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How to become a Camp Manager

What is a camp manager?

A camp manager is in primarily in charge of the maintenance and administration of a camp site. This may also include a range of other responsibilities but the basics of the role will revolve around repairs and improvement, the provision of camp equipment and ensuring the camp is secure at all times.

What qualifications do I need to become a camp manager?

This sort of role demands practical experience more than specific qualifications. That said, first aid qualifications are always extremely useful and a DBS check might also be necessary in the likelihood that children will often be on site.

What skills/experience will an employer look for?

Camp managers might need specific skills in practical fields like carpentry, electrics and construction or in areas like arts and crafts, depending on the exact requirements. Experience of working in an administrative management type role would be useful, as will a proven history of being able to manage and work with a variety of people. At the same time, camp managers need to be able to work independently as well.

Who might employ a camp manager?

- Summer camps
- Holiday camps

What salary can I expect?

Camp manager positions will often be seasonal and not full time, but approximately £500 a week can be expected.

What is my career progression?

As these are unlikely to be full time roles there is a limit to the opportunities for progression. However skills gained in management and administration, as well as the practical skills gained from being responsible for the smooth running of a camp site, will come in very useful when looking for jobs in other areas as well.

What are the best things about becoming a camp manager?

Working in an active environment where no two days are the same is a major benefit of becoming a camp manager. You’ll get to meet and work with a whole range of people and a camp site is usually a hive of activity at all times. As camp managers are usually responsible for many tasks there’s no risk of the job becoming formulaic.

Are there any drawbacks?

Camp sites are exposed to the elements, so you could find yourself working in all weather conditions. Such an active role can be quite tiring as well.

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