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Your Top 11 Summer Camp Questions Answered

Your Top 11 Summer Camp Questions Answered!

In the USA Summer Camp office, we get asked a lot of questions about the American Summer Camp program. Whether you are deciding if you should to go to camp this summer or have your first interview with one of our American camps, we understand that the process can be a little confusing. To help make the process and application as easy as possible, we have made this blog to answer the top 11 Summer Camp questions we get asked!

How Old Do I Need to be to Work at a Summer Camp?

To be able to work at a Summer Camp in the US and be accepted for a J1 visa, you need to be aged 18 or over by the 1st of June. Worried you’re too old? Don’t worry! We send a range of different ages to camp from 18 to 30 years old. However, if you’re over the age of 30 years old, there is a risk that you could be denied the J1 visa. Send us an email and we can review the situation to see if we are able to send you to camp in the summer.

Do I Have to Live in the UK/Ireland/Scandinavia?

To be eligible for the USA Summer Camp program, you do need to be living in one of the following countries: UK, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Germany. We can also process applications from different countries like Spain, just ask 🙂

Is it Essential to Have Experience Working With Children?

It is not essential to have experience with children, but it is a bonus. Experience can include voluntary groups, work experience in schools and sports clubs. If you have had experience babysitting, this is also great to include in your profile too!

Camps are looking for people who are enthusiastic, bubbly and ready to get stuck in on the job. If you don’t have experience with children, don’t worry! If you get involved in skilled areas such as Football, Photography, Horse Riding and much more, Summer Camps will be super interested in hearing from you! To find out more about the jobs, check out our activity page.

Where Are They Camps Based?

We work with over 700 camps who are scattered across the states. We work a huge amount of camps on the east coast and have camps across states such as California, Alaska and Utah! Each one of our camps are placed in beautiful areas of the United States and are special places to spend your summer.

What Jobs are Available at Summer Camp?

There’s hundreds of different roles from you to choose from. You can be hired to be a Camp Counselor, Activity Specialist or Support Staff! As an Activity Specialist, you could be hired as a Swimming Instructor, Football Coach, Performing Arts Specialist and much more. If you prefer staying behind the scenes, a Support Staff role might be perfect for you. You can be hired to help in the office, keep the camp looking beautiful as part of the maintenance team or feed the camp as part of the kitchen staff. On top of all of that, there’s also Trainable Lifeguard jobs available! To find out more about all of the roles available, head over to our Summer Camp Jobs page.

How Does the Placement Process Work?

Once you have signed up and been accepted onto the program, you will be assigned to one of our National Support Team members. They will help you with your profile and get it raring to go for camps to view. Once your profile is ready, it will be sent out to our 700+ camps in America! Exciting right?

Camps will then be able to see your profile. They look at your skills to see if you would be a perfect fit. If they think they have the perfect role for you, they will reach out to you via email. Top tip: Make sure to check your emails (and junk folders) daily! Camps will use Skype to interview you so make sure you have an account set up and prepared. If all goes well, camp will offer you a job for the summer. You’re officially going to camp!

How Can I Prepare For My Interview With Camps?

Camps will set up their interviews via Skype so make sure to have your Skype account up and running. They will want to find out more about you and your skills to see if you fit the role they are looking for and their camp! We recommend looking over your profile to make sure you are ready to answer any questions they fire at you. Before the interview, head over to the camps website. This is where you can do your research and prepare a few questions. Camps love to speak to applicants who have done their research and are interested in finding out more about the camp and its facilities. Finally, make sure to be smiley, friendly and approachable. You’ve got this!

When Will I Fly Out to America?

We can’t give you an exact date as we work with over 700 camps who all have different start dates, but to be accepted onto the program, we would need you to be free from the 20th of June and be able to stay in the USA until the 15th of August. The date in which you fly will depend on your availability and the camp that hires you. The earlier you can fly, the better! We will add your availability to your profile so the suitable camps can contact you. Depending on your availability, certain camps will expect you to fly from May. Other camps won’t expect you to travel to the US until the end of the June. Overall, camps run for 9 – 12 weeks and will expect you to be there for the whole duration.

How Much Will I Get Paid For My Summer in America?

We are really proud to be able to offer our applicants the lowest fees for the best summer camp wages. You will earn more in America by going with USA Summer Camp. On average, you will earn more than $150 with us! To find out more, head over to our pricing page to see what you will earn based on your age and skills.

How Long Can I Travel for After Camp and What Should I Do?

After camp, you get over 30 days to travel around America! It is up to you how many days you use and what you do with your time. Some of our applicants decide to travel for two weeks and explore the east coast. Others, use the full 30 days and do a road trip across the west coast! If you need some tips on where to go, check out our blog called 6 places to go in the states!

When is the Application Deadline?

We normally close applications around the 1st of May, but we may be able to be flexible for certain circumstances. The closing dates will be announced on our social media so make sure to follow us and keep an eye out for updates. We would recommend applying as soon as you can as this means more positions will be available. Applying early means you have plenty of time to get all of your essential documents sorted and submitted.

That’s all of the popular Summer Camp Questions answered! Are you now ready to head to camp this summer? Click here to sign up and get your journey to America started! Bring on the Summer.

Jess Lucas
Jess Lucas
Jess is the Social Media Coordinator 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!