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The Benefits of Working at a Summer Camp: More Than Just a Job

Working at a summer camp can be a fulfilling experience. You will not only get to spend your days outside, but you will also get the opportunity to work with children and help them acquire new abilities, make new friends, and have a good time.

The Benefits of Working at a Summer Camp

The following are the benefits of working at a summer camp:

1.      Building Skills

Working at a summer camp needs various abilities, including leadership, communication, teamwork and problem-solving abilities. You will coordinate activities, keep an eye on the other campers, and see that everybody has a good time while staying out of harm’s way as a camp counsellor. This indicates that you will learn essential abilities that will be useful to you in various facets of your life, ranging from your professional life to the relationships you maintain in your personal life.

2.      Establishing Relationships

Meeting new people and forming new relationships are fantastic opportunities that may be found at summer camp. You will have the opportunity to get to know campers from all over the world and work closely with them. While working at camp, many counsellors develop connections that last a lifetime and even meet the person who becomes their life partner.

3.      Boosting Self-Assurance

Volunteering at a summer camp can help you become more self-assured and better understand your skills. You will lead activities, decide what should be done, and respond appropriately to unforeseen circumstances. This can be difficult at times, but it also has the potential to be extremely rewarding. As you work through these difficulties, you will develop a stronger belief in your abilities and yourself.

4.      Making a Change in the World

Working at a summer camp can be an experience that makes a real difference in people’s lives. You can assist them in developing new skills, forming new friendships, and boosting self-assurance. This has the potential to be extremely profitable and a wonderful way to give something back to the community in which you live.


Working at a Summer Camp Job

5.      Appreciating Nature

Summer camp focuses on spending time outside and appreciating the natural world. If you work as a counsellor at a summer camp, you’ll have the chance to spend your days in the fresh air, engaging in activities such as hiking through the forest and playing games with the campers. This may not be your regular office setting, so it may seem different and exciting and benefit your mental health and overall well-being.

6.      Acquiring Knowledge Regarding Many Cultures

Working at a summer camp, which typically draws campers from all over the world, can provide an excellent opportunity to gain exposure to various cultures and ways of life around the globe. You will get the chance to work with campers who come from different backgrounds. You will learn about those campers’ customs, languages, and beliefs. This is a wonderful opportunity to extend your horizons and deepen your understanding of various human experiences.

7.      Building Leadership Capabilities

Working at a summer camp can be an excellent way to hone your leadership skills and get valuable experience. You’ll be in charge of directing activities, keeping an eye on the campers, and delegating tasks to other staff members if you work as a camp counsellor. This implies that you’ll have the opportunity to acquire crucial leadership abilities that can benefit you in different aspects of your life.

8.      Enhancing Your Capacity for Communicating

When working at a summer camp, having strong communication skills is necessary. You will need to be able to speak effectively and clearly with the campers, their parents, and the other staff members if you want to be a camp counsellor. This presents a fantastic opportunity to enhance your communication abilities, which will serve you well in different contexts throughout your life.

9.      Having Fun

Working at a summer camp can be a really enjoyable experience. You will get to spend time with your campers, engaging in activities such as playing games, singing songs, and telling tales. You can participate in various outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking, and kayaking. Recharging your batteries and having fun while making a difference in the world is possible through such activities.

Working at a summer camp is a unique experience because it allows you to be a responsible adult while keeping your childlike spirit alive. Even while you’ll be responsible for ensuring the health and safety of your campers, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time while at it!

One of the best aspects of attending summer camp is the opportunity to let your guard down, be goofy, and have fun. There are many ways to have a good time and make memories that will stick with you for the rest of your life. Some ways include performing a skit while dressed in ridiculous costumes, leading a sing-along session around the campfire, or participating in a friendly game.

Yet, this is not simply to enjoy yourself; rather, there are many advantages to be gained by incorporating play into your professional life. Studies have demonstrated that engaging in play can be beneficial for lowering stress levels, enhancing creativity, and fostering positive relationships with others. You will, therefore, not only have a great time at summer camp, but you will also be doing yourself a favour regarding your mental health and professional skills!

And the most exciting thing is… You’ll be able to accomplish all of this while positively influencing the lives of the campers you work with. You will be able to provide them with an experience they will never forget if you create a secure and enjoyable atmosphere in which they can acquire new skills, meet new friends, and grow their confidence. And who knows, maybe you’ll even motivate them to consider a future profession as a camp counsellor or teacher thanks to the example you set for them.


Get an Amazing Experience Working at a Summer Camp Job!

Working at a summer camp is more than just a job! It could be ideal for you if you want to have a good time, express your individuality, and make a positive impact on the lives of others. You will not only get the opportunity to reconnect with your inner child, but you will also gain skills that will be useful to you in your personal and professional life. And let’s be honest here: knowing that you had a hand in making some truly great summer memories is the best feeling in the world.

US Summer Camp can provide a setting where kids from all different backgrounds can come together to grow and learn in an environment. By recognizing the value of individual differences and fostering an environment that welcomes participation from all campers, we can help shape a more positive future for children and counsellors alike. Join our team, and together we can build a network of future compassionate leaders ready to take on the world with their persistent tenacity and compassionate spirit.

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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!