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Here at Skilled Summers, we specialise in recruiting enthusiastic, experienced specialists and leaders to teach or coach an in-demand skill at a premium summer camp location in the USA.

What is classed as an in-demand skill?

We are looking for people that hold qualifications, coaching certificates or
have advanced experience in the sports or crafts listed below to become a specialist activity staff member;

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Do I need teaching experience?

Having formal experience in teaching is not always required, camps are looking for those skilled in their field and passionate about passing their skills on however camp directors also need to feel confident you have the ability to pass on your skills in a correct and safe manner.


Think about a time you may have helped teach family or friends, it’s valuable experience worth including on your application. 

Do we recruit general camp counsellors?

At camp, the team of staff are made up of general camp counsellors and specialist activity staff, but what is the difference?

A general camp counsellor, or cabin counsellor, is not necessarily skilled in a specific area, but more so there to be the first port of call to campers under their responsibility. These counsellors will lead their cabin of campers to each activity and support them throughout their daily life at camp. You don’t need to hold a qualification in a sport or activity, however you will need child-care experience, endless energy and a creative active imagination.

A specialist activity staff member will lead activities in their field of expertise. They will generally not have a cabin of children to look after full time but will be responsible for the campers that are taking part in their activity.

We are accepting applications for general camp counsellors but you must be 20+ by June 1st 2022 with proven childcare experience and a general background in skills such as arts and crafts, dance, drama, sports and the outdoors.

Skills in healthcare or special needs?

We also look for applicants with a background in working with children and adults with special needs. This can include physical, learning and developmental disabilities. We work with some amazing camps with top facilities looking for skilled and passionate staff to ensure their campers have the summer of a lifetime. To apply for this role, you need to have a complete understanding about what the role involves, previous experience is preferred but not essential. Camps are interested in people looking for careers in health and the social care sector so it would be a perfect addition to your CV!

The Skilled Summers team helped me every step of the way through the process.
It seemed overwhelming at first but, after the support I received,
I found full confidence in going through the process.
They also helped me receive a camp offer I could have only dreamed of.
Thank you Skilled Summers!
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Are you who we are looking for? Get in touch and begin your Skilled Summers 2022 journey today.

At Skilled Summers, we specialise in recruiting enthusiastic, experienced specialists and leaders to teach or coach an in-demand skill at a premium summer camp location in the USA.

What is classed as an in-demand skill?

We are looking for people that hold qualifications or coaching certificates in any of the sports or crafts listed below to become a specialist activity staff member;

Athletics – Athletics Activity Director, Cheerleading, Fencing, Gymnastics, Track & Road, Road Cycling, Ultimate Frisbee

Ball Sports – Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Golf, Tennis, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Softball, Volleyball, American Football

Circus – Acrobatics, Circus Rigging, Tight Rope/Wire Walking, Silks, Unicycle, Clowning, Diablo, Fire Sticks, Juggling, Stilts, Trapeze Triple, Flying, Bungie

Outdoor Adventure – Outdoor Education Instructor, Wilderness Trip Leader, Archery, Ropes Activity Instructor, Nature, Astronomy, Caving, Orienteering, Scout/Guide

Extreme Sports – BMX Bikes, Mountain Biking, Whitewater Rafting/Kayaking, Skateboarding, Go Karts, ATV/Dune Buggy/Motorbike, Mini Bikes, Mountain Boarding 

Horse Riding – English, Western, Dressage, Trail Riding, Stable Management

Arts & Crafts – Arts & Crafts Activity Leader, Cartooning, Screen Printing, Nature Craft, Cooking, Painting, Leather Work, Jewellery Making, Model Making, Sculpting, Woodworking, Basketry, Batiking, Candle Making, Ceramics/Pottery, Fashion Design, Rocketry, Sewing, Silversmithing, Stained Glass, Textiles, Tie Dye

Media Arts – Photographer, Videographer, Radio Broadcasting, Game Design, Web Design, Digital Imaging, PC/Apple Expertise, Audio/Visual, 3D Design, Programming

Performing Arts – Performing Arts Activity Director, Drama/Theatre, Magic, Costume/Set Design, Dance, Instruments, Singing, Music Producer, Comedian, DJ, Mime, Stage Make-Up

Watersports – Swim Instructor, Scuba Diving Master, Lifeguard, Boat Driver, Waterskiing, Waterfront Management, Sailing, Canoe, Kayak, Paddleboarding

Sports Fitness – Weight Lifting, Aerobics Instructor, Yoga Instructor, Boxing, Fitness Instructor, Zumba Instructor, Martial Arts

Specialist Staff – P.E. Teacher, Religious Studies, Special Education, Teacher, Social Worker, French/Spanish Language, Jewish Faith

Do I need teaching experience?

Having experience in teaching is not always required. You just have to feel competent and confident enough in your abilities to be able to pass your skills onto campers.

Do we recruit general camp counsellors?

At camp, the team of staff are made up of general camp counsellors and specialist activity staff, but what is the difference?

A general camp counsellor, or cabin counsellor, is not necessarily skilled in a specific area, but more so there to be the first port of call to campers under their responsibility. These counsellors will lead their cabin of campers to each activity and support them throughout their daily life at camp. You don’t need to hold a qualification in a sport or activity, however you will need child-care experience, endless energy and a creative active imagination.

A specialist activity staff member will lead activities in their field of expertise. They will generally not have a cabin of children to look after full time but will be responsible for the campers that are taking part in their activity.

We are accepting applications for general camp counsellors but you must be 21+ by June 1st 2021 with proven childcare experience and a general background in skills such as arts and crafts, dance, drama, sports and the outdoors.

Skills in healthcare or special needs?

We also look for applicants with a background in working with children and adults with special needs. This can include physical, learning and developmental disabilities. We work with some amazing camps with top facilities looking for skilled and passionate staff to ensure their campers have the summer of a lifetime. To apply for a role of this type, you need to have a complete understanding about what the role involves, previous experience is preferred but not essential. Camps are interested in people looking for careers in health and the social care sector so it would be a perfect addition to your CV!

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