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    (Original post by magic_unicorn)
    I've paid the first payment and just have to upload my first reference and photos- when the website allows uploading again.
    Hopefully I should have the second reference before the end of the month.

    I got an email from an interviewer saying to just go to the recruitment fair with the printed application does this include photos as well, also anything else?

    Also do many people go to the recruitment fair on their own, as I will be getting the train or bus to the London fair. (providing I can get work off!)

    Also on the CA site it says after interview to complete 'Application'- I'm guessing theres a second stage- when does this appear and what is it?

    Hope you can answer my questions.
    Yeah what is it with this upload thing? I need to put my references up to start circulating but it won't do it!

    Basically you just get some more tabs to fill out on your original application!
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    (Original post by mollymustard)
    Can I ask - How did you pick out people to work at the camp? Was it a case of personality skills? Did you read the applications and then ask interview style questions? Or was it more of an informal chat?

    I just want to get a feel of how to prepare!
    I have a quick scan of the application form, just to check they are eligible for a position at our camp but also to see if there is anything particuklarly impressive, if there isn't I will still talk to them.

    Then I basically have a chat with them about their skills and previous experience with children to find out if they would be suitable for camp, but more importantly would they be suitable for OUR camp. I tell them everything they need to know about our camp and if I see it working out I will suggest a position they may be right for and they can take the offer or look elsewhere!
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    Im going to the London fair, would have gone the Manchester one but ive got two legacy resits on the 28th. I hope theres places left to do horse riding at a camp by the time London rolls around ;D
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    (Original post by schpanzy)
    Yeah I'm the same but officially my exams are over (hopefully!) a week or two earlier and Ive just put that on my form... Do you have a week free or anything?
    i spoke to the office at my uni and although the uni doesnt finish until the 4th of july i actually finish on the 5th of june so im ok.
    i just have to sort out my references and photos so i cant go to the fair in london.
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    Is it too late to apply for Camp America 2010, and do you have to go to one of the fairs??
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    (Original post by sam.hunton)
    I have a quick scan of the application form, just to check they are eligible for a position at our camp but also to see if there is anything particuklarly impressive, if there isn't I will still talk to them.

    Then I basically have a chat with them about their skills and previous experience with children to find out if they would be suitable for camp, but more importantly would they be suitable for OUR camp. I tell them everything they need to know about our camp and if I see it working out I will suggest a position they may be right for and they can take the offer or look elsewhere!
    Okay thank you thats so helpful!
    You know when you were looking at suitability what did you look for? Was it enthusiasm? Previous Experience with children? Specialist skills? Or a mixture really?
    What made somebody stand out to you?
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    Previous experience with children, if it is a certain type of camp such as faith, special needs, or whatever else, did you request to be there? Do you have any specialist skills we need? If you are a general counselor are you male? Not saying camps dont employe female GCs but they are easier to find in the US and I know we hire very few international female GCs. Yes enthusiasm is a big one, if you answer with a simple yes or no or appear too shy then we start to question if you are suitable for our camp!

    Its hard to say what makes people stand out, I tend to take most notice of people I know just have a "camp" personality, are not under the impression it is in anyway a vacation, people I get on with and are willing to talk about camp.
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    (Original post by faye_b)
    Hi Tasha,

    I've recently been accepted onto BUNAC and been informed that my app has gone over to the US placement office =] Excitemnt is too much now!!

    How long did it take for you to get placed on your first year??
    What Camp did you go to on your first year??

    :woo:
    Hey!

    It took me around 2 months to be placed, which is pretty normal. I went to camp waukeela, up in new hampshire, it was amazing! Going back this year! Any news on the placement?
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    (Original post by sam.hunton)
    Previous experience with children, if it is a certain type of camp such as faith, special needs, or whatever else, did you request to be there? Do you have any specialist skills we need? If you are a general counselor are you male? Not saying camps dont employe female GCs but they are easier to find in the US and I know we hire very few international female GCs. Yes enthusiasm is a big one, if you answer with a simple yes or no or appear too shy then we start to question if you are suitable for our camp!

