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Embracing Diversity and Inclusion at Summer Camp

Children can develop new skills, socialise with peers, and have fun in an unthreatening setting when they attend summer camp. Nevertheless, these programs are not always inclusive of all children. Camps must embrace diversity and inclusion to ensure all children feel valued and accepted. The practices of appreciating diverse cultures, supporting open communication, addressing bias and discrimination, and giving activities that cater to different talents and interests are ways in which diversity and inclusion can be embraced.

How Can You Embrace Diversity and Inclusion at Summer Camp

The following are some effective strategies that promote diversity and inclusion at summer camp:

1.     Celebrate Various Cultures

One strategy for embracing diversity at summer camp is to hold celebrations of the various cultures represented there. This can be accomplished by dancing, listening to music, and eating food. For instance, a camp can host a cultural fair where attendees can demonstrate their heritage by bringing traditional garb, antiques, and food to share with fellow campers. Campers not only learn about various cultures via this activity, but they also gain an appreciation for the diversity that is found around the world. It is essential to guarantee that every culture is given equal representation and celebration to prevent them from experiencing feelings of marginalisation or exclusion.

2.     Class and Gender Inclusion

Another way to accept diversity is to ensure that all children feel included regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or ability. This can be accomplished by providing activities that cater to various people’s interests and talents equally. For instance, if a camper requires a wheelchair, the camp should ensure that all facilities and activities are accessible to wheelchair users. In addition, camps can establish gender-neutral facilities and cabins to ensure that all attendees experience a sense of comfort and inclusion. It is crucial to ensure that all children can participate in activities they are interested in, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, or ability.


Working at a summer camp

3.     Open Communication

Summer camps can also promote open communication and encourage children to discuss their opinions and feelings as another way to appreciate diversity in the community. Camps can help campers gain self-confidence and empathy by providing a secure environment in which campers are free to express themselves without being judged or treated differently by other campers. This can be accomplished through individual therapy sessions, activities designed to form stronger teams, and group discussions. It is essential to ensure that all children have the experience of being heard and valued and that their perspectives and ideas are respected.

4.     Training Programs Against Bias

To embrace diversity and inclusion, summer camps need to be aware of any bias or discrimination that may arise and find a way to address them. This includes acting against bullying, stereotyping, or microaggressions directed toward campers based on their colour, ethnicity, religion, gender, or ability. Training on diversity and inclusion can be offered to staff members and kids at summer camps. This helps ensure that everyone recognises and appreciates each person’s unique qualities. It is critical to institute a policy of absolute intolerance for any prejudice or discrimination since this will ensure that all campers experience a sense of being protected and supported.

5.     Preparation for the Real World

In the end, promoting diversity and inclusion at a summer camp is not just about providing a welcoming environment for kids but also about preparing them for the real world outside of camp. Individuals need to have the skills necessary to communicate with others who come from a variety of cultural and ethnic origins in today’s worldwide society. Summer camps can play an important role in developing a more tolerant and welcoming society by introducing young campers to concepts of diversity and inclusion at an early age. Youngsters who spend their summers at camps that promote acceptance, empathy, and open minds are more likely to mature into people who are compassionate, welcoming, and open to new experiences.

Where Can You Find These Values?

Embracing diversity and inclusion at summer camp is crucial to fostering a good and safe atmosphere where all campers may thrive. This can only be accomplished by listening to and learning from campers of different backgrounds and perspectives. Camps may help campers gain self-confidence, empathy, and acceptance of others by honouring different cultures, promoting open communication, addressing bias and discrimination, and offering activities that appeal to various talents and interests. It is essential to cultivate a setting where all campers have the experience of being heard, appreciated, and supported.

US Summer Camp can provide a setting in which campers from all backgrounds can develop and learn in a setting that is both safe and welcoming to everyone. We can contribute to developing a brighter future for all children if we celebrate diversity and encourage inclusiveness at summer camp. Come work with us and help us grow a community of future empathetic leaders ready to take on the world through determination and kindness. There is less work and more fun for you *wink wink* Apply today and have the time of your life this summer!

