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A once in a lifetime experience where else do you get paid to take a nap in the middle of the day

A once in a lifetime experience where else do you get paid to take a nap in the middle of the day

Author -  Georgia Roud

I chose Camp America, because of the raving reviews I’d heard from friends.

I decided to do Camp America after I graduated from university. I was still working in the same job I had had throughout high school and it was not going anywhere. 

My family was pushing me to start a career, a “real job”, and I did not feel ready for that. I felt too young to join the rat race, working a 9-5 office job is my worst nightmare! I wanted to do something different, fun and exciting. I heard about Camp America through several friends that had done it and had had a blast. I had put my hand up for extra curricular excursions throughout high school, the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre and a weeklong trip down the Wanganui River, so Camp America sounded like something I would love!

I considered Camp America for less than a week. I took a look at their website and decided I had enough money. When I had a morning off of work, I was sitting at home twiddling my thumbs, so I applied to Camp America.

Before I boarded the plane my plane had been delayed for over two hours! By the time I boarded it was after midnight, I was exhausted and I just wanted to get on. Aside from that, I was excited, I had never been anywhere, apart from Australia with my family, but this adventure was on my own for the next three months, I did not know anyone over there! I had only travelled overseas to Australia with my immediate family to visit family. I had never travelled on my own before.

When I arrived at camp I was picked up by one of the directors who was also collecting two other Kiwis. It felt good to hear a similar accent! As well as a girl from England. Driving to camp, my first impressions of America were, it is exactly how you expect it to be, everything is just bigger! I arrived and it was all pleasantries, it was a very small camp only seventeen counselors and they weren’t all there yet. 

We moved into a few tents and had breakfast. We were on a farm in the middle of nowhere so it was easy to forget you were in America it could easily have been New Zealand. They put us straight to work tossing hay!

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My role at camp was a sports counselor. I was placed at Forrestel Riding and Sports Camp; the forty-five girls are there predominantly to ride horses. They ride once or twice a day and when they are not riding they are playing sports with us sports counselors, anything form soccer and kickball to hide and go seek. You don’t have to be an expert, you just need to have a good attitude, give it your all, join in and have fun with the kids!

I had so many favourite moments with the kids and time off with the counselors. The camp related ones were the canoe trips and the mountain bike trips we took the kids on throughout the summer. Getting off the campsite with a smaller group of kids for a couple of hours and being able to relax and get to know them in a different environment. 

Teaching them things like steering a canoe and seeing what they are capable of, some of them at only eight years old felt amazing. I also enjoyed the competitions we had on the weekends, building a team for a lip sync battle or Olympic day with everyone dressed up they forgot about being “too cool” and gave it their all, cheering each other on for a similar goal.

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Was taken right at the end of summer just after the last camper had left, after a long summer of hard work we were ready to start our own travels. Do we look tan and tired?

At camp I gained so many experiences, but I found a new confidence in myself that I will utilize for the rest of my life. I now know I can achieve anything if I put my mind to it! If I can fly half way around the world and overnight become mum to five eight year olds for two weeks I can do anything!

There are challenges at camp, something I experienced was, sometimes things just get all a bit much, you are exhausted and you are working with kids, they want activities and energy from you and it is your job to keep going, and the kids will love you more for it. When it feels like you cannot carry on and everyone around you is busy, it can feel very isolating, you cannot just ring home, because it is not your time off, but all the other counselors are going through the exact same thing as you, turn to them, they are your friends and they will support you and will help you get to the end of that session.

Georgia Roud Camp Blog Sept 28 2018 Camp America -1.jpg

Taken on the 4th of July we were taking the girls on one of our infamous canoe trips, probably the smoothest one we had!

I was proud of my girls when they achieved anything, when they said they couldn’t play a game, kick a ball or score a goal, when they achieved it and saw their potential it was very rewarding. When they worked together and completed an activity or won a competition, it was amazing! When it got to the end of the session and it came to say goodbye and they had made great friends especially when they had come to camp so shy. I was proud of myself when I smashed my goals, I came to camp and decided I wanted to learn to do a flip off the blob and jump a horse. I practiced until I could do both, but also when I just kept going! When situations got out of hand, and they will, you are the adult now and these girls are looking at you for direction, so you just keep going.

I think everyone should do Camp America I learnt about myself and grew so much. I learnt about other parts of the world and explored a different country. If any of that excites you, you should sign up for Camp America, you will not regret it!

I gained so much from Camp America, life long friends and a once in a lifetime experience where else do you get paid to take a nap in the middle of the day!


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The girls were working through some team building activities they had to build a raft out of tubes, planks of wood and rope and make it out and around the blob, I was so proud of them!

 


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A once in a lifetime experience where else do you get paid to take a nap in the middle of the day

I decided to do Camp America after I graduated from university. I was still working in the same job I had had throughout high school and it was not going anywhere. My family was pushing me to start a career, a “real job”, and I did not feel ready for that. I felt too young to join the rat race, working a 9-5 office job is my worst nightmare! I wanted to do something different, fun and exciting. I heard about Camp America through several friends that had done it and had had a blast. I had put my hand up for extra curricular excursions throughout high school, the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre and a weeklong trip down the Wanganui River, so Camp America sounded like something I would love!

