A typical day at camp

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Your role at summer camp

An American tradition for decades, Summer Camp USA has been designed for you to spend a fun and worthwhile summer working with children and developing lifelong leadership skills. It can be hard work with long hours, but if you’re prepared to throw yourself into the spirit of camp life, it’ll be one of the most rewarding, skill-enhancing and incredibly fun experiences you’ll ever have. As we like to say, it’s the hardest job you’ll ever love.

Your main two goals at camp: Camper Well-Being and Overall Fun. Yes your days will be filled with sunny afternoons at the lake and campfires under the stars but other responsibilities will include dealing with homesickness and personal problems, as well as looking after and teaching the campers. Picture yourself as embodying a brother/sister/parent/teacher/friend/coach/cheerleader - all rolled into one!

Usually, one or two members of staff are assigned to a cabin of 4-10 children and take responsibility for them while they are at camp. Yes, you will start referring to them as ‘my kids’ – its inevitable. The Camp Director expects staff to set a good example, ensuring that children keep themselves and the cabin clean and that they follow the camp’s routine.

You will have an orientation/staff training once you arrive at camp. This can last from one day to one week, depending on your camp. This orientation will include an overview of your role, preparing the camp for the kids, getting to know one another and how the camp operates. Your colleagues will become family within the week, so buddy up, participate in the games and enjoy the ride! 

A typical camp day

Want to know what you'll be up to every day? Former BUNACer and camp swim coach Mark shares a typical camp day: 

7.30 I wake to the sound of cheesy music over the tannoy, and rush to get my cabin of five, 6-9 year old boys ready for flag raising and breakfast.
10.00 Morning activities: I take the boys out for race training in the lake, they're so competitive...
13.00 Lunch: Taco Time!
14.00 Afternoon activities: I supervise the girls fishing, their squeals can be heard right across the camp!
18.00 Dinner is a cook out, rustic style... burgers and hot dogs all round.
19.30 It's International Evening, so I've painted the Union Jack on my face ready for inter-country competitions!
21.30 The boys in my cabin are exhausted from the day, so fall asleep pretty quickly. I head to our daily staff meeting to go over the day's events.
22.00 I'm exhausted but hang out in the staff lodge with other BUNACers planning our road trip for after camp - NYC is definitely on everyone's list. Camp life is hectic, but I love it!

 Got any questions about the role at summer camp? Give us a call on  033 3999 7516 or email us.