Ever wondered what it might be like living and working at a summer camp? Then you’ve come to the right page. Life as a camp activity assistant is fun and comes with responsibilities, varying from day to day and with lots to learn along the way.
There are plenty of reasons why landing yourself a gap year as an activity assistant at camp is awesome. This article outlines just a few of those benefits and advantages, showing you that a gap year can be a lot more than just chilling at a hostel not knowing what to do with yourself (or your time).
Enjoying time outside
Nothing beats the great outdoors, right? And as part of your role as a camp activity assistant, you’ll be spending a whole lot of time outside. Whether you’re taking charge of the latest group at the Activity Centre, or enjoying a late British summertime sunset on a warm evening, days here are mainly spent outdoors. Forget being stuck behind a desk for the whole day – this is where it’s at.
Varied and exciting days
Let’s be honest, there’s no never a dull moment when you’re working with a group of young people. One day will never be the same as the next. Not only will there be different characters to get to know, but you’ll also be taking part in a whole variety of different activities yourself.
From archery to stand-up paddleboarding, as well as canoeing or assault courses. You’ll be a veritable pro at all of these yourself by the end of your time!
Building meaningful relationships
As an activity assistant, you’ll have the opportunity to meet young people from a wide background. You’ll be an integral part of their stay at the Activity Centre, guiding them through various activities, playing games, and helping to build confidence.
Essentially, you’ll be in a supportive role, like being an older sibling. This sort of thing will be rewarding not just for the camp attendees, but also for you. Not only that, but you’ll be getting to know your fellow camp assistants, too, as well as other employees, which could result in some lasting friendships.
Learning new skills
When you first join as an activity assistant, you’ll be given comprehensive training on how to carry out your role to the best of your abilities. This will help you with your actual role, of course, helping you to coordinate groups, but these types of skills are the sort of thing that you can transfer to careers in the future.
Or even just your day-to-day life. Don’t worry: you’ll be under the guidance of a group leader, who’ll show you the ropes as you go.
Chance to lead sports and fun activities
In short: being an activity assistant is fun. You’ll get to lead groups of young people through the time of their life. Leading singalongs, overseeing quizzes and puzzle games, and watching groups of friends have a blast on climbing walls and on kayaking trips, among other things.
It’s up to you to keep up the positive vibes and to make sure things run smoothly. If you’re already a sporty person who likes a bit of competition, this is one side of being an activity assistant that you’ll really relish.
The opportunity to explore and travel
There are a whole host of different Activity Centres located all over the United Kingdom, across England, Scotland and Wales. A big part of being an activity assistant at one of these camps means you’ll get to spend months at a time living in some stunning countryside, or close to a cool town or city.
That means that during your time off you are totally free to head off and explore this new slice of the UK you’re encountering. Not only that, but you also have the rest of Europe on your doorstep to explore. A quick trip to Paris, maybe? Or perhaps a long weekend in Barcelona? Either way, the UK is an amazing place (and base) for travel.
You will get paid!
The bottom line is that being an activity assistant is a paid position. And that means you’ll be getting a weekly paycheck for doing such a good job. Not only that, but you’ll get free food and accommodation as part of the role. So you won’t be spending your hard-earned cash on rent or food, and instead you’ll have more left over for exciting things like travel in your downtime – or to save for a rainy day.
The Activity Assistant has been a great success with hundreds of young people going to different locations in the UK to have an experience of a lifetime.
No prior experience is needed as you’ll be given full training upon arrival. Your day will be varied and exciting! If you think this is for you, click here to apply now or check out more information on this page.