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6 Emotions You’ll Feel on your First 4th of July

Here are 6 emotions you’ll feel on your first 4th of July!

It’s your first 4th of July in America and every American’s favourite day. It’s time to celebrate the land of the free and the home of the brave and boy are you in for a treat. Red, white and blue are everywhere and you feel like you are in a fresh tube of Colgate toothpaste. You never thought you’d feel so patriotic for a country you’re not from but here you are belting out the National Anthem like you didn’t just learn the words two weeks ago.

Independence Day is not just a film about Aliens on the 4th of July


1. Confusion

confusion about 4th of july

There is none stop chanting of “USA, USA, USA!”. Everyone is in red, white and blue. There are stars and stripes literately everywhere. You didn’t realise how patriotic everyone is until today. Everyone is running around waving flags and singing Katy Perry. Independence Day isn’t just a film about aliens? What?! You thought that the bonfire firework display at your local park was a show. Think again. This display is something to rival Londons New Years Eve show. Who knew independence meant bottomless chicken wings? Sign us up!


2. Food Coma

food coma from 4th of july

There is food EVERYWHERE. You’ve gotten accustomed to the food at camp by now including the mad portion sizes. However, you were not prepared for today! You never knew it was possible to arrange burgers and hotdogs into an American flag display but here we are. There are snacks on snacks on snacks and you are ready. The food coma is coming and you welcome it in waves.


3. Fear

fear of 4th of july

There is a lake with your name on it and you have the fear, bad. You’ve been hiding out all day trying to avoid getting thrown into the lake but tradition is tradition. The feeling of knowing that it is coming is the worst and you’re contemplating just throwing yourself in.


4. Patriotic

patriotic for 4th of july

You might not be American but today you are an honorary citizen. Everyone else’s buzz for the country has got you swept up in the celebrations and your singing Star Bangled Banner with the rest of them. Today, this land is your land and today this land is my land. Go America!


5. Excited


All your campers have got you absolutely fizzing with excitement. There are fun, games and food everywhere. The only holiday you have to compare is Christmas and this is the Christmas of summer. You’re ready to fly the flag and fly the flag HARD. Why can’t every day be the 4th of July?


6. Tired


It’s been a long old day and you are ready for bed. The whole day has been non-stop and although it’s been enjoyable you are worn out. Who knew Independence was so exhausting?! It’s time to kick your feet up, make a cup of tea and go back to business as usual tomorrow. You’re retiring the red, white and blue for Color War. Until next time Independence Day!


Not Sure What To Do After Camp?

There are 52 states in America, spanning 3.8 square miles. Each state has its own individual charm as well as being packed full of a multitude of different Cities, Towns and new experiences. Deciding where you are going to go and what to see after camp can get overwhelming. For example, planning your travel after camp can end up leaving you with option overload.


Why You Should Travel With Contiki After Camp

We have recently partnered up with Contiki to bring you a selection of amazing trips and tours all across America. Take the pressure off and spend your summer enjoying your travels. Make every moment count and experience your dream trip your way. For instance, Contiki allows you to add exciting options into your trip in addition to your included experiences. With an expert Trip Manager leading your way, you’re in safe hands. Here’s why you should travel with Contiki after camp!


One Great Package

When you have selected your amazing trip all you now need to do is pay and go. Yes, it’s that simple! All your travel for the trip, accommodation and experiences are rolled into one great package. Dependent on your trip, you’ll even find some of your meals included too.  Exploring America and sourcing your own travel and accommodation can become quite costly. In addition, researching exactly where you want to go and booking onto these experiences can make the pennies stack up pretty quickly. Trying to get all this sorted while at camp can leave you with booking exhaustion. A reason why you should book with Contiki is that this is all sorted for you. What more could you need?


