|Program options||SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM|
The Independent option is designed for those who would like the flexibility to find the job of their choice. Those who elect to participate on this option can apply once a position is secured or may apply without a secure position. If you apply with a secured position or apply before lining up a job, you you will be asked to complete the Self-Arranged applicant Employment form on this webpage. All applicants to the Independent Option must confirm their employment before J-1 documentation will be issued. All employers who hire AWE participants are asked to complete an on-line AWE Employment Agreement that must be returned to the AWE office in the U.S. prior to the start of your assignment. This employment agreement can be completed on this web site.. See the menu option Application online/Documents.
People who have participated on a J-1 program in the past and are returning to the same camp should also use the Independent Option. Anyone who opts for the Independent option will have full access to all AWE services and benefits. For information on what is included in the AWE package, click on What’s Included. Independent Option participants must attend an interview with an AWE representative who will confirm suitability for the program. Applicants returning to the same camp do not need to attend an interview. For more information on eligibility requirements for AWE programs, be sure to click on Eligibility.
To find out how to apply for the Independent / Self-Arranged Job Option, click on How to Apply.
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SPECIALIST COUNSELOR OPTION
Being a summer camp counselor can be the most fun and rewarding experience you will ever have; but it is also likely to be the most challenging! A camp counselor will be assigned a particular cabin and set of campers for which they will be responsible, 24 hours a day, for the duration of their stay. A counselor plays a variety of roles while at camp: guardian, advisor, companion, and keeper-of-the-rules. Counselors will go through extensive training at the beginning of camp in order to learn what will be expected of them in these roles.
Those who are hired as specialist counselors will have experience teaching or coaching their particular activity and in some cases may need certification. For a list of activities that are taught on camp, click Camp Activities. The specialist counselor will be responsible for the safe and efficient running of their activity throughout the day and will teach this activity to kids from all different groups. The specialist counselor will also most likely sleep in the cabin with their group of kids at night but in some cases, may be given separate accommodation. Specialist counselors, depending on skill level, certification and teaching experience, may qualify for the Qualified Status Bonus of up to $500. (See Financials for more information on Camp Pocket money and the Qualified Status Bonus). This is determined by the requirements the Camp Director places on the position. AWE does not dictate an applicant’s eligibility for this special bonus; this can only be determined by the Camp Director. If you think you qualify for this bonus, you should confirm your eligibility with your Camp Director prior to arriving at camp
All applicants to the counselor program will have experience working with children in their home country and in some cases may be pursing a career in education or childcare, and be skilled in one or more of the activities listed on the Camp Activities page. In addition, applicants to the counselor program must be flexible, energetic, enthusiastic, and dedicated, and must be able to live by a strict set of rules. If you possess these qualities, as well as a strong sense of humor and positive attitude, the counselor program will be for you! If you do not have experience with children, but are still interested in working at a summer camp, click on the Support Staff Program Option for more details. For more information on eligibility requirements for AWE programs, be sure to click on Eligibility.
SPECIAL NEEDS COUNSELOR OPTION
If you have experience or are interested in working with people with disabilities, perhaps are even pursuing a career in a field working with special populations, the special needs counselor role will be the one for you. Not only will you have a most rewarding and memorable summer, you will gain invaluable experience toward your long-term goals. While being a special needs counselor is similar in nature to working as a general or specialist counselor, the work requires stronger commitment, dedication, enthusiasm and energy levels as you will be working with populations who’s needs are greater and more specific.
You will live with your campers, help them with a wide range of daily personal needs such as bathing, feeding, and toileting, and help them throughout the day with their chosen activities such as sports, arts and crafts etc. Special Needs Counselors play a special role in their campers’ lives, being a support network, confidant and friend. Supervision and care is an essential element in the role, as is an ability to listen, offer encouragement and sometimes, sympathy.
