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Our Top 12 Camp Counselor Gift Ideas

Struggling to get the perfect gift for the Camp Counselor in your life? Christmas is just around the corner and the USA Summer Camp team are here to save the day! It’s time to forget the boring socks and give the camp enthusiast what they really want this Christmas. Take a look at our top 12 Camp Counselor gift ideas to get some inspiration!

Friendship Bracelet Kit

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If you give your future Camp Counselor a friendship bracelet kit, they will be guaranteed to be the coolest person at camp. One of the biggest camp traditions is making friendship bracelets so if your camp counselor is ready and prepared, they will be already a step ahead. Also, who doesn’t want to be rocking friendship bracelets all year round too!?

Polaroid Camera

PolaroidCamera

This is one of our favourite Camp Counselor gift ideas! If you have a bigger budget to spend, get them a Polaroid Camera. With this gift, they will be able to capture special moments and print the picture on the spot which is so cool! They can give the pictures to their campers, friends and also decorate their cabin! They’re also great for travelling and the campers will love taking selfies with them too.

Water Bottle

Waterbottle gift for counselor

This is something every Camp Counselor needs for the time at camp. They will put it down for one second and never seen it again. NEVER. Trust us, they will go through them like there’s no tomorrow! To prevent this, get them a water bottle that has a crazy design or name engraved so if it does go missing, everybody knows whos it is. They’ll definitely thank you for it when they’re at camp!

A Taste of Home

Chocolate Box

It’s hard to say this but, chocolate in America just isn’t the same. (I know, we were disgusted too) Hershey’s is nice and all, but there’s nothing like the taste of the British delicacy, Cadburys. Gift your friend with a care package that includes some English chocolate, sweets, drinks and you can’t forget the tea bags! There’s nothing better than having a taste of home.

Summer Camp Film

Camp Rock DVD

Motivate your Camp Counselor and show them all the fun they’re going to have next summer with a traditional Summer camp movie. The USA Summer Camp team recommend watching Camp Rock and Parent Trap for a movie night! Grab the popcorn and comfy PJ’s to complete the night. Your Camp Counselor will be ready to hop on to the plane to camp after receiving this gift!

American Power Adaptor

Travel Adaptor

If your Camp Counselor can be a bit forgetful sometimes, they will really benefit from this present! As the plugs in America are different from the UK, travellers will need an American Power Adaptor to be able to use their electronics. These are cheap to buy and can be easily found in most supermarkets!

White Tees

Tiedye tee

For a cheap and easy gift, every Camp Counselor needs white tees. It’s the worst feeling when it’s time to tie-dye with the campers and you forgot to bring a white tee. Bummer. Tie-dye is one of the best activities on camp so make sure to prepare your counselor with this gift.

Waterproof Watch

Waterproof watch Counselor Gift Ideas

As most camps don’t allow counselors to use their phone whilst on the job, having a watch is super handy. They will need to stick to times and make sure their campers are at their activities so having a watch will help massively. Also, we recommend getting a waterproof one as it is likely they will be in the pool or lake every day!

Travel Journal

Travel Journal

Your friend is about to have the best experience of their life and this gift is the perfect way to reminisce and keep special memories safe for years to come. Buy your friend a travel journal so they can document their travels, souvenirs, pictures and tickets stored away from their adventure in America. It definitely is one of the best ways to remember their experience in the US!

Head Torch

Head Torch Counselor Gift idea

If you want to give them a practical gift this holiday, get them a head torch! It can get very dark at night while at camp. A head torch will be very handy when walking around camp at night and when going back into your cabin after your night off.

Go Pro

Go Pro

If your Camp Counselor is a keen videographer, this gift will be perfect. The Go Pro is waterproof, tough and easy to whip out in-between the action. Camp Counselors will be able to film their Summer Camp experience and keep the memories forever. If you do buy them this amazing gift, tell them to send us the footage because we’d love to see it!

