Volunteering at a Summer Camp
Volunteering at a summer camp is a great way to spend time with children, develop your organisational skills and spend some time experiencing other parts of the country or even the globe. It will also look great on your CV!
What is Summer Camp?Summer camp is primarily an American idea; the idea being that children can have the opportunity to mix with other children of their own age and slightly older with a view to broadening their own horizons and also fitting in.
The concept is one based around the idea of personal growth and summer camps across the United States offer children – from many different backgrounds – the opportunity to communicate and build friendships with others as well as having fun.
How Can I Get Involved?Each year summer camps advertise – on the Internet, through schools and universities and in educational magazines – for volunteers to act as Student Counsellors and Activity Leaders. There are a variety of different styles of camps such as Non-Profit, Faith Based, Special Needs, Girl Scouts and Independent camps that require large numbers of volunteers to help them with the numbers of children who attend.
What Sort of Person Do These Camps Look For?The summer camps look for individuals who are:
- Able to relate to children
- Have the ability to listen
You don’t need to have a degree in Psychology or any formal qualifications but you do need to possess some – or all – of the aforementioned traits in order to fit in.
How Can I Apply?Simply download or send off for application forms and camp brochures. You should also be aware that although you are volunteering to help at a summer camp you will need to pay to get yourself there. You should be available to travel between May and September so apply in plenty of time.
All prospective volunteers are vetted carefully so you should be prepared to supply references and also have a DBS check. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), check is essential and anyone without a DBS check will not be considered. This is simply a matter of precaution and applies to all applicants.
Interviews for the positions are held in the United Kingdom so there is no requirement to travel to the United States in advance of your trip.