Daily Life At Camp

At Skilled Summers, we recruit for many different camps, each with their own traditions, schedules and activities. 

As there are so many, it can be hard to give an exact breakdown of what to expect on a typical day. 

However, the breakdown below should give you a general idea of a day in the life at summer camp.

07:30 am – Wake Up

Rise and shine, because it’s time to get your campers ready for the day! 

If your camp’s old school, a bell or a camp bugle might get your day underway.

Some camps offer the perfect way to wake your campers up – helping to clear up the poo at the barn or a fresh dip in the lake!

08:00 am – Flag Raising

Every morning, the whole camp will get together around the flagpole for the Pledge of Allegiance. Cabins take it in turns to raise the flag and campers/staff can suggest songs to sing or report something as lost (plenty of hairbrushes always go missing at camp!)

08:15 am – Breakfast

Eat up, because you’ll need the fuel for the fun-packed day ahead! Food varies from camp to camp, but there’s usually cereal, hot food, fruit and veggie options all on offer. Also, this is a time when camp leaders and head staff will make any official camp announcements.

09:00 am – Cabin Clean-up

Once you’ve enjoyed breakfast, you’ll be able to head back to your cabin to clean up.

The cleanest cabins usually win a prize each week, so the children take it pretty seriously!

09:30 am – Morning Activities

There are usually four or five different activity periods in a day. There are lots of activities to choose from including sailing, horse riding, basketball and crafting. It’s a great chance to get involved and build your skills.

12:00 pm – Lunch

Meals at camp are pretty special. Singing, chanting and announcements are a key part of lunchtime. You’ll soon forget what it’s like to have food in any other way!

1:00 pm – Rest Period

American summers can get pretty hot – 35 degrees at some camps – so the day’s rest period is a good chance to get out of the sun and grab some downtime.

1:45 pm – Afternoon Activities

After a quick rest up, campers get stuck into another set of activities.

Water skiing, movie making, dance sessions and archery might be on the list.

4:30 pm – General Swim/Free Time

Whether you fancy hitting the lake for a swim or shooting some hoops, the free time is yours. 

 A typical day at summer camp is pretty hectic, so downtime is always needed!

6:00 pm – Dinner Time

After an activity packed day, you’ll be craving some tasty grub. And there’s always something delicious on the menu. 

For instance, you could choose from corn dogs, Philly cheesesteaks, spaghetti or pizza.Hungry yet?

7:30 pm – After Dinner Activities

Lots of camps run special theme weeks. Wild Wild West, Mario Kart, Harry Potter

or Superhero themed activities might be on offer. On other evenings, you might

get involved with talent shows, capture the flag or silent discos!

9:30 pm – Lights Out

Lights out is staggered depending on how old the children are. After lights out, you might be on duty to stay in the cabin or it might be your night off. Always make sure you get some shut-eye so you’re rested up for tomorrow’s activities.

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