Usually over half a million college students find their way their to summer camps, when the summer is coming, to fill openings at a large amount of camps across the country. However, there is one problem. There exist more jobs to fill than there are people seeking them. It is the reason for camping associations, as an example the American Camping Association, the group that sets the standards for the summer camp profession, to begin their work now to connect interested college students to great summer jobs.
Of course, you may spend the summer behind a desk or a cash register, but try to imagine only that while working in summer camp you will be able to live, play, and work in the great outdoors, you will go on active adventures and experience other parts of the country. What should be mentioned, you will make new friends even from other countries.
All these things are important, and there is the additional advantage of that you will have a chance to put your education to work. Camp jobs offer invaluable skill-building, leadership, training, and enrichment opportunities found nowhere else. No matter what is your college major, camp experiences allow you to learn and develop skills that will enhance your job marketability.
Camp jobs are available everywhere and for almost everyone. It is not significant where you're from or what your ability level, if you love kids and enjoy the outdoors, you could fill a variety of camp jobs. And in most cases no experience is necessary. At resident camps, counselors live with campers and at day camps they may travel with the campers on a bus to and from camp.
Lifeguard profession is highly required at the camp's swimming and boating areas. Consideration is given to persons with proper certifications such as advanced lifesaving. Other jobs include food service directors and cooks, buildings and grounds, drivers, trip leaders, and office assistants.
There is something else about summer camps which may be meaningful to your future life. Experts consider that summer camp is a special place where children and adults come together and form a unique community. In this setting, young adults working as counselors have the opportunity to master real-life problem-solving skills, to have a significant and positive influence in the lives of children. What should be underlined, they in most cases develop greater self-understanding, participate in experiences that enhance personal growth and expand a network of peer relations.
Not many fields combine such a variety of backgrounds and disciplines as the camp field. Choosing a camp for summer you get the opportunity to improve your knowledge in many areas from management to nutrition.
Resident camps as the most popular type of camps have sessions, which range from five days (4 nights) to multiple weeks in length. Campers stay overnight, and the camp staff are responsible for campers twenty-four hours a day.
There may be trip and travel camp program, the one which is extremely interesting and exhilarating. It is a resident camp program of three nights or more, often without a base location. Program activities are based upon environments encountered as the group moves from location to location. There are some possibilities. It may be a program run as an extension of resident or day camp, on the other hand it may be an exclusive trip and travel camp specializing in only trip, travel, or tour programs.
Summer work at camp includes full -time positions found in the camp industry, which are camp director, camp administrator, director of outdoor programs or some variation et cetera. Trip leader is the person, who leads groups on expeditions, trips, and outdoor experiences, usually for extended periods. There also may be site and facilities manager, the person who oversees the maintenance and upkeep of the campsite and facilities. And very important is position of food service director taking the responsibility to plan, direct, and supervise the camp's food service. In summer work in camp advanced degrees are helpful but not always essential.
To Prepare for a Career at Camp one can take available courses in the area of camp counseling, administration, outdoor education, adventure programming or business management, personnel management, human relations and so on.
It is quite simple to find employment opportunities nowadays. Positions with job descriptions that relate solely to organized camps are growing, though still are not plentiful.
Actually, no other profession can as easily combine the satisfactions of working with people in an outdoor setting as the camp/conference center field. However, from the outset a person must recognize the need for personal commitment as well as an extensive commitment of time and energy. In the private camp field, an individual has the opportunity to build the camp around their personal philosophy, and the commitment is no less important. The camp field is built on personal relationships and value systems.