Parks & Recreation jobs offer invaluable skill-building, leadership, training, and enrichment opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else! Regardless of your college major, camp experiences allow you to learn and develop skills that will enhance your job marketability. The benefits go far beyond a paycheck, too. Business executives often note that experience as a camp counselor translates into excellent management and personnel skills. College credit can sometimes be obtained from working at camp. Check with your college advisor to see if you qualify. Countless individuals fall in love with the camp experience each summer, and many make it part of their lives year after year. Campers remember their counselors for many summers and often return because of them.
1. You get to be a role model
For however long you have the opportunity to interact with the campers, you quickly become one of the coolest (and most influential) people in their lives. Camp counselors especially have the opportunity to impact campers because of the amount of time spent with their kids.
2. You get to unplug
Among the woods and lakes, you might not find much Wi-Fi, but you’ll find plenty of nature just begging you to unplug and enjoy. Surrounding yourself with the beauty of the great outdoors only helps with this.
3. Crafts to the max
Never tie-dyed a shirt before? No problem. Camp is a great time to learn (or perfect) tie-dying skills, tie thousands of tiny knots until your wrists are loaded with friendship bracelets, and make too many dream catchers.
4. Boost your resume
Through the experiences you have working for a camp, you will be able to proudly put on your resume that you not only survived a summer working for a camp but thrived in the environment as well.
5. Life-long friendships
Within just a few days of arriving at camp for the beginning of the summer training sessions, you will meet some awesome people. Just think, your co-workers are some of the best, simply by them being there: they gave up their summer (just like you) to learn, grow, and impact others’ lives as well. Life-long friendships are bound to develop as you live and work alongside other college kids for three solid months.
6. Interview material
After spending a summer at camp, you will surely find out some strengths and weaknesses for you to talk about in an interview, not to mention the crazy stories you can share
7. Peer networking.
Not all of your co-workers will be elementary education majors. In fact, you will meet a plethora of majors who have done the same thing you have: sought out a beyond-the-typical summer job. An awesome time to expand your peer networking to individuals from all over the country and from all walks of life.
8. Fresh air.
Believe it or not, the great outdoors can give you a sense of relaxation and recharge. Isn't this better than pouring coffee or working in retail?
9. You get paid to be crazy
Now, our definitions of crazy may be different, but as a staff member for a camp, you get to participate in Wacky Camp activities, dress up crazy for skits, be the leader in the daily dance party, and genuinely show your campers how to have a good time.
10. You hone your leadership skills
There are plenty of opportunities to improve your leadership skills by working for a camp because, at one point or another, you will be asked to lead. Whether you are leading other staff members or a handful of campers, you will be looked up to for direction and wisdom.
13. You will learn so much about yourself
As awesome as camp life is, it also is challenging. You may not know how to deal with a situation with a camper, your co-counselor for the week might not be the most compatible with your sense of humor, and some days might seem like they drag on forever. However, it is moments like these where your true colors shine. 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.
SOUND GOOD TO YOU?
Ready to work hard, make a difference, build your resume, get paid, and have the best summer of your life? Apply to work for a camp for a summer—you won’t regret it.
Merrimack Parks & Recreation
Matt Casparius, Director of Parks & Recreation
116 Naticook Road
Merrimack, NH 03054
SUMMER CAMP POSITIONS
Click on the job title below for a complete job description and the link to apply online for that position. Unless otherwise specified, all positions are 40 hours per week and typically run from Mid June to Mid August.
The following Head Staff positions have a minimum age requirement of 21 years of age or older:
Summer Stage Director (1 week Theater Camp)
The following positions have a minimum age requirement of 18 years of age or older:
Tennis Instructor (Position can be Part Time or Full Time)
Weekend Park Attendant (PT - Saturdays & Sundays from 10:00 - 6:00 pm)
The following positions have a minimum age requirement of 16 years of age or older:
Water Safety Instructors (WSI) -(Position can be Full Time or Part Time)