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Spend your summer in a traditional american summer camp!

Not sure how you want to spend your summer this year? How about working the coolest summer job in USA? For 10 weeks or more you get to enjoy life at a traditional American summer camp in the great outdoors! As a camp counselor at a summer camp you will gain new skills, learn to be a leader, and make friendships that last a lifetime. Plus, you will have 30 days following the camp experience to travel USA, taking in the sights, sounds, and tastes that make the country unique! What's not to like?

Could this be the best summer job abroad ever?

Picture it: horseback riding, climbing, and sailing all in the same day. Staying up late telling ghost stories with kids by the campfire. Hiking to a private lake nestled in the woods...

Each year, hundreds of thousands of kids ages five to 17 attend summer camp at the thousands of camps located in rural areas across the U.S. The specific activities may vary from camp to camp, but an atmosphere of fun, friendship, and discovery stays the same. Whether the campers attend for one week or eight, campers and counselors alike have the chance to try new activities each day, learn important skills individually and as a group, and make friendships that last a lifetime.

A day at the summer camp

A typical camp day starts between 7:00 and 8:00 with breakfast and as a camp counselor you will join the kids at the tables. This is where general announcements are made and the plans for the day presented. During the next hours you will help and be responsible for various activities, usually in periods of 1 hour per activity. This could be a specific activity or in general. Lunch is the next thing on the agenda followed by a rest period. Afternoon activities usually run 3-4 hours before a much anticipated evening dinner. Evening activities are common and a lot of fun. Good-night time is around 21:00. You may think this is early, but you'll need a good night’s sleep to be able to do it all again the next day. 

Your role as a camp counselor

Summer camps are all about activities, and they offer a wide range of games, sports, and arts and crafts to inspire and engage kids. Camps are therefore always looking for experienced counselors who can lead kids in a particular activity, especially specialized activities like fencing and woodworking. Below is a list of a few of the activities that you can do as a part of your summer job at the camp:

Arts & Sciences: Arts and Crafts, Ceramics, Leatherwork, Tie-dying, Weaving, Jewelry, Painting, Photography, Stained Glass, Woodwork, Acting/Drama, Computers, Cooking, Music, Singing/Vocals.

Excercise & Fitness: Aerobics, Dance, Yoga.

Outdoors: Hiking, Orienteering, Overnight Camping, Scouting Experience.

Sports: Archery, Baseball, Basketball, BMX, Canoeing, Cycling, Track and Field, Fencing, Field Hockey, Go-Carts, Golf, Gymnastics, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Mountain Biking, Paintball, Rock Climbing, Ropes Course, Rowing, Sailing, Skateboarding, Soccer/Football. 

How can I become a camp counselor?

Summer camps is for young people who want to give kids across the US an amazing experience and teach them valuable skills. You can become a camp counselor if you meet the requirements listed below. If you're interested, contact a KILROY travel advisor to learn more and secure your spot at camp next summer! 

Applicant requirements:

  • Must be 19-27 years old
  • High level of spoken English
  • Outgoing and must like working as a team and with kids – the camp philosophy is to have fun and the camps are looking for dedicated, energetic, friendly staff
  • Application period from now until February, the application deadline is mid-March, we advise booking as early as possible
  • You don’t need to be a student but you do have to have experience coaching or teaching children in one of the activities the camp offers for example, climbing, water sports, tennis, outdoor skills, swimming etc
  • Placements are not guaranteed, there is an interview process
  • The position is challenging, very rewarding, a lot of fun and great for developing current and new skills
  • You need to be comfortable in an active, outdoor environment
  • You have to be available from mid-June for 10 weeks

What does it cost and what is included?

We go to great lengths to make sure you get a spot at the summer camp suited to your skills and wishes. Thus, we have a pre-departure interview with the people who wish to be camp counselors and also host a pre-departure information meeting. In addition, we help you with all the practical stuff like securing flights at the best price, help you apply for a visa - basically all the boring stuff that takes the enjoyment out of your summer camp experience!

