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Repeat Staff
Fees Pocket Money Total
Counselors OT $185 Negotiable
Counselors $1,185 Negotiable
Campower
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Counselors
Fees Pocket Money Total
18 year olds $1,995 $750 $2,745
19+ $2,315 $850 $3,165
21+ $2,315 $950 $3,265
18 Southern Hemisphere OT $1,495 $1,350 $2,845
19–20 Southern Hemisphere OT $1,815 $1,600 $3,415
21+ Southern Hemisphere OT $1,715 $1,775 $3,490
Experienced Counselor - all ages $1,325 $1,100 $2,425
Experienced Counselor - Southern Hemisphere OT $825 $1,825 $2,650
Advanced Skills
Fees Pocket Money Total
18 year olds $2,115 $850 $2,965
19+ $2,455 $950 $3,405
21+ $2,455 $1,050 $3,505
Special Needs
Fees Pocket Money Total
18 year olds $2,275 $850 $3,125
19-20 $2,445 $950 $3,395
21+ $2,445 $1,050 $3,495
18 Southern Hemisphere OT $1,915 $1,450 $3,365
19–20 Southern Hemisphere OT $1,915 $1,700 $3,615
21+ Southern Hemisphere OT $1,805 $1,875 $3,680
Campower Support Staff
Fees Pocket Money Total
All ages $2,285 $1,300 $3,585

Important Note for Support Staff: Pocket money guidelines apply to camps that are exempt from minimum wage requirements on federal, state and local levels. Camps that are not exempt are to provide additional compensation to participants in order to fulfill such requirements as specified in U.S. Department of State regulations governing the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program.


OT = Own Travel - Participant is responsible for booking own travel

“Experienced Counselor” refers to an applicant who has successfully completed at least one season at a different camp on a designated J-1 camp counselor program.


Notes on Fees

  • All staff selected are subject to a $35 SEVIS tracking fee.
  • Additional pocket money is payable according to the following schedule:
    • Resident camps: First year staff are to be paid $200 per week after the first nine weeks, including pre-camp.
    • Day camps (weekends off): First year staff are to be paid $200 per week after the first ten weeks, including pre-camp.
  • Camps agree to reimburse participants arriving on a Camp America flight for travel to camp expenses (including if applicable, $20 transportation fee from hotel to non-airport locations). Surcharges for alternate arrival gateways are listed in the 2021 one-way flight prices document.
  • An additional fee of $100 will be assessed for staff trained as American Red Cross lifeguards by Camp America.
  • Camp America imposes a cancellation penalty for participants “dropped” without a valid reason. The cancellation penalty for 2021 is $400 per participant.
  • Two thirds (66%) of the total amount payable is due June 1, and the balance on August 1. A 3% finance charge will be assessed per month for late payments after September 1.
  • Should Camp America encounter constraints with regard to allocation of U.S. State Department J-1 visa application Forms DS-2019, the program may accordingly set deadlines, quotas or other restrictions on applicant qualification for repeat counselor fee category.

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