Summer camps hire 10’s to 100’s of staff to work as counselors, support staff, and medical staff during the summer season.
Although there are thousands of available positions each year, many interested applicants often miss the deadline for applying. It’s earlier than you think. Summer camps begin recruiting for the summer as early as August of the preceding year!
The peak hiring season is between November and February, with some hiring occurring before and after this period.
As a general rule of thumb, staff that are hired the earliest, tend to be return applicants, general counselors and counselors in training who have completed the necessary training. Arts and crafts and drama activity counselors are also hired very early in the season. As these positions fill quickly, you should apply early in the season to ensure your spot.
Those hired later in the season, are generally filling hard to place positions, such as unique activity counselor positions, support staff, and medical staff. Activity counselor positions that are more difficult to acquire staff for include, horseback riding, lifeguard and swimming instructors, trapeze and circus, fencing, and gymnastics. These positions require specialized knowledge and skills, and therefore, this limits the number of available applicants. Some camps will still be recruiting for these positions as late as April / May.
Camps that also recruit as late as April / May are those that provide services for a distinct population, such as camps for children and adults with minor to severe cognitive or other handicaps, children battling certain diseases, camps of kids who have lost loved ones to war or disease, among others. These camps hire staff who are compassionate and empathetic to the needs of the population they are serving.
If you are interested in applying to work at a summer camp we would recommend visiting the following section to find out more about the application process - summer camp application
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