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Camp gymnastics programmes vary considerably from camp to camp but generally campers are grouped according to age and skill levels. Counsellors work with the children during the summer to develop their skills and enhance their knowledge of all elements of the sport. Working with colleagues, you may have a group of up to twenty kids at any one time, generally working in hourly activity periods.

Some sports camps also organise gymnastics teams and talented campers will try out to represent their camp in inter-camp gym meets and competitions. You may be involved in coaching the team to improve on their skills!

What experience and qualifications are camps looking for?

Camps are looking for:

  • Young people who compete in gymnastics or do gymnastics recreationally
  • Females who are able to teach techniques such as: floor, vault, uneven bar and beam
  • Males who are able to teach techniques such as: floor, pommel horse, bar, vault and rings.

Gymnastics staff are expected to be:

  • Responsible
  • Fun and enthusiastic
  • Motivated to teach children
  • Hard working
  • Experienced in the main principles of gymnastics
  • Ability to balance the fundamentals of teaching skills and safety

Stand out from the crowd

Camp counsellors need to have experience of working with children in a leadership position. Gymnastics instructors will also have a passion for their sport and a desire to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with the kids. Good personal levels of achievement in gymnastics are also necessary.

Completing a level 1 general gymnastics qualification would add real weight to your summer camp application.These courses generally take 3 days to successfully complete.

Voluntary work
If you're unable to to complete a coaching course, research local gymnastic clubs in your area and enquire if you can volunteer at the club, assisting coaches with children's classes. Once you have built up your experience you should ask about leading your own class to demonstrate your teaching ability in gymnastics.

Want to discuss your experience? Give us a call on 033 3999 7516 or request a call back!

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