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Hello!

I am looking to go over and work at a camp in America in the summer of 2015. I will be 20 when I go. I have no specific qualifications other than a GCSE in Expressive Arts and a few dance awards from childhood. I really want to get accepted, is there anything I can do between now and next summer which will help with my application?

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I'm working at a camp in America this summer so I've gone through the whole application process already. Firstly, being 20 definitely works in your favour. I'm 18 and so many camps are reluctant to even look at 18 year olds for several reasons.

I'd definitely say get some experience working/volunteering with children. Think after-school clubs or school holiday sports camps. Most local councils have a sports volunteering pool which you can join. Camps basically need to know that you know what you're getting yourself in for when you say you want to care for other peoples' children and that you're capable of having that responsibility. You could also try local sports clubs - they always need volunteers to help with chaperoning at competitions or organising/supervising the children etc. If you need a CRB/DSB check for your role (which you probably will), make sure you get it after September so it's from this academic year. If you do that, it will be valid for camp and will speed up your application process significantly as you won't need to apply for one next summer.

It depends on the role you wish to have at camp for whether you need formal sports coaching/teaching qualifications. If you want to be a general counselor, sport specific qualifications aren't necessary (though they may put you in a stronger position). If you want to be an advanced skills counselor, a coaching or teaching qualification issued by your sport's governing body is generally compulsory. Other training which could benefit your application would be a first aid course, a safeguarding course or something along those lines.

Apologies for the long winded answer. If you have any more questions, I'd be happy to try and answer them.
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(Original post by smileitsjess)
Hey!

I'm working at a camp in America this summer so I've gone through the whole application process already. Firstly, being 20 definitely works in your favour. I'm 18 and so many camps are reluctant to even look at 18 year olds for several reasons.

I'd definitely say get some experience working/volunteering with children. Think after-school clubs or school holiday sports camps. Most local councils have a sports volunteering pool which you can join. Camps basically need to know that you know what you're getting yourself in for when you say you want to care for other peoples' children and that you're capable of having that responsibility. You could also try local sports clubs - they always need volunteers to help with chaperoning at competitions or organising/supervising the children etc. If you need a CRB/DSB check for your role (which you probably will), make sure you get it after September so it's from this academic year. If you do that, it will be valid for camp and will speed up your application process significantly as you won't need to apply for one next summer.

It depends on the role you wish to have at camp for whether you need formal sports coaching/teaching qualifications. If you want to be a general counselor, sport specific qualifications aren't necessary (though they may put you in a stronger position). If you want to be an advanced skills counselor, a coaching or teaching qualification issued by your sport's governing body is generally compulsory. Other training which could benefit your application would be a first aid course, a safeguarding course or something along those lines.

Apologies for the long winded answer. If you have any more questions, I'd be happy to try and answer them.
hi im looking to apply for Camp America 2015, just wondering how was the interview process?
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hi im looking to apply for Camp America 2015, just wondering how was the interview process?
It depends which company you apply with. Unfortunately, I can't tell you about the Camp America interview process as I didn't apply with them.

As for Camp Leaders, after filling in your application online you'll have a phone interview. During this, they'll basically make sure you understand what camp is all about and ask why you want to do camp. After that, you apply for a face-to-face interview. It's more like a formal chat - mine was at a local Starbucks. We just went over my specific skills which make me what they call 'placeable' (suitable for camp) and I was asked regular interview questions like 'describe an achievement you're really proud of' and 'describe a time when you had to act under pressure'.

In addition, it doesn't always happen but sometimes camp directors who are interested in hiring you will want to interview you to see if they think you're suitable for their specific camp. They like to do this over Skype and it's pretty nerve wracking at first but in my experience, it wasn't too bad!
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(Original post by smileitsjess)
It depends which company you apply with. Unfortunately, I can't tell you about the Camp America interview process as I didn't apply with them.

As for Camp Leaders, after filling in your application online you'll have a phone interview. During this, they'll basically make sure you understand what camp is all about and ask why you want to do camp. After that, you apply for a face-to-face interview. It's more like a formal chat - mine was at a local Starbucks. We just went over my specific skills which make me what they call 'placeable' (suitable for camp) and I was asked regular interview questions like 'describe an achievement you're really proud of' and 'describe a time when you had to act under pressure'.

In addition, it doesn't always happen but sometimes camp directors who are interested in hiring you will want to interview you to see if they think you're suitable for their specific camp. They like to do this over Skype and it's pretty nerve wracking at first but in my experience, it wasn't too bad!
Okay thanks a lot

im looking into applying with Bunac.
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Hey guys!
I'm planning on applying for Camp America for summer 2015, I just wondered if it would make much difference to my application if I was not specialised in one area?

Thank you in advance!


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You can become a general councellor! Just really sell yourself as much as you can, but trust me there will be a skill in there for you; your interviewer will find one if you can't!!!!

(Original post by Izzybele)
Hey guys!
I'm planning on applying for Camp America for summer 2015, I just wondered if it would make much difference to my application if I was not specialised in one area?

Thank you in advance!


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I need help too guys!

I'm with camp leaders and IVE actually just been hired by a ymca camp in NJ! My problem is that I know 2 people who have gone there and loved it, it sounds so friendly! But, it's very nature based, and I've always pictured myself going to a traditional summer camp on a big lake! But, I don't know if I should turn down this camp to see what else is out there, or just take this camp incase no one else hires me! Help!
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