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TYPES OF CAMPS

Every camp in America is unique and varies depending on location, environment, activities, facilities and campers. All the camps CCUSA works with are carefully vetted and share the high standards of CCUSA and the American Camp Association (ACA).

There is a camp type for every single child, no matter what their abilities or background. Regardless of camp type, all camps share the same common goal- to provide a safe, fun and rewarding experience for every camper.

You will be required to choose at least four camp types on your CCUSA application.

TRADITIONAL PROGRAM CAMPS

  • Includes both privately owned camps and camps run by an agency (e.g. YMCA, JCC, 4-H etc.).
  • Can be either co-ed or single-gender. Single-gender camps often have a brother/sister camp nearby.
  • These camps often have long-standing traditions and campers and staff return year after year.

SPECIALTY PROGRAM CAMPS

  • Focus on one specific area such as performing arts, gymnastics, sports, etc.
  • Programs are designed to teach and develop skills in a specialized area.
  • Run on a traditional camp structure and philosophy, incorporating general camp activities into the daily schedule.
  • Often require highly specialized staff.

GIRL SCOUT CAMPS

  • Camps based on the traditional philosophies of the Girl Scouts of America.
  • Scouting or Girl Guide experience is not required to work at these camps.
  • Programming includes Outdoor Adventure, Arts & Crafts, Waterfront and Climbing.

CAMPS For disadvantaged children

  • Make a difference in the lives of kids from low-income or homeless families.
  • Run by charitable organizations or government agencies (e.g. Salvation Army, Coalition for the Homeless).
  • Help give urban campers their first rural experience with many new activities.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPS  

  • Work with children and/or adult campers who have physical and/or developmental disabilities.
  • No previous experience working with special needs populations is necessary. Full training is provided by the camp.
  • Counselors help campers with traditional camp activities adapted to meet camper needs.
  • At some special needs camps, counselors also assist with daily living tasks such as eating, dressing, and showering.

CAMPS FOR CAMPERS WITH SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

  • Work with children and/or adult campers who have specific medical conditions including (but no limited to) emotional disorders, learning disabilities, diabetes, terminal illness, hearing/sight impairment and weight control.
  • Offer traditional camp activities geared to meet the needs of the specific camper population.
  • No previous experience working with these populations is necessary.

RELIGIOUS CAMPS

  • Work with campers from a Christian or Jewish background. Learn more about working at at Jewish Camp.
  • Offer traditional camp activities while incorporating religious values.
  • Some camps have Bible or Torah studies.
  • Not all religious camps require their staff to be religious; it can be a good way to find out more about a religion.

DAY CAMPS

  • Campers typically come only Monday to Friday from approx 8am-5pm. They do not spend the night.
  • Locations of camps include city parks, beaches, church halls or community centers. Some are also part of larger traditional residential camps.
  • Housing ranges from a staff dorm/cabin to host families. If the camp is part of a residential camp, staff may live in a cabin with overnight campers.