First Summer Jobs For Teens

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Working at Summer Camps

For many teenagers, the summer in between school years is a time when they decide to have their first job.  There are many fun and interesting jobs for teens out there depending on where you live and what you are interested in.  So, if you are thinking about getting a summer job then its best to start looking before the school year has come to a close. 

During the months of June, July and August a lot of different job opportunities arise that are not available during the rest of the year because they involve being in the outdoors or they revolve around a summer tourist season.  One of the most rewarding jobs that teenagers across America apply for each summer is to work at a summer camp.  Working at a summer camp can be both fun and rewarding, which is why many teens opt to work at them.  Summer camps can be in cities, on farms, out in the country, or in the middle of the forest. They can focus on many different activities or be mostly dedicated to one activity, sport or skill building exercise.  They can also be over night camps or day camps, and the length that kids attending the camps stay can range from a day or two to a week or two, to the whole summer.

So, depending what you are looking for in your job experience, you should keep these things in mind when you are choosing what kind of camp you would like to work for.  And lastly, the age of the children attending the camp can range greatly, so deciding what age range of kids you would like to work with will also help you narrow down your options.

In addition to choosing what kind of camp you’d like to work for, it’s a good idea to also think about what you would like to do at your camp of choice.  Would you like to be a camp councilor and work directly with the children who attend the camp? Would you like to just focus on teaching children a certain skill set like swimming, playing basketball, doing arts and crafts or running a ropes course? Or, would you just like to stay behind the scenes and get the camp experience but only work in administration or maintenance.  There are no right or wrong answers, so its best to just think about what you enjoy and then decide from there which positions to apply to.

So, if you think that you would enjoy a summer job working at a camp, its best to start your research well before the summer approaches. There are usually applications to fill out and recommendations to be written for each of the different summer camps you would like to apply for.  Also, decisions about whom the camps are going to hire are often made well in advance before the summer even starts.  So if you are serious about working at a camp, start your research as soon as possible.

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