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Open to students elementary through college. Locations may differ, see specific camp location info for exact ages available to attend. If you’re student is too young to attend camp, we welcome you to see the final show!

The Young Americans Summer Camp Tour will be traveling across the U.S. during the months of June, July, and August. A cast of 30+ Young Americans, ages 18-24, will be the instructors for every camp. Our instructors have experience teaching kids and adults in many languages to students all around the world. This summer, we have 2 casts traveling around the United States. Our camps are an awesome opportunity for students to grow as a people and performers. Students of all experience levels are encouraged to join. Throughout the week, campers will spend time learning an hour show geared for their respective age group. We generally break kids up into elementary, middle, and high school groups. They will also be taking fun and interactive classes in singing, dancing, and improv acting. On the fourth day of camp, we bring in an industry professional from our Alumni group who teach master classes that share the skills and experiences they have learned in their respective professions. The master teachers have had and still have careers as Broadway performers, major TV network hosts, casting directors, and many more related professions. The camp offers a unique experience to gain self-confidence, make new friends, learn an incredible 1-hour variety show, and take workshops in singing, dancing, and acting that you don’t want to miss out on!

Check out our tour schedule below to see if we are coming to a city near you. We have more specific information in the “Camp Info and Registration” section for each camp. If you still have questions, feel free to send us an email at

Before you go, check out the other tabs on the site. We’ve got great information in the “About” and “FAQs” sections, and don’t forget to check out some of our video montages from last year’s camps in our “Video” tab!

We hope to see you this summer!
Summer Camp Schedule | 2016
Villa Duchesne & Oak Hill School: St. Louis, MISSOURI – Day Camp ››
New Prague Middle School: New Prague, MINNESOTA – Day Camp ››
JUNE 6-11
Midland University: Fremont, NEBRASKA – Overnight/Day Camp ››
JUNE 7-11
Lakota West Freshman School: West Chester, OHIO – Day Camp ››
JUNE 14-18
West Ottawa High School: Holland, MICHIGAN – Day Camp ››
JUNE 14-18
Falcon Middle School: Falcon, COLORADO – Day Camp ››
JUNE 21-25
Paw Paw High School: Paw Paw, MICHIGAN – Day Camp ››
JUNE 21-25
Westerly School: Long Beach, CALIFORNIA – Day Camp ››
Harbor Spring High School: Harbor Springs, MICHIGAN – Day Camp ››
Dwyer Middle School: Huntington Beach, CALIFORNIA – Day Camp ››
JULY 5-9
Northwood High School: Irvine, CALIFORNIA – Day Camp ››
JULY 5-10
Harbor Spring High School: Harbor Springs, MICHIGAN – Day Camp ››
JULY 12-16
Harbor Spring High School: Harbor Springs, MICHIGAN – Day Camp ››
JULY 12-16
Novato High School: Novato, CALIFORNIA – Day Camp ››
JULY 19-23
Mona Shores High School: Muskegon, MICHIGAN – Day Camp ››
JULY 19-23
YA World Head Quarters: Corona, CALIFORNIA – Day Camp ››
JULY 26-30
El Segundo High School: El Segundo, CALIFORNIA – Day Camp ››
JULY 26-30
North Hall High School: Gainesville, GEORGIA – Day Camp ››
Pioneer Middle School: Tustin, CALIFORNIA – Day Camp ››
Lake Orion High School: Lake Orion, MICHIGAN – Day Camp ››
Carlsbad High School: Carlsbad, CALIFORNIA – Day Camp ››
Marinette Middle School: Marinette, WISCONSIN – Day Camp ››
The Young Americans’ Summer Camp is more than just a high-caliber performing arts camp. We believe in sustaining and supporting music programs in the communities we visit each summer. That is why we donate all of the ticket sales collected in our camps to local organizations and school music programs that support music and the arts programs throughout the year.

In the past three years, we have donated over $228,000 to local and school music and arts programs in cities all over the United States. That number is the hard work of people from our staff and most importantly, members of those communities, who believe in the importance of music education. Help support our cause and support today! Whether you attend a camp show, scholarship a student to camp, or make a donation to The Young Americans, you can help make a change to keep music alive and well in education today!
Q : Does my student need previous performing arts training?

A : The Young Americans staff of 30+ teachers is gifted at working with students who have various levels of performing experience. However, your student does not need prior training to feel a sense of accomplishment in our camp. Our focus is to help motivate students to achieve their individual goals.

