American Summer Camp Experience

American Summer Camp Experience

Spend your summer working in America!

Immerse yourself in an enriching experience filled with personal growth, cultural exchange, and rewarding work opportunities at a US Summer Camp.

From arts and crafts to sport specific camps, outdoor adventure activities to water sports, there are over 10,000 Summer Camps located across the US and Canada, each offering a unique and enriching experience for participants throughout the summer months.

What is a Summer Camp?

A US summer camp is a seasonal program designed for children and teenagers during their summer holiday from school.

Typically held in outdoor settings like forests or lakeside areas, Summer Camps provide a structured and supervised environment where participants engage in a variety of recreational, educational, and sporting activities.

Working at an American Summer Camp

Every year, US summer camps look to bring in staff from all over the world to help contribute to the unique experience that they offer their participants.

With a strong desire to increase the diversity and skill-set of their staff, camps are always looking to hire international workers that will further enhance the experience for their campers.

The Student Sport Company has access to over 650 camps across the US and Canada, offering a wide range of opportunities for individuals seeking a memorable summer adventure. We can help you find the right camp that aligns with your interests and skills!

Camp Roles

With there being so many different types of US summer camps, there are a wide range of opportunities available each summer. From providing general support that assists with the day to day running of camps to coaching your favourite sport, there are roles to suit everyone!

International Camp works will typically take on one of two roles over their summer contract:

We’re searching for leaders in every sport!

Traditional US summer camps will see their participants enjoying a wide range of outdoor activities throughout their stay, whereas some camps will have specific themes that focus on a particular activity or sport. If you’re able to assist in one or more of the areas listed below, then you’ll be wanted by summer camps across America!

Team & Individual Sports

American Football Field Hockey Riflery
Aerobics Instructor Fitness Instructor Skateboarding
Archery Golf Soccer
Baseball Horse Jumping Softball
Basketball Ice Hockey Tennis
Boxing Lacrosse Ultimate Frisbee
Dressage Riding Martial Arts Volleyball
Farm Animal Care Mountain Biking Weightlifting
Fencing Paintball Yoga Instructor

Outdoor Adventure

Astronomy Geocaching Outdoor Education
ATV/Dune Buggy Go Karts Rock Climbing
Backpacking High/Low Ropes Rocketry
BMX Bikes Motorbikes Scouting
Caving Orienteering White-water Sports
Climbing Wall Outdoor Cooking Wilderness Trip Leader

Water Sports

Boat Driving Kneeboarding Swim Instructor
Canoeing Lifeguard (Pool or Surf) Wakeboarding
Diving Paddle Boarding Water Skiing
Fishing Sailing Windsurfing
Jet Ski Scuba Diving
Kayaking Surfing

What to expect?

Here’s what you can expect if you attend one of our pre-approved US summer camps

Earn up to $2,000

Your camp will agree a salary with you prior to your departure.

You’ll have the summer of a lifetime and earn money while you’re stateside!

Room and board

Your meals and accommodation are provided on behalf of your camp throughout the duration of your stay.

Campers will typically experience living in a dormitory or a traditional Cabin!


We’re here to help every step of the way!

We provide support and guidance during your J-1 visa application and have a 24 hour support line should you need to speak with us once you’re stateside!


You will be provided with comprehensive medical insurance for the duration of your camp contract.


After you complete your camp contract, your visa allows you to travel for up to 30 days in the US before returning home.

New York, Miami, LA? Where will you end your summer?


You’ll depart the US with more than just your summer wages.

You’ll leave with friends from all over the world, a new experience to add to your CV and memories to last a time.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’re always here to help with any questions throughout your application process, however below are some of our most frequently asked questions.

You must be 18 by June 1st, 2024 in order to attend a US Summer Camp.

If you are 17 years of age, you can still apply provided you turn 18 before June 1st, 2024.

Visa documentation is covered within your program fees so the only fee required for your Visa application is for the US embassy appointment itself.

This fee of $185 is paid directly to the US embassy when you book your appointment!

Salaries will vary based on your specific camp and role, however we guarantee all of our applicants a minimum salary of $2000 (before tax).

The payment process will also differ depending on the camp. Whilst some camps will facilitate the setup of an American bank account for their staff, others may opt for payment methods such as checks or cash. The frequency of payments is also contingent on your camp and may occur weekly, fortnightly, monthly, or as a lump sum at the conclusion of the summer.

Our network collaborates with numerous camps throughout the United States, spanning nearly every state, and extends into Canada, providing a wide array of potential opportunities for you to explore! Each camp we partner with presents its own distinctive and enriching experience, offering diverse roles tailored to meet their unique needs.

Your chance of placement depends on your individual strengths, skills, and the specific requirements of the camps in our network. For instance, if you excel in rock climbing and highlight this in your application, you may find yourself being considered for roles such as a climbing instructor. While we cannot guarantee placement at a specific camp of your choice, rest assured that our dedicated team is committed to matching you with a camp that aligns perfectly with your skills and preferences.

When it comes to selecting a location, we encourage you not to fixate too much on a particular city or state. Every camp, regardless of its geographical location, offers something distinctive and extraordinary. Ultimately, what makes camp unforgettable is the experience you gain during the summer, so remain open to the diverse opportunities available and trust our team to connect you with a camp where you’ll create lasting memories.

Every camp will have a slightly different daily schedule but what you can expect is for everyday to be completely jam packed with fun! A typical day could look something like this:

In the early morning, campers gather for flag raising at 8:00 AM. Breakfast follows, with options like pancakes and waffles. Afterward, they help tidy their cabins. From 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, campers engage in activities like archery, arts and crafts, or soccer.

Lunchtime is often around 12:00 PM, and a rest hour that follows gives campers the chance to relax and chat. From 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, more activities await—perhaps swimming in the lake or exploring the woods.

Dinner is at 6:00 PM and evening activities start at 7:00 PM, from talent shows to campfires. It’s lights out for campers at 9:00 PM, but counselors often stay up, planning post-camp adventures.

Simple! Enter your details into the form below to begin the application process.

To attend a US Summer Camp in 2024, you must be…

18 years of age by the 1st of June 2024.

ready to depart by the 20th June.

able to commit to a 9 week contract.

Start Your Summer Camp Application

Here’s what you can expect if you attend one of our pre-approved US summer camps