We will not place you in a Special Needs Counselor position unless you specifically request that we do so. Previous experience is helpful and preferable but not necessary. Your assigned camp will give you a very detailed and extensive training and orientation on your responsibilities. While some camps cater to specific populations, you should be willing and prepared to work with campers of all ages with a wide range of disabilities. You should also be prepared to teach an activity on camp. For a list of activities that may be offered, click on Camp Activities. For more information on eligibility requirements for AWE programs, be sure to click on Eligibility.
SUPPORT STAFF OPTION
If you do not feel your skills and experiences are suitable to work as a counselor, but you still want to explore the possibility of working at a summer camp, the Support Staff Option may be your best option. A camp’s support staff is an integral part of the operation. The support staff are responsible for the smooth running of the facility and work in support areas such as kitchen, maintenance, laundry, housekeeping, janitorial or grounds keeping.
Those placed in a camp support position can expect to be housed in a separate facility from the campers likely with other camp support staff. Your day will begin early, particularly if you work in the kitchen, in order that the camp is ready for the day, and your day will generally end after dinnertime. Every position is a little different though so be sure to get a detailed description of what your duties will entail.
While you will not be living with the kids round the clock as the counselors do, you are encouraged to get involved with any camp activity you can so you can have a well-rounded camp experience. You will be given time off, usually a day a week and certain hours during the day, during which time you can rest, see some of the area (if transportation is available), or involve yourself in camp life.
Those who elect to apply for a camp support staff position must also be prepared for a lot of hard work and long hours, but also a lot of fun. You should have experience working in one of the support areas listed under Camp Activities. In addition, applicants to the Support Staff Option must be flexible, energetic, enthusiastic, and dedicated, and must be able to live by a strict set of rules. If you possess these qualities, as well as a strong sense of humor and positive attitude, the Support Staff Option will be for you!
PLEASE NOTE: In order to participate on the Support Staff Option, you must be a full-time university student. Your student status will be verified by your local representative prior to issuing J-1 documentation, and you should be prepared to provide written proof of student status when you go to apply for your visa.
For more information on eligibility requirements for AWE programs, be sure to click on Eligibility.
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Although AWE does not work with every type of camp, we provide a brief summary of the main types that can be found in the USA:
These camps usually have extensive land-based sporting and recreational facilities and are based around a lake that provides the opportunity for a wide variety of water-based activities such as swimming, sailing, canoeing and water-skiing. They tend to charge fairly high fees and therefore cater for youngsters from middle or high-income families.
SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPS
Go to America and you will be impressed by the many facilities provided for those with a physical or mental challenge. It is therefore not surprising to find that there are numerous camps specifically designed to cater for this sector of the population. Most will cater for adults as well as youngsters and provide recreation, counselling and therapy for people who may have cancer, diabetes, hyperactivity, learning disabilities or behavioural difficulties. In fact there is probably a camp for every type of challenge! Run privately or by an agency, they try to offer a programme as similar to that of a 'mainstream' camp as possible and have specially adapted or designed equipment to ensure that their guests can take part in every conceivable activity. Camps seek those who have previous experience and can demonstrate a calm, patient and caring nature. The level and extent of your experience will determine the type of Special Needs camp to which you would be most suited.
NO REPUTABLE AGENCY will place you on a Special Needs camp as a Counsellor unless you have previous relevant experience and have requested such a placement.
There is always a great demand for counsellors (especially males) with experience. Guests may have Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis or Spinal Injuries. For the experienced, highly motivated counsellor, the summer spent on a camp of this type will probably the most rewarding experience they will ever have.
