Typical Day at Summer Camp
Going to work at a summer camp for the first time? Are you wondering what a typical daily schedule looks like when working at a summer camp in America?
Take a look at a general summer camp daily schedule and get ready for the summer of a lifetime.
Normal Daily Routine
7.30-7:45am - Wake Up
Alarms are usually set around 7:30 depending on how early you want to wake up. Be prepared foor early starts as days are action packed.
7.55am - Flag Raising
Walk to see the US flag raising ceremony.
8.00am - Breakfast
Lead your cabin to the dining hall for breakfast which usually runs for approx 30 minutes. There will usually be some announcements for any news or special events during the day.
8:30am - Day Preparation
Head back to cabins to tidy cabins, clean beds, shelves, and take recycling and rubbish out.
9.30am - 1st activity
During the day there are different activities available where staff can instruct sports and lessons whilst campers can choose what they would like to do. Sometimes morning or afternoon activities are for you to join with your cabin or group allowing campers and counsellors to participate together. Or they can be individual where campers can choose an activity like soccer, arts and crafts, swimming, tennis, or sailing.
10.30am - 2nd activity
Everyone meets in the dining hall for lunch. Expect a selection of food and lots of songs. Expect food to be different every day, usually there is a mix of fried and fresh food including pasta, hamburgers, soups and deserts. There are usually lots of options for all interests and dietary needs.
13.00pm Rest hour
After lunch usually all staff and campers head back to cabins to relax. You could listen to music, write letters, play cards/games, have a sleep or just prepare for the afternoon activities.
14.30 - 3rd activity
First afternoon activity.
15.30 - 4th activity
Second afternoon activity.
16.30 Free time
Take some time to relax before dinner.
17.00 Flag lowering
Some camps have a flat lowering ceremony followed by special events.
Gather with your cabin and eat dinner. Expect lots of noise, songs and food!
18:00 Free Time
Chat with friends, hang out, go on the internet, watch tv, the choice is yours. Take some time to just relax before the evening schedule.
19:00 Evening activity
Usually you will have an evening activity for example, a camp dance, a sporting event or just a social event. This is a great chance to unwind from the day and catch up with friends.
21.00 Start getting read for bed
Head back to your village or cabin and start getting ready for bed.
20.30 Lights Out
Some camps have an evening lights out policy which can be earlier than you are used to in 'normal' life. Believe us though, you will be exhausted after the days events.