International Camper Exchange Programs (ICEP)

The International Camper Exchange Program (ICEP)

ICEP Germany

YMCA Camp Abbensen, Germany:  Since 1951, we have been fortunate to have a camper exchange program with the Hanover YMCA of Germany and Camp Abbensen.  On alternating years, 12-14 teens from Germany attend Camp Conrad Weiser and 12-14 teens fly to Germany to attend Camp Abbensen's International Camp.  This 4-week program is well-established and boasts 2 weeks of camp, 1 week of home-stay, and 1 week of travel.  While German language skills are encouraged, being fluent in the language is not necessary.  Campers from Germany, Spain, Russia and Camp Conrad Weiser participate in this program.   The Camp Abbesen's International Camp is conducted in English.

ICEP trips are chaperoned by 1 or 2 South Mountain YMCA staff and are designed for teens 13-15 years of age. Potential campers must apply and be interviewed before registering for the trip.  

ICEP Germany will take place this summer 2014.  We are now accepting applications.  The cost for this four-week program is $3500.  Limited financial assistance may be availalbe.    Please contact Sue Williams, our Associate Executive Director for more information.

ICEP Russia 

New for 2014!  We are very excited to offer this amazing opportunity for campers ages 15-17 to travel to Russia!  The YMCA of Ivanovo, Russia invites you to take part in the International YMCA Camp "Inter Com" or International Camp Program. Because young people will be coming from all over the world, this program will be in English.  Dates are from July 15 through August 10th.  Please call Sue Williams at 610-670-2267 for additional information.  

The YMCA of Spain:  Congratulations to our world travelers from Summer 2013! 

Our next trip to Spain will be Summer 2015!

This amazing three week experience will begin with two weeks in the YMCA of Spain's summer camp in Priego and will end with one full week touring the castles and countryside near Madrid, Spain.  

Traveling to the United States to attend Camp Conrad Weiser

This English-immersion experience on attending YMCA Camp Conrad Weiser is second to none in the U.S.  In addition to its excellent programs and facilities, the South Mountain YMCA Camps are centrally located on the east coast of the United States allowing for ready access to New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington D.C.  For participants attending camp as part of a program led by our overseas partners, excursions to these exciting locations have already been arranged.  For campers attending our programs independently, such trips can be arranged if desired.

Contact Sue Williams, our Associate Executive Director, at 610-670-2267 or by using the Contact button found in the top, right corner of this page.

We'll see you at Camp!