Summer Camp Jobs 2018

Would you like to enjoy one of the best summers of your life? Apply to work at a summer camp in 2018! You can find summer camp jobs in the USA, Canada, Europe and other destinations worldwide. Working at a summer camp will be one of the most amazing experiences in the world which will provide you with memories to last a lifetime. Applications are now open!


Camp Counselor & Summer Camp Jobs in America & Worldwide

Find summer camp jobs in North America: USA, Canada, Europe: Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Russia, Ukraine, UK & worldwide.

Summer Camp Jobs

Top Reasons to Work at a Summer Camp 

Looking to have a lot of fun and also get paid? If you enjoy working in an outdoor environment, like to participate in sports, have an ability to work with children and adults, and are motivated by working in a fun environment then working at summer camp could be the ideal job for you. The activities offered by camps are endless! From traditional summer camps offering a vast range of activities to specialist sport and adventure camps; from tripping programs to circus programs; and from ranch camps to scouting camps, whatever your strengths, you'll be able to find a camp for you.

These summer jobs are perfect if you are looking to work abroad, take a gap year, or would like something to do during your summer break. If you are wondering why you should apply to do a Camp America programme, hopefully these points will help...

  • Get paid to have fun
  • Escape your home town/country for summer - this job beats your average jobs back home
  • Meet new people from all over the world
  • Have the most amazing experience you will ever have
  • Integrate into the famous US culture, mix with locals and be more than just a tourist
  • Get free time to explore the USA and see famous sights
  • There are long term benefits like gaining experience for your CV and building confidence
  • Most people really enjoy the experience, some people even return for 2,3,4... and even 10+ summer later - seriously camp is this addictive

Our website connects you to the very best camp jobs in America, Europe and worldwide - view our guide and start your application today. If you have any questions or need any assistance with your application please contact us. Applying early gives you the best chance to get hired. Search camp jobs today,



Summer Camp Jobs Europe

Summer Camp Jobs in Europe

If you would you like to spend your summer working in Europe the following recruiters are recommended:

  • PGL offer summer camp and activity instructor jobs in the UK, France, Spain and other countries. You will need to be aged 16+ to apply.
  • Study.UA offer summer camp and language instructor jobs in the Ukraine
  • Camp Iskra offer camp jobs in the spectacula River Mologa, 100 km from Cherepovets and 200 km from Vologda in Russia. 
  • Camp Europe offers 1-6 month jobs in Germany, Ireland, England, Spain & Austria. There are a diverse role positions available including working as a Camp Counselor, a Language Coach, a Group Leader, a Program Area Specialist or a Camp Director Assitant. 



Summer Camp Jobs USA

Summer Camp Jobs in America

Would you like to work in the USA? Fancy working at a summer camp? Good decision! Summer camps are part of the American culture and way of life and there are over 12,000 throughout North America. Summer Camp USA is one of the most popular jobs in the world for internationals where you will get to spend 9 weeks+ working and traveling, meeting new people and having a lot of fun. Working at a summer camp in the USA will be one of the best experiences of your life!

Even if you don't have lots of experience or a specialist skill, don't worry! Camps love to hire skilled staff, but most camps also require individuals that are flexible, energetic, great with kids and with a good attitude and an open mind. Many counselors end up teaching something they never even dreamed they would be able to teach at camp, and thoroughly enjoy the experience. 



The Application Process

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Must be available between May 1st and June 20th for the minimum of 9 weeks.
  • You must be at least 18 years old on the 1st June in the year you wish to go to camp
  • Speak fluent English
  • Have you a passport that is valid until the end of the year in which you wish to travel
  • Be fit and healthy
  • Have no criminal convictions
  • You will need to be responsible, self motivated, hard working, honest, adaptable and most importantly, have the ability to work and communicate with children

Application Cost
The general cost to apply is around £350 and this includes return transatlantic flights, meals & accommodation, medical insurance, our support and much more. At camp, you will receive pocket money of around $600-$1200 depending on age, skills and qualifications. Each agency charges different upfront fees, some include things like travel/medical insurance, group flights, 24 hour support, airport pick-up and more. Please beware some companies charge a lower upfront fee but this might not include flights which can make the price shoot up. 

