You love working with kids. You have a passion for one of the arts, sports, crafts, photography, engineering, horseback riding, sailing, swimming, and more! Others have told you that you are great with kids!
If these descriptions fit you, then there’s the perfect job waiting for you at summer camp. Over 120,000 students and non-students are employed by camps across Ontario each summer.
Let your imagination explore new avenues, where almost anything is possible:
- Live, play, and work in the great outdoors.
- Go on active adventures.
- Experience other parts of the province.
- Make new friends from around the province— even from other countries.
- Become a child’s hero.
- Learn leadership skills.
Camp jobs offer invaluable skill-building, leadership, training, and enrichment opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else! Regardless of your education, camp experiences allow you to learn and develop skills that will enhance your job marketability. Corporate communities, organizations and associations recognize that experience as a camp counsellor translates into excellent management and personnel skills.
For more information on working at camp, visit the OCA Job Board.
- Helping others reach their goals and aspirations.
- Becoming a leader and also learning to be a contributing team player.
- Obtaining valuable work experiences, which are excellent for a resume.
- Learning how to effectively manage finances. Even if the teen is simply using their earnings to pay for their own expenses, they will learn to budget.
- Networking opportunities opening a rewarding lifetime career path.
- Providing constructive use of free time – less time to engage in unhealthy behaviors/activities.
- Learning time management skills.
- Forming good work habits.
- Gaining useful, marketable skills such as improving their communication, learning how to work with people, developing interview skills and filling out job applications.
- Instilling new confidence, sense of responsibility and independence.
Summer Camp Employment
Summer employment does not interfere with schooling and provides teens with a positive and productive use of their free time. It allows adolescents to garner all the benefits of employment without overtaxing their busy school schedules. Teens should begin looking for summer camp employment as early as December.
How Parents Can Help Working Teens
Before your teen applies for employment, be sure to discuss the pros and cons of the position with him or her, as well as the responsibilities associated with a job.
Come to a consensus about how you expect your teen to use his or her income. Will they be helping out with family finances? Would you like them to begin saving for university or college? Reaching a consensus will help to avoid later conflicts about money. Prepare a budget with your teen, and set limits on spending and discuss what percentage of the paycheck will be put into savings.
- Talk to your teen about practical ways to manage adverse situations.
- Teach your teen effective ways to manage the many demands that are made on their time. As they move closer to adulthood it will be necessary to manage many demanding roles as their responsibilities increase. This is a good time to learn how to use their time and resources wisely.
- Teach your teen to advocate for themselves – it is their job and their responsibility to connect with their director or supervisor.
- Most importantly, be supportive.
Camp jobs can be a wonderful experience, with the right supervision and parental guidance.