Only at Camp
We know that the summer is a time when there’s a million and one things that young people can experience; whether it’s hitting the festival scene, going on a lads/girls holiday or volunteering in Africa – it’s YOUR time and it’s up to YOU how you spend it. Call us biased, but we think summer camp offers you something very special, cultural and unique...
There really isn’t anything like the US summer camp environment, anywhere else in the world! You’d be hard pushed to find any other environment where so many different types of personalities, nationalities and cultures come together, in such a close-knit environment – and live together as a little community for 9 weeks! There is so much history and tradition steeped in camping and each individual camp tends to have some quirky traditions of their own – meaning that there is no standard camp experience! Here are some of the things that we love most about camp:
S’mores and Campfire – every single camp will have a campfire; probably in an amphitheatre typesetting or will have logs strategically placed as seats, around a central fire pit. Campfire is where everyone gets together to sing songs, share stories and it’s often the scene of many evening activities. Campfires are often the scene of ‘special’ camp moments – whether it’s a counsellor being awarded Counsellor of the Week or a director sharing special stories of achievement. No campfire is complete, however, without the delicious gooey treats that are...S’MORES!
The Waterfront - year on year when we ask people where their favourite place on camp was, they invariably tell us 'the waterfront!' Virtually all camps will have wa waterfront of some sort, whether it's a private lake of their own or a shared lake with another camp(s). Down at the water you'll get to take part in a whole host of different activities, from sailing to windsurfing, paddle-boarding to water-skiing, trampolining to tubing and who knows, your camp might even have a banana boat!
It's such a fun place and the waterfront is set up to accomodate everyone; with shallow water marked out for those who don't swim so well and the more advanced water areas, for those who enjoy a good swim (usually the guys from the Southern Hemisphere!) There's nothing better than kicking back on the dock, catching a bit of sun and looking out at the gorgeous scenery surrounding your camps' lake.
Camp 'Cuisine' - at camp you'll get three square meals a day and we'd be lying if we said that you can expect Michelin starred nosh - but, what you will get is an array of interesting cultural dishes unique to the good old US of A! We're talking Sloppy Joes, pizza bagels, baked ziti, grilled cheese dipped in tomato soup, noodle-stroodle, corndogs and many, many more! There's always something for everyone - but camp grub is always a major comparison point for our past and present participants...
Camp Itself - summer camps themselves, no matter how grand or how basic, are pretty gorgeous and unlike anywhere you will have lived before! Your natural surroundings will astound you and you'll wake up some days and think "where the heck am I?" The lake, the trees, the sunsets and sunrises, the stars in the clear, night sky and the wildlife that live with you will blow your mind! You'll become very attached to and protective of your camp and when your time there is over, all you'll want to do is be back there experiencing the beautiful 9 weeks that you got to live there! It's no wonder that people go back year-after-year-after-year... In terms of a true cultural exchange, you'll be hard pressed to find a true American experience anywhere other than a US summer camp!