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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, but some local offices offer great program discounts if you apply early. Camp places fill up quickly and applying early gives you the maximum choice of camps with which we work. However, we do sometimes have some late openings – so if you don’t make your final decision until closer to your departure date, it is working checking with your local office about any vacancies we may have.
10 weeks of Studentguard travel insurance is included in the program fees to cover you for the duration of your employment with the summer camps. This insurance can be extended if you wish to travel and/or work further in Canada after camp has finished. Please contact your local office for details of cost.
Contact CCUSA to find out about our great deals and preferred Travel Agent partners.
No, you don't need you to have your visa to apply. We will assist you in obtaining your visa before you depart for camp.
Complete the online application form, then print out the complete and return form and send it in to us with two passport photos and your application fee. We will then contact you to arrange your interview.
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 a face-to-face 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, our partner company, NYQUEST, 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 and, whilst you may be convinced that tennis is your strongest skill area, they may think that your experience in arts & crafts would be more valuable. We recommend that you list a preference, 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 and are between 19- 30 years of age. We do take 18 year olds, but they are required to have an extensive range of experience working with children or in camps, and have specialized skills.
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 June 15th 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.
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.

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 eight 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).