Now Accepting Applications for
Bilingual Summer Camp Counselor Internship Program for University Students in Japan and
Junior Summer Camp Counselor Internship Program for High School Students

Can apply for as little as 5 nights of camp sessions
Application Deadline: April 30
Click below on programs for more details

For over 17 years, SCOA has been bringing American athletes and cheer dancers
to Japan for a truly unique cultural exchange with Japanese students.

This is SCOA!
Survivor - Junior High Program!

SCOA’s Mission

  • SCOA’s mission is to be a bridge between Japanese and American students so they can share their cultures, broaden their views and appreciate their differences.
  • SCOA accomplishes this by bringing American athletes and Japanese campers together in an American camp setting in Japan.

Athletes and Cheer Dancers!

  • Open to U.S. college students and recent graduates who participated in a team sport, cheer or dance in high school or college and are native level English speakers.
  • SCOA has relationships with many university athletic departments including the PAC 12 and University of California campuses
  • Non-paid internship, but airfare, food & lodging covered along with lodging while sightseeing in Tokyo
  • Counselors come to Japan for five weeks starting around mid-July and stay until the third week of August.
  • Training in Japan prior to camp which includes cross-cultural training and techniques in using nonverbal communication.
  • At least one counselor with a cheer and dance background is selected because cheer dance is a camp activity.

Why be a SCOA Camp Counselor?

  • Over 200 athletes and cheer dancers have come to Japan through SCOA’s internship program over the last 17 years.
  • All-inclusive internship includes airfare, food & lodging.
  • Immerse yourself in Japan ‘s culture, traditions and lifestyles
  • Explore one of the world’s most exciting cities, Tokyo, for three nights with lodging covered
  • Be a part of the SCOA family of athletes and form lifelong friendships
  • Gain skills in a foreign environment such as leadership, effective communication and problem solving
  • A unique work experience that will differentiate you on your resume

2023 Senior Camp Counselors

  • The 2023 senior camp counselors’ sports backgrounds included track, swimming, volleyball, rowing, water polo, cheerleading and diving.
  • They attended: UCLA / USC / Utah / Colorado / Oregon State / Washington / UCSB / UC Davis / Hawaii / Central Florida

Who are SCOA Campers?

  • Most of the Japanese elementary and junior high campers are beginners in English, so nonverbal communication is important.
  • The universal language of sports is ideal for communicating and making friends!

SCOA – More Than a Sports Camp!

  • SCOA brings the American summer camp experience to Japan.
  • Sports include football, soccer, cheer dance, ultimate frisbee and basketball, but campers also experience activities such as capture the flag, water balloon toss, potato sack race, talent shows, skits, friendship bracelets, campfires, S’mores and more!

Bilingual Counselors

  • Open to college students and recent graduates residing in Japan and the U.S. who are bilingual in Japanese and English.
  • Bilingual counselors support the senior counselors and provide communication assistance for the Japanese campers as well as assist in logistical and administrative camp tasks.
  • A unique cross-cultural work experience to put on your resume.
  • Gain hands-on experience with kids.
  • Make friendships and connections with American college athletes.
  • Possible to participate in as little as five-nights of camp sessions.
  • Volunteer internship and food & lodging while at camp and domestic transportation to camp are covered.

Junior Counselors

  • Open to current high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who are near native level English speakers who have played a team sport.
  • Japanese language ability is a plus.
  • Assist senior counselors with campers during camp and prepare for activities including sports, capture the and flag, water balloon toss, potato sack race, talent show, treasure hunt, campfire, and s'mores.
  • A unique cross-cultural experience ideal for college applications.
  • Can be used for volunteer hours required by your high school.
  • Possible to participate in as little as five-nights of camp sessions.
  • Camp sessions from July 21 to August 16
  • Volunteer internship and food & lodging while at camp and domestic transportation to camp are covered.

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