Q : Are there water or rest breaks during the day?

A : Though the camp moves at a very energetic pace, The Young Americans staff pays special attention to the needs of the campers. Students are given small breaks throughout the day plus a full hour for lunch. Volunteers monitor the campers during lunch and breaks to ensure the safety of your students on property. All that being said, campers sleep very well at night during the week of camp!

Q : What level of supervision is provided for my student?

A : Our staff takes the safety of students very seriously. Here are just a few measures that we have taken to ensure the well-being of each student: 1.) Before being accepted into the organization, each Young American staff member is required to complete a background check, following the guidelines of the Orange County Department of Education where they work and teach. 2.) All camp staff, volunteers and students are required to wear name badges and camp bracelets at all times. 3.) Each building has an evacuation/emergency plan for fires or severe weather conditions. 4.) Each camper must be signed in at beginning of camp each day. We require all students leaving early to sign out.

Q : Is the camp indoor all day or will the campers need sunscreen?

A : While most of the camp takes place inside, a group may occasionally enjoy the beautiful outdoors as they learn a show segment. As a precaution, applying sunscreen daily before your camper arrives is recommended.

Q : Is the camp suitable for kids with special needs?

A : All are welcome! The Young Americans have a successful history of integration in their teaching endeavors and strive to work with any student interested in the camp. We’re aware, however, that each situation is unique. If you have a special needs student, we invite you to please contact our Summer Camp Producer to discuss what is best for your individual family circumstance.

Q: How much is camp?

A: Follow the camp info and registration link in our tour schedule section to find out how much camp costs at the location near you.

Q: When and where can I purchase tickets for the show?

A: Tickets are sold during the week of camp at the show venue. Stop in at the beginning or end of each camp day to purchase a ticket. We recommend stopping by before show day to guarantee getting a ticket for the show(s).

Q: Do the campers have to buy tickets for the show?

A: No. The campers are performers in the show.

Q: I see there are two acts to the show, what is in each act?

A: The first act is performed by the cast of Young Americans as a “thank you” to the campers and families for welcoming us into your community. The second act features the campers in a variety show they learn throughout the week.

Q: Have more camp questions?