    Its hard to say what makes people stand out, I tend to take most notice of people I know just have a "camp" personality, are not under the impression it is in anyway a vacation, people I get on with and are willing to talk about camp.
    Okay fantastic!
    I'm really concerned actually as I'm female going for GC. Its really frustrating cos I worked at a YMCA day camp here for three years, with a very similar set up loved it got promoted had quite alot of responsibility etc. My camp closed here and I was devestated and I'm really hoping I can get the opportunity to go out there and prove myself. I know I am camp material but I also know that the GC female places are low esp for Private Res which is my top choice.

    What sort of numbers of female GC's get recruited in the UK for the average camp?
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    (Original post by Maeve_student)
    Is it too late to apply for Camp America 2010, and do you have to go to one of the fairs??
    No not too late at all - my interviewer said Dec/Jan is when it gets really busy for applications. I'm not with Camp America - I'm with Camp Leaders but as far as I'm aware you dont have to go to the fairs they can place you themselves which is mostly likely anyway, I went to a fair last year, when I didnt get placed at all and it was a waste of time because they were only looking for really specific people but that was really late in April so I'm sure you would have better luck this esrly!
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    (Original post by mollymustard)
    Okay fantastic!
    I'm really concerned actually as I'm female going for GC. Its really frustrating cos I worked at a YMCA day camp here for three years, with a very similar set up loved it got promoted had quite alot of responsibility etc. My camp closed here and I was devestated and I'm really hoping I can get the opportunity to go out there and prove myself. I know I am camp material but I also know that the GC female places are low esp for Private Res which is my top choice.

    What sort of numbers of female GC's get recruited in the UK for the average camp?
    I couldn't tell you numbers unfortunately! One thing I will say, is sell yourself as much as possible, but don't try and compare your previous camp to any us camp. US Camps are different in many ways and although similar in set-up, they are actually extremely different for a number of reasons.

    I will also say be open to other positions, and be open to all sorts of camps. Don't try to recreate your previous experiences.
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    i no these question will have probably been asked a number of times over but heyy.. i've recently decided that i want to spend my summer in a summer camp in america so i've been looking on the internet into it. At the moment im not sure weather to go with ccusa or camp america...r there any recommendations??? also im thinking of applying for the counselor position in particular the general councelor position...but im not sure because i dont no weather or not i'll enjoy it i'll be turning 18 in a few weeks so i no i can go but im also scared i wont get placed...also in terms of experience i generally dont have any...i babysit a lot for family and friends but thats about it...also i dont no anything about sports lol or any of the other skills i saw mentioned im okay with performing arts maily drama because i did drama in school and also took part in the youth musical theatre and i suppose i can paint to a certain degree any way im wondering is it worth applying i dont want to get my hopes high and then not be placed
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    (Original post by sam.hunton)
    I couldn't tell you numbers unfortunately! One thing I will say, is sell yourself as much as possible, but don't try and compare your previous camp to any us camp. US Camps are different in many ways and although similar in set-up, they are actually extremely different for a number of reasons.

    I will also say be open to other positions, and be open to all sorts of camps. Don't try to recreate your previous experiences.
    I'm not comparing them. I'm just saying, the experience I had at a UK camp was amazing. I was working long hours and constantly tired but I'm prepared for the same in the US.

