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What is a Single Gender Camp?

Very simply Single Gender Camps are just for boys or just for girls. They often also fall into one of the other camp types too. Keep reading to find out more…

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What to Expect

Your campers (and typically the staff too) will fall into either one gender or the other – all boys or all girls! The rest of your experience will depend on what other category your camp falls into. You could work at a boys-only Under-Served Camp or an all-girls Private Camp – this category applies to lots of the different camps that we work with. Just remember that a girls only camp is not the same as a Girl Scout Camp, so be sure to check out that page too.

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Skills & Experience

  • Enthusiasm & a Fun-Loving Attitude

    Single Gender Camps are always looking for counselors and Campower staff 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.

  • Flexibility

    Camp life and kids are unpredictable, so having some flexibility is going to help you out a lot in daily camp life. Joining this together with some problem-solving skills, you’ll be able to navigate plenty of tricky situations.

    From changes to the schedule, handling bad weather or dealing with unexpected events, being flexible will help you handle a changing camp environment in a way that means your campers likely remain oblivious to the fact that this wasn’t the plan all along. The more enthusiastic you are about new plans, the more on board your campers will be too!

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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 summer camp.

I've met some of the best people who became my closest friends - even after leaving camp, we still meet up. I’ve travelled to places I would have only dreamed of and that’s thanks to Camp America.

Rosie, Club Getaway CT

Rosie, Club Getaway CT

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Camp is a magical place where you can truly be yourself and escape reality. I love making my campers’ summers amazing and I’ve made friends for life. It really is a life changing experience.

Jessica, Lake Stockwell Day Camp NJ

Jessica, Lake Stockwell Day Camp NJ

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There is nowhere I would rather spend my summer - reuniting with my campers, seeing the friends I’ve created all over the world, making the most out of every opportunity, and making new memories!

Lucie, Camp Laurel ME

Lucie, Camp Laurel ME

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Being able to go back and see my friends again and try different activities and new roles every year just keeps it exciting. Every year brings new fun and new challenges.

Rachel, Camp Sebago ME

Rachel, Camp Sebago ME

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You join this bubble of people who are extremely caring and supportive, they help you grow as a person and unlock new confidence. I would recommend Camp America to anyone!

Alex, YMCA Camp Copneconic MI

Alex, YMCA Camp Copneconic MI

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The Camp America team are all so helpful. The interviewers are amazing as well, they answer all your questions about the camp experience, whilst also helping to make your application really stand out.

Colm, Camp Walden NY

Colm, Camp Walden NY

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How Do I Apply?

Being open to working at a Single Gender Camp and opting-in to this camp type on your online application will increase your chances of placement as there are a huge number of these camps across the USA. All boys and all girls camps come in many different categories. If you already have experience with organisations such as Boy’s Brigade, Cub Scouts, Brownies, or Girl Guides then you should definitely consider it!

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Ready for the experience?

If you’re inspired to spend your summer at a Single Gender Camp, start your application today. Spend your summer working and travelling the USA and becoming a role model to boys and girls at whichever camp you call home.