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BEST SUMMER EVER!

CAMP COUNSELOR EXCHANGE


#BEYONDORDINARY
CAMP COUNSELOR EXCHANGE
Be a Camp Counselor and have an unforgettable summer in a beautiful American summer
camp! Spend up to ten weeks in the great outdoors, gaining new skills, learning to be a
leader and experiential educator, and making friendships that last a lifetime. Plus, enjoy 30
days following the camp experience to travel the US,  taking in the sights, sounds, and tastes
that make America unique!

WHAT IS CAMP COUNSELOR EXCHANGE?


The Camp Counselor Exchange program is a US Department of State J1 cultural exchange
program where participants get to live, work, and play in camps across America for 9 to
10 weeks during the summer. It is a unique experience where participants take part in an
authentic American tradition. Participants discover this quintessential part of American
culture while sharing their own culture at a camp setting.

WHO CAN JOIN? WHAT DOES IT TAKE?


Young Adults Ages 19 to 30 years old • Conversational English Fluency
• Knowledge in 3 Required Skills for Camp
HOW LONG & WHEN? • Energetic, Friendly, & Positive Attitude
• Leadership and Collaborative Abilities
• 9 to 10 Weeks • Active and Outgoing Personality
• Latest Possible US Arrival June 15 • Genuine Interest to Work with Children
• Earliest Possible US Departure August 15

WHERE?
Across the USA. There are thousands of
camps across the US. Most camps are on
the East Coast: Maine, New Hampshire,
Vermont, Pennsyvlania, and upstate New
York.

WHAT UTP CAMP THE WORLD DOES FOR YOU


We look for the camp that’s looking for YOU.
Every Camp Counselor is unique with their own expertise, skills, and preference. We work
closely with every applicant so that we can find the perfect camp. The application is
competitive as camps are exposed to hundreds of applicants from around the world!

UTP Camp the World will coach, advise, and assist participants in every phase of the
application. We match participants to camps as early as September until May.
WHAT IS A CAMP COUNSELOR?
As a leader, role model, and moral compass
to campers ages 5 to 17, the primary
responsibility of a camp counselor is overall
supervision. 

Camp Counselors will ensure campers’ well-


being and make campers’ camp experience
as fun and rewarding as possible. 

Camp counselors supervise camp activities


and may organize camping trips, plan and
schedule group activities, provide emotional
support, greet new campers, and explain all
the rules of the camp.

WHAT YOU WILL DO


#1 HAVE FUN
As a camp counselor you will be placed in one of two roles:

• As an Activity Specialist, you engage directly with kids to teach them new
activities & skills

• As a Cabin Counselor, you live with and supervise campers throughout the camp
experience offering them emotional support and guidance.

Either roles are guaranteed to give you an engaging and valuable summer experience!
SUMMER CAMPS 101
Summer Camps are supervised programs Every camp is different with its own traditions
where kids learn and do fun activities! Camps and activities but all camps foster an
are part of the American tradition that run atmosphere of fun, friendship, and discovery.
during the summer months of June, July, and
August. Hundreds of thousands of kids ages 5 Activities can range from Arts and Crafts to
to 17 attend camps every year. Archery to Horseback Riding to Waterskiing to
Sports to Outdoor Adventure. There are also
Camps are located in rural areas across the special events that are unique to the camp
U.S. but mainly in the North East where camps making it the most memorable days. Through
were first setup. Usually situated in the great these activites, campers and counselors
outdoors, campers and counselors live and develop individual and group skill and make
play at camp so you can imagine camps friendships that last a lifetime. Every camp’s
can be huge and stretch across acres of mission at the end of the season is to create
land. the most unforgettable summer for each
camper.