A: Email us at, and we are more than happy to help answer your questions!
How can you bring The Young Americans Summer Camp to your community?
Bringing the summer camp to your community:
Welcome and thank you for taking time to look into our program. The information below will give you a great idea of everything involved to host The Young Americans in your community. Our team will help you every step of the way to ensure a successful and inspiration experience.
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STEP ONE: Understanding what’s a part of hosting the tour.
  • Delegate Status & Promotion : As a delegate, you would host The Young Americans Summer Camp program. We would provide a high quality music education camp for your students entering 3rd grade – college. The camp culminates in a terrific two-hour performance with your students performing with The Young Americans. You will be listed as a Silver, Gold, or Platinum Record school on our website and Facebook. This list promotes and signifies schools going above and beyond to bring quality music education to their students as well as valuing how their students feel about themselves amongst their peers. (Don’t know what Turn Up The Music is? Refer to the ‘About’ section)
  • Camp Length : The camp is 5 days long. The first 4 days featuring classes and rehearsal for campers ramping up to 1-2 large showcase performances on Day 5 for friends, family, and the community. The cast will need to load-in equipment the afternoon/evening the day before camp begins with participants.
  • Money Donated : As the host school, you have the preference of where the Turn Up The Music donation funds go. It’s up to you, and we can provide scenarios from what other schools have chosen to do for their music programs.
  • Student Scholarships : You’ll have first access to the scholarship money from Turn Up The Music for your workshop. This money is used for students that cannot afford to take the workshop. We will provide a scholarship application that will then be passed onto you to determine which students you’d like to receive help. We can send out notifications to them for you thereafter.
  • Host Families & Food : Host is responsible for food and housing for The Young Americans’ cast and their Director(s). We have been staying in families across the world since the Outreach Tours began in 1992. It is one of our favorite aspects about tour. The relationships that are made last a lifetime. At least two Young Americans stay in each family (roughly 18 families per tour cast). We provide tools to help your coordinator collect information for the volunteer families. Each family will receive complimentary tickets in our VIP seating for the final performance as a thank you. Generally, host families provide meals for our cast members, but often, we utilize food donations and potlucks from local restaurants and businesses to help with lunches during the camp day.
  • Facility Space : The host is responsible for providing a facility for the event. Start with deciding what the main venue for the performance would be. Gym or Theatre? Can we have access to it for all 5 days? Additional teaching spaces (e.g. choir room, band room, small theatre, wrestling room, outdoors if the weather permits) We prefer to have two of these additional spaces during days 1-4 when we split up to teach different groups at the same time.
  • Registration : There is no fee to the school for the workshop or fundraiser. Instead, we charge a base price of $199 to students who’d like to participate. This includes registration for all five days and a Young Americans t-shirt. Location prices vary from city to city pending facility rental, logistical expenses, and additional fundraising for host group’s music and arts program. Students wear this as their costume for the show. It has become a memento for students; many choose to have it signed by The Young Americans and their friends after the show. Our online registration site helps take the stress of registration queries and logistics
  • Show Tickets : Tickets for the final performance are sold by The Young Americans : $12/adult and $0/student. We have also had success by incorporating reserved seating at an additional cost. Our staff will take care of this upon arrival.
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STEP TWO: Reserve & Confirm your Date
  • Submit your contact information to our Booking Director : Click here.
  • Start looking for a month that works for your school. Refer to the listing of future tours below. All of our camps take place on a Monday – Friday or Tuesday – Saturday format.
  • Tour Schedule Dates:
    • June – mid August | Past camp locations : Colorado, California, Nebraska, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. We are looking to include more states every year!
    • Things to think about when checking with your school:
      • What is the main venue? Gym or Theatre? Can we have access to it for all three days?
      • Additional teaching spaces (e.g. choir room, band room, small theatre, wrestling room) We only need two of these additional spaces during Day One and Two.
      • Conflicting dates with surrounding schools. Very successful schools have focused on collaborating with everyone around them (i.e. schools inside and outside of their district, dance studios, performing arts academies). Try to find a date that works with their students’ schedules as well.
    • When your date is solidified, we can start collecting information to create online registration, posters, and flyers for you.
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  • Here are positions that we recommend you delegating to parents/teachers who are a part of your team. As a thank you, we can provide free student registration and show tickets for your team members.
    • Elementary School Promo : Responsible for distributing posters/flyers/emails to all Elementary School students.
    • Middle School Promo : Responsible for distributing posters/flyers/emails to all Middle School students.
    • High School Promo : Responsible for distributing posters/flyers/emails to all High School students.
    • Specialty Organizations/General Marketing Promo : Responsible for distributing posters/flyers/emails to all other organizations (e.g. radio commercials, TV specials, press release, dance studios, performing arts academies)
    • Host Family Coordinator : Responsible for coordinating families that would like to be a host family for 2 or more YAs during the event
    • Sponsors & Parent Volunteers : Responsible for coordinating parent volunteers for the workshop (parents that can help check-in students or monitor meal breaks). Responsible for utilizing connections with local sponsors to raise funds towards the student scholarship fund.
  • Some of these positions can be combined, but our most successful workshops position someone in each of these roles.
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STEP FOUR: Promote & Follow Up
  • Promote : Student Registration drives the success of your fundraiser. The higher that number is, the easier everything else truly becomes. Think about what marketing/promotion works best for your community and we can work with you to make it happen. Even though it may not be something we’ve done before, we are open to taking your direction and providing support.
  • Our team will provide you with videos, registration flyers, and posters to distribute to classrooms and organizations.
  • Advance Promotion Tour : There is often opportunity for a small team of Young Americans to come visit your community for a day or two during the school year. They can speak with classes, conduct assembly shows, radio spots, or anything you feel that would help spread the word
  • Local Sponsorship : You can ask for food sponsors or registration sponsors. Our scholarship money, notated above in step one, is the ground work for you to challenge local business’s to jump in. We are more than willing to provide advertisement opportunities to them on our projection screens during the show and in the program we hand out to every audience member.
  • Follow Up : Don’t be afraid to follow up with every school you speak to about helping you advertise. School life can get busy and everyone needs that nice reminder when deadlines are coming up.
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STEP FIVE: The workshop begins. ENJOY!
  • As a new member of our family, we want you to feel comfortable to be involved as little or as much as you’d like. We will introduce you to the cast and thank you for believing in the power of music. You work all year to provide so many amazing opportunities for your students needs to be congratulated.
  • Don’t forget that this three day event can go by fast. Make sure you have everything ready to be able to enjoy the magic as what happens.
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