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Summer Camp Packing List

Summer Camp Packing List

Need help with a Summer Camp packing list?

Trust me… I know how stressful it can be to try and cram three months worth of packing into one suitcase but don’t worry, I’ve got your back.

Don’t over pack your suitcase: I know there’s a temptation to try and pack everything!

Summer Camp Documents

Some of the most important things you’ll need for your trip to Summer Camp are documents to get into the US!

You’ll need to make sure you pack your:

  • Passport with your J1 visa inside
  • DS-2019 and SEVIS receipt
  • Insurance card
  • Camp contract and camp’s contact details
  • Onward travel plan details covering you from the airport to camp

Summer Camp Clothes

A Summer Camp packing list wouldn’t be complete without clothes!

Your clothes will probably get covered in paint, dirt, and sun cream (and that’s in the first week alone), so it’d be best to wear anything you really love on your days off and while you’re traveling after camp finishes.

Packing Tip: Get clothes from Primark! I’ve bought jogger shorts for £2.50 and tee’s for £2 from there and they are LIFESAVERS!

Once you get to Summer Camp in America, head to Walmart, because they have everything!

What clothes should you pack for camp?

  • T-shirts (Remember your USA Summer Camp tee!)
  • Athletic swimming costumes
  • Shorts
  • A raincoat
  • Leggings or joggers
  • Hoodies
  • Long sleeved tops

Summer Camp Shoes

You’ll need to invest in a comfy pair of trainers. Nothing’s worse than spending a whole summer in trainers that’ll rip your feet apart.

Remember to take flip flops and crocs too because they’ll be the best shoes to wear around the pool and on your days off!

Summer Camp Fancy Dress and Spirit Days

Fancy Dress and Spirit Days are some of the best days you’ll take part in while you’re at Summer Camp in America.

Remember to pack your fancy dress costumes!

Spirit Days are your chance to bring a little something from home that represents you. It could be a flag of your country, pictures of your family, your favourite football team, or a souvenir. It’s also a great talking point with the kids as they’ll love to talk about your home!

Summer Camp Toiletries

Pack less than you think you’ll need because Walmart will come to the rescue again!

Pack little bottles of shampoo and body wash with you for the first two weeks and then buy the rest while you are there.

Jess Lucas
Jess Lucas
Jess is the Marketing Executive at USA Summer Camp. She spent her first summer in America as a Camp Counselor at Indian Head.
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What’s Stopping You Going to Summer Camp?

4 Summer Camp Phrases Explained

Know your Camp Christmas from your 10 for 2? Here are 4 Summer Camp phrases explained…

Life at camp is a bit like a bubble, so much so it even has it’s own language!

Don’t worry though, because, after a few days, you’ll be as fluent as everyone else.

Camp Christmas

Just because it’s the middle of summer and you’re in shorts and a t-shirt doesn’t mean it can’t be Christmas.

Every year, camp staff and campers come together and celebrate as if it was December 25th.

There’s a visit from Santa, wrapped presents, and a feast at dinner time!

10 for 2

If you spend 10 months counting down to the two you’ll spend at camp, then you’re living 10 for 2!

A summer at camp will be the best summer of your life. If you return to camp, you’ll experience it over and over!

Hot Days

One of the great things about working at camp is getting paid to have fun in the sun.

When it gets too hot to do anything, you’ll get a Hot Day. The day’s all about time in the pool and pizza!


Counselors get downtime to re-charge their batteries during the day, and that time is sometimes called Paperwork.

Off for a quick snack? You’re doing your paperwork. Need the loo? Paperwork!

The Best Sports Coaching Jobs in America

Bagging one of the best sports coaching jobs in America would be a great way to spend a summer.

Sport plays a massive part in life at Summer Camp, and they’re some of the most popular activities.

Getting to play, coach, and have fun all day sounds like a good summer, right?

Coach Soccer at Summer Camp

Coaching Soccer at Summer Camp is one of the most popular job options for Europeans heading to camp.

You’ll need to learn to call it soccer, but both men’s and women’s football is growing massively in America.

As a coach, you’ll be helping players of all levels improve their skills through the sessions you run.

Adding international coaching experience to your coaching CV will help you grow your own skills too.

Teach Archery at Summer Camp

Are you a bit of an expert with a bow and arrow? Want to channel your inner Robin Hood?

Working as an Archery Instructor at Summer Camp is one of the best sports coaching jobs in America.

The sport has been a massive part of life at camp since camps started and the campers love it!

Become a Climbing Instructor

If you’re adventurous and want to become a Climbing Instructor at camp, step this way!

You’ll help the campers overcome their fears and get further up the wall on each try.

It’s a really rewarding job and you’d be paid to enjoy your hobby… which is a bonus!

Coach Tennis at Summer Camp

Spending your day out on court helping the campers improve their shots is great fun.

Some camps offer tennis sessions as part of their program, and others are specialist tennis camps.

If you’re up for one of the best sports coaching jobs in America, why not apply for camp today!

What’s Stopping You Going to Summer Camp?

The adventure of a lifetime is waiting for you, so what’s stopping you going to Summer Camp?

Upping sticks to America for the summer can be a scary thought. But, it’s more than worth going.

You’ll learn new skills, make new friends, get paid to have fun, and you’ll literally change your life!

Let’s have a look at the top reasons that might be stopping you going to Summer Camp…

Friends and Family

Spending 9 to 12 weeks in America means you’ll be away from your friends and family.

Everyone goes through a bit of homesickness, but everyone bands together to get through it.

Living and working with people for that long means you’ll quickly become like a little family of your own.

You’ll meet people from all over the world and you’ll learn so much about different cultures too.

Your friends and family will still be there when you get home. They’ll be really jealous of your trip though!

University Lectures

The vast majority of the people who go to Summer Camp in America are students.

Summer Camp dates fit perfectly around the end of Summer Term, so you’ll be able to take part.

The latest date you can fly to America is on the morning of 19th June, well after lectures end!

You’ll be heading home before lectures restart in September too, so there are no worries there.

Summer Job at Home

Working at home or travelling and landing a dream summer job abroad… there’s no comparison!

Being able to add international work experience to your CV will help your career in lots of different ways.

You’ll be able to show you’re flexible, committed, independent, and well-travelled, just by working at camp!

Having Enough Skills

Some people worry about not having the right skills to work at Summer Camp.

American Summer Camps hire for a massive range of skills and lots you’d never think they would.

From sports to the arts, computing to magic, yoga to survival skills, and everything in between!

Whatever your skills, hobbies, and interests, there’s a perfect Summer Camp job waiting for you.

Dave Scotford
Dave Scotford
Dave is the Head of Marketing at USA Summer Camp. He's travelled quite a bit, and has covered most of Europe and South America.