I chose Camp America, because of the raving reviews I’d heard from friends.

I decided to do Camp America after I graduated from university. I was still working in the same job I had had throughout high school and it was not going anywhere. 

My family was pushing me to start a career, a “real job”, and I did not feel ready for that. I felt too young to join the rat race, working a 9-5 office job is my worst nightmare! I wanted to do something different, fun and exciting. I heard about Camp America through several friends that had done it and had had a blast. I had put my hand up for extra curricular excursions throughout high school, the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre and a weeklong trip down the Wanganui River, so Camp America sounded like something I would love!

I considered Camp America for less than a week. I took a look at their website and decided I had enough money. When I had a morning off of work, I was sitting at home twiddling my thumbs, so I applied to Camp America.

Before I boarded the plane my plane had been delayed for over two hours! By the time I boarded it was after midnight, I was exhausted and I just wanted to get on. Aside from that, I was excited, I had never been anywhere, apart from Australia with my family, but this adventure was on my own for the next three months, I did not know anyone over there! I had only travelled overseas to Australia with my immediate family to visit family. I had never travelled on my own before.

When I arrived at camp I was picked up by one of the directors who was also collecting two other Kiwis. It felt good to hear a similar accent! As well as a girl from England. Driving to camp, my first impressions of America were, it is exactly how you expect it to be, everything is just bigger! I arrived and it was all pleasantries, it was a very small camp only seventeen counselors and they weren’t all there yet. 

We moved into a few tents and had breakfast. We were on a farm in the middle of nowhere so it was easy to forget you were in America it could easily have been New Zealand. They put us straight to work tossing hay!

Georgia Roud Camp Blog Sept 28 2018 Camp America -0.jpg

My role at camp was a sports counselor. I was placed at Forrestel Riding and Sports Camp; the forty-five girls are there predominantly to ride horses. They ride once or twice a day and when they are not riding they are playing sports with us sports counselors, anything form soccer and kickball to hide and go seek. You don’t have to be an expert, you just need to have a good attitude, give it your all, join in and have fun with the kids!

I had so many favourite moments with the kids and time off with the counselors. The camp related ones were the canoe trips and the mountain bike trips we took the kids on throughout the summer. Getting off the campsite with a smaller group of kids for a couple of hours and being able to relax and get to know them in a different environment. 

Teaching them things like steering a canoe and seeing what they are capable of, some of them at only eight years old felt amazing. I also enjoyed the competitions we had on the weekends, building a team for a lip sync battle or Olympic day with everyone dressed up they forgot about being “too cool” and gave it their all, cheering each other on for a similar goal.

Georgia Roud Camp Blog Sept 28 2018 Camp America -3.jpg

Was taken right at the end of summer just after the last camper had left, after a long summer of hard work we were ready to start our own travels. Do we look tan and tired?

At camp I gained so many experiences, but I found a new confidence in myself that I will utilize for the rest of my life. I now know I can achieve anything if I put my mind to it! If I can fly half way around the world and overnight become mum to five eight year olds for two weeks I can do anything!

There are challenges at camp, something I experienced was, sometimes things just get all a bit much, you are exhausted and you are working with kids, they want activities and energy from you and it is your job to keep going, and the kids will love you more for it. When it feels like you cannot carry on and everyone around you is busy, it can feel very isolating, you cannot just ring home, because it is not your time off, but all the other counselors are going through the exact same thing as you, turn to them, they are your friends and they will support you and will help you get to the end of that session.

Georgia Roud Camp Blog Sept 28 2018 Camp America -1.jpg

Taken on the 4th of July we were taking the girls on one of our infamous canoe trips, probably the smoothest one we had!

I was proud of my girls when they achieved anything, when they said they couldn’t play a game, kick a ball or score a goal, when they achieved it and saw their potential it was very rewarding. When they worked together and completed an activity or won a competition, it was amazing! When it got to the end of the session and it came to say goodbye and they had made great friends especially when they had come to camp so shy. I was proud of myself when I smashed my goals, I came to camp and decided I wanted to learn to do a flip off the blob and jump a horse. I practiced until I could do both, but also when I just kept going! When situations got out of hand, and they will, you are the adult now and these girls are looking at you for direction, so you just keep going.

I think everyone should do Camp America I learnt about myself and grew so much. I learnt about other parts of the world and explored a different country. If any of that excites you, you should sign up for Camp America, you will not regret it!

I gained so much from Camp America, life long friends and a once in a lifetime experience where else do you get paid to take a nap in the middle of the day!


Georgia Roud Camp Blog Sept 28 2018 Camp America -2.jpg

The girls were working through some team building activities they had to build a raft out of tubes, planks of wood and rope and make it out and around the blob, I was so proud of them!

 


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