5 Reasons to Become a Summer Camp Counselor

5 Reasons to Become a Summer Camp Counselor

BUILD YOUR RESUME WITH A MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCE

ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS

BECOME A ROLE MODEL

In today's job market, many employers seem to outrageously want at least 5-10 years experience in any given entry level position. For young people, it may seem impossible to succeed in finding a job when the expectations are so high, and the opportunities so few and hard to find. Make your resume and background experience stand out to future employers by cultivating work experience (as well as meaningful personal growth) with the Summit Area YMCA (SAY) as a Summer Camp Counselor!

According to the American Camp Association,

“Camp jobs offer invaluable skill-building, leadership, training, and enrichment opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else! Regardless of your college major, camp experiences allow you to learn and develop skills that will enhance your job marketability. The benefits go far beyond a paycheck, too. Business executives often note that experience as a camp counselor translates into excellent management and personnel skills.”

Now, more than ever, employers are seeking individuals with solid work ethics, good communication skills, problem solving abilities and resiliency, all of which are skills that are developed and strengthened by being a camp counselor.

If you are a highly motivated and goal oriented high school or college student, someone who enjoys the great outdoors, or have always wanted to become role model, nay, a child's superhero, then becoming a Summer Camp Counselor is the path for you! With only a few positions left open, we at the Summit Area YMCA are looking for motivated, passionate and caring individuals to work at camp.

BENEFITS OF EMPLOYMENT WITH THE SUMMIT AREA YMCA

• Junior Camp Counselors can earn up to $3,200 in just 8 weeks of summer camp

• Get a FREE Adult Membership for the summer

• Receive valuable training including, but not limited to: CPR & First Aid Certifications, Camp Safety and Policies and Procedures, Behavior Management, Aquatic Safety and more

 

5 REASONS TO BECOME A SUMMER CAMP COUNSELOR

 1. You're basically a giant camper, but you're getting paid

If you love the great outdoors, having fun and being silly, being a Summer Camp Counselor is all that and more. You'll go on field trips, swim at the pool, hike through the woods, have fun team building activities and more!

 

2. CAMP FRIENDS ARE FOREVER FRIENDS

Not only would you be a respected staff member (assuming you do your job well!), the bonds you make in team building activities, spending an entire day having fun together creates friendships like no other setting. You can be yourself and expect to make friends with people who truly love you for who you are, and remain friends throughout the year and years to come. Whether it's forming a new camp squad or disconnecting from technology to have meaningful conversations while out on a hike, summer camp brings out the best in all of us.

 

3. IT'S THE BEST SUMMER JOB

Forget about busy nights waiting tables, mowing lawns or cleaning pools. A Summer Camp Counselor job is not only fun, but also provides you with real leadership skill building that prepares you for your future career. Team building, leadership, communication, accountability, problem solving and more. Not to mention the Summit Area YMCA also teaches CPR and First Aid training, skills that are invaluable and will help you for the rest of your life. 

 

4. CAMP WILL TRANSFORM YOU FOR THE BETTER

It's not just career skills that you'll learn, but being out at camp will make you happier, more relaxed, and also bolster your confidence and make you a more open person. With the sun shining down on you (not to mention giving you a great tan for the summer), there's nothing to fear and you have the whole summer to discover a new, improved version of you. 

 

5. THINK OF THE STORIES YOU'LL TELL

Almost all good stories start with "This one time, at summer camp...". With field trips, new activities and plenty of silly folks all around, you'll be sure to have more than just a couple stories to tell when you're out with friends or family. Your experiences at camp will be nothing but fun and memorable!

 

WITH GREAT JOBS, COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITIES

While working at camp is both fun and rewarding, we as Summit Area YMCA employees, guardians of children and upholders of the great 4 core values of Honesty, Responsibility, Caring and Respect—we also conduct ourselves to a high standard with much attention to responsibility and safety. At the SAY, we take pride in teaching our staff how to be the best version of themselves so that we may ensure that every individual we serve and interact with feels welcomed and supported. We are proud of the values we stand for, as a mission based nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening community.


So what are you waiting for? Jump start your career by applying today at:

WWW.THESAY.ORG/EMPLOYMENT

 

 

Questions? Contact:

KELLY MCHUGH

SUMMIT YMCA

SCHOOL AGE AFTERCARE & SUMMER CAMP DIRECTOR

CONNECT WITH ME

kelly.mchugh@thesay.org

(908) 273-3330 ext. 1125

 

 

 

Article Sourceshttps://www.acacamps.org/resource-library/articles/summer-camp-jobs-why-work-camp, 
https://www.acacamps.org/news-publications/blogs/counselors-corner/10-reasons-why-businesses-should-hire-former-camp-counselors

 

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About the Summit Area YMCA
The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA has a history steeped in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income and background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Each year, we serve more than 10,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the communities of Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those with demonstrated need.