The camp counselor recruitment fairs are your chance to meet the Camp Directors in person – and get hired on the spot. Thousands of camp counselors get hired this way.
Check out the camp recruitment fair dates in Manchester, Leeds, London and Edinburgh.
Before the camp recruitment fairs
Do some research. The camp agency will announce which camps will be attending beforehand. Check out the camp websites and facebook pages before you go to get a feel for the camps. Use this knowledge to know which ones to target when you arrive. Some stalls will also have past counselors there to talk to – don’t waste the opportunity. Have any questions you have at the front of your mind so you’re ready to quiz them.
Get there early. Places do go quick; they’re not just saying that! The Camp Directors have spent a lot of time and money coming over from the US, so as soon as they meet someone they like, they’ll be hired straight away.
Get chatting. There will be around 100 camps at each fair. Each one will have a stall set up – usually with posters about their camps and a DVD playing. Have a chat with the person manning the desk – it could be the camp director though so remember this could turn into an interview. Make sure you’re on your best behaviour!
Look smart and smile. The recruitment fairs are a job interview, so your appearance needs to give off that ‘I’m fun, but I can control 20 crazy kids’ vibe.
Show your personality. The Camp Directors know what they’re looking for, if you don’t fit the bill they’ll know on instinct. Don’t get upset, just move onto the next one, that camp wasn’t meant for you. Be open and honest and you’ll find your perfect camp.
What to take
You should take your application pack with you including any print outs and CRB checks and medical forms you have. Try to get your pack completed at least four days before the fair so you have all your documents ready to show.
If you haven’t applied to camp yet, just bring yourself and a positive attitude. You can get the ball rolling on the day.
Take a pen and some paper so as you go around you can make notes on the camps that appeal to you.
If you’re offered a job at the camp you want, sign on the dotted line immediately! Your agency will sort out the next step, just make sure you do sign something and get a copy of it – no running out the hall squealing with joy with your hands in the air. I’m sure it’s happened before.
And that’s it.
You could arrive a mere student/unemployed/career changer and depart a fully-fledged camp counselor, hired on the basis of your glowing application and fun personality.
Let me know if you have any questions @USCampCounselor or in the comments box below – I’ve been to one and worked at another, so I’m a fountain of knowledge.