If you want to become a camp director, you first need to determine if this career path is a good fit for you. If the following description sounds like you, then you’re probably well suited for a career as a camp director:
Those who become camp directors have a love for camp activities and their impact on people’s lives. They enjoy working in teams, and applying their administrative savvy and creative talent to their work.
Camp directors are individuals that are able to stay the course during slow working months, while also able to endure periods in which they are very busy and their work is stressful. They must also be able to endure other struggles, such as budgetary pressures, personnel issues, dealing with facility management, and many others.
Below we've outlined what you'll need to begin a career as a camp director. We've also included helpful information for this career, such as job description, job duties, salary expectations, a list of possible employers and much more!
To become a camp director, you typically need a bachelor’s degree in a field such as Camp Management, Outdoor Recreation, Recreational Leadership, Management, or a related field. Employers generally prefer to hire candidates who also have experience in the recreation field on top of their education.
Camp directors are the primary administrators and planners of day of recreational camp programs. They are responsible for overseeing the general operations of day and overnight camp. Camp directors also oversee camp counselors and other camp employees, which typically includes assessing work performance and taking disciplinary actions when necessary.
• Define camp goals
• Develop and implement programs and activities which reflect camp goals
• Recruit campers and staff by preparing brochures, making telephone calls and participating in other promotional activities
• Conduct staff training sessions prior to and during camp
• Assign, schedule and oversee staff activities
• Assign staff and campers to cabins and groups
• Prepare an evaluation and summary of current season including inventories, staff evaluations, camper reports, and recommendations for the following season
• Maintain an atmosphere that develops good morale and overall well being
• Organize and development crisis management and emergency procedures
• Maintain and review records and evaluations of all programs, operations, staff, and facilities
• Monitor safety and all related procedures
Camp directors are often employed by organizations involved in the administration of recreational day and overnight camp programs. The camp programs may be created to serve certain sectors of the population, such as children, families, members of religious groups, sports teams, children or adults suffering from illness, senior citizens, and many others These organizations include:
• Fitness, recreation and sports centres
• Non-profit agencies
• Religious groups
• Recreation agencies
• Privately owned or family run camp programs
Camp Director Job Postings - Canada
Camp Director Job Postings - United States
Work Schedule: Many camp directors work year-round, and typically work regular full-time weekday hours. Some camp directors may work nights, weekends, holidays or other unusual hours.
Work Environment: Camp directors typically work in an office setting, and may work at the campsite or off the campsite. They are typically not involved in much physical activity, although if they are there is a risk of incurring physical injury.
The salary level of camp directors can be determined by many factors, such as their level of education, their level of experience, where they work, who owns the camp, and many others.
Camp Director Salary Alberta: According to the 2011 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans working in the Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program Supervisors and Consultants occupational group, which includes camp directors, earn an average wage of between $24.31 and $31.78 per hour.
Camp Director Salary United States: According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual median salary for workers in the Social and Community Service Managers occupational group is $57,950 (2010 figures).
Listed below are careers in our database that are similar in nature to Camp Director as they may involve many of the same skills, competencies and responsibilities.
Please consult the references below to find more information on the various aspects of a career as a camp director.
Alberta Learning and Information Service website: alis.alberta.ca
American Camp Association website: www.acacamps.org
United States Bureau of Labor Statistics website: www.bls.gov
The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as a Camp Director. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our Science Scholarships and Arts Scholarships pages.
Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!
Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point to becoming a camp director. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!