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Every camp in America is unique, they vary depending on location, environment, activities, facilities and campers.All CCUSA’s camps are carefully reviewed by CCUSA, and match our high standards or the standards of the American Camping Association (ACA). You will be required to choose at least four of these camp types (five if you are applying to work as Support Staff).
Eight Different Types of Camps
Which camp do you prefer? Following are descriptions of different types of summer camps. On your application form and at your interview, you will tell us at least 4 types of camps you prefer, and we'll do our best to arrange a placement that ideally suits your interests, personality and skills. We will only place you at a camp type that you select.
Traditional Program Camps:
Independent/Private camps and Agency camps. Based on traditional camp values, campers stay overnight for oneto eight week sessions and participate in typical summer camp activities. Many are boys-only or girls-only camps. Independent/Private camps host campers from middle to high income families.

Agency camps strive to form a community of understanding and cooperation in a fun, healthy environment. Operated by the YMCA, YMHA, 4H and other community organizations, campers of all social and economic backgrounds attend these camps.
Day Camps:
Typically located in the suburbs and offering a variety of general camp activities, these camps usually operateMonday to Friday, 8 am to 6 pm. Although normally free on weekends and evenings you may be required to run some overnight trips and weekend activities. Day camps arrange housing and meals for international staff, often you would live with host families.
Girl Scout Camps: (scouting experience not necessary):
These all-girl camps require staff to help teach, lead and assist in a variety of camp activities. Some specialize in outdoorskills, camping and pioneering and follow the traditional philosophy of the Girl Scouts. Sessions last one or two weeks. Counselor and camper accommodations will be either platform tents, cabins or lodges.
Underprivileged and Inner-city Children Camps:
Social, governmental and charitable agencies run these camps. Campers of many different ethnic, social and racialbackgrounds attend these one to two week camps which emphasize recreational sports, games, pioneering and camping skills at little or no cost to the parents. Some campers may have had difficult life experiences and tend to be tough. For many kids this is their first rural experience.
Speciality Program camps:
Based on one or more of the main activity areas at camp: Sports, Water, Adventure, Arts, or Drama or designed forthe entire family to experience camp together, these camps help teach, develop and expand the specific skill. Although these camps specialize, they may still have traditional camp structures and philosophies. Many incorporate general activities during the day to help campers learn other skills. Families who choose a specialty camp see this as a family vacation. Staff live in separate lodging and lead activitiesfor both children and adults.
Camps for People with Physical/Mental Disabilities (no experience necessary):
Operated by non-profit agencies or private organizations, children and/or adult campers who need extra attention because of physical and/or mental disabilities attend these camps. Established for either one particular or a range of different disabilities, Counselors help campers participate in a wide range of traditional camp activities as well as their daily living tasks (eating, dressing and showering). The activities taught at camp are adapted to the ability level of each individual camper. There is usually one Counselor to care for one to three campers. Sessions normally last six to nine days. No past experience necessary.
Camps for Campers with Specific Requirements:
These camps service campers with a specific medical condition or impairment. These include emotional disorders, learning disabilities (such as ADD and ADHD), diabetes and terminal illness, hearing/sight impairment and overweight conditions. Sessions normally last one to two weeks. Activities are similar to those at traditional camps but are adapted to the ability of the campers. Counselors work in small camper groups allowing special time and attention for each camper. Many campers will take medication and the camps usually have full-time nursing support.
Religious Camps:
These camps usually have one week sessions which emphasize a fun outdoor experience for children while promotingthe values of the Christian or Jewish faiths at many different levels. For people with a strong religious belief or those wishing to learn about or experience a religious lifestyle, staff are often expected to lead devotions, Bible or Torah studies to campers many of whom attend hurch or synagogues. Many traditional camp activities are offered.