Ready for a Camp Like No Other?
Imagine flying to a country of your choice and being met at the airport where you will join 20-30 other students from around the world. From there you and your new friends will spend 2-3 weeks experiencing a country and culture in a most unique way. The camp programs are built around specific camp themes. They can explore nature (lakes, forests, archipelagos), different forms of sport, music, culture (museums, art, painting), and more. The camps typically last two weeks and are held during July – August (the dates vary from camp to camp). Click Here for an example of the camps which have been held in the past.
Often (but not always) the first week is a family period where the participants stay with their host families. During this period, the participants have a great opportunity to get to know local people, their culture, habits, and way of life.
The other week is the camp period. The participants stay together in accommodations arranged by the organizing Rotarians and follow a daily program that is set based on the camp theme. During this period, the camp may also visit companies and organizations relevant to the theme.
How Does it Work?
The local Rotary clubs take care of the camp arrangements: meeting students in the airport on arrival, accommodations, host families, ground transportation, camp program, and student safety. The camps are organized by Rotarians who live in the area and are familiar with the opportunities and interesting attractions that the area can offer.
The participant age requirements vary from camp to camp but typically is open to students 15-25 years of age. Camps are open to everyone, so you do not have to be from a Rotary family. However, what makes Rotary Summer Camps unique is that only one student per country is allowed to participate. Meaning if accepted, you will be the only American student – truly an honor and something which looks good on your record!
Participants pay their own travel costs to and from the country where the camp takes place. They should also bring their own pocket money. The organizing Rotarians take care of ground transportation from the closest airport. Summer camps range in cost from $200-$400 USD. There is also a $300 USD administrative fee payable to District 5340 for coordinating and managing the placement of students in their summer camps.
Participants must have a valid insurance policy in case of injury or sickness for the entire duration of the camp. The $300 administrative fee includes travel insurance policy purchased from CISI Bolduc insurance company. This insurance policy is approved by Rotary International. Lastly, a valid passport is required for all foreign travel.
Interested In Applying?
The first step is to complete the information form on the Contact Us page. Rotary District 5340 will provide you with a preliminary application to complete. We will put you in contact with your local Rotary club who will help guide you through the application and interview process. If selected to participate you will then complete the remainder of the Summer Camp application.