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How Coronavirus Will Change US Summer Camps This Year

How Coronavirus Will Change US Summer Camps This Year

Having to live with Coronavirus was tough worldwide, but what is the impact at our summer camps? Like us all, summer camps have implemented strategies, safety measures and barriers to keep everyone at camp is safe. In this blog, we will explore how coronavirus will change US Summer Camps this year.

There’s No Bubble Like A Camp Bubble

Summer Camp Jobs are going ahead in 2022. And what safer place to have a covid free bubble than at camp? Camps have adapted to Covid-19 and will ensure that children, staff and everyone associated to the camp are away from the risks of infection. Many camps have put into place additional staff facilities, allowing more availability to enjoy days and evenings off on-site.


All US summer camp staff will have had the Covid-19 vaccination. In addition, those international summer camp staff attending camp on a J1 Visa will also be offered a vaccination by most camps. They will provide you with transportation to and from the vaccination centre, making it super easy for you to get vaccinated! If staff are vaccinated, it means you will be able to leave camp on days and evenings off as you please.

Before Entering a US Summer Camp

It’s super important to make sure precautions are put in place to stop the virus from entering the camp grounds. Children and American staff will be required to provide a negative test 5 days prior to entering camp. The same thing for international J1 summer camp staff. You will be expected to provide a negative test result in order to leave their home country and fly to the states. You will then be expected to provide another negative test result upon arrival at camp. It’s an inevitable action, but one that ensures the safety of yourself and those around you. Yes, it’s a different set of actions to those of the past, but it will mean the continuation of camp and the peace of mind for everyone involved in summer camp which of course, includes the camper’s parents.

Will the Camp Experience Change?

It’ll be different, yes. In 2020, the biggest issue camps faced was the fact that Covid-19 had undoubtedly changed the traditional camp experience. Summer Camp is about high fives, pats on backs, hand shakes, hugs, and being a team. Take these moments away from camp and it removes part of the fun and the whole reason we do what we do.

Summer camps had to put in extra precautions. Cabins were not full due to social distancing and age groups couldn’t mix. There was extra cleaning, extra sanitising and in many cases, different set of rules at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Camps had to act fast and didn’t know enough even then about the virus. It was camp, but it wasn’t the same.

Now as we look into 2021, taking away the coronavirus risks by vaccinating and creating that bubble at camp, we are able to continue as usual and stick to the very principles of what makes camp, summer camp! Expect the roars, high fives, chants, winning incredible games and the very things that make dinner time exciting. Camp will continue, it’s business as usual. This summer will be different. The aim is to return to the amazing camp experience we all love.

Day to Day US Summer Camp Experience

So will anything change from day to day? With these new policies put into place,  campers and staff will be able to sleep in the cabins the same as before. The daily schedule will remain unchanged. We will all still be able to battle it out in colour wars, race against each other in the camp olympics and enjoy the excitement of “break out”.  Skits will remain the same, summer camp performances will be untouched and there will be no stopping us singing around the camp fire. S’mores will be served, pizza eaten and drinks drank.

Camps will be split into teams, of all ages and play out the competitions against each other. Win or lose. The fist pumps, high fives and chest banging will continue. No matter the type of camp, or camp location, you can be sure everyone is in this together.

Summer 2022 Is Around The Corner

Whilst Covid-19 has changed the way we operate and the way we interact, camps are working hard behind the scenes to ensure everyone is safe and getting the summer camp experience that we all dream about. Yes, there will be more checks and even more cleaning, but every step and action they’re taking is to continue doing what they do best… Organising the best summer of your life!

Many camps closed in 2020. It hurt. They don’t want this to happen again. They missed the children, the staff, the parents and each other, but by working together, 2022 will be the best summer yet. Apply today!

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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!

Save 10% With Code PPUSASUMMERCAMP10

*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!