The original release of Volume 1, credited to Camp Kill Yourself, was released on February 27, 1999 by Teil Martin International and was limited to 2,500 copies. A second release on December 12, 1999 was limited to 1,000 copies, before the album was reissued by Volcom Entertainment when the band signed with them in 2000 – first on April 1, under the title CKY and limited to 2,000 copies; then on May 1, under the title Camp and limited to 4,000 copies; and finally on October 1, under the title Camp Volume 1 and limited to a much larger 20,000. When CKY signed to The Island Def Jam Music Group in 2001, they too reissued the album. Island/Def Jam's edition was an enhanced CD released with different coloured album covers – purple, blue, orange (all of which were limited to 5,000 copies each) and red (of which copies were unlimited). CKY's British distributor, Mercury Records, also issued Volume 1 in 2002, and a downloadable version of the record was made available in 2008.
The original album cover featured a stylized, cartoon depiction of politician R. Budd Dwyer as he famously shot himself on live television. When it was prepared for release by Volcom, the label's manager demanded the cover be changed, and that the band change their name to something less offensive (hence the switch from Camp Kill Yourself to Camp and later CKY). The next, more well-known cover, originally used for the back cover, features a photograph of lead guitarist Chad I Ginsburg performing his trademark 'bitch toss', in which he throws his guitar 360 degrees around his back and catches it when it returns. The photo was taken on the 1999 Warped Tour.