Types of Camps

There are a variety of different camps in the USA, so we've given you a few examples of the different types so that you can get an idea of what each is

Agency camps

Run by agencies such as the YMCA, 4-H clubs, Campfire Boys & Girls, etc. follow the traditions of the agency with which they are affiliated and are operated by a board of directors rather than an individual owner.

Family camps

An opportunity for the whole family to join in the experience of camp together, family camps will run in the same manner as other residential camps, with the exception that counselors aren't required to live in a bunk with the children as their parents are there to look after them. You'll be responsible for leading activities for both children and adults.

Private / Independent camps

Privately owned and operated, these camps are often separated into all-boys or all-girls camps, with a few remaining as co-ed camps. Many families have been sending their children to the same private camp for generations, so traditions are strongly rooted in the camper and staff community.

Day camps

Operated by private owners or an agency, day camps run only daytime sessions, as the name suggests! Children arrive early in the morning and participate in a full day of activities before returning home to their families at the end of the day. This means that counselors don't live in a bunk with the kids and may stay with a host family. Day camps are often located closer to towns and cities than residential camps, and campers may come from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds.

Special Needs camps

Providing an opportunity for those with special needs to experience camp life, these camps can be a real challenge, but are often seen as providing the greatest reward for the staff that work there. Campers will have a variety of special needs, including (but not limited to): mental and/or physical disabilities, blindness, deafness, learning disabilities, and ADHD/ADD. Campers may range in age from young children to adults.

Faith-Based camps

Mainly representing Jewish or Christian faiths, this type of camp offers campers an opportunity to attend traditional summer camp while developing and celebrating their religious beliefs at the same time. The level of religious awareness and involvement required from camp staff varies depending on the camp. Some camps put more emphasis on religion and religious studies, while others use religious and moral beliefs in a more subtle way in their daily camp activities.

Underprivileged Camps

Children from less affluent socioeconomic backgrounds are accommodated at this kind of camp. Many campers might receive financial aid if their families are unable to pay the registration fees. A foundation or organization that receives grants and charitable donations typically runs camps for the underprivileged.

Action to take

Simply BROWSE the list of our camps on our website or click below.

PICK your top 5 camps from it.

NOTE these camps you choose are guaranteed to receive your profile.

This will broaden your chances of getting placed in a camps of your choice.

FAQs on choosing a camp

How you choose the top 5 camps?  The reason behind this is to make sure that you have back up plans. Sometimes your profile will not match the ethos and culture of the camp or all placements have been taken.

No. Some faith-based camps may prefer you to be of a specific faith, or be actively practicing but most often, they hire people based solely on personality or skill and if you’re willing to work at faith-based camp

No. You don’t need previous experience to work with special needs campers. Before campers arrive, you’ll have at least a week to settle in, meet your co-counselors, and get oriented. There will be lots of other counselors around to support you and provide guidance – the camper-counselor ratio at these camps is usually 1:1 or 2:1. The best special needs counselors are flexible and compassionate so if this is you, you’ll be perfect at one of these camps.

Each member of our dedicated US team responsible for selecting our camps has worked at camp, usually for multiple years and some have even directed camps themselves. They personally handpick all of our camps, to ensure they’re a suitable match for the Camp Leaders program and the people taking part. Each year, we review our camps and collect feedback from everyone who attended, to make sure we only work with the best out there

No. Although you can’t specify your camp location, you can choose which types of camps you would like to work at. From these specifications on your application, we’ll make sure you are matched with a camp that aligns with your preferences. After camp, you’ll have 30 days to travel wherever you’d like in America.

You will be matched with a camp based on your skills, experience, and motivation and the staffing requirements of the camps that we work with.

We have a team of dedicated experts who will only match you with camps that are perfect for you. We’ll introduce you to a camp that matches your skills and personality, but you’ll need to be interviewed and hired by a camp in order to be placed there. During this interview, you’ll be able to chat with the Camp Director to find out more about the camp before accepting an offer or confirming your placement.

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