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What is a Christian Camp?

Christian summer camps offer a traditional summer camp experience that incorporates faith and love of God. Keep reading to learn more…

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What to Expect

Christian Camps incorporate the Christian faith into many of their activities. This can be as simple as saying grace at dinner to more dedicated bible study and devotional practices. Some camps are more faith focused and require more Christian practice than others which mostly encourage Christian values. For example, YMCA camps follow a Christian ethos but you don’t need to be religious to work at one. Salvation Army and ECCC (Episcopal Camps and Conference Centres) prefer Christian staff and will have fun activities directly linked to faith.

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Skills & Experience

  • Christianity

    Being a practicing Christian is not essential to work at all Christian Camps, although some will prefer to place those with a stronger devotion to their faith. Even more important is that you live by and encourage Christian values, such as compassion, respect, honesty, forgiveness and acceptance.

    If you opt-in to Christian camps on your application, we’ll ask you questions around your faith and your openness to Christianity to make sure we find a Christian camp that aligns with your beliefs and that you are comfortable with.

  • Enthusiasm & a Fun-Loving Attitude

    Outside of faith-based activities, most Christian Camps are not dissimilar to traditional summer camps. This means they will be looking for counselors who can make sure their campers enjoy the best summer ever.

    By approaching every day and every activity with enthusiasm and fun, you’ll make sure your campers feel the same way too. They’ll be much more willing to step out of their own comfort zones and embrace new experiences, especially if they’re first-time campers who might already be feeling a bit unsure or nervous.

  • Communication

    From sunrise to lights out, you’re likely talking to someone, somewhere. From your campers themselves, to other counselors and staff members, you’re going to need your communication skills to be in tip-top shape.

    With the campers, you need to be able to strike the balance between understanding and following rules and expectations, and creating incredible memories of one of the best summers they’ll ever have. Although, remember communication isn’t just about talking - you’ll need to actively listen to any problems or concerns, and make sure campers feel valued and heard.

    With other counselors and staff members, you’ll also be building a network of hugely supportive relationships at camp, and likely developing new friendships you’ll have for years and years to come. Communication becomes one of the most important aspects of the teamwork you’ll need to make sure each day runs smoothly.

  • Organisation

    From keeping to camp schedules to making sure you and your campers have everything you need for the day ahead, organisation is so important at camp. Your campers are going to rely on you to make sure they have all the information and equipment they need to have the best time at every activity. It’s on you to make sure you don’t let them down!

  • Patience

    You’re going to spend a minimum of 9 weeks working with kids of varying ages at camp. They’re going to be excited and energetic, and you just wait until the sugar in those s’mores hits their system!

    Patience is a hugely valuable skill to have in your remit. By being patient you’ll be able to let the campers express themselves to their fullest, all the while retaining control, maintaining the fun and being as supportive as you possibly can. When a challenge arises, patience can help you navigate it with ease.

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Real Experiences

Don't just take our word for it - this is just a snapshot of the amazing summers our participants have had at camp.

Spending four summers working at an under-served summer camp has made me grateful in many ways and taught me the importance of creating opportunities for all children.

Hollie, YMCA Camp Copneconic MI

Hollie, YMCA Camp Copneconic MI

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Camp is my happy place. I can’t wait to see my campers again! I’m ready to be back for another year of making more memories, friends and having fun!

Molly, YMCA Camp Kon O Kwee Spencer PA

Molly, YMCA Camp Kon O Kwee Spencer PA

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If you are Christian at all I would really encourage you to work at a Christian Camp because you learn and grow so much spiritually yourself as well as getting to experience an amazing summer camp.

Alison, Salvation Army Christian Camp

Alison, Salvation Army Christian Camp

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To anyone considering Camp America, go into it with an open mind and take the opportunity with both hands. It’s an unforgettable experience.

Ryan, YMCA Camp Widjiwagan TN

Ryan, YMCA Camp Widjiwagan TN

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Camp America has given me countless opportunities that otherwise would've never been imaginable. The lessons I've learnt, the skills I've acquired and the memories I've made will last a lifetime.

Jotty, Golden Slipper Camp PA

Jotty, Golden Slipper Camp PA

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I want to go back so I can make more amazing memories, see my friends from camp, see the campers that I had last year and to try out more of the activities at camp.

Beth, Pine Forest Camp PA

Beth, Pine Forest Camp PA

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Is Christian Camp Right for Me?

Working on a Christian Camp is just like working at most other camps, and if you already have a Christian background this could be a great match for you. The most important thing is that you have an open mind and are respectful of their camp values, but if you are a practicing Christian then know that the demand for Christian international staff is very high! It will certainly boost your chance of placement at one of these camps.

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Ready for the experience?

If you’re inspired to work at one of the many Christian Camps we work with, start your application today by following the link below. Spend your summer working and travelling the USA and becoming a role model to children and young adults in whichever camp you call home.