SCOA Senior Camp Counselor Internship Program 2019

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Junior Camp Counselor Internship Program 2019

Application Deadline extended to April 1

Open to current high school sophomores, juniors and seniors

SCOA is an American summer camp where Japanese elementary and international students experience American culture through playing sports and cheer dance as well as other camp activities with American camp counselors.  The camp is conducted in English so while Japanese is a plus, it is not required.

Junior counselors work alongside and assist senior counselors who are college students with a sports or cheer dance background. Last summer, 15 university students, including ten Division 1 student-athletes, were selected to come to Japan to be senior counselors at SCOA's summer camp.  They attended Cal, USC, UCLA, Washington, Arizona, UCSB, UC Irvine and UC Davis. Their sports backgrounds included track, football, rugby, cheer dance, softball, basketball and soccer.

Eight American high school students were selected to come to Japan last summer.

In addition to playing sports such as flag football, soccer and cheer dance, campers do typical American camp activities like capture the flag, potato sack races, swimming, water balloon toss, treasure hunts, talent show, camp skits, singing around the campfire and making s’mores.

We are looking for high school students who have a sports or cheer dance background to be junior camp counselors and who are fluent in English.  Japanese language ability is a plus. Experience working with children is desirable as well as experience as a camper. Most of the Japanese campers are at the beginner English level so nonverbal communication is very important.  700 campers participated in one of SCOA’s two and three-night sessions last summer

The junior camp counselor position is a non-paid internship.  Food & lodging while at the camp is covered; airfare is not included.

The tentative dates for the summer camp are from July 16 to August 15. 
For junior counselors who cannot stay the entire time, special arrangements can be made on a case-by-case basis.

For more information, please contact J.R. Best at:

Application Deadline is April 1, 2019
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