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Typically you can start by applying in March through agencies that advertise camp counselor jobs. If you plan to be a lifeguard you will need the necessary training. Camp organizers provide training before the camp begins.
There are also quite a few skills you should work on before becoming a camp counselor:
Being a camp counselor does not require any specific skills or qualifications. Having a unique skill is not a requirement but will give you an advantage, because you can offer to teach the kids your specialty. This could be rock climbing, archery, swimming or some type of craft. If you don't have a special skill, you can be a general camp counselor. All camp counselors require a moderate level of fitness to keep up with children and participate in camp activities.