Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration

Summer Camp Job Fair

You are cordially invited to join the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA) and the American Camp Association, Illinois at the 2016 Western Illinois University Summer Camp Job Fair on Thursday, January 28, 2016.

Day and resident camps are invited to visit campus to interact with students, including a large number from the Chicago area. Attending the fair provides you wonderful opportunities for recruiting students from a wide variety of majors, and networking with fellow camp directors. Last year’s attendees had the opportunity to interact with 35 camp directors and more than 250 students. We expect this year’s summer camp job fair to be even bigger!

This is our 45th year hosting the fair and we are committed to helping you find the best students for summer employment at your camp.  

Registration Information

The registration fee is $75 for one staff member; additional staff members are $25 each. You may pay by check or credit card. Checks should be made out to RPTA and mailed to the address listed below. If you prefer to pay by credit card, please call the RPTA office at 309.298.1967.  If you need to be invoiced to process payment, please indicate this when you register.

Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration
ATTN: Summer Camp Job Fair
Currens Hall 400
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Your registration fee includes:

  • Space at a fair that has been advertised to WIU’s 10,000+ students, local community colleges, and Macomb High School
  • A permit allowing you to park for free on campus the day of the fair
  • Opportunities to visit classes, Student Recreation Center, and the Student Union, to promote summer camps and the fair
  • Networking opportunities with fellow camp directors
  • Brunch on the day of the fair
  • Free lodging at Horn Field Campus (space is limited, so contact 309-298-1967to make reservations).

This year we will be honoring Gordie Kaplan, Executive Director of American Camp Association, Illinois, for his dedication to the Western Illinois Summer Camp Job Fair. Gordie has been active in promoting and attending this fair for decades. We will honor him at a brunch the morning of the fair.

This year, we are promoting more to students from the Chicago area and a wider variety of majors. By extending the fair’s hours to 5:00 pm, we are attempting to provide opportunities for local community college, evening and high school students to attend.

Please register online at http://goo.gl/forms/ktrUUHPujP by January 15, 2016. Table placements at the fair will be based on registration dates. The sooner we receive your registration, the closer your table will be to the main entrance.

Summer Camp Job Fair Itinerary

8:30 am Brunch Student Union Capital Room
10:00 am Set Up Student Union Grand Ballroom
11:00 am Fair Begins Student Union Grand Ballroom
5:00 pm Fair Concludes Student Union Grand Ballroom 

Contact Information

Please register online at http://goo.gl/forms/ktrUUHPujP by January 15, 2016. Table placements at the fair will be based on registration dates. The sooner we receive your registration, the closer your table will be to the main entrance.

We look forward to having your camp at the Western Illinois University Summer Camp Job Fair. If you have any questions, please contact Spencer Cotton at sl-cotton@wiu.edu or Jeremy Robinett, Assistant Professor, at Jl-Robinett@wiu.edu. You may also call the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration at 309.298.1967.