Dollars

Dollars Camp Counselor Gift

This gift is essential! If you’re unsure what your counselor needs or wants, get them American dollars for their trip to the US. They can spend it while they’re at camp or save it for their 30 days of travel! They can purchase what they want while in the US or save it towards accommodation and fun activities after camp. Plus, who doesn’t love to receive money?!

So there you have it. They’re our top 12 Camp Counselor Gift Ideas for the Holidays! From head torches to Go Pros, your Camp Counselor is going to be spoilt for Christmas and ready to smash the summer. All thanks to you! (You can thank us later!) If you’re going to be a Camp Counselor yourself, send this to your friends and family to make sure you get what you need for your summer in the states!

Happy Holidays!

Jess Lucas
Jess Lucas
Jess is the Marketing Executive at USA Summer Camp. She has spent two summers at Camp IHC and cannot wait to help send even more people to camp this year.
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Been placed at a camp in NY state. Summer Camp team were very helpful, phoned regularly to check up on me. Looking... forward to this new experience. Would have liked more information on additional costs (e.g. visa) before signing up, however I'm sure it'll all be worth it. The interview process (with the camps) was surprisingly quite fun. I also wish the team would have let me know that most camps require people with more experience with children but maybe that should have been more common sense on my part. Besides those two little things, the team were supportive and enthusiastic :-)read more
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Such a great experience. USA Summer Camp were there to help right the way through the application process and got me... placed at a summer camp in Minnesota and I went back as a returner with them. Thank you so much! Would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to spend an amazing summer in America working at camp! 😀👌read more
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USA summer camp made the difficult and complicated process of applying for the J1 visa super straightforward. Their... customer service is the best I've experienced in any business, they are just so enthusiastic, energetic and helpful!As well as this I had one of my best summers ever over in the US thanks to them. I will be returning and would strongly recommend USA summer camp!read more
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I had an amazing experience with USA Summer Camp! I went to my camp for the first time in the summer of 2016, and... returned for the summers of 2017 and 2019. Every step of the process was clear and easy due to the service of the team, and responses were always speedy and friendly when any queries came up. They really look after their applicants and know how to put them at ease - all of the somewhat daunting parts become a joy with such constant support! It was great knowing that if anything came up during my time at camp that they were only a phone call away. Could not recommend them more for anyone who is interested in being a camp counsellor for a summer (or a few). Thank you so much for all of your help, USASC!read more
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How to Nail your Summer Camp Skype Interview

 

Ever wondered what a day in the life of a Camp Counselor involves?

 

Meet Camp Counselor Summer!

Hey! I’m Summer and I was a Camp Counselor in my two summers at camp. I spent a year working at French Woods Festival of Performing Arts in Upstate New York. French Woods is a specialist camp with all the traditional camp activities. Not only are there traditional activities but there are also four theatres, a circus and a magic department! Specifically, French Woods is a sleep-away camp, which means that campers spend the nights sleeping in cabins. There can be up to about fourteen children in each cabin.

Above all, summer camp is one of those places where you fully immerse yourself in a camp bubble. Every day is different and you’re always inspiring and influencing your campers. In addition to all of this, you get paid! You are also adding top skills to your CV. Ready to find out more? Keep reading below to find out what a typical day in the life of a Camp Counselor is like!

 

Mornings at Camp!

The first task of the day as a Camp Counselor is to get the kids up and excited for the day ahead! In order to do this, I and my co-counselors find that the best way to do this is to get some top tunes on. Getting them up and dancing is a great way to start the day. This motivates the kids for the day ahead.

The dancing doesn’t stop there either! Mealtimes at camp (breakfast included) are filled with singing, dancing and banging the tables. All of your typical table manners go out the window! If it’s someone’s birthday then the dining hall becomes a buzz of hundreds of campers and counselors singing, clapping and celebrating. It’s SO fun and one of the best parts of a day in the life of a camp counselor!