    What would you say is the main difference? Only our camp was modeled on US YMCA camps.
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    (Original post by shani22)
    i no these question will have probably been asked a number of times over but heyy.. i've recently decided that i want to spend my summer in a summer camp in america so i've been looking on the internet into it. At the moment im not sure weather to go with ccusa or camp america...r there any recommendations??? also im thinking of applying for the counselor position in particular the general councelor position...but im not sure because i dont no weather or not i'll enjoy it i'll be turning 18 in a few weeks so i no i can go but im also scared i wont get placed...also in terms of experience i generally dont have any...i babysit a lot for family and friends but thats about it...also i dont no anything about sports lol or any of the other skills i saw mentioned im okay with performing arts maily drama because i did drama in school and also took part in the youth musical theatre and i suppose i can paint to a certain degree any way im wondering is it worth applying i dont want to get my hopes high and then not be placed
    Your experience sounds very similar to mine - except I don't have youth musical theatre bit - so you're already ahead there! - I put drama as one of my top skills aswell! In my interview they helped me to play up my pasdt experience - they really like babysitting, I think its mostly about your attitude more than anything else.
    Also, have you considered Camp Leaders - they are the cheapest, and very good - dead friendly. I applied with CCUSA last year and didn't get placed but to be fair I was very late in applying - April-ish time! I would also recommend them as a company, but am still a bit annoyed that they accepted me and then decided they counldnt place me after all because it was too late ...meh. Theres nothing to loose in applying! Good Luck!
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    (Original post by mollymustard)
    I'm not comparing them. I'm just saying, the experience I had at a UK camp was amazing. I was working long hours and constantly tired but I'm prepared for the same in the US.

    What would you say is the main difference? Only our camp was modeled on US YMCA camps.
    Firstly I will assume your camp was not residential, but even if it was US camps are entirely different.

    On a UK camp in general, yes you look after the kids during the day, but at a US camp you are something else. Its hard to describe. Most camps have 3-4 week sessions (some longer), so you have a group of kids there that will have a range of issues that will come up over their time there, and you are the one that has to deal with that. You take on the role of their parent basically. Its hard to describe how exactly camps are different there, but trust me in that the difference is huge! You actually have to live in the bunk with your kids which trust me, will put you through more stress at times that you have possibly ever experienced. You have to get them to clean, wash, go to bed, get out in time for line up, just everything.

    Even during the day, its just different. You really have to experience it to know what im talking about.
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    I'm getting kinda worried on the reference side of things... I've called twice, on both occasions reception have said to leave a message and it will get passed on.. I left my number, my email address, my actual address and I've heard nothing
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    (Original post by schpanzy)
    Also, have you considered Camp Leaders - they are the cheapest, and very good - dead friendly. I applied with CCUSA last year and didn't get placed but to be fair I was very late in applying - April-ish time! I would also recommend them as a company, but am still a bit annoyed that they accepted me and then decided they counldnt place me after all because it was too late ...meh. Theres nothing to loose in applying! Good Luck!
    well i've mainly just be looking around trying to get the general overview on all the organisations... my mind is pushing me more 2 ccusa partly because they r cheap also they have deal on £25 deposit if u apply this weekend comapered to the normal £100 so im fink dats sound quite good..r u going with camp leaders and have u already been placed...well im just gonna give it a shot and apply and jus wait and c what happens no harm right? lol thank you 4 your help very appreciated
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    (Original post by sam.hunton)
    Firstly I will assume your camp was not residential, but even if it was US camps are entirely different.

    On a UK camp in general, yes you look after the kids during the day, but at a US camp you are something else. Its hard to describe. Most camps have 3-4 week sessions (some longer), so you have a group of kids there that will have a range of issues that will come up over their time there, and you are the one that has to deal with that. You take on the role of their parent basically. Its hard to describe how exactly camps are different there, but trust me in that the difference is huge! You actually have to live in the bunk with your kids which trust me, will put you through more stress at times that you have possibly ever experienced. You have to get them to clean, wash, go to bed, get out in time for line up, just everything.

    Even during the day, its just different. You really have to experience it to know what im talking about.
    I can kind of see what you mean - lots of responsibility. To be honest thats what I like about it I think it will be challenging but that im ready for it.
    Definately not trying to relive experiences!
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    (Original post by mollymustard)
    I can kind of see what you mean - lots of responsibility. To be honest thats what I like about it I think it will be challenging but that im ready for it.
    definitely not trying to relive experiences!
    Good to hear! What recruitment fair are you heading to?
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    Got my BUNAC interview on sunday 24th, just doing my online application now its like my personal statement all over again.

    I'm hoping I'll get placed as I havent applied too late and I think I'm a good candidate, I'd rather be an all round counsellor rather than just one individual specialist one.

    Also, I've applied to go on my own, I'm just worried when I want to travel after, will there be people in the same position as me looking to go travelling together?
 
 
 

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