International Summer Camp UK

Activity Counsellor Role

The activity counsellors ensure our electives are run to an extremely high level. Electives are an integral part of Camp and allow our campers to develop skills, ability and passion for the chosen subject.

What do Activity Counsellors do?

Activity counsellors have two responsibilities. Their first one is teaching an elective activity. Their second one is being a co-counsellor in a cabin during certain parts of the day (mainly during mealtimes and evenings). For full information on what cabin groups are, please the job information on cabin counsellor roles.

Activity counsellors teach between 1 -2 electives, based on their experience, skills and what our schedule requires.

What are Elective Activities?

Electives provide campers with the opportunity to plan their own personalised activity schedule. Elective 1 is in the morning for 2 hours and elective 2 is in the afternoon for 2 hours.

They focus on developing key skills and personal growth. Campers choose 2 electives per week.

You are required to have the skills, experience and confidence to be able to lead your elective(s) on your own. There will be a maximum of 20 campers per elective.

Some electives require the activity counsellor to definitely teach more than one elective. Some have been paired up underneath:

Electives Available (Pairings are highlighted)

  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Film-Making & Journalism
  • English Language
  • Tennis
  • Sports & Football
  • Art & Creative Superstar
  • Rockstar! (Piano/keyboard, drums or guitar)
  • Performing Arts & Dance

Please see our elective page for further information on what activities take place within each elective

Time What's Happening What will you be doing?
8am - 8.30am Wake Up
  • Break / Off
8.30am - 9.15am Breakfast
  • Break / Off
9.15am - 9.35am Cabin Cleanup
  • Break / Off
9.35am - 9.45am Circle Time
  • Prep for Elective
9.45am - 11.45am Elective 1 
  • Run / lead elective
11.45am - 12.30pm Electronics Time
  • Break / Off
12.30pm - 1.15pm Lunch
  • Activity Counsellor sit at a table with their cabin group for lunch
1.15pm - 2.30pm Siesta
  • Break / Off
2.30pm - 4.30pm Elective 2
  • Run / lead elective
4.30pm - 5.45pm Cabin Group Activity
  • Break / Off
5.45pm - 6pm Flagpole
  • Activity counsellor are with their cabin group for flagpole
  • Flagpole is a fun cabin “check”. Each cabin name is called and instead of saying “here or present” the cabin typically says/does something random, funny or wacky such as a quote from a film, a line from a song, a joke etc.
6pm - 7pm Dinner
  • Activity counsellors sit at a table with their campers for dinner
7pm - 7.15pm All-Camp Prep
  • Depending on the All-Camp activity that evening, activity counsellors will get the cabin group prepared for the evening! It might be getting ready for the talent show, getting dressed up in wacky tacky for the camp dance or it could be getting ready for the zombie apocalypse activity.
7.15pm - 8.30pm All-Camp
  • Most of our evening programmes are large events. Examples are Hawaiian luaus, pool parties, talent shows, quiz nights, a dance, campfires and team games
  • Activity counsellors spend the evening programme with their cabin group 
8.30pm - 10.30pm Bed Time
  • Time for bed. We try to make sure nighttime routines are chilled out, fun and also involve a cabin chat 

*other breaks will also be given throughout the day

About You

Candidates must demonstrate the following skills and characteristics:

Essential Experience:

  • Experience working directly with groups of young people aged 7-17
  • Must have the skills, experience and confidence to run between 1-2 electives for a group of up to campers on their own 
  • Must have experience in their chosen elective, ideally prior teaching experience
  • Willing to work with all age groups - 7 - 17 year olds
  • Fluent in English
  • Ability to be a positive role model for young people
  • Experience of working in a fast-paced and demanding environment
  • Maturity to be responsible for the care, well-being and safety of young people
  • Ability to facilitate friendships between campers

Essential Personality & Skills:

  • Kindness
  • Caring
  • Responsibility 
  • Fun
  • Confident
  • Silly
  • Patience


  • Experience of working in a residential youth environment 
  • Experience of working with young people from a range of nationalities
  • All applicants must successfully pass full background and reference checks 
  • All successful applicants must be available to work the duration of the Camp, including staff training.
  • Staff get 1 day off per week, scheduled by the Camp