LEARNING DISABLED CAMPS
These camps offer similar facilities to a 'mainstream' camp, however, Counsellors should be prepared for their guests to require constant attention. It's important to have unlimited patience, and understanding, in addition to skills in a wide range of activities, preferably to coaching/instructor level. It would be helpful, though not essential, to have previous experience of work within the Special Education sector - but anyone who has a calm, mature and tolerant attitude and who specifically want to work on this type of camp would be considered. It must be realised that working on this type of camp is demanding, draining, but a fantastic experience!! You could make the difference in a youngsters life, just by being there and taking an interest in them. Be prepared for the guests to display a wide range of different behaviours ranging from the timid and withdrawn, to those who have a low attention span, are hyperactive, aggressive and uncoordinated. Some learning disabilities are a result of emotional problems which have been caused by problems in the home or the environment in which they live. You could expect guests to have:
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Auditory Discrimination, Autism, Defence Mechanism, Down's Syndrome, Dyslexia, Encopresis, Enuresis, Fine Motor Co-ordination, Gross Motor Co-ordination, Obsessive Behaviour or Visual Discrimination....... but not all at once! You should not be put-off by this wide range, they really are lovely kids to work with, very loving and appreciative of anything you do for them.
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DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A COUNSELLOR?
You are likely to 'have what it takes' if you feel confident that your experience, knowledge and skill match the general requirements and you can give positive answers to the majority of the questions.
AEROBICS Personal aerobics experience is not relevant. Aerobics teaching certification IS required. Do you know Step, Dance? Are you willing to bring your own music to camp and how well would you would be able to select music for the class?
ACTING / DIRECTING Which plays have you actually directed or participated in? As instruction is an important element of the Counsellor role some teaching experience is preferable. You should list all of the work you have done in schools and professionally, giving emphasise to any work you have done with children. This role often involves long hours. (High Demand)
ARCHERY How long have you been an archer; do you perform at club level or in competitions? What type of bows do you have experience with - long bows, crossbows etc? Can you keep a group stimulated for an hour? What teaching experience do you have - age, group size? With safety being the most important factor a camp will consider, what certification do you have? If you have none, you should keep in mind that a camp may ask them to arrive early to complete certification. (High Demand)
ASTRONOMY Must be familiar with the Northern Hemisphere sky. Knowledge of constellation theories, telescopes and star location is required. Some knowledge of astrology is helpful.
AUTO MECHANICS You should be able to fix camp vehicles so experience is necessary - vehicles can range from golf carts to large buses.
BASKETBALL Do you play at club level or compete for a school or college? Are you familiar with American techniques (and obsessions!)? Can you teach fundamental dribbling, behind the back, between the legs, good finger rolls, jumps shots? How good are you as a player and what teaching experience do you have? Can you act as a referee? You should keep in mind that it is not a skill in great demand but any American Basketball experience is a plus.
BATIK A very popular activity but not enough to place you on its own. What have you made yourself? Are you familiar with the various styles/methods of batik? Would you be comfortable in teaching campers how to deal with hot wax? Again, this is a good support skill to have.
BIBLE STUDY Do you have an active religious commitment and how well do you know the bible? Do you have experience with bible study classes (teaching/attending) - was this in a church based or academic setting? Would you be comfortable preparing daily lesson plans? (High Demand)
BOARD DIVING What types of dives can you teach? How long have you been teaching? What personal success in competitions have you gained and do you have any teaching experience. Do you have knowledge of springboard (Im, 3m, and 10m platform)?
BOTANY Are you confident in instructing plant identification and classification in a North American environment?
CAMPCRAFT Do your skills include pitching, lashing and striking tents? Would you be able to build fires in adverse conditions or improvise shelters? (High Demand)
CANOEING/KAYAKING There is a distinct difference. Most demand on camp is for open or Canadian canoe instructors - preferably over 21 with certification! You should also be qualified in life saving. Do you have experience of river canoeing on overnight trips? What is your knowledge of different paddles, strokes and safety procedures? How many years have you been canoeing/kayaking? Do you have experience with white water rafting? Make a clear distinction between the experience with canoes and kayaks. (High Demand)
CANOE TRIPPING Can you demonstrate an extensive knowledge of Canadian canoeing? Can you successfully instruct canoe handling in rapids and adverse weather conditions? How would you prepare and pack for a canoe trip? What factors are considered in choosing an appropriate campsite? Applicants with certification and life saving skills are in particular demand - preferably over 21. (High Demand)
CARPENTRY/ PLUMBING/ PAINTING/ ELECTRICAL/ HANDYMAN/ MAINTENANCE All jobs require some experience as you may be in sole charge of the position. All are general maintenance duties and having more than one of these skills would be an advantage. Tasks include fixing cabins, maintaining tennis and basketball courts, fixing lights, dealing with plumbing problems etc.
