1 – Traditional
This is what most people imagine when they think of doing AmeriCamp. These Camps have excellent facilities along with a wide range of programmes and activities, including: land and water sports, performing arts, music/media activities and outdoor adventure (rock climbing, quad biking, raft building etc).
More traditional Camp activities also include Campfires and ‘cook-outs’, outdoor Camping and special off site visits.
2 – Speciality Camp
These Camps are identical to the traditional Camps described above, but with a theme associated to them! For example, some of the most popular Camps include (but are not limited to) gymnastics Camp, basketball Camp and cheer Camp.
If you have a passion for a particular sport or activity, then a speciality Camp could be for you!
3 – Special Needs
Undoubtedly one of the most rewarding experiences you can have with AmeriCamp! Being a special needs AmeriCamper can require a slightly different skillset; patience, empathy and excellent communications skills along with a willingness to get involved.
Specifically, special needs Camps cater for Campers with learning and emotional needs, as well as physical and mental disabilities. Previous experience is beneficial, but not essential as Camp directors look for a person with a great personality who has a smile on their face whatever the situation.
Typically, you will be responsible for 2-6 Campers and you should be prepared to work with adults as well as kids.
4 – Underprivileged
Underprivileged Camps are, for the most part, similar to a traditional Camp in set up, but with the key difference that the children who are invited come from lower income families.
These Camps may also be known as not-for-profit Camps, as (unlike most other Camps) they are not set up to make money.
The main purpose and aim of these Camps is to allow children to enjoy being children, as they may not get this opportunity in their daily lives. Expect a great sense of family and community at these Camps.
5 – Day Camps
These Camps are set up in the same way as traditional or speciality Camps, but the kids will come and enjoy activities during the day and then return home afterwards.
You will then get your evening free to enjoy as you please – not too shabby!
6 – Special Requirements
These Camps are set up in the same way as traditional Camps, but cater for kids who have special requirements such as diabetes, hearing impairments, or behavioural disorders such as ADHD.
7 – Scout Camps
A hot favourite for anyone who was a scout or guide as a kid. These Camps are operated by Scouts of the USA and focus on wilderness, adventure and outdoor living. So, if you’re someone who loves the outdoors, you’re in for a real treat!
These Camps offer a great way for young Campers to hone their leadership and social skills, all whilst developing a deep appreciation for nature, which is precisely what these camps offer. Expect fun-filled days of kayaking, mountaineering, crafts and overnight expeditions!
8 – Faith Based
AmeriCamp has a wide range of faith-based Camps for Campers from a Christian or Jewish background. Some of these Camps focus on providing the typical Summer Camp experience with faith-based principles, while other Camps encompass faith based learning and services throughout the programme. Activities specific to the faith will be run at each Camp, sometimes incorporating the Camp’s religious heritage and connections. You will not necessarily have to be religious to work at a faith Camp, but a respect and understanding for other people’s beliefs is essential.