Applications for Summer Camp USA are OPEN and all applicants go in the draw to win back their program fees!



Applications for Summer Camp USA are OPEN and all applicants go in the draw to win back their program fees!



Your role as a camp counsellor is to teach new skills, share your culture (take some pineapple lumps – it will blow their minds) and be a positive role model… basically think of yourself as the big brother or sister/superhero to all the kids at the camp. After a season at summer camp you will have an entire different family, a ‘camp’ family.

Camp counsellors need loads of enthusiasm, energy and experience working with children and a great sense of humour will also come in handy.  It can be the most rewarding job, but don’t kid yourself, it is hard work. There are two types of camp counsellors:

General Counsellor

One of the most popular jobs (some say most important jobs) at camp is General Counsellor. You will have strong all round skills and will be able to assist and lead in a variety of activities. Your main responsibility is supervision of children in the cabin or between activities. The relationship you build with the kids will truly make your camp experience.

This is a very popular role at camp as it allows for more variety in your day – you’re not instructing the same activity for the entire duration of camp. One week you could be helping on the high ropes course and the following on the basketball court. You’ll get the chance to try things you never expected!

Activity Specialist

Camps hire activity specialist to teach and coach a specific activity. You will need to have experience teaching the activity. As an Activity Specialist you will instruct the activity daily to groups of children.  There is a wide variety of activities that are in demand (see below), but we find that Kiwis with any waterfront skills are on the top of camp directors list. So if you have any experience with; Lifeguarding / Waterskiing / Wakeboarding / Kayaking / Motorboat Driving / Swimming be sure to get in touch.

Activity Specialists still have child care duties and live in cabins with campers, but also devote the majority of their day instructing their skilled activity. So you could find yourself on the waterfront all day, sounds good right?!


Camps in America have a wide range of different activities on offer and are looking to hire Kiwis to lead or assist in teaching these activities below. Remember you do not need to be an absolute expert or professional athlete to be a camp counsellor! We are looking for positive, enthusiastic and energetic Kiwis with a bit of experience!

If you are concerned you don’t have the skills or experience to go to camp just give us a call and we can chat about your experience…9 times out of 10 you have more than enough experience (you’re just to humble).

Waterfront jobs are in high demand by camps in America! The lake front and pool are generally the hot spot for camp life – who doesn’t want to be by the water all day? There is a wide variety of waterfront jobs below. Remember you don’t need to be an expert – most Kiwis have grown up around water and generally participate in many of the activities below.

  • Boating
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Lifeguarding
  • Motorboat Driving
  • Sailing
  • Scuba
  • Snorkelling
  • Stand Up Paddling
  • Swimming
  • Water-skiing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Windsurfing

*activities that are in bold are in high demand

If you love the outdoors and spend your time in the elements we definitely have a camp counsellor role for you. Imagine getting paid to spend your time outdoors working as an activity instructor – sounds like a dream job right – it doesn’t have to be!  We place loads of Kiwis in these roles, so if this sounds like something you would be interested in apply today!

  • Rock Climbing
  • Ropes Course
  • Animal Care
  • Hiking
  • Nature craft
  • Orienteering
  • Outdoor

*activities that are in bold are in high demand

Passionate about your sports? We place load of Kiwis as sports coaches at camps in America! You could be coaching Tennis, Soccer, Basketball, Golf and more!  You could be paid to play your favourite activity – how amazing would that be! If you love sports and want to get paid to play, apply today!

  • Archery
  • Baseball/Softball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Horse Riding
  • In-line Skating
  • Karting/Go kart
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial Arts
  • Mountain Biking
  • Riflery
  • Roller Hockey
  • Skateboarding
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track (Athletics)
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

*activities that are in bold are in high demand

Did you know that most camps have theater departments, including dancers, actors, singers, musicians. These departments play a huge role at camp putting on shows and teaching lessons/activities.   If you have a passion for the performing arts why not turn your passion into a job? We are hiring now, start your application today.

  • Acting/Directing/Drama
  • Aerobics
  • Broadcast Radio
  • Circus Acts
  • Costuming (design/sewing)
  • Dance (modern, ballet, tap)
  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Scenery
  • Singing

*activities that are in bold are in high demand

Arts and crafts is a core activity for most camps in America! The sky is the limit with what you will create… anything from basic individual activities to large group papier-mache projects. If you have a passion for the arts, a flair for the creative then get in touch with Summer Camp USA. We want to hire you for your artistic abilities, apply today.

  • Ceramics/ Pottery
  • Drawing/ Painting
  • Jewellery
  • Metal Work
  • Leather Work
  • Paper Mache
  • Photography
  • Stained Glass
  • Video
  • Wood Working

*activities that are in bold are in high demand

With over 12,000 summer camps in America there is activities for everything! Believe it or not there is roles for computers & science; you could be building rockets or teaching kids to code. Basically what we are saying is… there is something for everyone. Below is a list of just some activities you can also find at camp.  If you don’t see your hobby or activity in our list, please contact us and we can let you know the likelihood of finding that camp job.

  • Abseiling
  • ATV Instructors/Mechanic
  • Brass
  • BMX
  • Bugle
  • Camp Craft
  • Candle making
  • Cycle (Trip)
  • DJ
  • Weaving
  • Drums
  • Enamelling
  • English Riding
  • Fine Arts
  • Fitness/Weights
  • Handicrafts
  • Horse care
  • Juggling/Magic
  • Language
  • Light/Sound
  • Mini-bike
  • Western riding
  • Model making
  • Moto-cross/Repair
  • Puppetry
  • Rocketry
  • Rowing
  • Science
  • Sculpture
  • Set Design
  • Silversmith
  • Song Leading
  • Stand-up comedians
  • Strings, Trip Leaders (21+)
  • Computers/Coding

*activities that are in bold are in high demand