CERAMICS/POTTERY/WHEEL Can you teach campers to make coil/slab/mold pots and can you instruct in throwing a pot (i.e. using a wheel)? What knowledge of glazes and firing techniques do you have? What kinds of wheels and kilns have you worked with - manual/electric, gas/electric? Have you just studied techniques or taught them? What have you actually made? (High Demand)
COMPETITIVE SWIMMING Are you willing, fit and able to be certified as a Water Safety Instructor on camp? Do you have teaching qualifications and/or experience? What strokes, starts and turns can you teach and instruct? Can you organise swim meets and heats and train a team to successfully compete in intercamp competitions?
COMPUTERS What types of computer have you experience with - i.e. what languages, packages? To what level have you trained in computer programming and do you have any experience of teaching basics? How well would you be able to set up a programme for the summer? Remember that computers are about PROGRAMMING Vs word processing knowledge.
COSTUMING What machinery are you familiar with? Can you draft your own patterns, design costumes or make a wide variety of costumes for one show? Which shows have you made costumes for?
CYCLING You should have the ability to supervise and organise groups of campers for overnight and day trips. You should be a proficient cyclist, be physically fit, and have an excellent working knowledge of bikes - maintenance, safety etc. Some ecology knowledge is useful, as is a safety certificate. It is not enough to enjoy cycling on a Sunday afternoon.
DANCE Have you performed and/or taught? What styles are you familiar with - ballet, jazz, modem and folk dance? What levels have been attained and how recently? Are you able to choreograph - can you teach as well? What experience do you have with this? (High Demand)
DIRECTING/ACTING Which plays have you actually directed or participated in? As instruction is an important element of the Counsellor role some teaching experience is preferable. You should list all of the work you have done in schools and professionally, giving emphasise to any work you have done with children. This role often involves long hours. (High Demand)
ELECTRICAL/ CARPENTRY/ PLUMBING/ PAINTING/ HANDYMAN/ MAINTENANCE All jobs require some experience as you may be in sole charge of the position. All are general maintenance duties and having more than one of these skills would be an advantage. Tasks include fixing cabins, maintaining tennis and basketball courts, fixing lights, dealing with plumbing problems etc.
ELECTRONICS What kinds of electronic devices can you construct using basic wires and parts? Do your skills include reconstruction or repair (radio, wake talkie microphones, speakers)? Can you read diagrams and produce circuit boards? Are you able to wire for sound (e.g.. shows, announcements etc.)
FARM ANIMAL CARE Can you assist at animal births? What specific kinds of animals have you dealt with? Is any knowledge shown of different diseases and sicknesses common in animals? Are you able to assist in building stockades?
FENCING What level of competition have you reached? Do you have club experience and certification? What teaching experience do you have; what was the age of groups taught? Are you able to organise competitions/displays for the parent days or camp evening activities? What weapons are you experienced with - e.g.. Epee, Foil? Again, knowledge of safety is very important (High Demand)
FORESTRY What courses of study have you followed in Biology or Earth Science? How would you devise a programme in the outdoors every day for nine weeks? What knowledge is displayed of native American flora and fauna?
GO CARTS To what degree can you diagnose and repair engine problems? Improvise with parts? What types of engine are you familiar with? Most go-carts are 2 Stroke Lawnmower type engines. Have you raced or driven go-carts before? (High Demand)
GOLF Are you a club player? How many years experience do you have and has this included any instruction? If so, what was the age range of the students? Do you play often and what is your handicap? Do you play in a professional capacity or just part-time? We're looking for good solid experience rather than occasional play.
