Working at summer camp can be very exhausting. You start your day early in the morning and go to bed late at night; always busy during the day teaching camp activities and taking care of children.
Therefore, taking advantage of your well-deserved break is essential! Usually, you have one day-off per week and most camp counselors spend it with their new camp friends, traveling to the next bigger city or to the beach.
A summer at camp is, in itself, an adventure and a hugely fulfilling experience. However, camp is just the first first half of your summer adventure! After you've completed your camp contract you'll have the opportunity to travel in the US for up to 30 days on your J-1 visa and we definitely encourage you to use that time!
Whilst at camp you're going to be provided with endless ideas of the different things to see and do whilst you're in the land of the free and home of the brave so you're never going to be short of something to try!
You'll make an endless number of friends when you're on camp and tearing yourself away at the end of the summer really isn't going to be pretty. Never fear though, you'll be able to put off the separation that bit longer by throwing together an epic road trip after camp, visiting the friends you've made in the last 3 months.
Americans are incredibly friendly and love to show off their great country so accept their hospitality and take the advice of a local as you see the sights.
If you don't want to arrange your own post camp travel and prefer to take part in a guided experience to ensure you're getting the most out of your time, Camp Leaders can help through our partnership with Trek America.