These camps are identical to the Traditional Camps described above, but with a theme associated to them! For example, some of the most popular camps include (but are not limited to) Gymnastics Camp, Basketball Camp and Cheer Camp. If you have a passion for a particular sport or activity, then a Specialty Camp may be for you!
Underprivileged Camps are, for the most part, similar to a Traditional Camp in set up, but with the key difference that the children who are invited come from lower income families. These camps may also be known as Not For Profit Camps, as (unlike most other camps) they are not set up to make money. The main purpose and aim of these camps is to allow children to enjoy being children, as they may not get this opportunity in their daily lives. Expect a great sense of family and community at these camps.
These camps are set up in the same way as Traditional or Specialty Camps, but the kids will come and enjoy activities during the day and then return home afterwards. You will then get your evening free to enjoy as you please – not too shabby!
These camps are set up in the same way as Traditional Camps, but cater for kids who have special requirements such as diabetes, hearing impairments, or behavioural disorders such as ADHD.
A hot favourite for anyone who was a scout or guide as a kid. These camps are operated by boy and girl Scout groups and focus on wilderness, adventure and outdoor living. So, if you’re someone who loves the outdoors, you’re in for a real treat! These camps offer a great way for young campers to hone their leadership and social skills, all whilst developing a deep appreciation for nature, which is precisely what these camps offer. Expect fun-filled days of kayaking, mountaineering, crafts and overnight expeditions!
Faith Based Camp
AmeriCamp Canada has a wide range of faith-based camps for campers from a Christian or Jewish background. Some of these camps focus on providing the typical Summer camp experience with faith-based principles, while other camps encompass faith based learning and services throughout the program. Activities specific to the faith will be run at each camp, sometimes incorporating the camp’s religious heritage and connections. You will not necessarily have to be religious to work at a faith camp, but a respect and understanding for other people’s beliefs is essential.
General Camp Counsellors
General Camp Counsellors are the lifeblood of any camp. As a Camp Counsellor, you will be responsible for waking your campers in the morning (and ensuring they go to bed), making sure they get to meals on time, getting involved with all the crazy activities and to be an all-round great role model. For General Camp Counsellor roles you do not need any specific experience or skill set in any given activity, however, you must be a charismatic all-rounder that loves working with children. Experience of working with children is definitely a bonus in this role!
Activity Counsellors are usually skilled and experienced in a particular activity and will directly instruct or assist with the campers. You will usually teach in your field during the day, so if you are a sailor expect plenty of time on the water and a wicked tan! In the evening you will join in with the camp activities, be it a rowdy campfire or activity night. Some of the skills we look for are listed below, however if you skill isn’t listed give us a call! Camps love new and exciting skill sets.
Special Needs Counsellors
Special Needs Counsellors work in the same way as General Camp Counsellors, though specifically with campers who have either learning/physical difficulties or specific requirements (e.g. behavioural/emotional disorders). In this role, it helps to be open-minded, patient and most importantly both kind-natured and caring. Whilst this may appear a challenging role, no previous experience is required and all necessary training will be provided. In addition to looking great on any CV, we guarantee that fulfilling this role will not only prove to be a rewarding and heartfelt experience – you’ll be making friends for life! In the words of one of our returning Special Needs Counsellors: ‘It’s campers we lead and teach each day, but in reality it’s they who teach us so much about ourselves!’
Support Staff are instrumental in the upkeep and day-to-day running of each Camp. Typically responsible for all important ‘behind the scenes’ activities, you will be tasked with all manner of maintenance duties, from painting, gardening to any other necessary practical work. You may also apply for an office-based Support Staff role, where you would be assisting the Camp Management with administrative tasks such as filing, word processing and other miscellaneous tasks. Housekeeping and Catering roles are also available, in which you would assist in cleaning or catering work. If you already have experience in any of the above or similar fields, then this could be the perfect role for you!