TYPES OF CAMPS WE WORK WITH


Agency/Nonprofit Religiously Affiliated
•Affiliated with social or advocacy agencies •Affiliated with either the Christian or Jewish faiths
•Serve kids from all walks of life •Usually serve kids of the same Faith as the camp
•Purpose and mission are aligned to their Affiliated Agencies •Incorporates both religious and non-religious activities
•Facilities and cabins range from very Rustic to traditional •Emphasis on religion varies greatly from camp to camp
•Can be daily, weekly or full summer sessions •Can be daily, weekly or full summer sessions

Girl Scouts Disadvantaged/Underprivileged


•Follow Girl Scouts principles and philosophies •Run or sponsored by community groups
•Serve only females •Serve Low-Income campers from inner cities or exteremely
•Often Focus on wilderness skills and outdoorsy activities rural backgrounds
•Cabins are usually primitive in nature •Facilities are often rustic
•Can be daily, weekly or full summer sessions
•Usually one to two-week sessions throughout the summer

Special Needs
Specialty •Serves campers with emotional, mental or physical disabilities
•Focus on a particular sport or activity like horseback riding, or complex needs
sailing, or theater. •Offer most challenging camp experience, but most rewarding
•Serves all types of kids but may also serve specific populations •At some special needs camps, counselors also assist with
such as campers who have ADHD or have suffered a loss. daily living tasks such as eating, dressing, and showering.
•Can be daily, weekly or full summer sessions •Can be daily, weekly or full summer sessions

FINDING A CAMP
Every participant will be advised to select at least 3 kinds of camp they are willing to work in.
Flexibility is important when it comes to choosing camps. The more open a participant is, the
more camp options will be available to them as a match!
ACTIVITIES AT CAMP
These are the skills camps are looking for. If you can teach at least 2 and have familiarity with
others, camps will love to have you!
ARTS & CRAFTS HORSEBACK RIDING MUSIC SCIENCE
Batik/Printing Dressage Video                  Astronomy
Candle Making English Riding Bass (Guitar) Culinary Arts (Teach)
Ceramics (Wheel/Kiln) Horse Care Brass Electronics
Fine Arts Vaulting Bugle Environmental
Glass Blowing Western Riding DJ Education
Handicrafts Drums Model Rocketry
Jewelry              LAND SPORTS Guitar Wildlife Ecology
Leathercraft Baseball Keyboard           
Metalwork Basketball Piano (Accompany) SWIM
Model Making Cheerleading Rock Band Swim Instruction
Naturecraft Fencing Singing/Vocals (Certified)
Painting Field Hockey Song Writing Diving
Puppetry             Figure Skating     Strings Lifeguard (Certified)
Sculpture Golf Ukulele Synchronized
Silversmithing Gymnastics Wind Instruments Swimming
Stained Glass Hockey (Ice/Street)
Textile Lacrosse OUTDOOR SKILLS TARGET SPORTS
Tie Dye Martial Arts         Animal Farm Archery
Weaving (Loom) Soccer Fishing Riflery
Woodworking Softball Gardening
Tennis Geocaching TEACHING
BIKING & EXTREME Track & Field Hiking                  Physical Education
SPORTS Ultimate Frisbee Orienteering Special Education
ATV Volleyball Outdoor Cooking Teacher (Ages 11-16)
BMX Primitive Camping Teacher (Ages 5-10)
Cycling (Trip 21+) MEDIA Rock Climbing
Go-Karts             Computer Ropes (High/Low) WATER SPORTS
Moto-Cross (Programming/ Shelter Building   Canoe
Mountain Bike Graphics) Trip Leader /Driver 21+ Crew
Mountain Boarding Creative Writing Trip Leader 21+ Flat Water Kayak
Skate Park          Newspaper Production Whitewater Kayaking Motorboat Driving
Photography (Digital/ Zip-Lining Sailing                
DANCE & FITNESS Darkroom) Surf/Wakesure
Aerobics Radio Broadcast PERFORMING ARTS Wakeboarding
Ballet/Tap (Equipment) Circus Water-skiing
Choreography Recording and Sound Costuming White Water Kayak
Contemporary Editing Lights/Sound Windsurf
Hip Hop               Magic
Jazz Set Design/
Kickboxing Construction
Weights & Fitness Theater
Yoga Theatrical Make-Up
Zumba
OUR ALUMNI
Leandra Yu
Ateneo de Manila University
Social Skills Instructor at
Summit Camp, Pennsylvania
Camp was overall a great experience. Aside
from building friendships with people from all
over the world, I think one of the best parts of
my camp experience was learning the different
perspectives they had about people with special
needs.

Camp’s a wonderful place that not only brings


people together but ultimately embraces
differences. It’s a place where your perspectives
Naomi Bustamante are valued because they enrich the camp
Ateneo de Manila University
General Camp Counselor at
experience for campers and the counselors.
Camp Newaygo, Michigan In camp, you learn to share what you love with
other people and at the same time grow in their
“Camp was a thrilling experience that went passions. It’s a good place to discover what you
above and beyond my expectations. can do and what impact you can leave.