The total cost for working at a summer camp can be anywhere from £350 - £800 depending on what is included. Don't be put off by this price through as all companies offer wages for working during summer (pocket money). We recommend you don't be put off if a company charges more upfront than another, just because one company offers a cheaper price to apply it might end up costing you more overall. Extra costs which might not be included in the price you pay include a CRB police check (approx £44), medical appointment/form from doctors (approx £10), travel to embassy + interview to obtain a J1 work visa (approx £145), baggage insurance (varies) and post-camp travel and tours. 

If you really want to make a big saving you will need to apply very early where there are usually special discounts on early applications. Another option is to recommend a friend, sometimes companies will pay you a referral fee if someone you know also signs up to the program. You might also save money if you decide to pay the whole fees upfront instead on instalments.

When to Apply & Interviews
Try to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of being accepted/placed. You will need to get your application in before April as the deadline is around this time. You can search featured jobs above if you haven't yet applied. After completing an online application you will need to have an interview, check our top tips how to pass your summer camp USA interview.

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Best Companies to Work at a Summer Camp in the USA

Are you confused what is best company to apply to work at a summer camp is? Or did realise there were more companies than just Camp America? If you have been researching options online or chatting to friends you might have noticed there are lots of companies and agencies offering camp jobs in the USA. To help make the application process easer we have put together a comparision to the best companies. 

If you are looking to work at a camp in the USA and are applying from outside of North America you will need to apply with an agency who will arrange your visa and paperwork. Each company is unique in what they provide but essentially they all offer the same thing - a gateway for you to gain employment in America. The companies featured below have years of experience in the industry placing thousands of international participants every summer. The most important thing is no matter which company you choose, just apply!

Top rated companies include:

Camp Leaders

Camp Leaders

Apply to work at a camp in the USA with Camp Leaders is your chance to escape your boredom and live the American dream with a summer job abroad. Unforgettable adventures, mates from around the world and epic road trips. It’s all yours for the taking.

What's included:

  • Pocket money ranging from US$1400 to US$1600 based on the program option, age, skills and experience
  • Fantastic customer service to guide you through the application process and find you a placement at camp
  • A pre-departure meeting to get you prepared for the camp experience
  • Visa process Guideline and a Camp Leaders Guidebook
  • DS2019 form and SEVIS in order to request your J-1 visa
  • Assistance with your J-1 visa and cultural exchange permits
  • Up to 90 days Medical Insurance
  • 24 hours support whilst in the USA
  • Food and accommodation whilst at camp

Gap Year Work and Volunteer Programs with InterExchange


InterExchange Camp USA has been placing young adults from around the world at summer camps in the USA for more than 40 years! As a nonprofit organization, they keep their fees low, so you can keep more of the money you earn. InterExchange maintains a 24-hours hotline should you need help during your program.

What's included:

  • A U.S. camp placement offer including stipend, room and board for the duration of the placement
  • Earn pocket money of $1,000 to $2,700
  • In-country interview and orientation
  • J-1 Visa sponsorship (InterExchange is a designated J-1 Visa sponsor)
  • Accident and sickness insurance for 3.5 months
  • Roundtrip airfare supplement
  • U.S. orientation in New York City, including housing for one night
  • Assistance with transportation from New York City to camp
  • Online resources to enjoy cultural learning activities in the U.S.
  • Camp USA Participant Handbook, Inside the USA Guide, Camp USA T-shirt and Certificate of Completion
  • SEVIS fee
  • Independent travel time after camp
  • 24-hour program support throughout the summer


Camp America

Camp America

The most well known name in the summer camp business, Camp America have been operating for over 40 years helping people from all over the world have the best summer of their life. Camp America recruit people from the UK and elsewhere to work on these camps. Challenge yourself, make new friends, develop your skills and explore a new continent! There are a huge variety of job choices available: you can work directly with children, teaching them sports, dancing or arts, or you can work in supportive roles including catering and administration. Whatever you decide, there are thousands of jobs on offer all over the US with us!

