SCOA 2023 Summer Camp Internship Program

 SCOA Summer Internship Program Brochure 

Now accepting applications for
2023 American Summer Camp Counselor Internship in Japan!

Deadline: March 5, 2023

Download your application here!  Download your application here!

Summer Camp Info

  • SCOA’s flagship summer camp is about crossing the bridge between Japanese and American culture.
  • All-inclusive internship program includes airfare, food, and lodging.
  • Over 200 athletes and cheer dancers have come to Japan through SCOA over the last 17 years.
  • SCOA has relationships with many university athletic departments including the PAC12 and UC campuses.
  • The pandemic has prevented us from inviting Americans for the past three years, but we are excited to get back in 2023.
  • For more information about SCOA and our mission, check out our Counselor Information Page!

Who are we looking for?

  • U.S. college students and recent graduates who participated in a team sport, cheer, or dance in high school or college.
  • Native level English speakers.
  • Energetic leaders with the willingness to learn.
  • At least one counselor with a cheer dance background is selected because cheer dancing is a camp activity.

Why Participate in SCOA?

  • Step outside your comfort zone and gain skills in leadership and problem solving.
  • Practice effective communication in a foreign environment.
  • Immerse yourself in Japan’s culture, traditions, and lifestyles.
  • Explore one of the world’s most exciting cities, Tokyo, for three nights with lodging covered.
  • Have a once in a lifetime experience and make long-lasting connections.

Application Process / Schedule

  • Submit your completed application to
  • Once the application is received, you will be scheduled for your interviews.
  • March 5th, 2023 is the application deadline.
  • Upon selection, you will attend an online meeting prior to your departure.
  • Counselors arrive in Japan mid-July, followed by a training session.
  • SCOA camps run for roughly four weeks with break days in between.
  • Sightsee Tokyo for three nights and head back home the third week of August.

Junior Counselors

  • We are also looking for high school students to serve as junior counselors.
  • Airfare is not included but food and lodging will be covered during camp.
  • Develop skills that will help you in school and life.
  • Past SCOA campers are highly welcomed!

    Contact Us

  1. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at