GUITAR Can you play by ear/read music? Are you able to learn new camp songs and perform them in front of large groups with confidence? Are you able to teach chords, music theory etc? Have you been involved with a band and do you write your own songs/lyrics?
GYMNASTICS Detail your experience in all areas, especially any personal achievements and teaching experience. With all gymnastic activities you must have knowledge of floor, bar and beam exercises, warm ups and spotting techniques. This is a very popular activity at camp. Anyone hoping to be a specialist must have a strong background, although all applicants should be willing to be an instructor. Older applicants are in higher demand. (High Demand)
HAM RADIO What knowledge of electronics do you have? Is a licence held in Amateur Radio Broadcasting (Class A)? Can you help children build basic kits or teach Morse Code? (High Demand)
HANDYMAN/ MAINTENANCE / CARPENTRY
All jobs require some experience as you may be in sole charge of the position. All are general maintenance duties and having more than one of these skills would be an advantage. Tasks include fixing cabins, maintaining tennis and basketball courts, fixing lights, dealing with plumbing problems etc.
HIKING /OUTDOOR COOKING Do you have scouting/guiding experience - if so, what is the experience? Have you led hikes - with what ages, group sizes? Can you read maps, a compass, administer first aid, instruct in backpacking and outdoor awareness? Are you willing to live in a tent?
JEWELLERY What tools is you familiar with and do you have any teaching experience? What metals are you proficient in using - mixed metals or plastics? Can you use the wax process method, set stones and design?
JUDO You must have a BLACK BELT and certification as well as excellent safety knowledge. Have you coached in private clubs / school / college or youth clubs and what was the age range?
KARATE You must have a BLACK BELT and certification as well as excellent safety knowledge. Having a black belt is essential for the Camp Director and excellent awareness of safety for the students. How many years have you studied Karate? (High Demand)
KAYAKING/CANOEING There is a distinct difference. Most demand on camp is for open or Canadian canoe instructors - preferably over 21 with certification! You should also be qualified in life saving. Do you have experience of river canoeing on overnight trips? What is your knowledge of different paddles, strokes and safety procedures? How many years have you been canoeing/kayaking? Do you have experience with white water rafting? Make a clear distinction between the experience with canoes and kayaks. (High Demand)
LANDSCAPING May be as simple as mowing the lawns but could also involve some gardening duties, depending on the camp setting. A specifically outdoors role so other ‘support staff skills’ would be helpful for rainy days.
LEATHER WORK Do you work with machines or by hand? What tools are you familiar with using and what have you made - simple bookmarks, belts, purses or more sophisticated items? Do you have any teaching experience?
LIFESAVING/SWIMMING What certificates do you have? Ensure any awards are listed in the appropriate section on the application form with copies of certificates attached. It's helpful for placement staff and camps to have listed on the back of certificates, the course requirements. What do the certificate allow you to teach? What skill level did you need to achieve the certificate and how often do you use the techniques now? What ages and levels have you instructed? Does the experience include competitive swimming or coaching? Each country have their own certificate levels, but the minimum requirement is based on the UK BRONZE MEDALLION AWARD which involves a three month training period in theory and rescue techniques. The rescue techniques are broken down into six categories (land based, water based, non-contact, contact, resuscitation rescue and initiative). The course does not train people to be lifesavers or lifeguards but is sufficient for being a pool attendant. Participants are required to have a basic resuscitation award before attending the course. NB Swimming and lifesaving are run as separate activities and qualifications in one will not necessarily allow you to work in both areas. (High Demand)
MACRAM What macram? techniques are you familiar with and what articles have you made (e.g., bracelets, wall hangings, hanging baskets)? Best presented to support other arts and crafts skills.
