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GUaranteed placement options

  • Do your skills and experience guarantee you a placement at camp?
  • What could you do before heading off to work at a US Summer Camp that will Guarantee you a Camp Placement?

All great questions - Below you will find the activity areas at camp, the Skills, Experience and/or Degrees/Diploma needed or instructions on how you gain these before you head to camp. 

NOTE: To get a Guaranteed Placement and earn more money at camp, you must:

  1. Be fully accepted onto the Camp Counselors USA program by February 1st (the year you want to go to camp).
  2. If your qualification has an expiry date, it must be after 1st September (the year you want to go to camp).

PLEASE REMEMBER: CCUSA has placed everyone for 29 years at camp, however, people with the skills below or who complete these courses prior to camp are typically placed much sooner. 


WATERFRONT 

Boat Driving: Boat license, with signal/towing experience and personal experience in watersking or wakeboardings and tubing. Skill video required. 

Lifeguard/Lifesaver: Current/Qualified/Enrolled Surf Lifeguards holding a NZ certification & Pool Bronze Medallions issued by Royal Life Saving Society of New Zealand (RLSSNZ) and higher are highly sought after (valid until at least September 1st for the year you are heading to camp). 

Sailing: Obtained an advanced level of Sailing or minimum level 1 sail instructor certificate, or similar coaching experience. Skill video required.

Swim Instructor: Nationally recognised Swim Instructor certification as well as at least 1 full year formal coaching experience required. Skill video required. Consider these organisations to complete the course and your teaching prior to camp: Austswim, Aotearoa, Water Safety New ZealandSNZSTA.

Wakeboarding: Advanced level of Wake-Boarding with teaching experience. Boat license, with signal/towing experience. Skill video required.

Water-skiing: Advanced level of Water-Skiing with teaching experience. Boat license, with signal/towing experience. Skill video required.

Windsurfing: Advanced level of Windsurfing with teaching experience. Skill video required 

 

ARTS & CRAFTS

  • Stained Glass: Degree/diploma or at least 2 years advanced experience. Skill video required.
  • Pottery: Wheel & Kiln Degree/diploma or at least 2 years advanced experience in Pottery. Skill video required.
  • Woodwork: Degree/diploma or at least 2 years advanced experience in WoodWorking. Skill video required.

 

 ATHLETICS/SPORTS

  • Fencing: Minimum level 1 or similar coaching experience in Fencing as well as at least 1 full year formal coaching experience required. Skill video required.
  • Golf: Minimum handicap of 10 (or less), or level 1 or similar coaching experience in Golf. Skill video required.
  • Tennis: Minimum level 1 or similar coaching experience as well as at least 1 full year formal coaching experience required. Skill video required.

 

CIRCUS

  • Degree/diploma in arts or equivalent or at least 2 years advanced experience in Circus. Skill video required

 

TEACHER DEGREE/CERTIFICATION/ EDUCATION

  • Physical Education Teacher: Degree/diploma and at least 1 full year formal teaching experience.
  • Special Education Teacher: Degree/diploma and at least 1 full year formal teaching experience.
  • Teacher (ages 11-16): Degree/diploma majoring in music, arts or sports and at least 1 full year formal teaching experience.
  • Teacher (ages 5-10): Degree/diploma majoring in music, arts or sports and at least 1 full year formal teaching experience.

 

GYMNASTICS

  • Apparatus, Floor & Tumbling Minimum level 1 or similar coaching experience in apparatus, floor & tumbling - Gymnastics. Skill video required.

 

HORSE RIDING

  • Dressage, English Riding, Jumping & Western Riding Minimum level 1, Pony Club C+ (or higher), BHA level or similar coaching experience as well as at least 1 full year formal coaching experience required in Horse Riding. Skill video required.

 

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE SKILLS

  • Outdoor Education Instructor: 21 or over with a degree/diploma or equivalent or at least 2 years advanced experience in Outdoor Education Instructor. Skill video required.

 

PERFORMING ARTS

  • Lighting/Sound Technician: Degree/diploma or equivalent or at least 2 years advanced experience. Skill video required.
  • Magic: Degree/diploma or equivalent or at least 2 years advanced experience. Skill video required.
  • Music Technician/Producer: Degree/diploma or at least 2 years advanced experience. Skill video required.
  • Piano: Level 8 (or higher)
  • Recording Engineer: Degree/diploma or at least 2 years advanced experience. Skill video required.

 

ROPES/CLIMBING

  • High/Low Ropes or Rock/Wall Climbing: Degree/diploma or equivalent or at least 2 years advanced experience in High Ropes/ Climbing. Skill video required.

 

TARGET SPORTS

  • Archery: Minimum level 1 or similar Archery coaching experience as well as at least 1 full year formal coaching experience required. Skill video required.
  • Riflery: Gun or shooting licence as well as at least 1 year range experience required. Skill video required.

 

If you have any questions about the above or would like further clarification, please call CCUSA and we are always happy to chat to you about any of these and our programs.