Camp America

Camp America is your chance to do something different with your summer and spend it in the U.S.A. living & working either with children or 'behind the scenes' as support staff on an American Summer Camp.

Each year over 7,500 young people take the opportunity...will you be one of them? If you're a 'first timer' to the programme, read on to find out about the fantastic opportunities & experiences you could be part of in summer!

Camp America is offering fantastic placement opportunities this summer instructing a wide range of activities including Tennis, Archery Climbing/ropes, Waterfront, Science and Technology, Crafts, Fine Arts, Visual Arts, Pioneering, Nature, Performing Arts, and Music Activites!

You do not need to be an Olympic athlete of even a certified teacher we just ask that you have a solid knowledge of your skill, have some experience working with groups of children and be confident enough to teach or assist in teaching. Whilst offering a wide variety of roles we also reward applicants for their experience and qualifications.

What’s Included:

  • An inclusive return flight from London – NY!!
  • Food and accommodation for 9 weeks whilst at camp
  • Something unique to put on your CV
  • A J-1 visa (special visa granted to those who work on summer camps), that also allows you to travel around the USA for up 10 weeks after camp
  • Up to $1200 end of camp pay (depending on skills and the programme you choose)
  • Top-notch customer care and support - most of the Camp America team have been to camp themselves, so we really know what we are talking about!

Camp America is an opportunity you shouldn't miss! Register your interest in working at camp now...

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Camp America Reviews

Perfect for first-time travellers!

My first ever solo adventure was with Camp America and it sparked my passion for travel and for meaningful travel. I worked for two months at Camp Wakonda in New York which caters to campers from New York City's 'Homes for the Homeless' shelter system. The camp experience offers campers an immersive outdoors experience and an escape from their everyday problems and worries. For most campers, coming to Camp Wakonda will be the first time they have left New York City and seen the countryside! I knew I would have my work cut out as a general counsellor as soon as I learnt more about the children's backgrounds, but this only made me more excited as I knew I would be giving something back whilst enjoying living in the USA for 9 weeks. I worked as a general counsellor and also ran my own photography club for the campers due to my interests in photography, and I'm proud to say that it was very popular with the kids.
From the minute you apply to Camp America, you have 24/7 support every step of the way, and it is the perfect experience for a first-time traveller as it has the perfect balance between travelling independantly whilst still benefitting from the protection and inclusion of being a part of a travel company.
Once I returned from camp, I became a brand manager for Camp America, with my soul mission being promoting underprivileged camps, and the rewarding and life-changing experiences you will have. This could not have been a better adventure for me as a first-time traveller. It taught me a lot about myself and the type of traveller I want to be. This is an example of truly meaningful travel and it is something I advocate now as a travel blogger. If anybody has any further questions about Camp America then please comment back on this or contact me through my blog: writeroundtheworld.com!

By: Laura
Nationality: British
Age: 23

Best thing I’ve ever done!

I was super nervous and unsure when I first applied but Camp America made me feel so at ease, they are super helpful if you have any problems!
Luckily, I’m returning to my first year camp again this summer but as a storyteller as well!
I honestly couldn’t recommend CA enough, it changed me and my life for the better. Plus I met some amazing people that are all a second family to me!
Thanks CA, keep up the good work!

By: Amy
Nationality: British
Age: 22

The summer of a lifetime

Camp America allowed me to have the most amazing summer to date. I taught teenagers 12-17 Dance in a variety of styles, working towards productions for visiting day to show their parents. Camp is more than just teaching your activity everyday. You become big sisters to all your bunk kids, see them flourish and grow over a few weeks. Camp is their happy place, therefore it’s your happy place. I’ve made friends for life all over the world, and can not wait to go back to my camp this summer, for another summer of a lifetime! PS ice cream social on visiting day IS THE BEST! Be prepared to dance laugh cry smile comfort sing and the most important let go and enjoy every moment!

By: Kate
Nationality: British
Age: 21

The best memories with CA program

Camp America made my dream come true!!! I was always dreaming about going to the USA !!! I met so many amazing people, visited beautiful places and improved my English :) my adventure began in 2016.. this summer I will takie part for the 3rd time!!!! I cannot imagine my summer without Camp :)

By: Samanta
Nationality: Polish
Age: 23

Best decision ever made.

