Los Angeles calling California home.
The state of California is a huge area and when considering a summer camp counselor job in California you need to look at a few things and decide what type of camp are you looking to work at, do you want to work at an outdoor wilderness camp? Be based on a university and work in on of the many technology camps that are popular these days or would you prefer to be involved in arts and music related camps.
The two main hubs of activity in California are centered around the bay area in the north where you will find San Francisco, Oakland and the state capital Sacramento, then in the south of the State you will find Los Angeles and San Diego. The coastal and mountainous areas in these parts of the state host summer camps for children from these areas.
Securing a summer camp job in California can be tough as it is a very popular place to work and not only do you face competition from applicants from within California but also from camp counselors applying from overseas to work in California.
If you have not worked on a summer camp before and are wondering what exactly is involved then be prepared for long hours with very little down time! That being said you are generally taking part in fun activities such as kayaking, trampolining, playing sports or participating in other fun activities.
You will be responsible for supervising groups of children for usually 5 days at a time. This will mean 24 hour a day supervision if you are working as a general cabin counselor. You are responsible for the general well being of all campers and will supervise them throughout the day, starting with when they get up and attend breakfast, through the morning activities until linch, again in afternoon activities leading into dinner and then once more in evening activities until it is bed time.
Camp Counselor Oportunities
There are all kinds of different opportunities within a summer camp and a lot of it depends on the type of camp you are looking to work on, your experience and qualifications. Summer camp counselor jobs in California include -
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