 

Activities

After breakfast and a quick cabin clean-up, it’s time to head to activities. At French Woods, the kids choose their own schedule made up of Majors and Minors. Major activities are things the kids would do every day and maybe work towards a project. These can be things like taking part in a musical, being part of a sports team or circus show. Minor activities are things that they chose every day such as activities like swimming, rock climbing or mountain biking.

This is where specialists counselors would head off to teach their activities. Now although you’re ‘teaching’ a skill, this doesn’t mean you’re cooped up in a classroom, you organise your activities any way you see fit! A typical day for myself is usually spent in the Theatre teaching Sound and Lighting skills. Getting kids to create crazy sound effects to use in performances often means heading around camp and looking at how we can record sound effects.

 

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Every day you get a period off, which can be used to get stuck into all the activities. For instance, on a day I was feeling lazy, I could chill in the cabin or by the waterfront. The different activities on offer meant that you could learn a new skill or try something different every day! I tried everything camp had to offer, even daring to go on the flying trapeze in the circus!

Evening Activities

After dinner and some chill time for kids and counselors, it’s time for evening activities! This is my favourite time of the day. Every evening is something different as well as a time to get stuck into activities.

We would spend our evenings watching shows and performances by the campers and taking part in games like Color Wars, Capture-the-flag and sing-a-longs. We also had ice cream socials, campfires and themed discos.

 

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Nights at Camp

After evening activities, everyone is worn out from a busy day! At my camp, counselors work on a rota in the evenings. One counselor and a CIT (Counselor in Training) take care of the kids and settle them for the evening. The other two counselors are able to take the evening off. To sum it all up, one thing I loved about camp on my evenings off was sitting by the waterfront on warm summer evenings and watching the stars, I’d never seen so many it was absolutely spectacular.

Days at camp are active, exciting and busy. Every day is different but every day is fun! You’ll never find a summer job which pays you to have a great time more than being a camp counselor.

 

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Are You Ready to Return to Camp?

You may have just finished your first summer at camp. Maybe you’re ready to return for your third summer or more! As soon as you’ve received your offer, you’re ready to return to camp. Summer may be quite a while away yet but as a returner, it is essential to get started with your application ASAP. Find out more about the steps to return to camp and getting started with your application.

2nd Year Returner

If you’re returning for a second summer at camp, that makes you a 2nd-year returner. If you are returning to the same camp you will need to get an offer of return from your camp. Camps will start their hiring process around September/October time. Make sure to speak with your camp as early as possible to secure your place for the upcoming season. In addition to reaching out to camp yourself, you will also negotiate your salary. As well as your salary, it is important to know your role at camp.

When you are ready to start your application to return to camp, log into your profile. From here, you will be able to select the option to create an application for the future season ahead. The Department of State often has limits on the number of returners that can be sent back to camp, because of this, it is important to start your applications as soon as possible. To fully secure your place you will need to pay your £99 deposit. You can do this either on the phone or on your profile. Find out more about returner fees here.

3rd Year Returner

For those returning for their 3rd summer or more, it is ESSENTIAL to get started with your application as soon as you have received your offer. The Department of State limits the number of visas for 3rd year+ returners which means late applications will not be eligible for a visa. The Department of State insists that only 10% of total visa allocations are available for 3rd year+ returners. This is offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

To start your returner application, log into your profile. From here you will be able to create an application for next season. You will then need to pay your £99 deposit. This secures your place on the program to return to camp for the upcoming season. Find out more about returner fees here.

Returning to a New Camp

You may have decided that you’d like to head back to camp but this time, you’d like to head to a new camp. If this is the case, you are classed as a first-timer. Everything is the same as when you first decided to head to camp, including the option of choosing your flight options. However, you will need to get a reference from your old camp to return to a new camp. You can get started with your brand new application here.

 

We can’t wait to help you get back out to camp and continue your summer journey. Remember to keep up to date with us throughout the year as well as the summer for exclusive news and competitions!

