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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Have questions about the Camp Counselors Canada program? We have answers! 

Most of the common questions we get regarding the program are answered below. Browse through the list of the questions in the categories below. Of course, if your question hasn't been answered, don't hesitate to contact your nearest office.

Getting Started

Now! We take applications up until March 1st. Camp places fill up quickly and applying early gives you the maximum choice of camps with which we work.
You will have insurance for up to 3 months. If your placement is longer than 3 months you will need to extend the policy to cover the full work period and orientation at your own cost prior to departure. 

CCUSA strongly urge you to book with our preferred travel agent Travel Managers.  They have been working with CCUSA for over 10 years and specialise in overseas working holiday flights. 

No, you don't need you to have your visa to apply to the program, however you should make sure you give yourself plenty of time to apply for it before departing for camp.

Making arrangements to work at a camp is challenging. The visa can be confusing, it is difficult to find camps that are willing to hire international staff and it is challenging to determine which camps will provide the necessary support and benefits to help you succeed at camp. CCUSA will provide you with an interview and a pre-arranged camp placement, which we think will suit your skills, personality and what you hope to get out of your summer adventure! In addition, CCUSA will help you get settled in Canada and provide support and emergency assistance during your work placement.

Yes – you can certainly tell the interviewer that you want to work in a certain skill area. However, bear in mind that camp directors make the final staffing decisions. For example; you you may be convinced that tennis is your strongest skill area, however the camp may think that your experience in arts & crafts would be more valuable. We recommend that you list as many skills as possible on your application, write up your top 3 skills in the section provided, but prepare to be as flexible as possible. You can be hired for anything in your application

We are looking for people with a genuine desire to work with children, who have fluent spoken English, good health, leadership abilities, are between 18- 30 years of age and eligible for the Canadian Working Holiday Permit.

You can request this option, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate this as Camp Directors make the final hiring decisions. The earlier you apply the better your chances are.

If we have not placed you by July 1st you will be given a full refund of fees paid to CCUSA.

Unfortunately if you are offered a position and do not wish to accept it, you will forfeit your program fee, and we will have to withdraw your application from the program.

Once in Canada

Some camps require certain clothing while at camp; however you will be notified of this once you are placed.
Yes, you will definitely get free time. It is important to remember that you are there to work and you will work hard. Typically staff members get at least six days off during the ten week camp session and some free time every day.
It is important to remember for both Camp Counselors and Support Staff positions that you are a role model for the children at camp. Hair must be neat. Long hair must be tied back when it is a safety issue. Jewellery should be worn in moderation and make-up should not be used at camp. Some camps will require staff to remove facial jewellery or exposed body piercing, such as tongue rings or studs. Participants may also have to cover up any tattoos whilst working at camp. Personal hygiene is important and aftershave and perfume should be kept to a minimum.
A great deal of care is taken in matching you up with the right summer camp for you. We call it our “perfect placement” service. If you contact us to let us know you are unhappy at camp we will take steps to find out why you are unhappy and how this can be resolved. In some cases it is possible for us to arrange for you to change to another camp. (In this case you would be responsible for all related transportation costs).

Canadian summers are typically rather mild. Temperatures may reach 30 degree Celsius but on average, it is about 25 degrees Celsius in most of our camp locations. Please note: it does get a lot colder than this at night time.