Building Your Resume

On our More Than A Summer Job: Build Essential Career Skills page, we explained to you why working at camp is attractive to future employers. Now we will show you how to communicate your camp experience on your resume!

Below are a variety of suggestions you may find helpful to choose from…

First, summarize your role

For example…

  • Supervised and provided leadership guidance to 15 Kindergarten campers at a children’s day camp.

  • Modeled and promoted social skills, healthy relationships, appropriate risk-taking, conflict resolution and achieving goals through a variety of daily camp activities.
  • Created and implemented the basketball curriculum for 250 plus children between the ages of 3-12 years old in my role as Lead Basketball Specialist.

Next, highlight key responsibilities

For example, caring for campers…

  • Facilitated friendships for campers by helping them navigate social situations & monitoring their interpersonal skills.
  • Modeled appropriate behavior for campers including teamwork, responsibility, and sportsmanship throughout the camp day.
  • Taught children the importance of respect, kindness, and understanding through positive reinforcement.
  • Actively engaged in activities with campers, role-modeling how to have fun while maintaining a safe environment.

For example, communication with fellow staff and parents…

  • Managed challenging camper situations, partnering with fellow staff members and supervisors, to reach a resolution and responding to parent questions & concerns.
  • Collaborated with fellow counselors to share group responsibilities and problem-solved situations that arose throughout the day.
  • Communicated with parents each day as a Bus Counselor, acting as an ambassador for camp as the first and last person they spoke to each day.
  • Communicated with parents via telephone and email to discuss their children’s progress.


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