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Typical USA Summer Camp Jobs

Typical USA Summer Camp Jobs

Every year, camps look for staff from all over the world to come and work at one of their camps for 9-12 weeks over the summer. There’s hundreds of different USA Summer Camp jobs available for you to get hired for! From sports to outdoor adventure, there’s a perfect role for everyone. If you’re not the sporty type, don’t worry! There’s plenty of roles such as Photography, Music, Arts and Crafts and much more. Believe us when we say, this really is the BEST summer job out there.

Interested in finding out more about the USA Summer Camp Jobs available? Keep reading!


Every camp has a pool and/or a lake which is used nearly everyday of the summer. To protect campers and staff, it is crucial that camps have Lifeguards on duty! If you’re a confident swimmer, you could land a Lifeguard job in the US.

As you need to have a Red Cross Lifeguard Qualification to be able to work as a Lifeguard, you will be PAID to fly out a week early to complete the Lifeguard qualification while at camp. Sounds great, right!? This qualification normally lasts 2 years after completion so you will be able to take your new skills and certificate home with you. If you already have a similar qualification, that’s great! You will be able to start work straight away. Spend your summer at the water and topping up that tan!

Performing Arts

Calling all Superstars! Do you have a passion in theatre? Are you studying Performing Arts at University or College? Take a look at the Camp Performing Arts job roles in the US! The Performing Arts role covers a variety of different areas such as singing, acting and dance. There’s also backstage crew roles available to get involved with such as directing, lights and stage tech. It will be down to you to make sure the campers are having fun, but also coming out of their shells and progressing with their skills. Private lessons are also part of your role and are held for talented campers who want to specialise in Performing Arts!

Football Coach

Sports is a massive part of camp. One of the most popular activities for campers has to be Soccer (aka Football). To be able to be hired as a Football Coach at camp, you need previous experience coaching Football or have had played in a local Football team back in the UK/Ireland. It is also beneficial if you have a FA Level 1/2 Football or UEFA coaching qualification.

As part of this role, you will be expected to hold matches for the campers and make sure they are learning new tactics and techniques in your sessions. You could also be asked to take campers to soccer tournaments and help referee at other camps near by. This is a very competitive job role so make sure to sign up to the program as soon as you can to have a chance in getting hired as a Football Coach at camp!


Have you got a creative eye? Are you studying Photography or Video at University? Every year, Photographers and Videographers are hired to capture the magic of camp.

With this job role, you will get to see and experience every aspect of camp! This is your time to experiment and get your creative juices flowing. You are expected to capture events such as Colour War and Camp Fire, but also daily activities such as Ropes and Swimming. At the end of the day, all photos and videos are send to the camper’s parents. Photos are also used on the camp’s social media and website which will look great on your CV! This is a great role for anyone looking to head into the creative field for their career.

Ropes Specialist

If you’re adventurous and want to spend your summer in the tree tops, Ropes Specialist is the perfect job for you. A Ropes Specialist’s job is to make sure the campers are overcoming their fears. It’s your job to make sure they are having fun on the courses, but also are safe. You’ll be in charge of teaching campers how to rock climb, zip wire, abseil and even use Tarzan swings. It is not essential to have a qualification in this area, but it does help. If you love spending your time outdoors and have a CWAA or SPA Award, this will help with your Summer Camp application.

Music Teacher

We have amazing opportunities for all the musicians out there! Fancy becoming a Music Teacher in the US? Music departments at Summer Camp offer a variety of different genres as well as skill levels to make sure every camper fits in. If you’re able to play an instrument such as Guitar, Piano, Tuba and much more, there’s a job at camp that will suit your skill set and ability. We work closely with camps that specialise in Music and Performing Arts. You could be heading to a camp like this next summer!

Horse Riding Instructor

Why such the long face? If your passion is Horse Riding, this is the job for you! Spend 9-12 weeks working in the camp’s ranch, closely with the horses. It will be your job to make sure the campers are safe and learning the different techniques it requires to ride a horse. If you already have experience teaching Horse Riding and hold a BHS Stage 1/2 award, this will make your Summer Camp profile very strong!  This is an amazing opportunity for anyone looking to work abroad and gain extra experience within Horse Riding.

Tennis Coach

Is there really a better way to spend your summer than on the court!? Tennis is a big part of most Summer Camp’s activity schedules. Majority of camps will run an Advanced Tennis Coaching program for certain campers as well as general activity sessions. We also work closely with plenty of specialist coaching camps that aim to develop and challenge campers tennis skills. You don’t have to have loads of previous experience to become a Tennis Coach, but if you’re LTA qualified, this will look great on your Summer Camp profile.

