Life at Camp

3 min. readlast update: 10.17.2023

Check out everything you need to know about what to expect during summer at camp.

What is the accommodation like at summer camp?

From cabins to tents, to dorms, accommodation facilities vary across camps. We make sure that they all meet a Camp Leaders set standard and that they are suitable for you to live in. You'll be sharing your accommodation with campers and/or other staff members, depending on your role at camp. Campers and counsellors typically like to decorate the accommodation with country flags and photos of their family and pets at home.

Will I need to bring bedding to summer camp?

No. All international staff will be provided with bedding and a pillow. Usually, within the first week at camp, you'll be taken to Walmart for the opportunity to purchase any extra items that you may want.

What is the food like at camp?

All food at camp is camper-friendly, which means that the majority of meals will be standard, staple meals.

  • Breakfast is usually something like cereal, fruit or toast. There might also be some fancy options like breakfast burritos, pancakes, hash browns or english muffins.
  • Lunch can include camp favourites like make your own sandwich (peanut butter and jelly is a popular choice) soups, mac and cheese, grilled cheese or pizza sticks.
  • Dinner can be your classic hamburgers, kentucky fried chicken, fajitas, tacos or spaghetti and meatballs.
Camps can cater to special dietary needs such as Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, Nut Free and Dairy Free.

I have dietary requirements, will they be catered for at camp?

Yes. Camps often have many children (campers) as well as staff with various dietary requirements. Make sure this is detailed correctly on your medical form so that your camp is aware of any dietary requirements before your arrival.

Will I get time off at camp?

Yes. Every camp schedule is different but you should get some time off at least once a day as well as a number of full days off during the summer.  

What can I do during time off at camp? 

At most camps, scheduled time off within the day will need to be spent on camp. You may choose to rest, catch up with friends or contact home- your camp will let you know what you can and can't do during this time. Your full days off can be spent however you like. Explore the surrounding areas, head to Walmart or go to the local diner for food- the options are endless.

Will I be able to contact my family and friends at camp?

Yes. Most camps will have wifi access or an internet room for staff to use. Please note that throughout the day, most camps will require you to have your phone locked away. You will only be able to access your phone and wifi areas at specific times while you're at camp. If you urgently need to contact home, you can speak to your camp director.

How can I use my phone at camp and in the US?

Most UK networks will work in the US but some may charge you to make and receive calls. It's best to check in with your provider about these charges before you go to camp. You can also get a US sim card while you're out there if you need one to contact other American staff members. Most camps will have wifi, so we’d advise sticking to WhatsApp or facetime calls when you can. 

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