I can’t say I wasn’t nervous at the beginning.

I mean, flying over 8,222 miles right after graduation


to do something I’ve never done before was
an adventure that was both frightening and
empowering at the same time.

Fortunately, all my nerves went away when I


was greeted with big smiles from everyone at
camp. From orientation to lifeguarding training
to kayaking through rapid rivers to zip-lining cross
tree canopies, everyday brought something new.

The most fulfilling experience, however, was really Aliana Gimena


getting to know my campers on a deeper level. Ateneo de Manila University
Sharing about their fears and insecurities one day, Special Needs Counselor at
Camp Allen, New Hampshire
and then seeing them come out of their shells
and become their best selves at camp was an “Camp experience was a rollercoaster ride for
experience that was as beautiful as it was fulfilling. me. Truth be told, it’s not all about fun. You’ll get
frustrated, you’ll feel down. But at the end of it all,
Camp may have been miles away from home, you get a rewarding and fulfilling feeling because
but when I left, it felt like a second home that I the campers are amazing. They have unique and
would love to come back to next year.” wonderful stories especially in my camp where
the campers are those with special needs. You
will realize that even though they have disabilities,
they can make you happy, give you inspiration
and leave an impact in your life. And I will always
carry these with me for the rest of my life.”
Queen Ambulo
University of the Philippines Diliman
Migs Morales Swim Counselor at
University of the Philippines Diliman Camp Aloha Hive, Vermont
Sports Counselor at “The people really made the experience. The kids
Camp Killooleet, Vermont
were also amazing, feeling their dependency
“I love Camp Killooleet. I had one of the best towards you really molded me to grow into
and memorable summers so far. I’m not good someone that can really consult and help others
in expressing myself through written words, but if in need. It made me responsible to handle actual
I were to share my overall camp experience? I living with tiny humans and disciplined to keep
would say I can’t wait to go back next summer!! up with the daily schedule. The people I met and
Camp has taught me a lot of things even in life. worked with are my friends for life!”
I consider Camp Killooleet my other home and
family. ‘Til next summer again!!!”

Niki Francisco
University of the Philippines
Yoga Counselor at
Gabryel Cruz Camp Chateaugay, New York
University of the Philippines
Special Needs Counselor at “I was able to experience different cultures,
EasterSeals Camp SnoMo, New Hampshire not only from the international counselors, but
“There isn’t really one word you can use to also the kids too. It was inspiring to see kids do
describe Camp Sno-mo. It was crazy, sad, fun, various activities that scared them - it made me
exciting. The camp gave me multiple chances even more confident in trying out new things too.
to learn new skills and get better opportunities Wakeboarding, glass blowing, wood working, a
for myself in the future, but at the end of the day lot of arts and crafts, lacrosse, football, soccer -
it was all about the kids. The kids we had were things I would not have access to here.
amazing: some could not speak, read, or write,
some were facing multiple challenges in their Being around kids encouraged me to bring out
lives. All of that didn’t matter to them though, the best version of myself - loud, happy, positive
because in camp they were just themselves. To and spirited - because the kids loved that. Good
them I was their friend, brother, and sometimes energy was celebrated at camp and just being
even like their own dad. What mattered was that able to be happy, loud and fun makes the
I gave the kids the best week of their lives. It was a work that goes into teaching, caring for the kids
life-changing experience I would do again.” and doing tasks at camp worth it. I became a
spirit leader at camp - it was the most tiring yet
rewarding role. I loved every second of it.”
YOUR LOCAL PARTNER

With 5 years of excellence in cultural and educational


exchange programs, UTP has helped thousands of people to
explore and understand the world.

We bridge people to life-changing experiences and


opportunities - creating globally-competitive but grounded
learners and leaders who are all equipped and united to
make a difference.

www.utpbeyondborders.com
camps@utp.ph

YOUR US PARTNER

A nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, CIEE is the USA’s


oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural
exchange organization.

Since 1947, CIEE has helped thousands of people gain the


knowledge and skills necessary to live and work in a globally
interdependent and culturally diverse world by offering the
most comprehensive, relevant, and valuable exchange
programs available.

www.ciee.org