Participating in Camp America changed my life for the better. It made me enjoy providing help for campers. It was definitely an unforgettable experience, into why I am going back for my third summer. If you want to get the oppprtunity to work in America whilst earning then go for it. I was a General Camp Counsellor for campers with Special needs. I adapted so much in terms for leaning about new disabilities but also understanding how to cater for the campers needs to ensure that they had the best summer of their life time.
Camp was hard first couple of weeks but with the offer of help from returners, it changed everything. Because help was always available when needed, not only did I enjoy camp but I got the opportunity to travel to places I’ve always dreamed to travel too. For example, I visited places such as New York, Miami, Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida, Los Angeles. The list could go on, these destinations I travelled with friends made from camp and it just made the experience a lot more better.

Working at a special needs camp, people already have that instant decision that it doesn’t apply to then or that it’s going to be a challenge that they wouldn’t be able to handle. Life is always about trying new things and putting yourself up for a challenge. Believe me I was scared and worried about working at special needs camps, not because of the type of camp it was. But worrying will the help that I provide be enough. Campers left camp feeling happy and wishing to stay an extra week because it’s all about making it fun and getting campers to participate in activity from Swimming, Hiking, Arts&Craft, Music, Caneoing and the list can go on. Seeing my campers made me happy and showed me that I was achieving, parents were ever so thankful. The experience it’self is very rewarding and it all pays off in the future.

This year I’m heading back to one of my favourite camps for the second time. And I honestly couldn’t be anymore happier in terms of having a summer away and being able to see campers that I catered for in my first year. It’s something to look forward too as this year Camp America is all about creating an impact and encouraging more individuals to take part in the opportunity because it’s life changing. I’m glad that I made the decision to join back in 2016.

By: Amie Myrie
Nationality: England
Age: 21

Camp America is one journey that I’m definitely proud off.

Participating in Camp America changed my life for the better. It made me enjoy providing help for campers. It was definitely an unforgettable experience, into why I am going back for my third summer. If you want to get the oppprtunity to work in America whilst earning then go for it. I was a General Camp Counsellor for campers with Special needs. I adapted so much in terms for leaning about new disabilities but also understanding how to cater for the campers needs to ensure that they had the best summer of their life time. Camp was hard first couple of weeks but with the offer of help from returners, it changed everything. Because help was always available when needed, not only did I enjoy camp but I got the opportunity to travel to places I’ve always dreamed to travel too. For example, I visited places such as New York, Miami, Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida, Los Angeles. The list could go on, these destinations I travelled with friends made from camp and it just made the experience a lot more better.

Working at a special needs camp, people already have that instant decision that it doesn’t apply to then or that it’s going to be a challenge that they wouldn’t be able to handle. Life is always about trying new things and putting yourself up for a challenge. Believe me I was scared and worried about working at special needs camps, not because of the type of camp it was. But worrying will the help that I provide be enough. Campers left camp feeling happy and wishing to stay an extra week because it’s all about making it fun and getting campers to participate in activity from Swimming, Hiking, Arts&Craft, Music, Caneoing and the list can go on. Seeing my campers made me happy and showed me that I was achieving, parents were ever so thankful. The experience it’self is very rewarding and it all pays off in the future.

This year I’m heading back to one of my favourite camps for the second time. And I honestly couldn’t be anymore happier in terms of having a summer away and being able to see campers that I catered for in my first year. It’s something to look forward too as this year Camp America is all about creating an impact and encouraging more individuals to take part in the opportunity because it’s life changing. I’m glad that I made the decision to join back in 2016.

By: Amie
Nationality: Black British
Age: 21

Best decision I have made

Working as a counsellor at a summer camp in the USA, is easily one of the best decisions I ever made.  I applied to Camp America in l 2014 and was offered a job at a camp in NY, USA in june 2014.  I have been there ever since and this year is my fifth summer.The types of camps are incredibly varied.  There are religious camps, sport specific camps, YMCA camps, girl scout camps. Camp America will support you throughout the entire process, from your first interview, to your visa till the end of camp. Theybare friendly, great and reliable. And i have no doubt you will have a great summer and make life long friends.

By: Robin Duffy
Nationality: German
Age: 22

The BEST time

I expected to HATE my time at summer camp - I’d hated my uni experience being so far from home but really wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone. I couldn’t have been more wrong!! I absolutely adored my time in America and have actually put my career on hold to go back for a second summer. I worked for a Girl Scout Camp in Virginia and I met girls who I can now call my best friends - from all over the world. I was too busy 24/7 to miss home and also surrounded by like-minded people who could cheer me up in a heartbeat.

