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February 17, 2014

Is Winter Camp the new Summer Camp?

Winter Camp When I was 17, my family hosted an exchange student from Argentina. She stayed with us for about month. She was on summer vacation. It was January. That was the first time that I learned that much of the world – primarily South America - is on an opposite school schedule than us here in the United States.

Where do these students go for summer camp? Unfortunately, many probably do not attend in the United States because their summer vacation is when most of our camps are closed.

Foreign students attending US summer camps is on the rise. According to the American Camp Association, the United States hosts 11 million campers each year, and an estimated 5-15% of these campers are not from the United States - Source -. So between 55, 000 and 165,000 kids and parents are visiting our camps, and we can assume that they are all on summer vacation.

So back to the students who are off in January and February. Or, even students from around the globe who enjoy a month long winter vacation from school. Perhaps traditional summer camps, especially on the East Coast are limited in offering a camp experience to these students due to the cold weather. But, those of us who run camps in warm climates like Southern California have a huge opportunity to reach out to the Southern Hemisphere and rest of the world and offer a US camp experience in December, January, or February.

Will winter camps become a new trend as the US welcomes more and more foreign students each year? Time will tell, but you can look for The D’Angon Academy to pioneer this trend this coming winter. Brazilians and others – welcome to winter camp in the United States!

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Until next time!

About the author:
Barbara Dangond is the Executive Director of the English Summer Camp - D'Angon Academy.
For more on Barbara and the Language Program please visit the website. You can get in touch with her at

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