Swimming Instructor

If you have previous Swimming Instructor experience or qualifications, becoming a Swimming Instructor in the US would be a great role for you. You will be asked to teach campers techniques such as Free-Style, Back Stoke, Butterfly and much more. It’s your job to get the campers comfortable in the water and swimming confidently towards the end of summer. you might also get the chance to receive training and the official certificate at camp too. It’s time to pack your swimming costume and head out to the US!

Camp Counselor

If you don’t want to specialise in a certain area at camp, we also have the Camp Counselor job role. This role is essential in making sure camp runs smoothly and safely! It is your duty to make sure the campers are up and ready for the day as well as taking them to their different scheduled activities. Being a Camp Counselor is a very rewarding job. You get to see your campers grow and succeed throughout the summer. The best part is that you also can get involved with the activities! Encourage your campers to have fun and challenge themselves by climbing up the rock wall or swimming that extra length in the pool yourself. You don’t need to have any qualifications to be a Camp Counselor, but if you do have some previous experience with children, that will look great on your application.

Support Staff

Prefer being behind the scenes? Check out the Support Staff role! As part of this role, you could be helping in the kitchen, making camp look beautiful with maintenance or in the office dealing with admin. You also get paid more for this role. If you’re interested in becoming a Support Staff, check out Becky’s blog on her experience as Kitchen Staff.

These job roles are just a few examples of what camp has to offer. If you want to find out more about the other job roles available and see which one suits you best, head over to our Activities page. If one of the USA Summer Camp Jobs have caught your eye or you’re are just interested in finding out more about camp, apply here to get your Summer Camp application started! 

Jess Lucas
Jess Lucas
Jess is the Social Media Coordinator 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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6 Emotions You’ll Feel on your First 4th of July

Here are 6 emotions you’ll feel on your first 4th of July!

It’s your first 4th of July in America and every American’s favourite day. It’s time to celebrate the land of the free and the home of the brave and boy are you in for a treat. Red, white and blue are everywhere and you feel like you are in a fresh tube of Colgate toothpaste. You never thought you’d feel so patriotic for a country you’re not from but here you are belting out the National Anthem like you didn’t just learn the words two weeks ago.

Independence Day is not just a film about Aliens on the 4th of July


1. Confusion

confusion about 4th of july

There is none stop chanting of “USA, USA, USA!”. Everyone is in red, white and blue. There are stars and stripes literately everywhere. You didn’t realise how patriotic everyone is until today. Everyone is running around waving flags and singing Katy Perry. Independence Day isn’t just a film about aliens? What?! You thought that the bonfire firework display at your local park was a show. Think again. This display is something to rival Londons New Years Eve show. Who knew independence meant bottomless chicken wings? Sign us up!


2. Food Coma

food coma from 4th of july

There is food EVERYWHERE. You’ve gotten accustomed to the food at camp by now including the mad portion sizes. However, you were not prepared for today! You never knew it was possible to arrange burgers and hotdogs into an American flag display but here we are. There are snacks on snacks on snacks and you are ready. The food coma is coming and you welcome it in waves.


3. Fear

fear of 4th of july

There is a lake with your name on it and you have the fear, bad. You’ve been hiding out all day trying to avoid getting thrown into the lake but tradition is tradition. The feeling of knowing that it is coming is the worst and you’re contemplating just throwing yourself in.


4. Patriotic

patriotic for 4th of july

You might not be American but today you are an honorary citizen. Everyone else’s buzz for the country has got you swept up in the celebrations and your singing Star Bangled Banner with the rest of them. Today, this land is your land and today this land is my land. Go America!


5. Excited


All your campers have got you absolutely fizzing with excitement. There are fun, games and food everywhere. The only holiday you have to compare is Christmas and this is the Christmas of summer. You’re ready to fly the flag and fly the flag HARD. Why can’t every day be the 4th of July?


6. Tired


It’s been a long old day and you are ready for bed. The whole day has been non-stop and although it’s been enjoyable you are worn out. Who knew Independence was so exhausting?! It’s time to kick your feet up, make a cup of tea and go back to business as usual tomorrow. You’re retiring the red, white and blue for Color War. Until next time Independence Day!


Not Sure What To Do After Camp?

There are 52 states in America, spanning 3.8 square miles. Each state has its own individual charm as well as being packed full of a multitude of different Cities, Towns and new experiences. Deciding where you are going to go and what to see after camp can get overwhelming. For example, planning your travel after camp can end up leaving you with option overload.


Why You Should Travel With Contiki After Camp

We have recently partnered up with Contiki to bring you a selection of amazing trips and tours all across America. Take the pressure off and spend your summer enjoying your travels. Make every moment count and experience your dream trip your way. For instance, Contiki allows you to add exciting options into your trip in addition to your included experiences. With an expert Trip Manager leading your way, you’re in safe hands. Here’s why you should travel with Contiki after camp!