What's Included:

  • Meet and greet with a Camp America interviewer to discuss why you're applying
  • Placement at one of the hundreds of summer camps we work with
  • Return flights from your home country to New York
  • 1 nights stay at our arrivals hotel (if flying into New York)
  • All food and accommodation for 9 weeks (and in most cases laundry)
  • Comprehensive medical insurance (covering you during and after camp)
  • J-1 visa sponsorship (Camp America are a designated visa sponsor)
  • 30 days travel time (10 weeks if you apply as support staff)
  • Exclusive travel offers
  • Access to training opportunities (including Lifeguarding & Youth Leadership course)
  • Opportunity to attend the biggest recruitment events in the summer camp industry
  • Group 'Orientation' before departure (to prepare for life at summer camp)
  • 24/7 customer support (from local and US-based office)
  • Pocket money of around $600-$1200



Summer Camp America

Types of Camps

There are thousands of summer camps located throughout North America, all are different. Every camp is different and all have unique daily routines, you will work alongside American and international staff helping children have the most enjoyable time possible. You usually need to be awake by 8am for flag raising and you might work till late, but there will be lots of breaks during the day.

Even if you don't have lots of experience or a specialist skill, don't worry! Camps love to hire skilled staff, but most camps also require individuals that are flexible, energetic, great with kids and with a good attitude and an open mind. Many counselors end up teaching something they never even dreamed they would be able to teach at camp, and thoroughly enjoy the experience. 

Camps generally include:

Agency Camps
Agency camps are the most common form of camps available in the USA, many are run by organisations like the YMCA.

Private Camps
Usually the most luxury camps in terms of facilities, children from wealthy backgrounds usually attend these camps.

Religious Camps
There are hundreds of faith based camps located throughout North America, most have a focus on Christianity and Judaism. The majority of Christian camps describe themselves as protestant evangelical. Faith based camps are part of a unique tradition that provides a safe and fun environment in which children can develop both physical and social skills while following the Christian/Judaism ethos. Please note you do not need to be religious to apply or get employment at most camps.

Disability Camps
One of the most rewarding ways to spend a summer, help and work with disabled children and adults at specially set up camps designed to provide enriching opportunities.

Day Camps
Children attend day camps to participate on activities, but they go home at the end of the day.  



Camp Jobs USA


There are lots of different roles available at camp including: 

Camp Counselor Jobs
Every camp and role is different, as a camp counselor you will usually lead around 6-14 children though fun daily routines taking part in sport and other activities. Depending on the age of the children you look after you might have different tasks and responsibilities. Sometimes you might have to deal with problems like homesickness. There are usually the following two roles available:

Cabin / Activity Counselor
Arguably the most important job on camp! Cabin Counselors assist in activities across camp as they supervise groups of campers following their daily schedule. A good cabin counselor will have strong all-round skills and ideally will be able to lead one or more specific activities too. This is so Camp Directors can ensure their staff as a whole is balanced and able to fill in when plans change! The main responsibility of all counselors is the supervision of a bunk or cabin in between their scheduled activities, at mealtimes and at night (most counselors sleep in a room with their campers). The memories you get from that session with your kids will last a lifetime.

Specialist Counselor
If you have a certification or experience teaching an in-demand skill then this role is perfect for you! A Specialist Counselor provides daily instruction in a specific activity(s) to groups of children. The types of specialist skills sought after by camps are numerous so remember to include all your interests on your online profile. Specialist Counselors will also have childcare duties and live in a cabin with campers as well as devoting a large portion of their time to their skilled activity. Specialists should also be prepared to participate in other activities during the day and evening.

Summer Camp Land Sports Instructor Jobs
Summer camp sports instructor jobs are very popular, you can work teaching football, archery, tennis, baseball, ropes/climbing just to name a few. If you have any specific skills like archery or sailing the chances of you finding a job will increase. Camps in the USA hire international soccer coaches to lead lessons and games throughout the summer. Suitable candidates must have previous coaching experience and be able to demonstrate the characteristics needed to work and live in America. You will be responsible for organizing and making sure their sessions run professionally and effectively as well as running clinics with high standards.

Watersports Instructor Jobs
If you have any specific skills like sailing, canoeing or sailing the chances of you finding a job will increase. Imagine waking up each morning, walking down to the lake and seeing your reflection in the water. Make this dream a reality by working at summer camp as a water-ski, wakeboarding or sailing instructor! To be a successful Water-ski/wakeboarding Instructor you will need to be highly experienced in waterskiing and wakeboarding and able to teach at novice level. You will also be competent when driving boats and have a good level of driving hours behind you. You will additionally need to be lifeguard certified. Being skilled in boat maintenance is desirable but not essential.

