Common International Questions

How well does my child need to speak English?

CanoeWe recommend they know the basics. Camp is centered around play– the universal language for children! However, they should be able to communicate basic needs.  Their English will improve immensely at summer camp.

Will there be a translator?

Most camps hire staff members from a variety of countries, so it is possible there will be staff at camp to assist with basic translation and communication when needed.  Please check with the camp on what nationalities are represented.

Can my son or daughter go to camp as a brand new camper and not feel left out?

Absolutely! Camp is a place where anyone can be part of the community, whether it’s their first year or they have been there for years. The camps we recommend to families are ones that value having a diverse population of campers, and take steps to make sure everyone feels welcome.

Does the camp have an English as a second language class?

This varies from camp to camp.   The camp experience will be best English class your child has taken, with or without an ESL class.

How do cabin arrangements work?

Most camps allow cabin requests.  Your child may want to bunk with a friend they know, or you may request for your child not to be put in a cabin with other campers who speak their language.

How long should my child attend camp?

FriendsMost camps require a minimum stay of 2, 3 or 4 weeks.  While we do work with a select few camps who offer 1 week sessions, we find that international campers are the most successful when they attend a camp for at least two weeks. By immersing themselves for a more extended period of time, this truly allows the camper to experience all the benefits that camp offers, and to become fully involved in the cultural experience of being at camp.

Is your advice free?

Yes, this website is free for families looking for a summer camp.  We have worked with many camps over the years and have partnered with the best US summer camps to provide this service.

What safety measures do camps take?

All the listed on our website are accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA).   The American Camp Association establishes high levels of safety standards in all areas of camp – waterfront  and emergency procedures, health services, staff supervision ratios, activity equipment safety practices, and food safety. All camps who are accredited by the ACA adhere to these standards.

What is the typical camp staff member?

Our Director JeffMost general staff members are college age (18-22) or older.  Leadership staff are typically 23 and older.  Camps also hire international staff members through agencies in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.  While the majority of international staff speak English a first language (UK, Australia, New Zealand), there are growing number of staff members coming from other parts of Europe who speak fluent English as a second language.

Should my child bring cash to camp?

Many camps do not allow your child to keep cash with them (there are some exceptions).  Most camps will keep your camper’s cash and important documents (passport, plane tickets, etc) in a safe until your child departs camp.

What if my child wants to go home?

Homesickness is natural for any child who goes to camp, so of course it is prevalent for children leaving their home country.  However, it is natural and most campers will adjust in 2-3 days.

What activities will my child participate in while at camp?

This is a great question, and one that is important to think about when choosing a camp. Many camps offer a lot of similar activities such as waterfront, land sports, and arts, but every camp has their own unique activities as well! As you start your search for a summer camp, think about what activities are important for your child to be exposed to, but remember to be open to new, unexpected activities as part of the camp experiences as well.

How often can I speak to my child?

Camp Mom!Most camps will have your child call home as soon as they arrive at camp.  Camp’s policies on phone calls vary greatly.   Please talk to the camp about their policies, to be sure you clearly understand them while your child is at camp.  Remember, camp is a great platform for independence.  Giving your child space will help build their confidence and allow them to rely on their own strengths, and on the friends and staff at camp to support them.

What religious affiliations do camps have?

All camps listed on this site do not have any religious affiliation.  If you are interested in a camp with religious affiliation, please contact us and we can point you in the right direction.

Do international children attend day camps?

Yes! Usually this happens at day camps in and near New York City.  These programs are intended for families who will be staying in/near New York City throughout the summer.  Please contact us and we can point you in the right direction.

Questions you should ask camp directors

  • How often can I speak to my child?
  • How many campers to do you anticipate from our country?  How many are currently registered?
  • What bunk requests can I make?
  • Please explain your airport pick up / drop off procedures.
  • Do you have references from my country whom I may contact?

Need more help?

We hope this site is beneficial to your summer camp decision.  Please contact us if you need more direction on your child’s summer.   Our advice is free to families looking for camp.