One Great Package

When you have selected your amazing trip all you now need to do is pay and go. Yes, it’s that simple! All your travel for the trip, accommodation and experiences are rolled into one great package. Dependent on your trip, you’ll even find some of your meals included too.  Exploring America and sourcing your own travel and accommodation can become quite costly. In addition, researching exactly where you want to go and booking onto these experiences can make the pennies stack up pretty quickly. Trying to get all this sorted while at camp can leave you with booking exhaustion. A reason why you should book with Contiki is that this is all sorted for you. What more could you need?


Make Friends Along The Way

Much like Camp, a trip with Contiki will see you making friends for life. You might find yourself left with nobody wanting to go where you would like to travel after camp. Similarly, there might only be two of you who want to travel to a certain place. With Contiki, you’ll have the safety and the comradery of being part of a group. Furthermore, the age of Contiki travellers ranges from 18 to 35 meaning you’ll be surrounded by people your own age. As well as the average age of Contiki travellers being 26, 55% are solo travellers. So, don’t be worried if you’re heading out on your own!


Unique Experiences

Prepare for your Bucket List to be looking pretty empty after a Contiki Trip! All of the must-see and do places will be included in your itinerary as well as some unique hidden spots. With tours including hot-spot locations such as Yosemite National Park and Route 66, you’ll have the opportunity to see Americas best locations. Your experience, your way. From LA to Canada, wherever you go after camp is up to you. Contiki is perfect for making the most out of your travel.


If you’re looking to explore more this summer, check out the amazing trips offered by Contiki! Save 10% on all full-price trips* and make the most of your travels!

Save 10% With Code PPUSASUMMERCAMP10

*Applicable on trips 7 days or more. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only. Combinable with loyalty discount only. Discounts are subject to change.  £60 deposit, freedom guarantee, hold tours on option for up to 7 days, balance due to Contiki 45 days before departure.


The Best Way to Travel Around America?

You get 30 days of travel after America and the freedom to go where ever you, but you have one problem. How are you going to get around? With 52 States and a lot of miles in between, getting from a to b can present a few challenges. Worry not as there are plenty of travel options that can help get take you from camp to wherever you want to be! Moreover, there are also great travel packages from our amazing partners over at Contiki and TrekAmerica. They can sort out your travelling needs as well as your accommodation. Score!



You might already be familiar with Megabus, particularly if you are a seasoned traveller. With low-cost bus tickets to over 100 cities, it’s worth checking to see if Megabus can get you where you need. Either way, a quick look at the tickets could enlighten you to explore somewhere new for a low-cost price! Some tickets can start as low as $1! In all, the best way to travel around America is sometimes the cheapest and with Megabus, you get just that.

travel easier with megabus


It’s worth checking whether the city you are in has a metro system. Similar to the tube, the metro can get you around the city very quickly which is often the best way to get around America! New York City is well known for its Subway and there are a handful of other cities that also have similar transportation systems. There are also handy apps as well as Google Maps that can guide you on which line to get for when you are navigating yourself around.

subway new york travelling



With low fares and a selection of direct routes, Greyhound can help you with your travel around America. There are hundreds of direct routes meaning you get exactly where you need to go. A bus ride across America will take a fair few hours but with free Wi-Fi and individual power outlets on every bus, a few Netflix episodes will help pass the time! Be inspired to explore more places and save money while you do it!

catch the greyhound bus to travel after camp


Get Lifts off America Friends

At Summer Camp, you’re bound to make friends for life. Some of these friends will even have cars! It’s worth checking to see if they are travelling after camp and whether you can hitch a ride with them. A road trip with friends is one of the best ways to explore America. If you need more info on planning a summer camp road trip, we have a handy blog post to help you out.

road trip with friends after camp



We are lucky to be partnered with great travel brands that can help you explore more. In addition, they can help with how to travel America while making more of your budget. TrekAmerica offers more than 50 unique trips. With a pre-planned trip, you’ll be with an experienced tour guide who can show you the best of what America has to offer. Also, with TrekAmerica your travel and accommodation are included, rolling your trip into one convenient package! Find out more about travelling with TrekAmerica here.

trek america travels



Another great brand we have partnered with is Contiki. Each trip is packed full of must-do experiences as well as your transport being covered door to door. An expert Trip Manager guides your trip from start to finish, allowing you to explore the best America has to offer.  With the option to include add-ons with your trip, it’s your travel your way. Make the most of America’s National parks or perhaps see the Golden Gate Bridge. With Contiki, there’s so much to explore. Find out more here.

travel with contiki across america


Angeliqua Goodwin
Angeliqua Goodwin
Angeliqua is the Creative Designer at USA Summer Camp as well as a travel addict!