It is still insanely early for applications. Last year, I didnt even hear about Camp America until October, and I didnt actually apply til late February, and I still got into such an awesome camp. There are incentives like cheaper fees if you apply by (dont quote me on this) the end of September, but there is still so much time. Dont rush into it, do the research, and have a good look. You need all the information you can get. The information nights are invaluable, you have to go to the next one. They go through different jobs, the WHOLE application process, life at camp, flights, etc.
As for money? I was told you dont spend a lot, but I had 2 nights off a week, and on those nights we usually went out drinking, or spending money, whether it was at a cinema, or eating decent food for once. Its a good idea to budget, and some of my best nights out werent actually off camp, in the counselor hangout area watchin dvds or on the internet, or even catching up on precious sleep. What was good, is if u dont need you wage, the money you get paid for working, for after camp travel, you can normally get weekly advances.
My problem was spending a lot of money after camp, on this massive road trip that im still on. Budget, plan it out, but dont feel too pressured or restricted to not have fun.
"It's the kid inside of us that keeps us all from going crazy..."