I would 100% recommend Camp America to anybody. The agency look after you and are only a phone call away if you need anything. I had a hospital stay whilst at camp and somehow (I didn’t contact them) Camp America called me daily to ensure I was ok as they knew I must be worried and was so far from home & family. Camp America are the originals and in my opinion the best agency!

By: Shannon
Nationality: English
Age: 22

Best Three Summers

Camp America is the best experience I’ve ever done! My first summer was amazing! I returned twice to the same Camp and enjoyed progressing with my work teaching there and love the children and co-counsellors we were working with! I would recommend this experience to everyone!

By: Georgina
Nationality: English
Age: 23

Camp America

I’m currently going into my third summer working with Camp America at an all girls private camp as a riding counsellor (horses). This has been one of the most life changing experiences of my life as I have had the opportunity to work with some many amazing people and made some great friends over the past two years of camp. Camp America are also a great company to work for as they offer so much support before, durning and after camp! Would defiantly recommend doing it to anyone!!!

By: POPPY
Nationality: British
Age: 19

Camp America

I got hired for Camp America in January 2017 at their London recruitment fair and it was the most exciting thing that happened to me so early on in the year, knowing I would be heading off to Florida for the whole summer was the most amazing feeling to have.
Being at summer camp in Florida was honestly the most amazing 9 weeks I have ever had, I worked with 5 year olds helping them with various activities such as swimming, tennis, arts and crafts, boating, fishing etc. I met amazing life long friends from all over the world including Ireland, America, Poland, South Africa, Scotland, Brazil and plenty more.
Camp really is a home away from home and I can’t wait to go back. I would highly recommend Camp America as they offer so much support and guidance to choosing and being hired by the right camp for you.

By: Amie
Nationality: British
Age: 25

What if?

What if I wouldn’t apply for Camp America in 2015? What if I wouldn’t go to camp at all? That was supposed to be only one summer. Vacation. I ended up going there twice. Oh wait, June 9th I’m coming back for summer number 3.

100% of my heart belongs to camp kitchen. The biggest advantage of this job is that you can decide if you want to take part in activities with kids or no. After work, that I would never call a hard work but more like fun, you still have time to participate in camp’s life. So you can kinda combine both of CA options! After an amazing summer... TRAVELING! Thanks to CA I was able to see West Coast and East Coast with the best people ever! Camp people!

Now, when I’m back to Poland, nothing is the same anymore. Every single morning I wake up and I want to go back to camp more and more. June, please, come faster!!

By: Sandra Nehring
Nationality: Polish
Age: 21

Camp Experience

Summer 2017
I applied to Camp America to gain some experience working with children relevant to my degree.
I was placed in a summer camp in Texas, I worked with practitioners from all over the world and gained some life long friends.
I also travelled after camp for 1 month before arriving back to the United Kingdom, highly recommend the programme to undergraduates seeking to travel and work.
Planning to return summer 2018!

By: Scarlett
Nationality: Welsh
Age: 19

Camp America is Brilliant

I applied with Camp America and went to work at Camp Seven Hills in Buffalo, New York State. I worked as a ropes instructor and had the best summer. I met people from all over the world and the role was very rewarding. You also get to travel afterwards which is one of the best things, I got to see NYC and Niagara Falls. You can view more about my experience here: www.oneworld365.org/blog/top-reasons-why-you-should-do-camp-america

By: Beth Giles
Nationality: British
Age: 21

The most rewarding thing you'll ever do.

Camp America is a life changing experience. It's helped me build my confidence, life skills and organisational skills (to name a small few!) and I am so glad I went through CA. They support you all the way through the process until you're back on UK soil.

I worked at a reform Jewish camp in the sticks on Pennsylvania and around 45 minutes from the nearest form of civilisation. However, I loved it. Being so far away made me realise how much I relied on technology the time away did me the world of good. I'll be going back for my 3rd summer in June 2018.

I've also recently started working for Camp America as a Regional Interviewer in Leeds starting the journey with first year applicants and making sure their chances of placement are the highest they can be!

I would recommend it 110% and would make sure everyone went through the originals for the best possible summer.

By: Cieran Coupe
Nationality: United Kingdom
Age: 21

Is Camp America Any Good?

Yes! I worked at a camp in PA a few years ago which I enjoyed. The salary is bad for the amount of hours you work but it is more about the experience of spending summer in the States. Camp America is perfect if you are a student and are looking for a summer job.

By: Jay
Nationality: British
Age: 30

Absolutely amazing!

