Camp Canada First Time Counselor FAQ's
Thinking about spending the summer in Canada? Not sure what to expect as a first time counselor? We’ve got all the answers.
1. How much does it cost?
The summer season price for first time counselors from the UK is £399. (Counselors from Australia & New Zealand pay $699.) The £49 ($99) deposit is part of your overall fee, not an addition. Once this is paid, the Camp Canada team can start processing your application, and you can pay the remaining £350 in 2 more instalments. There are also some independent 3rd party fees to pay, which will be the same no matter which company you go with. These include;
- Medical Check - Varies based on GP Practice
- Advanced Police Check - £60
2. Am I guaranteed a job?
Camp Canada guarantees a job at camp if you’re accepted to the program after your interview. The team will help you make sure your application looks great, and get it in front of camp directors. They’ll also make sure you’re at a camp that matches your skills and preferences, so you get the most out of your summer.
3. What will I actually be doing there?
The 2 most common job roles at Camp Canada are General Counselor and Activity Specialist. There’s lots of different activities, so if you’re passionate about a specific hobby or pastime, you might be able to do it at camp. Check out the Camp Canada Job Roles page for more information.
4. What are my next steps?
After you’ve applied and filled out the basic information section of your application, the next steps are;
- Request your interview
- Pay your deposit
- Complete your application, and get it ready for the camp directors to see
- Let Team Canada find a camp for you. In the meantime, you can pay your balance and submit all required documents.
5. I don’t really have any skills or experience with children - can I still go to camp?
Of course! Camp is for everyone. If you don’t think you have many skills, or much experience with children, then think outside the box. Camp directors mostly want to see your personality, and find out why you want to work at their camp. Ask a member of Team Canada to find out if there’s any camps that match your interests or hobbies.
6. What can I teach at Camp?
There’s tons of different roles available at Camp Canada. If you don’t have a specific skill that makes you a natural fit for an Activity Specialist role, that’s okay. Can you take up painting or pottery in the next month and be an arts activity specialist? Or maybe you can try your hand at kayaking or rock climbing. Check out this blog to find out which jobs Camp Canada is still hiring for.
7. Do I get days off?
Yes. Working at Camp is the most fun you’ll probably ever have in a job, but it can be tiring at times, too. Camp Directors understand this, so you’ll have days off, and periods for you to relax, recover and enjoy the Canadian landscape. You’ll find out more about how can you spend your days off when you know which camp you’re at.
8. Can I still contact home while I’m at camp?
Yes. Wifi and electronics are limited at some camps, but the majority will have a staff area with wifi and computer access. Most camps have lockers to keep your phone and laptop if needed. Every camp will have a landline phone too.
9. What age of kids will I work with?
Typical campers at Canadian summer camps range from 6-16 years old. During staff orientation, you can let your supervisor know which age group you want to work with.