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Types Of Camps

CCUSA has selected a small group of extraordinary summer camps from our vast network of camps throughout North America to engage in helping families find the right match for your child.  These extraordinary camps provide a breadth of social and educational philosophies, program offerings, and settings all geared toward the enrichment of children in remarkable ways. 

What they have in Common?

All CCUSA Camps Are Committed to Excellence:

  • Accredited by the American or Canadian Camp Association, following strict and comprehensive standards and best practices for health, safety, communication, and emergency protocols.
  • Full-time healthcare staff, including licensed doctor or nurse living on-site
  • Healthy meal options to ensure the wellness of campers with a range of dietary restrictions.
  • Regularly visited by CCUSA staff
  • Have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in the professional camping community.

All CCUSA Camps Have Experienced and Qualified Staff:

  • High camper and staff return rate of over 70%
  • Vast majority of staff are experienced youth workers and educators
  • Rigorous staff training for all counselors; hiring only experience counselors who have passed background checks and multiple screenings.
  • Exhibit a high level of cultural awareness having years of experience hosting international campers and staff members.

All CCUSA Camps Are Leaders In Youth Development:

  • Emhasize character development through highly structured schedules, group living, and a range of progressive programming.
  • Offer a broad range of activities from sunrise until bedtime- where socialization occurs  in small groups, large groups, as well as alone time for reflection throughout the day.
  • Cultivate a common set of values that are incorporated into every aspect of camp life, such as respect, perseverance, trust, teamwork and responsibility.
  • Inclusion, fun, and healthy risk taking are celebrated at camp, but bullying is not tolerated.

What are some differences among camps?

CCUSA works with hundreds of camps that are each different from one another. However, camps can be grouped into overall types. 

Private/Traditional Camps

These camps are operated by families who have been successfully operating camps for generations. These can be Co-ed, or All-Boys or All- Girls.  These camps are steeped in tradition and encourage kids to take advantage of an expansive set of offerings to promote the exposure to a multitude of activities. From popular team sports to individual sports, the performing arts, equestrian programs, and a range of water sports – the options are endless in terms of the level and breadth.

Specialty Camps

Specialty camps offer a range of activities, but provide focused or extensive learning in a particular area. Most of these camps also offer a broad range of options daily, but every child is also exposed to this specialty and kids find common interest and an individualized focus in key areas, such as wilderness adventure, sailing, equestrian training, certain sports or performing arts to name a few.

Non-Profit/ Agency

These camps are sponsored by organizations who contribute to their mission. Often these camps may be lower in cost than privately-owned camps, but they still offer much of the same program activities. Typically these camps may have more rustic accommodations and host a diverse range of campers from several socio-economic backgrounds. These include Girl Scouts, the YMCA, JCC, the Salvation Army, Universities, Hospitals, and other independent organizations.

Religious Camps

Similar to Non-profit camps, many summer camps are funded through churches, synagogues, or other religious groups to carry out spiritual development as a part of the character development they promote at camp. CCUSA works with a range of Catholic, Christian, and Jewish Camps among other faiths as well. Many of these practice a range of religious observance- from Christian or Jewish in name, to advanced bible or Torah studies and traditions.

Special Needs

Camps serving campers with a particular need, whether it is a common experience such as those who have diabetes, a specific learning ability, or potentially those who have a particular challenge such as Autism, Blindness, or a breadth of cognitive, emotional, or physical abilities.

Activities/ Programs

As a part of the highly structured daily schedule at camp, camps offer various sets of activities that campers can participate in each day. 


  • Crafts
  • Ceramics
  • Costume Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Glass Blowing
  • Leatherwork
  • Jewelry- Beading, Silversmith, etc.
  • Sewing
  • Stained Glass
  • Woodworking

Performing Arts

  • Costume Design
  • Dance: Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap
  • Editing
  • Lighting
  • Makeup
  • Music Lessons: Instruments, Band, Symphony
  • Sound
  • Stagecraft
  • Theatre
  • Voice


  • Aerobics
  • Archery
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Disc Golf
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Fitness
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial Arts
  • Roller Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Street Hockey
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Weightlifting
  • Yoga


  • Computers- Coding, Design, Development
  • Creative Writing
  • Journalism/Newspaper
  • Model Making
  • Photography – Darkroom & Digital
  • Radio
  • Robotics
  • Rocketry
  • Videography
  • Web Design
  • Yearbook

Outdoor Adventure

  • Astronomy
  • Backpacking
  • Bouldering
  • Camp craft
  • Climbing Wall
  • Equestrian
  • Mountain Biking
  • Overnight Camping
  • Ropes Course


  • Aqua Aerobics
  • Canoeing
  • Crew: Sculling & Sweeps
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Lifeguarding Skills
  • Paddleboard
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Wakeboarding
  • Waterskiing
  • Windsurfing