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Get the real facts on how to successfully apply for a USA Summer Camp Counsellor after your studies!

It’s a crazy and exciting time to be graduating especially as a travel and tourism, hospitality or business student from Crown. This is the time to literally spread your wings and zip off over and work at a USA Summer Camp.


How is this done?
Well, Crown has been around for 45 years with plenty of experience with Summer Camp work placement providers.

In this Summer Camp write up, I cover what skills and personal attributes are needed when applying with a Summer Camp provider, how much money you can make when working overseas and finish off with some details on what providers can do to make the transition from new graduate to experience USA Summer Camp Counsellor!

Let’s get into it.

Summer Camp Roles and What Camps are looking for in a counsellor

The camps are looking for counsellors to teach children new skills such as water sports, outdoor sports, performing arts and crafts. You don’t need to be super experienced either just an idea of the basics is generally enough to get accepted.

We know our culture is unique and diverse, so sharing your own culture of being a Kiwi is top of the list that you can offer to the camp. Kiwis are well known around the world as fun loving people that supposedly live in the set of Lord of the Rings (Hobbiton)

No doubt you will need the skills of being a big brother or sister! Don’t worry if you don’t have a sibling to hone your skills with, there is a good chance that you have a niece or nephew that you muck around with!

Children at these camps will look up to you and this is where you can impart your infinite wisdom on topics such as Justin Bieber and Widgets.

Furthermore, to be a great counsellor requires waking up with boundless energy, humour and enthusiasm. Most days will be long but rewarding, full of rich interactive experiences that you can notch up on your CV.

Finally, coming out with a brand new family is not unheard of, quite possibly giving you a lifetime of Facebook and Snapchats

There are two types of Summer Camp counsellors

General Counsellor

This is where most newbies begin their epic adventure at camp. Generally, no experience is required, just good old fashion communication and soft skills! You will be assisting and leading a variety of activities from high ropes to basketball training, making sure the children are well looked after on their breaks and building strong lasting relationships.


Activity Specialist

Are you really good at something that you can teach other people? Well, you could end up being an activity specialist!  Your unique skill is taught daily with part of your day being the caregiver for your group of children. Types of skills that go down well at the Summer Camp are water skills such as lifeguarding, waterskiing, waterboarding, motorboats and swimming.


Like with all good quality programmes, there are fees involved to help you achieve your goals of working overseas. These typically range from 250 to 500 dollars, don’t go for an option because it’s just cheaper, choose because you feel comfortable with the provider and they match your own values, this means shopping around and talking with a few of them! The providers we choose typically have a really good track record with our own graduates, so you may as well start with them first.


We know you love money! The experience is great, but earning some good coin definitely makes the experience complete. Starting rates are around US$1300 with experienced USA Camp Counsellors getting US$2200 + depending on experience.

Accommodation & Food

This is free. Nothing much else to say really.

Which summer camp should I apply for?

Well, this is a common question. There are currently 12000 camps that you can choose from, so our providers create the time to understand who you are and the values that you hold and use this information to advise on the best camps to apply for.

Applying to become a USA Camp Counsellor

Most providers require that you have some basic qualification and even better if it’s in Hospitality or Travel (not essential though) with our dedicated team of Summer Camp Evangelists, there’s a great chance that you can nail their interview process!


Getting into USA!

All quality providers will help you with the J Visa that is required to work in America. But it’s a good idea to do some of your own research before heading off, just to understand traveller basics when entering their country. Medical insurance is also required and again all quality providers should include this as part of their fees. Ask about this in the interview. Our careers team can also provide some great advice on what is required when travelling as well!

Cheap Flights

Popular providers will have strategic partnerships with travel agencies to provide cheaper flights for applicants, ask for this in the interview and see what they have to say!

So there you go, the secret sauce to working in the USA, potentially the Holy Grail for graduates to get some adventure down them!

The team at Crown Institute of Studies can help you unlock the USA Summer Camp code.

So check out our website and see what we have to offer.



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NEW – Study & Work!

NEW from Crown Institute – Study and Work! Study for 42 or 72 weeks at Crown and we will enrol you in this exciting new course – free of charge.


What is Study and Work?


  • You will learn the skills needed by the companies who will hire you after you graduate. You work and earn money during your course.
  • You attend Study and Work alongside your travel, tourism, hospitality or business Certificate or Diploma 
  • Study and Work has been designed with the help of employers, recruitment agents, school teachers and career counsellors.

What is included in Study and Work?


  • Free professional training in employment skills and customer service from Function Staff, our Study and Work partners.
  • Guaranteed paid employment with Function Staff during your course.
  • Free personal and hair styling and make-up training from a famous professional grooming school.
  • Free 1-1 CV preparation, career advice and interview skills with Crown's employment team.

Conditions apply.

For more information please call 0800 357 316 or email

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Great networking opportunities at Industry Day 2014

At our annual Industry Day, on 14 November 2013, numerous Crown Institute of Studies students secured interviews with some leading Auckland businesses and lots more did some great networking, which we’re sure will mean several will have secured jobs before graduating!
At this year’s event, students met with representatives from a variety of entities including ANZ, Base Travel, Sky City, Frog Recruitment, City Life, Function Staff, STA Travel, Auckland Museum, Contiki, The Langham, Stray Travel, Kiwi Experience, Accor, Student Job Search, Tourism New Zealand, Air New Zealand and Quinn Recruitment. We would like to thank all of these companies for their participation.
 “We love working with Crown Institute of Studies students and their graduates. I find they are work-ready and have all the required knowledge and training so they can step into any type of hospitality role without further training,” says Troy Huston, owner of Function Staff.
Industry Days are an excellent opportunity for students to learn more about the organisations they could work for in the future, learn about the different career paths they could take and present themselves as potential employees. We have had excellent positive feedback about the event from the both the participating industry reps and our students.
You can see more photos of the event on our Facebook page HERE.

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