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Working as a Specialist Summer Camp Counselor

Working as a Specialist Summer Camp Counselor

Working as a Specialist Summer Camp Counselor with USA Summer Camp is a great way to spend a summer! 

You'll be working in the sun, teaching excited campers, and being paid to do what you love. 

Your expertise means you'll be a role model for the campers you're teaching, and for the other Camp Counselors too. 

Today's Guest Blogger, Natasha Atlas, guides us through her three summers working at Camp in America as a Specialist Summer Camp Counselor... 

My Jobs at Summer Camp

I was lucky enough to spend three summers at camp in America and for all three, I was hired as a Specialist Summer Camp Counselor.

I was entrusted with some of the more 'dangerous' activities on offer at camp: archery, fencing, and riflery. I looked after all the weapons at camp and I taught kids how to use them safely! 

Summer Camp is a great place for the kids to learn new skills - they want to get involved in everything, even if it's just one time! 

Teach Fencing at Summer Camp

I started fencing when I was a kid myself.

My dad wanted to go to the pub on holiday to watch the football (it was a big game, apparently!) so he stuck me in a fencing class because it was going on at the same time. 

I was there for about two hours and I loved it. We had a tournament at the end... and I won!

When I got back to England, I joined my local YMCA group and took lessons every week, and went on to compete at County level. 

I passed my level one qualification in foil fencing, but I didn't have enough money to go any further qualifications at the time. I still went for lessons but stopped after I left college. 

It wasn't until I applied to Camp in America that I started fencing again. Camp needed someone with coaching experience to help teach the kids. 

Teach Archery at Summer Camp

I first picked up a bow and arrow when I was in Brownies. We went on a trip and tried lots of activities, like kayaking, climbing, archery, and hiking. 

I just love sports which involve accuracy, so I took to archery like a duck to water. Archery isn't a sport with lots of clubs by where I lived, but I'd got some experience. 

After I added archery to my Summer Camp application, I was asked to teach some classes. I didn't need a qualification, just the experience. 

Teach Riflery at Summer Camp

Before working at Summer Camp, I'd never had any previous experience of riflery. 

I'd worked at camp the year before as a Fencing Instructor, and they asked me to run some riflery classes the following summer.

My dad was in the army, so I guess it was in my blood, but I'd never held a gun before. 

The guns they used at camp were only BB guns and air rifles, but the kids still needed supervision and some help. Camp helped me get a proper qualification, and I had to take a test.

Natasha Atlas
Natasha is passionate about travel and works for one of our partners, Trek America. She runs her own travel blog, which you can visit at www.natashaatlas.com.