10 Reasons to Become a Camp Counselor

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10 reasons why you should work with us as a camp counselor:

  1. You get to be a role model

When you interact with the campers, you become one of the coolest people in their lives. Camp counselors have a unique opportunity to impact and influence their kids. They look up to you, they want to emulate you, they trust you.  Strong bonds between campers and counselors form when you coach them on their archery skills, cheer them on at the zip line, tow them on water skis, or just sit with them when homesickness sets in.


  1. Boost your resume

By working for Catalina Island Camps, you will be able to proudly put on your resume that you not only survived a summer working for a sleepaway camp, but you thrived in the environment as well. Many future employers will take note of your camp counselor experience because they know this means are resilient, empathetic, adept at conflict resolution, are a leader, and that you are a creative thinker.


  1. You truly make a difference

There are so many benefits to working at a camp, including making a difference in the lives of the kids around you.  You will offer camper’s comfort, make kids laugh, instill confidence in your campers, and set an all-around great example for kids who look up to you.


  1. Enjoy the great outdoors

At Catalina Island Camps you will spend your days in a gorgeous location under Southern California’s legendary blue skies, with the Pacific Ocean in  your front yard.  Beautiful sunrises, stunning sunsets, palm trees, and spectacular island terrain are yours to explore. Grab your sunblock and make lifelong memories!


  1. Life-long friendships

As soon as you arrive at camp, you will meet some awesome people. Your fellow counselors are dedicating their summer (just like you) to learn, grow, have fun, and impact others’ lives as well. Life-long friendships are bound to develop as you live and work alongside your peers.


  1. Stuff to talk about in an interview

Work a summer at camp and we guarantee you will have plenty of answers to the question “What strengths and weaknesses can you share about yourself?” In addition to that, you will have some very fun stories to share in your job interviews!


  1. Peer networking

Working as a summer camp counselor is a great way to meet all kinds of people in different majors with different areas of interest. This is the perfect way to expand your peer networking to individuals from all over the country, other parts of the world, and from all walks of life.


  1. Get paid to let your inner kid rule

As a staff member for a camp, you get to participate in all kinds of outrageously fun activities, dress up crazy for skits, be the leader in a dance party, and genuinely demonstrate to your campers how to have a good time.


  1. Hone your leadership skills

Whether you are leading other staff members or a handful of campers, you will be looked up to for direction and wisdom. Improve your leadership skills by working for a camp because, at one point or another, you will be asked to lead. 


  1. Learn about yourself

Camp life is fun and it is challenging. You may not immediately know how to deal with a camper. One of your peers may not love your sense of humor. And then there are those days when all you can think about is “lights out!” And these are the times when your true colors shine through. You will learn so much about yourself and, at the end of the summer, will be able to look back and be proud of all that you made it through.


Catalina Island Camps

Ready to work hard, make a difference, build your resume, get paid, and have an absolutely amazing summer? Learn more about working with us and apply to work for a camp for a summer—you will be so happy you did.