3 Reasons to Choose a Job at Camp Instead of a Summer Internship

Spring semester is now in full swing; so, if you are a college student, you may already be thinking about what internship position you want to secure for the summer.

But instead of an internship, consider taking on a different kind of summer job – one at camp.

If you are unsure whether that is the right choice for you, here are three reasons you should take a summer job at camp.

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Tackle Your Camp Counselor Job with an Internship Mindset

The young women and men who join us as camp counselors are interested in occupations that range from elementary and high school education to the medical field, the environmental sciences, and more. And as it happens, a camp counselor enjoys experiences that complement many areas of study and the pursuit of a myriad of future career paths.

Camp — The Best Job You'll Ever Have

"Being a camp counselor prepared me for life after college both personally and professionally."

In this video blog, ACA CEO Tom Holland reflects on his personal experience as a camp counselor, and explains the benefits of the job. Camp counselors learn resiliency, teamwork, motivation, and how to have fun on the job! The skills the camp counselors learn not only look great on a resume, they’ll stay with them for life.

Careers in the Camp Community

Few fields combine such a variety of backgrounds and disciplines as the camp field. Management roles in camps, outdoor education centers, or conference/retreat centers require some know-how and background in very technical fields such as human resources, nutrition and health care, food service, facility and business management; it also necessitates the blending of the principles of youth development and social group work, recreation, physical education, psychology, and education.

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Camp Counselor Positions Fire Up Your Resume

Summer may be a time for relaxing in the sun, but many students cannot live solely on student loans and ramen noodles. Students are discovering that they can earn much more than cash as a camp counselor.

There are approximately 1.2 million camp staff in the United States today. A camp job or internship differs from a traditional job or internship because it provides students an opportunity to gain resume-building skills or even academic credit while working with children in the great outdoors. 

Summer Job Search Tips

  1. Browse job postings or post a resume on www.ACAcamps.org/jobs.
  2. Search for a camp by location, affiliation, specialty, and much more with the Find a Camp search.

What a camp job can add to your resume:

  • real-life, problem-solving skills
  • significant and positive influence in the lives of children
  • responsibility
  • patience
  • experiential education opportunities that may be applied to any field

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