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Are you mentally prepared for Camp America?

Are you mentally prepared for Camp America?

Author -  Rebecca Spijkerman

Are you mentally prepared for Camp America?

My Camp America experience was definitely the most rewarding thing I have ever taken part in.

If you have been to camp you would agree with me that it changes something inside of you. Those who are reading of this and are just starting the journey - welcome - you're about to embark on the most incredible time of your life.

I believe it is important to somehow try and get yourself mentally prepared for what camp life might be like. But until the kids arrive and you’re thrown into the camp life it’s hard to really imagine what Camp America is going to be like.

Are you mentally prepared for Camp America?

The things you will see, hear, learn, teach and even find yourself saying at Camp America will certainly surprise you

  1. It’s important to fully understand what you are getting into. Being a councillor is the most incredible experience you can have but it’s also incredibly draining. But if you can pull yourself together and smile though the good and bad then you are heading in the right direction. You are going to have a lot of fun but at times you will definitely need to stand up as a leader and remain responsible. Remember these kids look up to you, you’re their HERO
  2. Start to build relationships with your directors, co-councillors and the agency that is placing you at camp. Social media is a powerful tool and its free so get connected!
  3. It is okay to get excited, keep that enthusiasm up and don’t let it stop! You will want to talk about camp 24/7 once placed or even as you start your application. Once again feel free to join our different social media sites and start talking about camp.
  4. Go for a week trial of not talking or having limited contact with your friends and family - because at times at camp you may have long periods of hardly any contact with them. This is a chance to see how you feel and discover ways of dealing with it before it happens.
  5. When you go to sleep put a recording on of farting, giggling, snoring and children asking you to find the light switch at 3am in the morning. This will help you with your sleep and you will need it by the bucket loads!
  6. Go a week with not looking in the newspaper, listening to the radio or watching the news (you'll love it) now imagine that - times two months. In your little camp world you may even forget the outside exists. Camp Bubble is actually pretty cool.
  7. Prepare yourself with a large list of songs and chants to cheer your team on in time for colour war. “I got a team that’s hotter than hot, how hot is hot? Bat-man and super-man, CAN’T WIN THIS WAR, can’t win this war like PURPLE TEAM CAN” will get old after the 3000th time trust me! This will help you with your tolerance at camp
  8. Talk to your animals and practice giving them advice, if that doesn't work try telling a rock to pick it's clothes off the floor. Both will help you practice your patience skills.
  9. Get up at 7am dress all your little sisters stuffed animals, take them to the letter box and line them up (pretend it’s the flag pole) you have twenty mins to do this! –Time management is important!
  10. There are many things that I could put onto this list but lastly you need to be flexible things with kids are never quite as simple as it seems. Be prepared to come up with last minute solutions to anything.

These are just a few small ways of how you can begin to mentally prepare yourself for Camp America.

Comment below and let me know if these suggestions helped - or if you have come up with any of your own?

Are you mentally prepared for Camp America?

If you have been to camp you would agree with me that it changes something inside of you. Those who are reading of this and are just starting the journey - welcome - you're about to embark on the most incredible time of your life.

Are you mentally prepared for Camp America?

My Camp America experience was definitely the most rewarding thing I have ever taken part in.

If you have been to camp you would agree with me that it changes something inside of you. Those who are reading of this and are just starting the journey - welcome - you're about to embark on the most incredible time of your life.

I believe it is important to somehow try and get yourself mentally prepared for what camp life might be like. But until the kids arrive and you’re thrown into the camp life it’s hard to really imagine what Camp America is going to be like.

Are you mentally prepared for Camp America?

The things you will see, hear, learn, teach and even find yourself saying at Camp America will certainly surprise you

  1. It’s important to fully understand what you are getting into. Being a councillor is the most incredible experience you can have but it’s also incredibly draining. But if you can pull yourself together and smile though the good and bad then you are heading in the right direction. You are going to have a lot of fun but at times you will definitely need to stand up as a leader and remain responsible. Remember these kids look up to you, you’re their HERO
  2. Start to build relationships with your directors, co-councillors and the agency that is placing you at camp. Social media is a powerful tool and its free so get connected!
  3. It is okay to get excited, keep that enthusiasm up and don’t let it stop! You will want to talk about camp 24/7 once placed or even as you start your application. Once again feel free to join our different social media sites and start talking about camp.
  4. Go for a week trial of not talking or having limited contact with your friends and family - because at times at camp you may have long periods of hardly any contact with them. This is a chance to see how you feel and discover ways of dealing with it before it happens.
  5. When you go to sleep put a recording on of farting, giggling, snoring and children asking you to find the light switch at 3am in the morning. This will help you with your sleep and you will need it by the bucket loads!
  6. Go a week with not looking in the newspaper, listening to the radio or watching the news (you'll love it) now imagine that - times two months. In your little camp world you may even forget the outside exists. Camp Bubble is actually pretty cool.
  7. Prepare yourself with a large list of songs and chants to cheer your team on in time for colour war. “I got a team that’s hotter than hot, how hot is hot? Bat-man and super-man, CAN’T WIN THIS WAR, can’t win this war like PURPLE TEAM CAN” will get old after the 3000th time trust me! This will help you with your tolerance at camp
  8. Talk to your animals and practice giving them advice, if that doesn't work try telling a rock to pick it's clothes off the floor. Both will help you practice your patience skills.
  9. Get up at 7am dress all your little sisters stuffed animals, take them to the letter box and line them up (pretend it’s the flag pole) you have twenty mins to do this! –Time management is important!
  10. There are many things that I could put onto this list but lastly you need to be flexible things with kids are never quite as simple as it seems. Be prepared to come up with last minute solutions to anything.

These are just a few small ways of how you can begin to mentally prepare yourself for Camp America.

Comment below and let me know if these suggestions helped - or if you have come up with any of your own?

Are you mentally prepared for Camp America?

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