I spent the past summer in upstate New York, at international riding camp. I was a horse riding instructor and counsellor, it was the best summer of my life, I’ve made lifelong friends across the globe, met the most amazing campers! Camp America made everything a breeze, they handle everything! Visa appointments, flights, travel to and from camp in the states, you just go with it! I wish I had gone when I was 18, getting paid to do what you love all day is the best way to spend summer!
I would definitely recommend!!
If you want more info, check out my blog chloeamandataylor.com for more about camp life and my camp America experience!

By: Chloe
Nationality: British
Age: 20

USA USA USA

Such an amazing opportunity. You will meet people from all over the world and make the best summer memories of your life. I highly recommend being a specialist and doing something you love as it will be so rewarding sharing your passion with children who look up to you! Camp America is a lovely agency who is always there for you, really prepares you for camp and the staff are really nice. I also did one of their CA treks and had a blast road tripping. Really good way to meet even more people who just did the same thing as you!

By: Olivia
Nationality: Australian
Age: 19

Camp America 2017

I can not recommend Camp America enough, the team are supportive from the get go. After reading mixed reviews I had my doubts and worries about applying through Camp America. I felt completely safe and reassured from filling in my application to my flight home. The staff in the UK were helpful and quick to reply to any questions or anxieties I had. My summer was incredible, one of my best yet! It was fun, challenging and rewarding. I have made lifelong friends and I am already thinking about a second summer with Camp America. For more about my time at Camp feel free to check out my blog posts over at https://nicolesjourneysite.wordpress.com/category/travel/

By: Nicole
Nationality: British
Age: 24

Terrible camp

I went to IGC in pennsylvania and most thinge they did I'm sure are illegal back in the UK. For example, people got severe heat stroke as they were not allowed hats but still expected to work, they would turn air conditioning off as a punishment and we would all be overheating in the staff room, and we would have to clean the pits without any protective gear and dust would get into our eyes and sting severely. This is only a handful of the problems with the camp that I personally experienced. Also most returners were rude and disrespectful to the staff there this summer. I'm sure this is not the same for most camps as all I have ever heard is good things about Camp America and the experience was great with CA right up until i arrived at camp but I will never risk doing this again because I was not treated like a human being.

By: Rebecca Stallard
Nationality: Scottish
Age: 22

Best thing I've ever done

What can I say but wow!!!
Camp America has seriously been the best experience of my life. It has challenged me, taught me a lot about myself, I have learnt new skills and made so so many friends for life!!

I have been to camp 2 years, both times teaching archery to children aged 3-15. The camp I was at was a day camp so I had every evening off and weekends off. The camp was located in the New York State so on the weekends we got to explore nyc and other local cities.

Now the days are very long and is tough, but by the end of the summer you will be amazing on everything you have achieved! Singing morning song in front of 100 kids, fancy dress days, slip and slide fun, carnivals, colour wars, zombie apocalypse so many fun memories!!

If you are thinking of doing camp America do it, it wil honestly change your life!!

By: Lisa ward
Nationality: British
Age: 24

Camp America experience 2016

Going through camp America made the appliction very easy especially for a first time traveller. Also if anything was unclear they were always available to answer all queries.
The experience it self was amazing. I had the opportunity to meet not only Americans but friends from all over he world. It is very common for camp counsellors to visit themselves in their home countries aterwards aswell.
It's a personal growth experience whist being safe in the camp society and I will 100% recommend it to every young person. You will not regret it at all.

By: Elizabeth olulode
Nationality: British
Age: 20

Camp America 2017

I was a participant of camp america programme last summer. I decited to be part of this in Nobember 2016. I got a placemant in the beginning of January on military camp for boys in New York State. Camp America office in Poland helped me a lot with all of documents - even with visa which is required for people from Poland. I spent the most incredible holidays in my life at this camp. I was working as a kitchen staff (campower programme). I was working from 7:30/8:00 am till 7/7:30pm. I had 1-2 hours breake during the day. In every week I had a day off. I met a lot of people from around the world! They are my best friends till end of my life. I felt in camp as a family member. My directors were amazing and helped me a lot with everything. Also I had the best chef in the world! He teached me many thing in the kitchen. After 7 weeks working at camp I started travelling with my friends from camp. We were travelling for almost one month. I saw many things like Grand Canyon, LA, San Francisco, New York etc. If you are thinking about this programme and you are not sure - please choose camp america - it is the best programme! If you have some questions - fee free to text me on instragram xwerciax or e-mail weronikakentner@gmail.com

