If you are coming to camp for the first time, try to collect the maximum amount of information about it. How are housing, dining, medical offices administration of the room leaders and other strategic locations; the daily routine in the camp, the official and unofficial traditions, the number of units and approximate age of the children they will facilitate your further work. Learn all it is not so difficult - the sites of camps, official pages in social networks to help you. Also some camps organize a preliminary training, in which you can "live" to get acquainted with the future place of work and residence.
"Calmness, only calmness!" Those words should be your main motto for this shift. It involves communication not only with children but also with the administration of the camp, partner (second counselor), parents of children... by the Way, about your parents. In some camps with their parents all the questions addressed to educators, so don't forget to clarify this point.
And now, the camp chosen, all necessary information is collected. What's next? Next you should define the desired age of the children. How to decide on which squad to sign up in the counselors? What's the best age? This question has no single answer, since each age its own characteristics, difficulties and power UPS. Here you will find books on developmental psychology, as well as a great many sites on this topic.
Necessary clothing and documents depending on the camp, both can vary, and sometimes considerably, but still there and unchanged. Of the document is a medical record card, statement about the available vaccinations. Clothes - a hat, pants (sportswear or jeans), light shoes, t-shirts-t-shirts and a couple of warm things. Even in the hottest countries happen cold days, do not forget also about night fire with the squad and, of course, planning meetings, which are often held after hours.
So, the preparations are complete. Or not? If possible, you should study the outline mesh of the upcoming change before the start of the shift. So you will be able to think about each of the activities to plan their work. If imagination and creativity you have very tight, prepare in advance one or two rooms on each of the performances. And then in the camp will only have to modify these options with the children and how to rehearse. Also you can think about the name of the squad, the motto, the squadron area. The probability that the plan-grid you will first see only the camp in the beginning of the shift. In this case, do not despair and try to learn about traditionally held in the camp activities. And then follow the above scheme.
A few words about the squadron area. This is exactly what should take care in advance. Consider the approximate sketch, design, layout. Some pieces can be done at home and bring to camp. It can be various pictures for decoration, and the various "sheets free", "mood screens" and so on. Each camp counselor issued office supplies: paints, brushes, colored paper, scissors, but they are always sorely lacking. And therefore, you should take care of this "on the beach". Should also take care about the design of the squadron common room (corridor, veranda), because bare walls are so boring!
And here you are in the camp. Documents and clothing in order, the office recruited a stock, the squadron's area is beautifully decorated, the name and motto of the party with the children learnt to the event. What's next? And then it's simple. Keep an eye on the children, listen to their problems, and help organized all kinds of game in any free minute. About the games with the children, incidentally, also should take care in advance. As the music and costumes for the rooms. And, most importantly, don't be afraid to ask for help! The other counselors, the teacher, the administration - all members of the camp staff friendly!
The Internet has a considerable number of Bogatsky of sites where you can find a lot of useful information, tips and other things. Simply enter in a search line of "sites for teachers" - and replenish your store of experience and knowledge.
Advice 2 : How to get a counselor
Job counselor for the summer is a great choice for those young men and women that love to interact with children and want to spend the summer outdoors, but still make money. However, as in any job, there are subtleties.
If you like to chat with children, the quality of employment in the summer time you can get a counselor at a children's camp. Usually the main set comes in a pedagogical educational institutions students which require practice. However, teacher education is not a requirement. In the Newspapers of the vacancy announcement counselor are published very rarely, so you need either to call the leaders of children camps with a proposal of his candidacy, or to periodically look at the message boards of teacher training colleges and universities.
Also it is necessary to view the career site on the Internet and ads in social networks. Note that as a counselor can be accepted only adult. The staff in the camps is carried out in the spring, so take action to find work to advance. However, in the middle of the summer period, you may receive a free place if one of the counselors got sick or had to leave camp.
Another way to get a job counselor - to join the pedagogical team. Such units exist in many universities, and they are doing just centralized training children's counselors. Rules of admission there is quite loyal to everyone, you don't even have to study at the same University. To find such groups in social networks on the Internet, or just go to the nearest educational institution and to view the schedule of sections and groups. In addition, a counselor can become through the centers of children and youth creativity dedicated to training of tourism instructors.
For the device as a counselor, of course, desirable experience of similar work. In many cities of Russia held special preparatory courses in which future counselors learn about the camp and the organization of the day, with entertainment and educational events. It is better to spend some time on self-training to your little wards, it was interesting to live in the camp. Keep in mind that a counselor is required to have a personal medical book, which is issued by the specialized medical institutions. To get it, must undergo a medical examination and pass the theoretical exam.
Do not rely on the fact that the work of the counselor is camping. First and foremost, it is a big responsibility. Be prepared to stressful situations, and almost non-normalized working day. In addition, the leader should be an example for children, so on the territory of children's camps are often prohibited Smoking, use of alcoholic beverages. On the other hand is a priceless experience that will be valuable to you in future life.
Advice 3 : How to find a part time counselor
Leader is a person who is in a children's camp spends time with the children, organization of their leisure, watching the safety. In the summer many camps begin recruiting for such position, and you can get in a cozy place, but also make a little money.
Many people think that the position of counselor is a fun and easy work. It is actually not so. A working day is not normalized, need to get up before the children in the evening to put them to sleep and run at night planning meeting. A huge number of responsibilities not given to sit during the day for a minute. And there's also a huge responsibility for the condition of the children, for their organization.
To counselor special requirements: need to have pedagogical education, unfinished; age should be over 18 years of age; must be able to organize people to come up with a variety of activities. It is not allowed to leave the camps during the day, do not smoke or consume alcohol when children are prohibited from using foul language and be rude to anyone. The salary will be minimal, in rare camps it exceeds the subsistence level.
In large camps usually work in pedagogical teams. They are formed on the basis of major universities, and then call on the centralized area of work. Peditriac is not just a way to get a job, it is an opportunity to learn parenting and working with children. Usually several months are conducted, which tell how to perform the duties, how to interact with kids and behave in different situations. To enroll in the group need even in the winter. To learn about the existence of such an organization is possible at the pedagogical Institute in your city.
To work in the camp without a group. For this you need to contact the human resources Department, to learn about the availability of vacancies. This should be done 2-3 months before the planned trip. Usually a high demand for counselors in the month of June, because at this time the students still pass exams and students have come to rest. Contact the camp you can find on the Internet. Look for options not only in the city but also in other regions. For many people it is an opportunity to relax by the sea without serious costs.
Sometimes jobs counselors are placed on the websites with job offers. Create a resume in advance and display great resources. You can also find special forums that post offers of cooperation from different camps. 'They change every year, there is no single gathering place. But any search engine will provide 2-3 options.
Getting a job counselor, be prepared for difficult living conditions. The camp provides lodging, food for employees. But it might not be as much comfortable as having a rest children. Sometimes in the living room leaders for 16 people. Shower can be one on the floor or be placed on the street. The quality of food is controversial. Try to get a job there, where there was already someone from your acquaintances. Check out the testimonials of not only children, but also of staff, who has lived in a particular area and is familiar with the traditions of the camp.