Counselor Blog

February 16, 2012

Hanging out with kids all day as a camp counselor can be pretty amazing. But doing your job well means you need to be prepared!

In ACA's Entry-Level Program Staff Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) course, you will learn the foundation of being a great counselor. Topics covered include:

February 10, 2012

Lots of us have a great time working at camp as a summer job, and then we go on to become teachers, journalists, nurses . . . you name it!

But what if you realized that you wanted to have camp as a career?

Cass Morgan, an ACA research assistant and current PhD candidate at the University of Utah, explains the path she has taken to get a career in camp. Cass’ early experience was probably a lot like yours — she started out as a camper and then became a counselor.

February 7, 2012

Guest post contributed by Karen Parson

It may be the middle of winter, but it’s not too early to begin thinking about which summer camp is best for you. There are a lot of camps out there and each has different goals and activities. Choosing which summer camp is right for you is more than a matter of selecting the summer camp closest to you.

Here are ten steps to follow to make sure that you find the right summer camp:

February 3, 2012

Here are the top 5 reasons why you should attend the *free* webinar, “Developing Your Personal Brand,” next Wednesday, 2/8 at 7:30 p.m. EST:

January 23, 2012

Resumes, cover letters, and interviews . . . oh my!

Just like Dorothy and Toto, you too can find out more about the “man behind the curtain” — your hiring manager, the Wizard of Jobs!

On Wednesday, January 25th, from 7:30-9:00 p.m. ET, join us for an insider’s look into the mind of a hiring manager.

January 19, 2012

Take the time this month to thank your mentors from school, sports, and camp!

While the spirit of mentoring is being celebrated all month long, January 26 has been officially designated "Thank Your Mentor Day."

Find out how to honor your mentors in creative ways.

January 12, 2012

What makes a good resume?

How can you be a more effective leader?

What is your "brand," and how can you market yourself to others?

The job world can be tough these days, but luckily, you've got experience from a camp job on your side!

Learn how to get the job you want from the skills you learned at camp in a new webinar series presented by ACA and Teach for America. Designed specifically for frontline staff and young adults, this series will show you your potential as a 21st century worker — and how to maximize it!

January 4, 2012

Peg recently wrote in her blog about “Quiet Space” and giving kids a chance to reflect on their own thoughts — especially at camp.

In a recent opinion article in The New York Times, author Pico Iyer reflected that:

December 19, 2011

In this guest blog by Sarah Horner Fish, executive director at Tom Sawyer Camps in Pasadena, California, you'll learn how to make a lasting impression when applying and interviewing for summer jobs. Visit ACA's Job site for more information about working at camp or to find job postings!

December 12, 2011

Now is the time to look for that summer job!

Check out this link on ACA's Job site: Summer Job Search Tips.

Explore available summer job opportunities at ACA's Summer Jobs @ Camp site.

Do you have questions related to your job search? Send your job question to janderson@ACAcamps.org, and we'll work on posting something helpful from the experts right here on the Counselor Blog.