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I have worked at barracudas for five years now and have moved up roles from being a lifeguard to group coordinator to early years manager. Barracudas is just good fun, you get to work with great, like-minded people and help children have an exciting day. Also, I do like that there's opportunities to grow in the roles on camp. I started when I was 17 and I had developed my skills and this has been recognised by management, giving me the opportunity to progress. Working at barracudas has given me great experience and helped me so much while I was training to be a primary school teacher and once I had qualified. You learn so much from other staff across camp, that you become an expert in creating exciting and fun activities. At times I have been inspired. I would recommend barracudas to anyone with/wanting experience with children and who is willing to work hard. The people that work the hardest get the most out of the experience. It genuinely is a fun job and you meet really good friends.

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Chloe Chloe 2nd November 2016
Cambridge

Roles | Arts and Crafts Instructor

As an Arts and Crafts Instructor, you will be leading creative arts and crafts activities to all ages on camp. Using a variety of different materials and techniques your session will be exciting and engaging. You will be responsible for maintaining a safe and tidy arts and crafts environment.

Age of children:  4½ years – 14 years

Salary: £250 - £370 per week (dependant on age, qualifications and experience). 

Hours: 8.30am-5pm or 9am-5.30pm. The first Monday morning of camp will start at 7.45am for all staff and will be paid to you accordingly at the end of the season. There after you may be requested by your Camp Manger to start at 7:45am as required, this will be paid to you accordingly.

Requirements: It is essential to have experience in Arts and Crafts.

If you are a new member of staff you will be required to attend an Assessment Day. This day will contain a mixture of practical and theory based workshops.

A DBS check is required for every staff member who works for Barracudas.

A day at Barracudas for an Arts and Crafts Instructor:

Ahead of camp, you can read up on session ideas in our Arts and Crafts Manual that you will have access to. This will give you ideas to base your sessions on, and allow your creative mind to flow. 

When you arrive at camp for your shift, you may be a runner, taking children from the registration point to a designated area on camp where an all camp activity may be taking place, or to the child’s base room where they will join the rest of their group. You may be involved in one of these activities, getting the children active from the moment they arrive at camp ready for their fun day ahead.

Your arts and crafts day may start with the Minnows, the youngest group on camp, making masks, something they can take home with them. Next session after break, you have the Stingrays, the 8-10 year olds. You could be making comic strips so they can use their creative skills to make an amazing story through pictures of their favourite heroes and villains. Session 3, the dolphins, who are 6-7 year olds, could be hand puppet making, something they can use to create a show in dance and drama. 

After lunch, for sessions 4, 5 and 6 you may be joining a group of children and leading and helping with other activities such as dodgeball, den building or rounders to name a few!

The end of the day is approaching, and the main timetable of activities has finished. You will then act as a runner again, collecting children from their base room when their parents and carers arrive at the collection point, sending them home tired from all the fun, excited to return to camp tomorrow!

 

The above is an example of what may be involved in your day as an Arts and Crafts Instructor, and is designed to give you an insight into what the role entails. Your day may be similar to this but not identical and will include a range of other tasks and responsibilities.