Our summer camp package includes:

  • Placement at a US summer camp
  • Return Trans-Atlantic flight
  • Food and accommodation whilst at the camp
  • Pocket money of up to USD 1100 depending upon your age and experience
  • Assistance applying for your J1 camp counsellor visa
  • SEVIS – a US Government fee
  • Medical insurance
  • Pre departure interview and assistance throughout the application process
  • Pre departure information meeting
  • Orientation and training in the US
  • Full use of camp facilities when you are off work

The cost for the USA working holiday summer camp package is EUR 910 and includes everything listed above, including return flights from your home country to USA. 

Do you have what it takes to be a camp counselor at summer camp?

Are you:

  • Energetic, fun-loving and happy in a highly active environment?
  • Flexible, dependable and reliable?
  • Respectful of others?
  • Skilled at leading and collaborating?

Then working as a camp counselor at a summer camp in the US may be right for you. Please get in touch to register and sign up!

The application process for Working Holiday USA

You can register as a camp counselor until 15. March 2018. We advise you to register early, so that you know as quickly as possible whether you can start as a camp counselor in the summer of 2018.

Sign Up
When your registration is received, our Working Holiday coordinator will contact you as soon as possible.

A suitable fit?
If it turns out that you are a suitable fit for the job as a camp counselor, you get access to the summer camps system. You fill in your profile with all the information we need from you, so that we can introduce you to the different summer camps.

Skype meeting
When a summer camp is interested, a skype meeting with the summer camp and you will be scheduled. You get acquainted with the summer camp and can ask them all kinds of questions. After this you will hear whether you have been hired.

All the practicalities
If you are hired at a summer camp, we will take care of all your paperwork. We also help you to apply for your J-1 visa and book your flights and possibly a connecting tour.

Pre-departure meeting
Just before the adventure starts, a pre-departure meeting will take place. During this meeting you and other camp counselors will receive all the latest information from our Working Holiday coordinator. That way you are completely ready to go!

30 days to travel USA

On top of all the great things mentioned above you have 30 days to travel around USA after your summer camp experience. Take in the sights, sounds, and tastes that make America unique! If you are a free spirit why not rent a car and embark on a classic road trip. If you feel like traveling with like-minded people and love being social, then our group adventures are for you. You may also rent a campervan or simply opt for a city break, such as New York, Boston, Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles or any other place in the United States. Of course, your KILROY travel expert will help you with the planning and booking.

FAQ

Who can apply for a Working Holiday USA?
Anyone between the ages of 18 and 27 who has experience with children, leadership and / or activities that are offered at the summer camp and are available from June 1 to the end of August can apply for a job as a camp counselor at a summer camp in USA.

Until when can I register as a camp counselor?
You can register as a camp counselor until 15 March 2018, but if you do this before January 2018 you can be present at our Camp Hire Event. Summercamp representatives come here to meet counselors.

Can I register if I am not 18 before 1 June 2018?
No. In connection with the J-1 Visa you are obliged to be between the age of 18 and 27 when you leave for America.

When does the summer camp start and end in 2018?
The summer camps take place from 1 June 2018 until the end of August 2018. Since the camps prefer their counselors to be available already in the beginning of the summer, your chances of being selected will be higher the sooner you can start. 

Can I also apply if I can work less than 10 weeks?
No, it makes no sense to sign up if you can start later than the beginning of June 2018. Everyone must be available for 10 weeks. 

What experience should I have?
You should have experience with interacting with children, as well as one or more of the activities offered at the summer camp. 

Do I have some free time or days off?
On average you have one day a week off. You will also have some afternoons and evenings off during the week. The amount of free time and when this occur differs among the various summer camps.

How do I arrive to the summer camp?
Transportation from the airport to the summer camp will be arranged for you. Please note that transfer back to the airport is not included, you need to arrange this yourself.

What is a J-1 Visa?
To work as a camp counselor in USA you need a J-1 visa. To apply for the J-1 visa at the American embassy, ​​you must be in possession of a DS-2019. We will help you to request this DS-2019 form.

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