Xplore’s first traditional US Summer Camp combined with total immersion homestay programme Nestled in the Pikes Peak region of the Rocky Mountains, approximately 1.5 hour drive from Denver International Airport. This is a traditional all-American summer camp in the mountains who have only recently begun welcoming international teenagers exclusively through Xplore. Each day at camp is action-packed with activities campers have chosen based on their interests. Our days are usually dedicated to pursuits like archery, kayaking, swimming at the waterfront, orienteering, arts and crafts and Ga-Ga ball – just to name a few. The other half of this programme offers a homestay experience of authentic ‘American life’ with a local host family in the wider Denver area. Living with a host family involves being totally immersed in family life and provides an excellent opportunity to utilise your English language skills constantly. This programme is perfect for those with excellent English language skills and confident to be communicating in English for the whole programme. It is a unique opportunity to spend the summer as an American teen and will make for a very special summer study travel experience.
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We will provide both transfers from and to an International Airport on both arrival and departure dates. Transfer between camp and host family will also be included.
Lodging will vary slightly depending on age. As campers get older, they will typically progress from modern cabins with attached washrooms to more rustic wooden cabins which are a short walk from the washrooms to the true camping experience of living in a tent platform. Cabins usually have between 8-10 bed per lodge and as this is usually an all-American camp, international students will be integrated well with native teenagers. During your homestay section of the programme, visiting teenagers may share a room with a host family sibling of a similar age and same gender or may have their own room. If you have any special requirements or would like to request to share with a friend, we will try to accommodate you, just let us know in advance.
The camps consistently receive excellent reviews about their food. Many request recipes to share with their family and school so that they can eat their favourite camp foods every day. All meals are provided with fresh fruit available at breakfast, a salad bar at lunch and dinner and, of course, dessert after dinner. The camp can accommodate most dietary restrictions when we are made aware in advance, please make sure to let us know. When staying with your host family, they will provide all meals, 3 times a day, which could be a mixture of cuisines as American families tend to have a varied diet. We encourage our students to be open-minded and to share with their family local cuisines from their country during their stay.
There are no organised English language lessons at Camp Shady Brook as this is a typical American teen summer camp and during the homestay section, visiting teenagers are completely immersed in family life. We recommend that those interested in this programme are confident in communicating in English so that you are able to understand activity instruction and able to communicate comfortably with camp staff, other campers and your host family.
The benefit of being at camp is that everything is on-site and at this summer camp there is a wide range of activities to be involved with. From exploring the local mountains with hiking, camping, trail rides, fishing, creek stomping, and swimming to more traditional activities, such as archery, arts and crafts, drama, slingshots, a ropes course, climbing wall and zip wire. There are also a selection of sports that campers like to play, such as basketball, volleyball, Ga-Ga ball, and kickball. All of the activities are counsellor-led and designed to give every camper the opportunity to learn new skills, build self-confidence and develop leadership. In the evening, there is of course story telling around the campfire, as well as roasting s’mores. We also enjoy night hikes and astronomy, being surrounded by such a spectacular mountain landscape. During your homestay, your host family will share with you their summer break activities – from mall shopping to cinema, walks and backyard barbecues, you will feel right at home and like one of the locals.
There are no organised off-site excursions whilst at camp. This is a traditional all-American Summer Camp experience where all campers stay on-site for a wide range of organised activities and adventures. During the homestay phase, host families will share their summer break activities, which include visiting some of the local attractions, such as:
Care and Supervision
Camp staff are responsible for the pastoral care of all students whilst at camp, however a team of Xplore staff will be available during the whole programme.They will introduce themselves at the airport and can be contacted or seen at any if needed using the contact information provided prior to arrival. All Camp staff go through a comprehensive interview and training programme which include activity certification, behaviour management, bullying prevention and homesickness, as well as being CPR/First Aid/AED and O2 certified. All Xplore host families have undergone an in-depth application process which includes a personal interview and in-home inspection. We also conduct a criminal background investigation and hold specific training covering cultural differences and importance of communication while hosting and an orientation with our local staff.
Our camps are available to children from all over the world. Integration and immersion is central to how we operate as an organisation, and we encourage programmes that promote integration between different nationalities and cultures. These US Camps have only recently begun welcoming international teenagers exclusively through Xplore so there will a low number of other international students at camp and during the homestay part of this programme, integration is with your American host family only.
Xplore has partnered with Endsleigh Insurance to provide invaluable cover specifically designed for Xplore students. You will receive a summary of insurance cover after booking, however key benefits include: