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The Top 5 Benefits of Your Child Going to a Summer Camp

There are so many benefits of why you should send your child to a US Summer Camp. It’s a fun carefree summer where they can learn more about themselves and have fun in a different environment, whilst enjoying many of the activities camp has to offer, children can grow, explore and develop many lifelong skills.

When I was a child, I grew up watching camp rock and the parent trap and always thought “wow! That looks amazing, I want to go!” but unfortunately US Summer camps aren’t as traditional in the UK as they are in the USA. During my childhood I tried to do anything that was like a camp. I did clubs like Brownies and Guides, which allowed me to experience the adventure, building friendships and learning lifelong skills that would help me in adult life and then once I finished secondary school I took part in the closest thing to a summer camp which was NCS (National Citizen Service) where I spent 2 weeks away from home at a PGL holiday camp partaking in activities and challenges, meeting new people and learning key skills that set me up for the future. This experience I will never forget as it really shaped me into the person I am today which then led me onto becoming a camp counsellor in America and really living out my dream!

I am proof that going to a summer camp benefits children in so many ways and shapes them into the young adult’s they will become and here’s a few reasons why sending your child to a summer camp will be the best thing you ever do!


Gaining independence

When a child goes to summer camp, they are given the opportunity to grow more independent in a safe environment. Having time apart from their family for the duration of the summer can be daunting as it may be their first time away from home and you! However, it allows them to learn to step out of their comfort zone, be responsible and more self-reliant. Although your child will be making some decisions for themselves, counsellors are always around to help guide your child in the right direction, mostly reminding them of the things parents normally would like brushing their hair and teeth, tidying up and when it’s time to go to bed!

Children get the freedom of choosing what activities they want to do over the summer and how they spend their free time. This allows them to make their own decisions and helps them find out what they like and what they don’t!


Socialising and building friendships

The moment a child steps onto campgrounds, they will feel a sense of community. When I was a counsellor at a US summer camp in Minnesota, as soon as the campers arrived, we cheered for them whilst they were coming off the bus or out the car. We would welcome everyone with a big smile on our faces, ready to start the amazing summer! We would then take them to their cabins where they get to unpack and meet all the other campers for the first time. This is where we would play introductory games so everyone gets a chance to tell us more about themselves and settle in! I can guarantee it doesn’t take long before your child forms friendships with other campers. The friendship bond is so much stronger whilst being at camp as they learn to live and experience camp together.

Not only do they build friendships with the children in their cabin, but they also get the chance to gain new friends within their activities. Most activities are for children of all ages, so they get to socialise with everyone becoming role models to the younger campers and looking up to and learning from the older ones.


Eliminating screen time

Most summer camps have a no phone policy and in most cases are technology free! Camp helps children get away from the screen and their routine of watching tv, being on their phone or playing games on their computer. Kids will spend their day being physically active by participating in the activities they have chosen, that way they get to socialise, connect face to face with other children, be themselves and get their body and brain moving!

USA Summer camps are typically based in a remote and natural area with a huge lake nearby, offering 100’s of activities and allows the campers to experience the outdoors opposed to being inside all day. Camp really brings everyone together, there’s no expectations, it’s a place where kids can be themselves and relax. Every day is filled with laughter, chatting, playing, and singing all day every day!

During my summer as a counsellor, one thing we did in our cabin was a book club. Most children, as they don’t have technology, love to bring a few books or go to the camp library so they can read before bed or during their free time.

At the end of the day at vespers we would then discuss what happened in our book and what our opinions were on it, then once we were finished reading, we would then pass our book to someone else in the cabin who had asked to read it! This allowed children to learn how to share, communicate and respect each other in a positive way.


Personal learning and development

You probably won’t realise how much camp has benefitted your child until they have returned home, and you have seen the positive changes yourself! The skills such as teamwork, leadership, confidence, and responsibility learned at camp will carry on beyond the end of summer and transfer into school and daily life. Whilst your child is having the best summer enjoying newfound activities they are also being educated and challenged whilst doing so. Children will learn personal growth and development from learning from their mistakes and achieving the goals they have set over the summer. Whether that be conquering their fear of heights by completing the high ropes course, seeing how fast they can run on the inflatable water obstacles before falling in or beating their high score in archery! There are so many accomplishments and skills that your child will make over the summer that will make both you and them proud.


Making memories that last a lifetime

Once your child has gone to camp once, they will want to go back every summer going forward! Kids will come home from having the best summer ever and I can guarantee that’s all you’ll hear about for months to come! Kids will be desperate to tell you all about the fun activities they have taken part in and all the awards they got, the 100’s of photos of them and their new friends by the lake and showing you the many arts and crafts, they have made throughout the summer. You’ll be hearing camp songs non-stop to the point where you’ll know all the words and you’ll be singing along too (camp songs are very catchy)! Most children do form lifelong friendships, so they do keep in contact by either letters, emails or social media when summer has ended!

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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!