Lifeguard Summer Camp Jobs
If you are already qualified to work as a lifeguard, or if you aren't and this position appeals to you then full training can be provided. You will get to spend your summer pool, lake or sea side ensuring safety and water based activities run smoothly. Enthusiasm and willingness to try for something new is what camps look for!

Outdoor Adventure Specalists
As an outdoor specialist it will be your job to lead groups of children in a range of different activities throughout the day, and could also include leading trips for a number of days at a time. We are looking for hard working people who enjoy working with children and are looking for a challenge. You can apply for one or more of the following activities; Rock-climbing, Ropes, Go-Karts, Hiking, Hi-wires, Mountain Biking, Orienteering, Camping.

Horse Riding Instructor Jobs
Previous experience teaching people how to ride is an advantage but not essential. We have a range of camps available for you to work on that teach either Western or English style riding. As a minimum requirement, you to be able to tack up, walk, and trot. Additional duties may include leading trail rides, looking after the yard, cleaning equipment and help with feeding. You will need to be fun and enthusiastic people who love working with children and horses. This is the perfect opportunity to spend the summer working outdoors whilst having the opportunity to experience American culture and the chance to travel.

Creative, Arts & Dance Jobs
Do you have hands-on experience producing videos or films? Camps need creative people passionate about video and film to work in the USA! As part of the TV & Film crew at camp, your role is to capture the essence of camp life. You will be helping campers make the camp movie, make their own music videos and film all camp events. You will play a key part in a small team; teaching children how to use equipment, edit and shoot videos. Experience with both Apple Mac and PC is preferable. There are also positions in arts, crafts, painting, photography and music. If you have a passion for dancing, apply to teach dance classes to children at a US summer camp. Some technical experience is required including experience as a dance teacher or choreographer, understanding of dance technique and pedagogy and skilled in at least 2 genres.

Religious Summer Camp Jobs
There are hundreds of Christian and Jewish camp counselor jobs available, camps are located right across the US. Working at a religious camp will, without doubt, be the most rewarding, challenging and unforgettable job you'll ever have. You will work hard but will do so in amazing surroundings, having great fun and making enough new friends to last a lifetime! Some camp require no religious background but others might require you to answer some faith based questions to see if you are suitable. Working at a religious camp will allow you the opportunity to experience an American summer camp with all its camaraderie and fun, whilst being able to grow and share your faith with others.

Special Needs Summer Camp Jobs
Summer camps for people with special needs provide a haven for campers and their families to take a break from their daily routine. Camp Counselors are needed to work at camps for people with special needs. No previous experience necessary, as all camps for people with special needs will provide a 1-2 week training session prior to the arrival of the campers. Summer camps for people with special needs provide a haven for campers and their families to take a break from their daily routine. As a special needs counselor, your role will have a hugely positive impact on the lives of campers and their families. We are looking for people, who are willing to work hard at providing a comforting, fun and supportive environment for their campers and who can smile even in the most challenging of situations.

Summer Camp Office and Administration Jobs
Looking for a more professional position? Work in the camp office alongside local staff and other internationals helping with day to day tasks and problems. You could be helping with paper work, calling parents, organising activities and events and helping managers operate the camp sucessfully during summer. The role can involve answering telephones, responding to emails and letters, general reception duties, working on computers and speaking to staff. The following qualities are beneficial - professional working manor, ability to be organised and flexible and prepared to work long hours. This position will be great experience for your future career as it involves you gaining many transferable skills. Previous experience is an advantage but not essential. 

Maintenance, Handymen & Nurse Jobs
If you have maintenance, kitchen or housekeeping experience, why not consider a role as Support Staff? Every camp requires individuals to be part of the team "behind the scenes" - ensuring everyone has the equipment, facilities, and food they need to keep camp running! Support Staff roles receive a higher salary and are allocated more free time, to ensure you can get involved with the day-to-day fun of camp!

Cooks, Chefs & Kitchen Staff
Working behind the scenes in the kitchen as a cook or assistant can be a lot of fun and there are several  several positions available including working as a cleaner, general assistant or in the maintenance department. Although you won't be working directly in other areas you will still have a lot of enjoyment. You will get to interact with other staff and sometimes take part in activities. If you are a trained nurse or planning a career in healthcare then consider applying to join a camp medical team helping campers and staff stay healthy during summer.



