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Why use CCUSA for your return to camp process? 

  • Simple & easy to complete application as you have used CCUSA - just click Pre-fill your application to make it even faster to apply
  • No interview with CCUSA (as CCUSA interviewed you previously)
  • As a Returnee you can expect the lowest program fees in the industry, from an approved J-1 Visa Sponsor.
  • Negotiate what you earn at camp (suggested minimum $2,200)! 


2021 Returnee Program Fees
You Pay to CCUSA (By Dec, 1 2020)  NZ$599
You pay to CCUSA (Between Dec 2, 2020 and March 15, 2021) NZ$699
You Earn *Negotiate your salary directly with your Camp Director


  • Applications for this category are taken on a first come, first serve basis. 
  • Applications might be closed earlier than other application deadlines, due to the US Consulate restricting Visa appointments or the US Department of State limiting the number of visa's available for those returning to camp.
  • If you apply and pay your returnee fee after March 15th, 2021 you will incur a non-refundable NZ$75 surcharge.
  • If you have not been to camp in the past 3 years OR if you have not used CCUSA before you will have to apply as a first-time pre-placed applicant.  
  • For additional information (terms, conditions, pricing), please download and review the Program Agreement (PDF).

Supplemental Costs

These are related to the program but not paid to CCUSA

  • The fee to apply for the J-1 Camp Counselor Visa
  • International & US Domestic Flight to camp and back (or onto another country after camp and your 30 day grace period has finished).

PLUS you get:

  • Up to 4 months global work and travel insurance - you receive insurance to cover the duration of your work visa/camp placement. Your policy can also be extended and/or upgraded for further international travel.
  • 24 hour emergency assistance in the USA.
  • Visa sponsorship, a DS2019 form necessary to obtain your J-1 Camp Counselor visa and assistance in obtaining your visa.
  • SEVIS fee paid - the tracking fee imposed by the US Government is included with the program and not charged to you.
  • As CCUSA is your J1 visa sponsor we can actually arrange for your DS2019 form to arrive as soon as your camp confirms your position for the summer, so you can start the visa process as soon as your placement is confirmed!
  • Free travel to camp from your camp's designated USA arrival point.
  • Orientation - the option to attend CCUSA's Pre Departure Meetings to refresh yourself on all things camp and meet others going to your camp.
  • CCUSA’s expert guidance and support at home and abroad!

The CCUSA returnee process has never been simpler!

  1. Contact your camp and let them know that you would like to return to camp in 2021.
  2. Send CCUSA NZ the email or letter of invitation /contract.
  3. Complete the simple CCUSA online returnee application. If you used CCUSA in the past, login to your Footprints account. Then click APPLY NOW, choose Camp Counselors USA 2021 and click the button "Pre-Fill My Application" then update your address and previous J-1 Camp Counselor visa
  4. Sign the CCUSA 2021 Electronic Program Agreement.
  5. Pay your Returnee fee to CCUSA.
  6. Apply for a new NZ Ministry of Justice Police Check After 1 Jan 2021.

From here, CCUSA will confirm your camp placement with your camp and then organise your DS2019 form so you can apply for the J-1 Camp Counselor Visa.

Returning on the program but you want to attend a different camp?

You will need to apply as a first time applicant and complete a full application form, references, attend a personal interview as well as supply a completed "Returning to a New Camp Addendum" with a great letter of recommendation from your previous camp director. Please contact your local CCUSA office for details and instructions on how to apply.