I got both my camp jobs at recruitment fairs, and I actually worked at one the second year, so I thought I’d clear up a few questions I’ve been asked about what exactly they are…
1. Should I go to the camp counselor job fairs?
Yes! You can literally get hired on the spot, there and then, to go and spend a glorious summer working in America. You don’t have to sit around while your application circulates and you don’t have to attend any more interviews or do any more application videos. The hiring part will be over, and you can concentrate on looking forward to going.
2. What do I need to take to the camp counselor recruitment fairs?
For most companies all you need is your printed application form and your good self. Camp America also ask that you bring your references and any supporting certificates you have.
3. Who will be at the camp counselor job fairs?
You’ll find camp directors there, and previous and current employees of the camps too. Some camps use the opportunity for a bit of a reunion, so expect plenty of whoops and squeals friends come together again.
4. What is a virtual recruitment fair?
AmeriCamp had the world’s first camp counselor virtual recruitment fair back in December. They placed many of their candidates from the comfort of their own home using the power of a special program developed with Skype. It’s a cheaper way to get your job with no travelling costs, although of course you don’t get to meet with the camp directors in person.
5. Can I apply for camp at the recruitment fair?
Camp America say yes, so do CCUSA, but it does take a lot of time out of the day. It’s better to apply before, or get there early to give yourself the best chance to fit everything in. If you want to do this you’ll need to bring two passport-sized photos, relevant references and certificates and be able to pay your application fees on the day.
6. Where are the Camp Leaders recruitment fairs?
Click through to see all the recruitment fair dates from each of the camp agencies in January.
This is a video from the Camp Leaders fair last year, I feel it sums up the experience well…
7. What shall I wear to the camp counselor recruitment fairs?
Just wear whatever you normally would, as long as that’s not a low cut top, stilettos and a tiny skirt. Remember you want to give the impression that you’re happy to rough it for nine weeks, but also that you won’t be an embarrassment to the camp come parents day.
8. What will the camp directors ask at the Camp America recruitment fair?
At all the fairs they will go through your application and ask you questions based on your experience. It definitely won’t be anything too difficult that you won’t be able to answer. You should prepare a few answers about why you want to do camp, and that camp in particular, and what you think you can bring to that camp that’s better than anyone else. Basically, you need to let them know why they should hire you to work with them for nine weeks.
Here’s a few more tips on how to get hired at the camp counselor job fairs.
9. Is BUNAC having a recruitment fair?
No, as of 2012 they have now stopped their camp counselor programme.
10. Which camps are going to the Camp America recruitment fair?
If you’re going to a Camp Leaders recruitment fair, you should receive an automated email with all the camps listed when you sign up to say you’re coming.
11. How big are the recruitment fairs?
I know, I know, my measures are different, but just to get an idea…
- Camp America = has 140+ camps coming and 5,000 people went to the three events last year.
- Camp Leaders = has 500 jobs to offer over two events.
- CCUSA =has 20+ camps coming, and some of them are the biggest ones in the US
11. How long do I need to be there for?
This can vary and mainly depends on how prepared you are. If you arrive knowing which camps you want to target and all your application form is filled in and correct, and you’re a decisive person, you could be in and out within an hour. Other people might need longer than that. They do get a lot busier later on, so make sure you get there early to get your pick of the camps.
12. Do people really get jobs at the CCUSA recruitment fair?
Yes, they most certainly do. If you don’t believe me then check out this little book I wrote, which includes how I got my job as a camp counselor at one of these very recruitment fairs.
14. How do I get to the camp counselor job fairs?
That’s up to you I’m afraid. I know the agencies have a tough decision in choosing where to hold them, but you need to get yourself to either London, Leeds, Manchester or Edinburgh if you want to get your job on the day. Book your train/plane ticket early to get the best deal, and every penny will be worth it when you’re working on camp in America, while everyone else is at home wishing they were with you!
15. What’s your top tip for the camp counselor job fairs?