MAGIC Can you perform close up magic (e.g.. card tricks etc.), larger illusions and set up groups of children for participation? Are you trained or self taught? How many tricks are you able to perform and what experience do you have?
MIME Often best presented to support drama skills.
MODEL MAKING What types of models do you have experience with? Do these include rocketry kits? Are you currently involved with model making?
MOTORBOAT DRIVING Do you have experience of driving skiers? If you have a valid licence, do you also have life saving skills? What kind of boats have you driven/handled and for how long? (High Demand)
NATURE CRAFTS Creative experience with materials found in nature is helpful - e.g.. making leaf prints, working with dried plants, terrariums, wreaths etc. Best presented to support other arts and crafts skills.
NIGHT WATCHMAN Involves patrolling the camp grounds at night to ensure campers are safe. Martial arts skills would be an advantage or just the confidence to deal with intruders if it arises.
OVERNIGHT CAMPING How experienced are you in backpacking and what distances have been hiked? What experience do you have of food preparation on the trail and would you be able to plan a menu? Do you have experience with open fires or camp stoves? If a camper or co-Counsellor were injured how well would you be able to deal with the situation?
PAINTING/SKETCHING What are your areas of expertise (i.e. watercolour, oils, mono-prints, abstract, impressionist)? How well versed are you in mixing colours? Has your artwork ever been exhibited? Are you able to create banners, plaques, and logos? What medium do you work in (pencil, charcoal, oils, watercolours)? Emphasise that personal skills are helpful but creativity more so.
PHOTOGRAPHY What hands-on experience do you have in developing black and white or colour film? Do your skills lie in candid, action or portrait shots? Can you teach as well as take good photos? What darkroom experience do you have and how recent was this? What types of camera can you use and are you familiar enough to teach their knowledge to campers? Are you able to mix chemicals and have you ever worked in a photo lab? (High Demand)
PIANO Have you any direct experience of playing theatre songs for shows? Would you be able to perform and teach a musical score? Would you be able to provide a demonstration tape if requested? Can you transpose music (i.e.. change the key of the music to suit the person performing)? How long will it take to do this? Do you read music/play by ear? Are you willing to perform in front of a group? What certification has been achieved? (High Demand)
PLUMBING/ CARPENTRY/ PAINTING/ ELECTRICAL/ HANDYMAN/ MAINTENANCE All jobs require some experience as you may be in sole charge of the position. All are general maintenance duties and having more than one of these skills would be an advantage. Tasks include fixing cabins, maintaining tennis and basketball courts, fixing lights, dealing with plumbing problems etc.
POTTERY/CERAMICS/WHEEL Can you teach campers to make coil/slab/mold pots and can you instruct in throwing a pot (i.e. using a wheel)? What knowledge of glazes and firing techniques do you have? What kinds of wheels and kilns have you worked with - manual/electric, gas/electric? Have you just studied techniques or taught them? What have you actually made? (High Demand)
PUPPETRY Do you have experience with hand puppets and/or marionettes? Are you able to make the puppets as well as put on a show? This is a skill that acts well as support for other arts and crafts skills.
RADIO BROADCAST You need to be familiar with technical aspects of radio. How much studio experience do you have and in which areas? The emphasis with camp radio is on innovative programming and entertainment. Knowledge of contemporary music is helpful.
