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I have just completed my 4th summer working for Barracudas. I started in 2014 as a group assistant and have worked every Easter and summer since. I progressed into the Early Years Coordinator role and as of this year became an Early Years Manager. In this time I’ve worked at two different camps and have thoroughly enjoyed working at both. Working for Barracudas has been really convenient for me, as I started just before I began training to become a Primary School Teacher, which meant I was able to work somewhere for the holidays, not only that I enjoy, but could gain a wealth of experience from. I have worked with a range of people, many that work with children outside of Barracudas also, but all have the same passion and enjoyment working with children. I’ve made some friends for life from working at camp! Going to work every day and being able to have fun with kids and act like a big kid yourself sometimes is a fun way to earn some money over the holidays. I’ve always been supported from when I started, whether it be by red shirts, blue shirts or by the area team or head office now I’m a blue shirt myself; Barracudas has really enhanced my professional development, especially in finding different ways to adapt activities to different children, behaviour management, and leadership skills, all which I can use away from camp. I would recommend working at Barracudas to anyone, but especially to those who would like a career working with children, the experience is invaluable!


Niamh Niamh 14th September 2017
Hemel Hempstead

Roles | Dance and Drama Instructor

As a Dance and Drama Instructor, you will be leading creative dance and drama activities to all ages on camp. You will be expected to lead exciting and engaging sessions, getting all children involved and having fun using a variety of techniques. You will also be leading the Upstage skills builder course. 

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 Dance and Drama. 

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

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

A day at Barracudas for a Dance and Drama Instructor:

Ahead of camp, you can read up on session ideas in our Dance and Drama manual that you will have access to. This will give you ideas to base your sessions on, and allow your creative mind to flow with new ideas that you can bring to camp.

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 day may start with leading the oldest group, the Barracudas, who are 11+ in a session with mime – you could use face paints to get them into character. After break, session 2 with the 8-9 year old Shark group might be spontaneous improvisation – who are the Sharks aspiring to be?! Session 5 after lunch could be party games with the Minnows – musical statues, grandma’s footsteps, get them having fun with their favourite party music.

Session 3 you might be leading the Upstage skills builder, whereas sessions 4 and 6 you may be joining a group of children and leading and helping with other activities such as kinball, big box challenge or kwik cricket 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 a Dance and Drama 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.