USA Camp Counselor Jobs

Arrival in the USA

Start getting ready for the most incredible summer of your life!

On arrival at camp you will have an orientation which is usually included in an initial week where you will get to know your surroundings and fellow staff. This orientation is usually fun and will prepare you for the summer ahead, learn how camp operates - you will get to know the rules, tasks and what is expected of you during summer. You might also be placed in a cabin and be given roles and specific duties.

On some jobs you will sleep in the same cabin as a camp counselor whilst other roles you might be living with other staff. Cabins and living conditions can be rustic so be prepared. Sometimes you might be living in the same cabin as 8 children or more.

Do not think you are going to earn a fortune when working at a camp, if you work out the amount you pay in the registration and the number of hours you work over summer it might be quite low but this experience is not all about the money. You should consider the money as a bonus, this job really does provide you with a life changing experience and if you ask any previous staff they would do it for free. Usually you will be paid around $1000 - $2500, if you are a returnee you can expect to be paid more.



Post Summer Camp Travel

Post Camp Travel

Working at a summer camp isn't just about the job, it is also about the great opportunitiy you have to travel and explore more of North America. You could travel a legendary road like Route 66', go in search of adventure by seeing the Rockies in Canada, explore cities, join a small group adventure tour or search out history South of the border in Mexico. The visa you gain to work at camp also allows you to travel and see more of North America after finishing a job. 

If you are an international staff member on a J-1 visa once you have completed your contract you will get up to 4 weeks to travel and you should really make the most of the opportunity. If you are an American staff member why not also take this opportunity not to let all the internationals have all the fun, North America is a huge region and there are probably so many places you haven't been yet. If you are looking to experience more of the USA and you would like to get some structured plans in place now then consider joining an organised small group tour. These are a lot of fun where you will meet and travel in a group of around 8 - 16 people with 2 trip leaders who will take you to new locations and show you the time of your life.  

The cheapest way to get around the US after working at camp is the Megabus or Greyhound bus service which connects the whole country - if you are looking to explore on a budget this is the option for you. General prices for example New York to Niagara Falls (approx $75) and San Francisco to Los Angeles ($45). Both Megabus and Greyhound are both very reliable but due to the size of the USA journeys can be long. An alternative is to join tours in the USA and see new places like New York, LA and Las Vegas just to name a few. 

Recommended Tour Company to Use After Camp

  • G Adventures offer 64 small group adventures in North America including overland and camping tours, click the banner below to search all trips.



Summer Camp Reviews & Testimonials

“You’d be crazy not to jump at the opportunity, it’s the most amazing experience you could ever have!” - Rosanne, Australia

“Ever since I have returned from Camp America I’ve missed every second of the experience and the people. If it wasn’t for Camp America I would not have the ambitions and determination I have today.” - Tom, UK

“There were endless fun times both at camp and on the days off adventuring around the area. It was great hanging out with campers and trying all the other activities around camp too!" – Jeremy, New Zealand

"The most fun job you will ever have in your life" - Matty, UK

"The best two summers I've ever had! The most life changing experience! Any one who can, just do it you'll never look back" - Abbie from the UK applied to work at a summer camp with Camp Leaders

"Summer is almost over. Best experience of my life.. So far." - Tom, UK

"My only regret is that I did not do Camp America sooner! Best summer ever!" - Lauren, UK

"Just started my Camp America return application for Summer No. SIX! The best job, with the best people!" - Tom, UK

"Camp America has been by far the best experience of my life. Hard work but extremely rewarding. I urge anyone who wants to do it. Do it NOW." - Cameron, UK

"Camp America is the best choice I ever made" Tash, UK

"So glad I did Camp America had the best summer ever!" - Charlotte, UK

"Had one of the best summers of my life and can't wait to hopefully return next year! Camp America is 100% the best thing you will ever do!" - Tyra, UK

"I can never thank Camp America enough for giving me another amazing year at Camp with my amazing Camp Family" - Francesca, UK 

"Camp America is by far the best thing I have ever done!" - Laura, UK

"Now Camp has finished I can't wait for next year!" - James, UK

"Last summer was great, this summer was amazing. Thank you yet again for an experience of a life time Camp America 3rd year application" - Rachel, UK



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