Staff are a big part of the activity camp experience.
You can be reassured that Barracudas employs high quality staff across our camps. All of our staff have an enhanced level DBS check. Over 70% of Barracudas staff are fully or nearly qualified teaching professionals or specialist instructors, familiar with the strict guidelines of a childcare setting. Every staff member also needs to attend a Barracudas assessment day before they’re able to work at camp.
That said, we know it's all about the personal experience at camp. You can get an insight into the people who'll be looking after your kids with our Meet the Team series.
Meet Camp Manager, Will
What role are you in and what make you go for this role?
During summer 2022, I worked as a Camp Manager at the Bedford camp. I went for this role because after working for Barracudas for many years, I wanted to use my experience to run my own camp. I wanted to give the children the best possible experience whilst helping other members of staff with their personal development.
Why did you choose to work at Barracudas?
I originally signed up to work for Barracudas when I was studying for my A-levels as I wanted to make earn some money during the summer holiday and have fun whilst I was doing it. I kept coming back during my time at university because I had so much fun working on camp, working with children and making new friends. It’s always a great experience.
How many seasons have you worked at Barracudas?
2022 was my 7th year working for Barracudas. I started as a lifeguard in 2016, have since worked in a variety of roles including Group Leader, Senior Sports Instructor and Camp Manager.
What’s your favourite thing about working at Barracudas?
I love working at camp. The kids are amazing and each day is different. The endless personal development opportunities Barracudas provide for their staff is also a big advantage. Every year that I have come back, they have encouraged me to take part in a wide range of training courses, such as first aid and inflatables training, and all the skills I’ve learnt will be hugely beneficial to my career.
Has Barracudas helped you in your current role?
I’ve just completed my teacher training, and I now work as a secondary school teacher. My experiences from working at Barracudas have been invaluable to me in this role as I was already familiar with working with children, behaviour management and safeguarding training. Before starting University, I had no idea what I wanted to do afterwards, but I enjoyed working with young people so much at camp that it encouraged me to pursue a teaching career.
We're looking forward to welcoming Will back to camp as a Camp Manager in 2023!