RIDING How many years of riding do you have? Does this include certification/teaching experience e.g. BHSAI, Pony Club (Western or English style)? What was the age of the students taught? Do you have a teaching certificate and are you over 21? (State regulations and insurance companies make this a pre-requisite for most riding Counsellors) - if not it could be a case of cleaning out the stables for the summer. Riding is a highly sought after skill. (High Demand)
RIFLERY Do you have excellent knowledge of safety? Are you familiar with cleaning, maintenance? Do you have firearm certification and teaching experience? Is the experience through gun clubs, military service? What type of weapons are you familiar with (.22 and BB Guns are the most popular on camp)? (High Demand)
ROCK CLIMBING Are you able to climb and lead and if so, to what degree? Do you have your own equipment and are you a regular participant? Does this experience include rock faces as well as wall climbing? Are you well versed in belaying, safety techniques, rappelling (abseiling), knots and the use of hardware (chokes, descenders, carabineers)? Do you have any qualifications to support the application? (High Demand)
ROCKETRY What is you ability to construct and operate electronic model rockets. What knowledge of the history and principles of rocketry do you have? (High Demand)
ROPE COURSE Could you devise a safe, interesting ropes course and how would you ensure it was supervised efficiently? What specific adventure-training do you have and do you have certificates? A camp may require you sit for American certification on camp - are you prepared for this? What materials/equipment are needed? PLEASE NOTE THAT ROPES COURSE SKILLS IS NOT THE TYING OF KNOTS!! (High Demand)
SAILING What qualifications do you hold? If you hold certification, what were the requirements of the course? What organisations do you have associations with (e.g.. sea scouts, sailing clubs)? What craft are you competent to instruct (i.e. laser, sunfish, GPI4 etc) and do you have experience in instructing? Would you be able to crew or captain a larger vessel such as a yacht? As the sailing programme on camp could be extensive or modest a wide range of skills is an advantage. If you own a boat mention the type in the application. (High Demand)
SCENERY What is your technical background and what scenes have you actually created? What carpentry experience do you have? Are you able to build and paint sets? Are you willing to work additional hours to meet deadlines for performances? (High Demand)
SCUBA DIVING What standard of proficiency do you have (e.g. British Sub Aqua Club)? Most camps are looking for instructor's certification and teaching experience rather than just personal knowledge. Do you have your own equipment? Life saving certification? NB. PADI is usually not strong enough to be a specialist.
SCULPTURE What materials have you worked with? What type of sculpture have been produced (busts, objects, animals) and what materials worked with (wood, papier-m?ch?, clay)? Can a likeness be produced or are the skills more abstract? Do you have a background in fine arts?
SECRETARY/OFFICE ASSISTANT Can range from answering the phones to dealing with camp correspondence, keeping records, ordering supplies and driving the camp vehicles. May also involve looking after homesick campers and arranging payment of their pocket money. An organised, experienced person would be required with excellent English skills. General office experience and typing skills are an advantage.
SEWING Do you have dressmaking, costuming skills? Are you familiar with machine work or hand sewing? Are you able to follow, improvise and/or create patterns? Do you have experience with tapestry, embroidery, appliqu?? What types of craft items have you made other than clothing? Would you feel happy to teach and create your own work?
SILK-SCREEN How many colour screens have you worked on? Do your skills include fabric work, Plexiglas, leather or other materials? What types of screen/ technique have you worked with? Are you able to come up with T-shirt designs and other ideas? What paints are you familiar with?
SOCCER Camps need COACHES as opposed to players. Positions fill early and competition is tough. You should have certification and references from clubs / schools / colleges /youth clubs where you have taught. How many years experience do you have as a player and/or coach and how good are you? What is the age range of the students taught and could you run a soccer programme and tournament - i.e. inter-camp and regional competitions? AWE has hundreds of soccer applications each year, so you need to prove why are you better than the other 50 soccer applications the camp is reviewing?
STABLECARE Limited placements but generally involves mucking out stables and ensuring the horses are well kept and fed.
STAINED GLASS Can you operate power machinery (grinders etc)? Are you aware of the difference between lead came methods and foil safety procedures (goggles, safety glass etc)?
STAGE MANAGEMENT Have you worked as part of a running crew backstage? Do your experiences include lighting boards, patch boards, hanging and focussing lights? Do you have any skills in audio (e.g.. setting up a mike system, repairing a PA system)? (High Demand)
STREET/FLOOR HOCKEY Is the experience on roller skates or flat soles? As for WEIGHT TRAINING the HOCKEY placement chances are very limited.