 

Great news, a camp has put you on review and now wants to interview you! Your profile is all up to scratch but now you need to get ready your summer camp Skype interview. Like any other interview, camp wants to get to know you a little better and see if you’d be a great fit at there camp. Similar to your NST interview, it’s not as formal as a traditional interview. Camp wants to see your personality and your capability of being part of the team at camp.

Find out how to nail your Summer Camp Skype interview with these top tips!

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Is your profile Summer Camp Skype interview ready?

Make sure to finalise your profile and make sure everything reads perfectly! When camps are getting ready for your summer camp Skype interview they’ll use your profile to direct questions. Check to see if there any spelling mistakes or errors ready for your interview.

 

Set the scene

This is a video interview which means that your interviewer can see you as well as your surroundings. Make sure you’ve scheduled a time to sit down in a quiet space with no distractions. Keep your background minimal and free from any busy clutter. Ideally, sit at a desk with your laptop, phone or tablet in a fixed position. No selfie positions here, please!

 

Make sure your Skype works for your Summer Camp Skype interview

A number one bugbear of directors when interviewing potential counselors is technical difficulties! When getting ready for your interview, make sure your Skype is fully functional. This means making sure your wifi is connected, your mic is working, the sound is on and your camera is good to go. They’re small things to check but they can make or break your interview, so make sure all your technical checks are done!

 

Dress appropriately

This isn’t a corporate role so there’s no need to dress in your best. However, you don’t want to rock up in your pyjamas. Keep it smart casual in a simple shirt or smart top. You may have heard of others conducting Skype interviews and meeting with a shirt on top but pyjamas on the bottom. Yes, they may not be able to see what you’re wearing on the bottom but if you do need to stand up for whatever reason they’ll be able to see your PJ bottoms. Don’t risk it and make sure your outfit is cohesive head to toe!

 

Friend request pending?

You may have been asked to add the director on Skype or even Facetime. Avoid any technical errors and make sure you’ve done this well in advance. Also, make sure you know your Skype name (in addition, check that is an appropriate name!), this usually looks something like this “live:xxxxxx”.

 

Do your research

There’s nothing worse than being asked “so, what do you know about us?” and coming up blank. Have a look at the camp’s website as well as their social media to get a vibe for what they do and what they’re all about. The more you know about them, the more impressed they will be! Similarly, you’ll want to prepare questions to ask them as well. It’s important to make sure that camp is a fit for you as well as you being a great fit for them!

 

Keep calm and carry on

While completing your interview remember to keep cool! Understandably, you’ll be nervous about your interview but try not to let this affect your interview. Don’t speak too fast and rush through your interview because the camp may struggle to hear you clearly. Slow things down and take your time. If the camp keeps repeatedly asking you to repeat yourself, this may be a sign you’re speaking too quickly for them to understand. Remember, you are most likely going to be interviewed by an American and they may struggle to understand your accent. Additionally, any regional slang may be difficult for them to decipher.

 

Sell yourself & remember to SMILE!

Be confident and ready to talk about yourself! This interview is about YOU and why you should be hired. Remember to read through your profile and emphasise your skills. Be passionate about what you do and this will show camp why you are the best person for the job. On top of all this, remember to SMILE! Camp is all about having fun and bringing joy to the lives of your campers which means smiles all around. Be friendly and excited for your summer of a lifetime and how you can make a difference this summer.

 

Social media

Camps will often check your social media accounts before your summer camp Skype interview. Are your accounts appropriate? Make sure there are no inappropriate images such as ones with alcohol, rude gestures etc. Keep an eye on your posts as well. People have been rejected in the past purely down to their social media accounts. If you’re unsure, make them private!

 

Thank you & goodbye!

Remember to thank your interviewer for their time. Manners go a long way and a small thank you at the end is their last impression of you. First impressions count of course but so do your last!

 

Angeliqua Goodwin
Angeliqua Goodwin
Angeliqua is the Creative Designer at USA Summer Camp!