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circus jobs at summer camp

are you?

Confident, Fun, Imaginative, Enthusiastic

bonus qualifications:

If you have relevant experience or a qualification, let us know in your application. Most of the campers will be new to circus, so if you'd be confident showing them the basics, there may be a circus role available for you at camp.

why should I teach circus at camp?

Campers love taking part in circus skills, and if you've got a background in circus or gymnastics, you'll be a lock for this role.

From trapeze and tightrope to plate spinning and juggling, you’ll have the opportunity to teach campers skills you already have experience in, and even some that you don’t. There’s something about circus skills that keep campers coming back for more.

what does a circus instructor do at summer camp?

As circus is one of the most varied activities at camp, you’ll focus on different skills each session.

Even though most campers have no experience with circus skills, you will learn how to adapt lessons to different ages and ability levels. You might spend your morning teaching complete beginners how to juggle, and by the afternoon you’re helping older campers to master the art of trapeze.

Some camps even hold performances at the end of camp, giving the kids an opportunity to showcase their newfound skills.

circus instructor faq's

How much experience do I need?

If you’re not the best in the world at your activity, there’s no need to worry - you’ll be teaching kids who are just there to have fun, most will even be complete beginners. You’ll be fully trained before your campers arrive, and you’ll be supported by the other counsellors at your camp.

Do I need to bring equipment?

Some camps will want you to bring equipment for certain activities, but this will likely only be in the form of clothes and personal gear, but they’ll let you know this once you’re hired. Most often, you won’t have to bring any specialist equipment, with Canadian summer camps being equipped with state of the art facilities to develop the campers’ skills, as well as yours.

Why should I be an activity specialist instead of a general counsellor?

Most importantly, being an activity specialist gives you the opportunity to develop your skills in an area that you are passionate about, getting experience that’s not available anywhere else. Whilst you’ll be teaching your activity 5 or 6 periods a day, you’ll generally have more time off, with many specialists staying overnight with other specialists rather than campers. You’ll also get to know the whole camp, spending your days seeing different groups of campers into the activity and seeing them grow both in the skill and as people.

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