Are You Sure You Want to Teach Tennis at a Sleepaway Camp?

Phil Naessens at Camp Caribou for Boys

Over the past three weeks or so Tennis Camp Jobs has been inundated with resume’s from tennis professionals worldwide; the response to Tennis Camp Jobs and Invictus Tennis Academy has been amazing and both Paul Sykes and I are thrilled and look forward to the summer of 2018 with great anticipation.

I would say that roughly 95 percent of the applicants have never had the privilege of working at a Sleepaway Camp and the main question being asked?

What’s it like to be a Tennis Pro at a Sleepaway Camp?

When I say “privilege” to teach tennis at a Sleepaway Camp I mean just that; I feel privileged to be the Tennis Director at Camp Caribou for Boys these past two seasons just as I felt privileged to be the Tennis Director for three seasons at Brookwood Camps.

Besides the lifetime friends I have made over the years it’s always nice when a camper I taught as far back as 1998 looks me up on Social Media just to say hello and thanks.

It’s amazing watching the young people grow not only as players but as people and at Sleepaway Camp you get to watch this on a daily basis.

Most of the camper’s probably only play tennis at camp and it is an awesome feeling when one of your campers emails stating they are playing tennis after school and thanking you for inspiring them to do so.

Those are just some of the great experiences you will experience teaching tennis at a Sleepaway Camp.

I could stop right there but that wouldn’t be the full picture.

Normally a Tennis Professional at a Sleepaway Camp will be expected to teach anywhere from six to eight hours per day five days per week. It can get quite hot out there on the court so if you are unable to do this then Sleepaway Camp might not be for you.

Normally if you are under the age of 35 more than likely in addition to your tennis duties you will be assigned a bunk and will be supervising the campers during their evening activities as well as sleeping in the bunk. If this isn’t something you don’t think you can handle than probably Sleepaway Camp isn’t for you.

Depending on the camp you may be asked to set up and remove nets, windscreens, clay court lines and maybe even daily maintenance of the courts. You may also be asked to help out other activity areas open and close their areas. If this isn’t something you’d be willing to do than maybe Sleepaway Camp isn’t for you.

You’ll probably also be expected to officiate sporting events and maybe even participate in sporting events other than tennis. Again; if this isn’t something you are willing to do than maybe you should consider something else for the summer of 2018.

Sleepaway Camp is more than just the job you signed up for.

With that being said I wouldn’t trade my Camp experiences for anything. The job is demanding but the rewards far outweigh any of the demands and challenges that being a Tennis Professional at a Sleepaway Camp can bring. If this is how you would like to spend the summer of 2018 send me an email at