SWIMMING/LIFESAVING What certificates do you have? Ensure any awards are listed in the appropriate section on the application form with copies of certificates attached. It's helpful for placement staff and camps to have listed on the back of certificates, the course requirements. What do the certificate allow you to teach? What skill level did you need to achieve the certificate and how often do you use the techniques now? What ages and levels have you instructed? Does the experience include competitive swimming or coaching? Each country have their own certificate levels, but the minimum requirement is based on the UK BRONZE MEDALLION AWARD which involves a three month training period in theory and rescue techniques. The rescue techniques are broken down into six categories (land based, water based, non-contact, contact, resuscitation rescue and initiative). The course does not train people to be lifesavers or lifeguards but is sufficient for being a pool attendant. Participants are required to have a basic resuscitation award before attending the course. NB Swimming and lifesaving are run as separate activities and qualifications in one will not necessarily allow you to work in both areas. (High Demand)
SWITCHBOARD Dealing with the camp phones - could be one or twenty, depending on the size of the camp. Is usually in conjunction with secretarial duties. Excellent English skills are again essential.
TENNIS How many years experience do you have and in what capacity - student, teacher, player? Do you have certification (e.g. Lawn Tennis Association Elementary Coaches Award in the UK)? Have you instructed at a private club / school / college or youth club? What is your highest personal achievement and/or level of competition? You should provide proof of your abilities as a player and/or coach by way of references. (High Demand)
TRACK/FIELD What events are strongest? Have you competed and with what level of success? What events have you taught (e.g.. high hurdles, discus, sprinting, long distance, running, long jump, triple jump)? Field is not in great demand.
TYEDYING How may different techniques are you familiar with - cold dyes hot dyes etc? Again, this is best presented as a support skill.
VIDEO Can you produce a video film? Are you able to edit, dub, and do equipment maintenance? Have you worked with a variety of systems and equipment (1/2 inch Vs 3/4 inch Vs Beta)? Can you suggest any creative uses for video at camp? Are you able to film fast-action sporting events, camp shows and other activities? (High Demand)
VOICE Have you performed in public e.g.: shows, talent quests, choral work? Are you happy to lead large groups in song and perform in camp shows? Do you play any instruments to accompany your singing - if so, what are they and what skill level have you reached?
VOLLEYBALL Few applicants are placed as volleyball specialists, but listing the skill supports the application. This is a support skill rather than a main one.
WATER-SKIING Are you qualified in life saving? Can you dry-start on one ski / deep-water start on one ski / mono ski / trick ski? Have you competed? Where were your skills attained and on what types of water? Are you qualified to drive a ski-boat / aware of boating safety procedures? Do you have experience in teaching water-skiing to kids/adults? (High Demand)
WEAVING What types of loom can you teach use of? Do skills include off loom work such as tapestry, punched rugs, needlepoint, basketry, sewing etc.? Can you repair looms?
WEIGHT TRAINING Is experience with free weights or universal / nautilus equipment? Can you devise a training programme for campers? How many times a week do you train (see VOLLEYBALL - for placement chances).
WILDLIFE Can you successfully keep wild animals in captivity for a period of nine weeks? What knowledge is displayed of wildlife animal behaviour, the environment and specific needs for animal survival? How would a detailed programme in animal study be devised and implemented?
WINDSURFING Do you have competition or teaching experience? If you have certification, list the course requirements. What types of water are you used to and what boards have been used - long, fun, short? Can you water start? Are you aware of the terms flare, gibe, curve gibe and close hauled? As with Sailing, the programme may be extensive or modest, depending on the camp. (High Demand)
WOODWORK/METALWORK What knowledge do you have of both hand and power tools? Is the experience with wood or metal sculpture or carpentry? Qualifications are important as there is a safety factor involved with both activities - if you have certificates/teaching experience, in what situation did you get this? It's helpful to know what projects you have worked on and what ideas you would have for the campers. (High Demand)