Agency Camps

Agency Summer Camps

Agency camps are run by not-for-profit organisations like the YMCA, JCC or the 4-H Club. They often serve campers from large metropolitan areas across the USA and the campers may come from an underprivileged background. The campers may come to camp for only one to two weeks or they could come for the full summer as offered by most private, traditional camps. Often, campers will even have their stay at camp covered by a scholarship, paid for through donations and other charitable initiatives.

What to Expect

An opportunity to provide an amazing summer to children from underprivileged and disadvantaged backgrounds. At the end of it all you'll be wiser, braver and a little less bothered about the more superficial things in life. 

Top Tip

Embrace your inner Bear Grylls and throw yourself into the rustic outdoors. The ability to make the most of what you’ve got and have fun with it is an enormous advantage.

What Not to Expect

Don’t expect the children too have much experience in diverse activities. A summer at camp is not a given for many of the children, so this may be their first time at some of the activities on offer.

You’ll Love

The rewarding feeling of providing an unforgettable summer for the campers.

Facilities and Accommodation

Facilities at agency camps tend to be a little more basic within a rustic environment. A lot of the accommodation and facilities may be fairly old and your ability to embrace the outdoors will be key. Yes, there will showers, but they not be the warmest. Yes there will be toilets, but they may not be in your bunk. 

Your days will be balanced between looking after your own bunk of kids and helping to run activities across camp as a whole. Your bunk will usually have 6 or more campers in it, and (often with a co-counselor) you'll get them up in the morning, make sure they brush their teeth and eat balanced meals. 

As with working at almost any kind of camp, you'll learn that you really don't need the majority of things you have in your life. Wi-Fi. TV. Air-Conditioning. Regular hot showers; all things you'll happily go without after just a few days of the kids arriving. You could use your free period to grab a shower and change your clothes or you could swing by the ceramics shed to help that one camper in your bunk make that perfectly malformed mug to take back to their foster family.

The Campers

A small portion of agency camps will cater more specifically for children from the most underprivileged of backgrounds. These campers will impact you the most - many of them will have been through more hardship than you will face in your entire life. Just hearing their stories will validate your entire summer experience - you're helping to create an amazing experience for them that will show them that the world really isn't such a tough place.

If you return to camp year after year, you'll see some of your campers grow 'through the ranks' to become junior counselors intent on throwing themselves into every activity and talent show with as much enthusiasm as possible. You will laugh and cry more than at any other point in your life, and your non-camp friends will never understand the power of your stories (until you convince them to come to camp themselves next year).

Applying for an Agency Camp

As part of your Camp Leaders application, you will specify what kind of camp you’re interested in working in and we will then look to match you with your preferred camp. You will have the option to select working with children from underprivileged backgrounds as part of your application and our team will do their magic. Remember that being more open to working at different camp types increases your chances of placement.

Placement Opportunities with Camp Leaders

Camp Leaders works with over 500 hundred of the best camps in America, giving you some of the highest placement chances in the industry. Camps over in the US use a number of UK-based agencies to recruit staff and Camp Leaders has been one of the key providers for nearly 20 years, giving you the security of finding that summer job in America.