Make Friends Along The Way

Much like Camp, a trip with Contiki will see you making friends for life. You might find yourself left with nobody wanting to go where you would like to travel after camp. Similarly, there might only be two of you who want to travel to a certain place. With Contiki, you’ll have the safety and the comradery of being part of a group. Furthermore, the age of Contiki travellers ranges from 18 to 35 meaning you’ll be surrounded by people your own age. As well as the average age of Contiki travellers being 26, 55% are solo travellers. So, don’t be worried if you’re heading out on your own!


Unique Experiences

Prepare for your Bucket List to be looking pretty empty after a Contiki Trip! All of the must-see and do places will be included in your itinerary as well as some unique hidden spots. With tours including hot-spot locations such as Yosemite National Park and Route 66, you’ll have the opportunity to see Americas best locations. Your experience, your way. From LA to Canada, wherever you go after camp is up to you. Contiki is perfect for making the most out of your travel.


If you’re looking to explore more this summer, check out the amazing trips offered by Contiki! Save 10% on all full-price trips* and make the most of your travels!

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*Applicable on trips 7 days or more. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only. Combinable with loyalty discount only. Discounts are subject to change.  £60 deposit, freedom guarantee, hold tours on option for up to 7 days, balance due to Contiki 45 days before departure.


The Best Way to Travel Around America?

You get 30 days of travel after America and the freedom to go where ever you, but you have one problem. How are you going to get around? With 52 States and a lot of miles in between, getting from a to b can present a few challenges. Worry not as there are plenty of travel options that can help get take you from camp to wherever you want to be! Moreover, there are also great travel packages from our amazing partners over at Contiki and TrekAmerica. They can sort out your travelling needs as well as your accommodation. Score!



You might already be familiar with Megabus, particularly if you are a seasoned traveller. With low-cost bus tickets to over 100 cities, it’s worth checking to see if Megabus can get you where you need. Either way, a quick look at the tickets could enlighten you to explore somewhere new for a low-cost price! Some tickets can start as low as $1! In all, the best way to travel around America is sometimes the cheapest and with Megabus, you get just that.

travel easier with megabus


It’s worth checking whether the city you are in has a metro system. Similar to the tube, the metro can get you around the city very quickly which is often the best way to get around America! New York City is well known for its Subway and there are a handful of other cities that also have similar transportation systems. There are also handy apps as well as Google Maps that can guide you on which line to get for when you are navigating yourself around.

subway new york travelling



With low fares and a selection of direct routes, Greyhound can help you with your travel around America. There are hundreds of direct routes meaning you get exactly where you need to go. A bus ride across America will take a fair few hours but with free Wi-Fi and individual power outlets on every bus, a few Netflix episodes will help pass the time! Be inspired to explore more places and save money while you do it!

catch the greyhound bus to travel after camp


Get Lifts off America Friends

At Summer Camp, you’re bound to make friends for life. Some of these friends will even have cars! It’s worth checking to see if they are travelling after camp and whether you can hitch a ride with them. A road trip with friends is one of the best ways to explore America. If you need more info on planning a summer camp road trip, we have a handy blog post to help you out.

road trip with friends after camp



We are lucky to be partnered with great travel brands that can help you explore more. In addition, they can help with how to travel America while making more of your budget. TrekAmerica offers more than 50 unique trips. With a pre-planned trip, you’ll be with an experienced tour guide who can show you the best of what America has to offer. Also, with TrekAmerica your travel and accommodation are included, rolling your trip into one convenient package! Find out more about travelling with TrekAmerica here.

trek america travels



Another great brand we have partnered with is Contiki. Each trip is packed full of must-do experiences as well as your transport being covered door to door. An expert Trip Manager guides your trip from start to finish, allowing you to explore the best America has to offer.  With the option to include add-ons with your trip, it’s your travel your way. Make the most of America’s National parks or perhaps see the Golden Gate Bridge. With Contiki, there’s so much to explore. Find out more here.

travel with contiki across america


Angeliqua Goodwin
Angeliqua Goodwin
Angeliqua is the Creative Designer at USA Summer Camp as well as a travel addict!