Camp America 2020...

How to Apply

Camp America 2020 applications are open. To apply for 2020 you’ll need to be:

  • 18 years old by June 1, 2020
  • Available to depart sometime between May 1, 2020, and June 25, 2020
  • Available to complete a placement as a counselor for a minimum of 9 weeks
  • Open to all Camp America safer recruiting policies and procedures for child protection and the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults meaning that all applicants will have to pass reference, medical and criminal background checks.

Camp directors usually begin hiring in October and conclude hiring by mid-May. This means the placement process will be short for some, but longer for others.

Registering to Camp America couldn’t be easier! Just follow the following steps:

Step 1: The Application

Click on APPLY and start your Application (opens July 2019). Fill in at least 3 skills to start with and follow the 'to complete' list on your personal application profile.  

Step 2Select an Interviewer

After starting your application, and making your first payment, it is time to select your local Interviewer from the online list. Your selected interviewer will then contact you regarding your suitability/availability for an interview.  However, feel free to make the first contact with him, or her. If you have any issues communicating with your interviewer, please call the office on 1300 889 067 and we will help you schedule an interview.

Step 3Pre-Interview

Before your interview date:

Follow the instructions provided by the office and your interviewer regarding how to apply for an Australian Federal Police Check. We will only accept a National Background Check issued directly from the Australian Federal Police. You can apply for your AFP online HERE.

You might also need to complete a Medical Disclosure Form for any pre-existing conditions (if applicable) before the interview, our Chief Medical Officer will be in touch if that is the case.

Step 4: Post-Interview

After your interview date: Log back into your applicant site and complete the instructions provided for ‘Post Interview’. 

Keep in mind that your application will circulate via our online recruitment database and Camp Directors will see it – therefore, make it great! 

Items to focus on would include:

-        Uploading your photos, certificates, and video.

-       Try to make sure you have added all the relevant Skill areas you have experience with. The camp you will be placed at depends on your experience; camp directors will hire you based on your skills

-       Make sure you have selected two referees who have known you in a supervisory capacity (references from family or friends will not be accepted).

-       Submit the Camp America Medical Form to the office.

-       Send your original Police Check to the Camp America head office.  

Step 5: Placement

Use the mycampamerica site to track the progress of your application and interact with Camp America. It’s normal not to hear much from us once your application has been completed. From this point onwards camp directors will have access to your application online. You might be contacted via e-mail for an interview with a Camp representative. The interview would occur through Skype or phone.

Step 6: Cultural Exchange Visa Process

Once you have an official placement with a camp. We will guide you through the necessary steps on how to apply for the cultural exchange visa. You will be required to attend an in-person interview at one of the three Consulates within Australia (located in Sydney, Melbourne or Perth).

The cultural exchange visa grants you 30 days before your camp start date and 30 days after your camp end date to travel within the United States! If you are interested in travelling for a longer period of time, we can assist you with also applying for a tourist visa.

Step 7: Flights

At this stage, your placement at a summer camp has been confirmed and you have been granted a cultural exchange visa! It is time to book your flights. You can also arrange any pre or post-camp travel.

Please visit our Travel section for tips.

Step 8: Pre-Departure Orientation

Our Pre-Departure Orientations are a COMPULSORY event, for first time CA participants, held before you are due to head over to the US for the summer of your life! This is a fun, interactive day for you to gain information about summer camp, what to expect, travelling to the US, procedures and policies. There will be a focus on Child Protection and Safeguarding as well as important Immigration guidelines for you to adhere to while you are over in the US and travelling. You will also have the opportunity to meet other participants heading to camp, maybe even the same camp as you!

If you are unable to attend our in-person orientation due to your geographic location please call us in the office on 1300 889 067. 

Step 9: Travel to Camp

Your Camp will provide you with a pre-determined pick-up location in the United States.  Let us know if you need any guidance on how to get there. We proudly work with an Arrivals Hotel located near New York and New Jersey, which is available to all participants.  Please note that you are not required to stay at the Camp America hotel. In fact, we only recommend that you stay at the hotel if it is convenient for your travel plans and if your camp is within reasonable travelling distance of the New York/ New Jersey area.

Step 10: Camp

You have arrived at camp, time to enjoy yourself! The main goal at camp is to instruct and assist children, making sure they are safe and protected while engaging in many adventures. You will be meeting interesting people from all over the world. Your fellow camp staff will be there with you on and off camp. Days off are a great time to relax and have fun. If you need anything while you are at camp, Camp America is available 24/7. 

Get ready for an adventure like no other!

Camp America is committed to Child Protection and the Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults. We require all participants to understand that any inappropriate behaviour toward children & vulnerable adults in the USA will be reported by camps to law enforcement authorities and the full force of the law will be brought to bear on perpetrators of abuse. We operate a Safer Recruiting policy and will require police checks, medical checks and other documents from you to support your application to our programme. Camp America believes that children and vulnerable adults should never experience abuse of any kind and we are committed to work in a way that keeps Child Protection & Safeguarding at the centre of our practices and procedures.

You can read Camp America’s full Child Protection & Safeguarding policy here.