Summer Camp Activity Specialists

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Staff members at summer camps have the chance to lead and participate in a wide range of activities, including a waterfront with a pool and lake, a high ropes course and other outdoor activities, many forms of art, sports, and much more! You will make friends from all over the world, spend your days hanging out with kids, and coming up with entertaining events and programs to keep campers excited and engaged.

A responsible, enthusiastic, and energetic person who wants to spend their summer acting as a mentor and role model for kids, while teaching and developing skills in traditional camp activities is what summer camps are looking for.

You will work, play, and live in a structured outdoor environment as a summer camp activity specialist, emphasizing a sense of fun, family, friendship, and belonging. Safety of campers and the community is always the top priority. Duties include:

  • Ensure campers are safe at ALL times
  • Participation in staff orientation and training before camp begins
  • Guiding children through your designated activities and/or sports
  • Teaching and mentoring of young campers
  • Conflict resolution
  • Enforce camp safety practices
  • Assist with setting up and closing of facilities
  • Assist with routine maintenance of facilities
  • Assist with required record keeping
  • Being a role model for children
  • Guide children through their summer activities in a positive, fun, and healthy manner
  • Supervise and lend assistance to campers, with an emphasis on safety
  • Carrying out duties assigned by supervising staff
  • Enjoying summer camp!
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Typical Activity Specialist Positions include:

  • Sports and Athletics
    • Coaching, instruction, team sports, individual sports, fitness
  • Waterfront, Aquatics
    • Lifeguards, swim instructors, boat operators, waterskiing and wakeboarding, sailing, fishing
  • Outdoor Adventure
    • Hiking, camping, ropes courses, zip-lining, rock climbing
  • Fine Arts
    • Painting, drawing, ceramics, woodworking, textiles, cooking, crafts
  • Performing Arts
    • Theater/drama, dance, music, recording
  • STEM and Technology
    • Media, video/radio production, rocketry/robotics
  • Equestrian / Horseback Riding

Typical Camp Specialist Requirements

  • Must be available to work from early-mid June through mid-late August, depending on the camp program hiring
  • High school diploma
  • Experience and expertise in preferred activity area/s
  • A love for children
  • Flexible attitude with strong skills working in a team
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to problem solve and exercise independent judgement
  • Friendly, empathetic attitude
  • First aid- and CPR certifications are a big plus
  • Must be able to pass a drug and/or background test according to camp policies and local laws
  • Experience and passion for caring for children and young adults

General Camp Activity Specialist Salary

Typically, summer camp counselors can expect to make $300 – $400 a week during the summer, or around $1,400 for a typical 4-week session, and $2,100 – $3,200 for a typical 7-8 week session. Salaries depend on credentials and experience and vary from one camp organization to the next.

Typical Camp Lifeguard Job Benefits and Information

  • Begins in early-mid June, about a week before camp is in session, and ends when camp ends or just after, usually in mid-late August for a 7-8 week program.
  • Communal housing
  • All food and meals provided
  • Paid days off
  • Staff only SWAG
  • Internet access
  • Laundry facilities
  • Valuable leadership experience
  • Networking within large and diverse staff and alumni communities

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Summer Camp Activity Specialist Positions

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