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Josie Weston’s Camp America Experience!

Josie Weston’s Camp America Experience!

Author -  Josie Weston

Little did I know stepping on to that plane four years ago would be one of my most life changing decisions.

Having travelled overseas many times before with family I was full of a mix of excitement and nerves at the thought of having to go all the way across the world by myself, let alone deal with visas for another country!!


I first heard about Camp America when I was in my last year of high school. However, I always knew that going to University was where I was headed so never really thought much of it after then. Towards the end of my degree me and a friend were going to be finishing our final exams in June and were looking at something to do to avoid the dreaded thought of heading into full time work. After a random chat together one day Camp America came up as an option and the very next day, we were both filling out our online applications!

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Head staff during Colour War


Camp America looked like it would be such a cool experience and heaps of fun. What better than to work at a summer camp like in the movies and get paid to do it right? I had known people from high school who had gone and done it and seeing all their photos on Facebook made it look like an amazing experience. Being a keen traveller myself it also gave me the perfect opportunity to spend more time overseas and experience something new.
My experience with the Camp America application process was only positive and there were always people on hand if I had any questions to ask.

Before I knew it, I was getting contacted by camps for interviews and found the right fit with Camp Lindenmere in Pennsylvania where I would be working as a horse-riding counsellor.

Heading to camp I didn’t have the best flights and by the time I arrived at the airport in New York to be picked up I was running on limited sleep for the last 32hrs. But as soon as I found the rest of the group heading to my camp I was welcomed with open arms. Everyone was so nice and friendly. You get to the point where you realise everyone else is in the same boat and sharing the same nerves, making it a little less terrifying. By the time the first week of orientation was over at camp I was already having the best time and had made an awesome group of friends. At the time I had no idea how much better it could get until our first lot of kids arrived and it all changed!
I have gained so much from the Camp America experience. It has really helped shape me into the person I am today, and I have so much more confidence since doing it. When you are at camp you learn to live in the moment and make the most of the opportunities given to you. Before heading to camp you would not have caught me dead singing the national anthem in front of hundreds of people, but camp provides such a supportive environment that you feel comfortable doing those outrageous things.

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Horseback riding staff

Going to camp I have not only gained the amazing experience but now that I am home, I am currently working as an interviewer for Camp America and get to help other people share that same experience.


Let me say that camp is not easy or for the faint hearted. The days are long and you are working in rain, hail or shine. But trust me when I say the kids make it all worth it 100 times over! Having your kids looking up to you as a role model and knowing that you are can make a huge difference in their lives makes it all worthwhile. It makes you so proud knowing that your hard work pays off when you see what they can achieve in such a short time. I will always have my kids backs and keep in touch with a lot of them outside of camp.

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The bunks at my camp

I can’t rave enough about Camp America and will always tell others they should give it a go.

It has truly changed my life and somehow after it only meaning to be a one time thing after University, I have gone back for a total of three incredible seasons. It is a big part of my life and camp runs deep in my blood. If you are sitting on the fence and considering whether camp is the right choice for you, I say ‘jump’ and give it a go as you never know what could come from it. But I know it would be a choice you won’t regret!





To find out more about Josie Weston's projects check out

https://www.campamerica.co.nz


Josie Weston’s Camp America Experience!

Little did I know stepping on to that plane four years ago would be one of my most life changing decisions.

Little did I know stepping on to that plane four years ago would be one of my most life changing decisions.

Having travelled overseas many times before with family I was full of a mix of excitement and nerves at the thought of having to go all the way across the world by myself, let alone deal with visas for another country!!


I first heard about Camp America when I was in my last year of high school. However, I always knew that going to University was where I was headed so never really thought much of it after then. Towards the end of my degree me and a friend were going to be finishing our final exams in June and were looking at something to do to avoid the dreaded thought of heading into full time work. After a random chat together one day Camp America came up as an option and the very next day, we were both filling out our online applications!

camp america josie weston blog (1).jpg

Head staff during Colour War


Camp America looked like it would be such a cool experience and heaps of fun. What better than to work at a summer camp like in the movies and get paid to do it right? I had known people from high school who had gone and done it and seeing all their photos on Facebook made it look like an amazing experience. Being a keen traveller myself it also gave me the perfect opportunity to spend more time overseas and experience something new.
My experience with the Camp America application process was only positive and there were always people on hand if I had any questions to ask.

Before I knew it, I was getting contacted by camps for interviews and found the right fit with Camp Lindenmere in Pennsylvania where I would be working as a horse-riding counsellor.

Heading to camp I didn’t have the best flights and by the time I arrived at the airport in New York to be picked up I was running on limited sleep for the last 32hrs. But as soon as I found the rest of the group heading to my camp I was welcomed with open arms. Everyone was so nice and friendly. You get to the point where you realise everyone else is in the same boat and sharing the same nerves, making it a little less terrifying. By the time the first week of orientation was over at camp I was already having the best time and had made an awesome group of friends. At the time I had no idea how much better it could get until our first lot of kids arrived and it all changed!
I have gained so much from the Camp America experience. It has really helped shape me into the person I am today, and I have so much more confidence since doing it. When you are at camp you learn to live in the moment and make the most of the opportunities given to you. Before heading to camp you would not have caught me dead singing the national anthem in front of hundreds of people, but camp provides such a supportive environment that you feel comfortable doing those outrageous things.

camp america josie weston blog (2).jpg

Horseback riding staff

Going to camp I have not only gained the amazing experience but now that I am home, I am currently working as an interviewer for Camp America and get to help other people share that same experience.


Let me say that camp is not easy or for the faint hearted. The days are long and you are working in rain, hail or shine. But trust me when I say the kids make it all worth it 100 times over! Having your kids looking up to you as a role model and knowing that you are can make a huge difference in their lives makes it all worthwhile. It makes you so proud knowing that your hard work pays off when you see what they can achieve in such a short time. I will always have my kids backs and keep in touch with a lot of them outside of camp.

camp america josie weston blog (3).jpg

The bunks at my camp

I can’t rave enough about Camp America and will always tell others they should give it a go.

It has truly changed my life and somehow after it only meaning to be a one time thing after University, I have gone back for a total of three incredible seasons. It is a big part of my life and camp runs deep in my blood. If you are sitting on the fence and considering whether camp is the right choice for you, I say ‘jump’ and give it a go as you never know what could come from it. But I know it would be a choice you won’t regret!





To find out more about Josie Weston's projects check out

https://www.campamerica.co.nz


Josie Weston’s Camp America Experience!

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