Camp Jewell YMCA employs over 30 international staff each summer to help campers gain a new perspective on the world. Internationals have the opportunity to travel, live in a new culture and gain valuable experience working with children in an outdoor setting. Campers gain a greater understanding of the world by enjoying songs, stories, food and games from other countries.

To ensure that our international staff feel welcomed, we have a Host Family Program that pairs a staff member with a Camp Jewell individual or family. Host family responsibilities are very simple. We ask that you arrange to take your staff member to a local event, attraction or family engagement on one of his or her days off from camp. Examples of activities include:

  • Dinner
  • Movies
  • Day trip to New York City, Providence or Boston
  • Shopping in Great Barrington
  • Parades
  • Fairs
  • Sporting events
  • Hiking or biking
  • Birthday parties

We also ask that host families provide a welcome package for their international staff member to be given at our International Staff Banquet. The banquet is an opportunity for host families and staff to meet and enjoy authentic food from around the world. During the evening, each international staff member performs a short presentation about their country using items they brought from home such as a flag, traditional clothing or a song or musical instrument.

This year’s International Staff Banquet will be held on in late June (Date TBD). The evening begins with our Annual World Service Silent Auction; all proceeds generated from the auction go toward our international programs and our sister YMCAs in Novosibirsk, Siberia; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Cape Flats, South Africa, and the Jerusalem YMCA.

For more information on becoming a host family, or to RSVP for the banquet, please us at 888-412-2287 or