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Our Top 12 Camp Counselor Gift Ideas

Struggling to get the perfect gift for the Camp Counselor in your life? Christmas is just around the corner and the USA Summer Camp team are here to save the day! It’s time to forget the boring socks and give the camp enthusiast what they really want this Christmas. Take a look at our top 12 Camp Counselor gift ideas to get some inspiration!

Friendship Bracelet Kit


If you give your future Camp Counselor a friendship bracelet kit, they will be guaranteed to be the coolest person at camp. One of the biggest camp traditions is making friendship bracelets so if your camp counselor is ready and prepared, they will be already a step ahead. Also, who doesn’t want to be rocking friendship bracelets all year round too!?

Polaroid Camera


This is one of our favourite Camp Counselor gift ideas! If you have a bigger budget to spend, get them a Polaroid Camera. With this gift, they will be able to capture special moments and print the picture on the spot which is so cool! They can give the pictures to their campers, friends and also decorate their cabin! They’re also great for travelling and the campers will love taking selfies with them too.

Water Bottle

Waterbottle gift for counselor

This is something every Camp Counselor needs for the time at camp. They will put it down for one second and never seen it again. NEVER. Trust us, they will go through them like there’s no tomorrow! To prevent this, get them a water bottle that has a crazy design or name engraved so if it does go missing, everybody knows whos it is. They’ll definitely thank you for it when they’re at camp!

A Taste of Home

Chocolate Box

It’s hard to say this but, chocolate in America just isn’t the same. (I know, we were disgusted too) Hershey’s is nice and all, but there’s nothing like the taste of the British delicacy, Cadburys. Gift your friend with a care package that includes some English chocolate, sweets, drinks and you can’t forget the tea bags! There’s nothing better than having a taste of home.

Summer Camp Film

Camp Rock DVD

Motivate your Camp Counselor and show them all the fun they’re going to have next summer with a traditional Summer camp movie. The USA Summer Camp team recommend watching Camp Rock and Parent Trap for a movie night! Grab the popcorn and comfy PJ’s to complete the night. Your Camp Counselor will be ready to hop on to the plane to camp after receiving this gift!

American Power Adaptor

Travel Adaptor

If your Camp Counselor can be a bit forgetful sometimes, they will really benefit from this present! As the plugs in America are different from the UK, travellers will need an American Power Adaptor to be able to use their electronics. These are cheap to buy and can be easily found in most supermarkets!

White Tees

Tiedye tee

For a cheap and easy gift, every Camp Counselor needs white tees. It’s the worst feeling when it’s time to tie-dye with the campers and you forgot to bring a white tee. Bummer. Tie-dye is one of the best activities on camp so make sure to prepare your counselor with this gift.

Waterproof Watch

Waterproof watch Counselor Gift Ideas

As most camps don’t allow counselors to use their phone whilst on the job, having a watch is super handy. They will need to stick to times and make sure their campers are at their activities so having a watch will help massively. Also, we recommend getting a waterproof one as it is likely they will be in the pool or lake every day!

Travel Journal

Travel Journal

Your friend is about to have the best experience of their life and this gift is the perfect way to reminisce and keep special memories safe for years to come. Buy your friend a travel journal so they can document their travels, souvenirs, pictures and tickets stored away from their adventure in America. It definitely is one of the best ways to remember their experience in the US!

Head Torch

Head Torch Counselor Gift idea

If you want to give them a practical gift this holiday, get them a head torch! It can get very dark at night while at camp. A head torch will be very handy when walking around camp at night and when going back into your cabin after your night off.

Go Pro

Go Pro

If your Camp Counselor is a keen videographer, this gift will be perfect. The Go Pro is waterproof, tough and easy to whip out in-between the action. Camp Counselors will be able to film their Summer Camp experience and keep the memories forever. If you do buy them this amazing gift, tell them to send us the footage because we’d love to see it!


Dollars Camp Counselor Gift

This gift is essential! If you’re unsure what your counselor needs or wants, get them American dollars for their trip to the US. They can spend it while they’re at camp or save it for their 30 days of travel! They can purchase what they want while in the US or save it towards accommodation and fun activities after camp. Plus, who doesn’t love to receive money?!

So there you have it. They’re our top 12 Camp Counselor Gift Ideas for the Holidays! From head torches to Go Pros, your Camp Counselor is going to be spoilt for Christmas and ready to smash the summer. All thanks to you! (You can thank us later!) If you’re going to be a Camp Counselor yourself, send this to your friends and family to make sure you get what you need for your summer in the states!

Happy Holidays!

Jess Lucas
Jess Lucas
Jess is the Marketing Executive at USA Summer Camp. She has spent two summers at Camp IHC and cannot wait to help send even more people to camp this year.
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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!