By: Weronika
Nationality: Poland
Age: 20

Brilliant

I absolutely loved Camp America. I did my placement at Camp Pa Qua Tuck in Centre Moriches, New York and i met some of the most beautiful friends i have ever met and we all still keep in contact to this day. I have even travelled parts of Australia with them.
For anyone thinking of doing Camp America, it is a wonderful opportunity to gain experience in looking after children, making unique friends and travelling. I would definitely do it again 👍🏻

By: David Griffiths
Nationality: British
Age: 31

Life changing

I spent 3 summers at a non for profit camp for kids with disabilities not only did I gain great work experience building my team and leadership skills I also learnt so much for the children I worked with. Ten years on and I still count camp America as the most worthwhile thing I have done! :)

By: Kate Beesley
Nationality: British
Age: 32

If you get the chance, DO IT!!

Worked at a summer camp in Massachusetts in 2014 & 2015 as a tennis coach. Without a doubt the best summer's of my life. Although it was a 7:30 start every morning, getting out of bed was never difficult because you're waking up for a day of nothing but sports with your friends. No day was the same as there was so much stuff to do whether it be on the tennis courts, swimming pool or the lake. Spending 24/7 with your new friends makes a very special bond and these are people that become friends for life.
Having a few weeks of your visa left after camp allows you to travel around america, so definitely make the most of this. In the 2 summer's I managed to visit around 15 states . The classic touristy spots; Miami, new York, Chicago. But also having the contacts from camp, I was able to visit the proper America areas like Iowa and small towns in Pennsylvania & Massachusetts which made the visits much more special.
If you ever do have the chance to apply for camp do it, as it basically becomes a free 10 week trip around the USA.
Make sure you apply early and stay in contact with your sponsor company. In 2016 I applied around February through usasummercamps. They told me they'd booked my visa interview and to get all my documents sorted asap. So booked flights, got all the documents together only to get a call to say they can't get me my visa interview. So with the flights already booked I thought I might as well use them with a tourist visa. Long story short got to the airport in Massachusetts and was refused entry for not having the correct visa. Spent a night in prison, sent home the next day and I'm now banned as a tourist for life from America. So make sure you apply early!!

By: Patrick Townsend
Nationality: British
Age: 21

My American Summer

Hello everyone I'm Virginia and I've been to the US for nearly three months last summer working as a sailing counselor in a summer camp called Summer Camps On The River in Christchurch (Virginia). It has been the best experience in my entire, and still not that long, life! I met lots of Americans but not only, also lots of internationals thanks to Camp America. After my camp I travelled for three weeks all around the East Coast; the first week with my friends from camp and the second and third week with an organized trek with Intrepids. I definitely suggest this type of experience to everyone who really loves traveling and it's a great opportunity to meet peolple from all over the world and find out different coltures. Right now I can't think about anything better than this!
Lots of love from Italy,
Virginia

By: Virginia
Nationality: Italian
Age: 18

One summer isn't enough.

They do not lie when they say you will make friends that will last for a lifetime and create memories that are unforgettable.

Summer 2017 spent in America is one I will not forget. The friends I have made the experiences I have shared are truly amazing. Camp is not only about having your best summer, but you get to make the summer of hundreds of kids.

If you are reading this, your considering camp, so stop reading this, fill in your application and have the best summer!

By: Bree
Nationality: Australian
Age: 23

Amazing

Camp America was the best decision I ever made. It really has broadened my horizons. The program makes travelling to America so much easier and you really get into American lifestyle. I learnt so much about America and also other cultures due to the mix of international staff members at camp. The travel opportunities after camp also made this such an amazing experience! I recommend everyone jump into this head first. It has changed my life I'm more confident and now have a serious case of travel bug.

By: Meg Thomas
Nationality: British
Age: 20

Absolutely amazing, best thing I ever did!

Doing Camp America was the best choice I have ever made, I learnt so much about not only myself but the American culture and got to experience so much that I genuinely don't think I would have got to if I didn't do it.
America is the only country I've ever wanted to desperately visit and I did that all thanks to Camp America.
I made some amazing lifetime friends and we are already planning next years return and travelling plans. I can't wait to get back there and see my camp family and to travelling more of the US.

By: Amy Rossiter
Nationality: British
Age: 21

Redefining my comfort zone

Had a hard start to this year and doubted I would make it to the end. But I persevered and made it to America. Had the best summer I could have hoped for. Had a small comfort zone flying out but working with special needs campers taught me to expand it and push what I thought was my comfort zone. I refound who I was and have made friends that will stay for life.
It also enabled to travel the states after camp.

By: Bryony
Nationality: English
Age: 19

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