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Lead Up to the Kids

Lead Up to the Kids

Author -  Rebecca Spijkerman

Lead up to the KIDS!

So you've completed the application form (and as we keep saying this is the time consuming part), you've had a friendly chat with your interviewer and then completed any last few bits and pieces on your application to make it as amazing as it can be? 


Once this is all completed get onto making your video. 

Camp America cabin2.jpg 

Then comes the wait, and it could be a week it could be a few months, this just depends on what camps are looking for, and if you have the skills they are needing. Camp America works with over 1100 camps so it can take some time to find the right job for everyone. 

Before you know it you've been accepted to Camp America

– got your bags packed (check out Camp America's Packing Video) and are waiting at the airport. Sit back and enjoy your flight to the States! Sleep!!

My memories of the above are a bit vague now, I do remember standing in line at the airport counter waiting for my Aunt to arrive with my passport and visa which she had picked up from the embassy for me that day and arriving when I was about 5 people out from being checked in, I do not recommend you do this!

I remember the multiple flights to get to Detroit, I'd been a late applier so was a bit of a nightmare for my travel agent I think.

I also remember everyone meeting at Detroit airport early in the evening off our different flights. At this stage there were counsellors from our camp and our sister camp, there were a few pleasantries in the van but it wasn't until we all arrived at our sister camp for the night that we started sussing each other out, although admittedly half heartedly at this stage as we were all suffering from a bit of jet lag and culture shock, not to mention all the new experiences and sights, it can be a bit of an overload, but just lap it all up.

I clearly remember the drive to our camp as we stopped at Pizza Hutt for dinner as it was my birthday. As a surprise the other counsellors, people that I had known for only 24 hours arranged a birthday cake for me, it is one birthday I will always remember. 

At this stage apart from the two Americans who picked us up we were all counsellors from overseas which was nice as we all got to marvel at new things without looking like idiots. 

Gallon sized drinks from the service station (make sure you'll have plenty of toilet stops along the way before getting into one of these!) and swapping new and different lollies and foods with each other during our trip. Oh yeah and we had to sing, Thomas our driver was also the Camp Co-Ordinator so we quickly learnt our camp song and had a laugh doing it, you just have to go with the flow.

Our first week of camp was child free and the first few days were just us 'non Americans' – we all slept in one cabin to start with for a few nights but as more American counsellors arrived we were separated into the boy and girl areas of camp. 

Our days were filled with First Aid classes, general talks on what to expect, what to do when certain situations arise (ie bullying/accidents), general team building games and activities, we all went on a horse ride one afternoon, and on another kayaked around the island on our lake. 

We also did a fair bit of cleaning and painting, most of the camps are closed over their winter so need some TLC before the kids descend. But again this was all team building and normally followed in the late afternoon with a bike ride into town for a look around or a drink and some pizza. 

CANZ-Instagram-group.png

Over time groups appeared within the counsellors, just like they do with any group of people, I think we non Americans did have a tighter bond but we also found that we hung out mostly with the others in our area of camp. 

We had counsellors from NZ, Australia, Sweden, England and Holland and soon learnt Run Rabbit Run in 5 different languages (incl Maori) – good to know for entertaining when you are lining all your kids up for meals!

Expect the first week to be a bit mind blowing, there are so many new experiences, you may suffer from a bit of jet lag, and if that is the case try to get an early night early in the first few nights (in my case, myself and 3 others left it too long then in the first week of camp didn't make it to camp fire as we'd just gone for a quick lie down and hadn't gotten up – we all slept for 12 hours straight!)

But make the most of the childfree time, during orientation – as soon as that first bus or car arrives you are there for the kids and it just doesn't stop, well at least not until your first day off :) You'll look back on the first week of orientation and pre camp as one of the best weeks of your life. 

Live in the moment and you'll enjoy every second of Camp America.


Lead Up to the Kids

Camp America works with over 1100 camps so it can take some time to find the right job for everyone.

Lead up to the KIDS!

So you've completed the application form (and as we keep saying this is the time consuming part), you've had a friendly chat with your interviewer and then completed any last few bits and pieces on your application to make it as amazing as it can be? 


Once this is all completed get onto making your video. 

Camp America cabin2.jpg 

Then comes the wait, and it could be a week it could be a few months, this just depends on what camps are looking for, and if you have the skills they are needing. Camp America works with over 1100 camps so it can take some time to find the right job for everyone. 

Before you know it you've been accepted to Camp America

– got your bags packed (check out Camp America's Packing Video) and are waiting at the airport. Sit back and enjoy your flight to the States! Sleep!!

My memories of the above are a bit vague now, I do remember standing in line at the airport counter waiting for my Aunt to arrive with my passport and visa which she had picked up from the embassy for me that day and arriving when I was about 5 people out from being checked in, I do not recommend you do this!

I remember the multiple flights to get to Detroit, I'd been a late applier so was a bit of a nightmare for my travel agent I think.

I also remember everyone meeting at Detroit airport early in the evening off our different flights. At this stage there were counsellors from our camp and our sister camp, there were a few pleasantries in the van but it wasn't until we all arrived at our sister camp for the night that we started sussing each other out, although admittedly half heartedly at this stage as we were all suffering from a bit of jet lag and culture shock, not to mention all the new experiences and sights, it can be a bit of an overload, but just lap it all up.

I clearly remember the drive to our camp as we stopped at Pizza Hutt for dinner as it was my birthday. As a surprise the other counsellors, people that I had known for only 24 hours arranged a birthday cake for me, it is one birthday I will always remember. 

At this stage apart from the two Americans who picked us up we were all counsellors from overseas which was nice as we all got to marvel at new things without looking like idiots. 

Gallon sized drinks from the service station (make sure you'll have plenty of toilet stops along the way before getting into one of these!) and swapping new and different lollies and foods with each other during our trip. Oh yeah and we had to sing, Thomas our driver was also the Camp Co-Ordinator so we quickly learnt our camp song and had a laugh doing it, you just have to go with the flow.

Our first week of camp was child free and the first few days were just us 'non Americans' – we all slept in one cabin to start with for a few nights but as more American counsellors arrived we were separated into the boy and girl areas of camp. 

Our days were filled with First Aid classes, general talks on what to expect, what to do when certain situations arise (ie bullying/accidents), general team building games and activities, we all went on a horse ride one afternoon, and on another kayaked around the island on our lake. 

We also did a fair bit of cleaning and painting, most of the camps are closed over their winter so need some TLC before the kids descend. But again this was all team building and normally followed in the late afternoon with a bike ride into town for a look around or a drink and some pizza. 

CANZ-Instagram-group.png

Over time groups appeared within the counsellors, just like they do with any group of people, I think we non Americans did have a tighter bond but we also found that we hung out mostly with the others in our area of camp. 

We had counsellors from NZ, Australia, Sweden, England and Holland and soon learnt Run Rabbit Run in 5 different languages (incl Maori) – good to know for entertaining when you are lining all your kids up for meals!

Expect the first week to be a bit mind blowing, there are so many new experiences, you may suffer from a bit of jet lag, and if that is the case try to get an early night early in the first few nights (in my case, myself and 3 others left it too long then in the first week of camp didn't make it to camp fire as we'd just gone for a quick lie down and hadn't gotten up – we all slept for 12 hours straight!)

But make the most of the childfree time, during orientation – as soon as that first bus or car arrives you are there for the kids and it just doesn't stop, well at least not until your first day off :) You'll look back on the first week of orientation and pre camp as one of the best weeks of your life. 

Live in the moment and you'll enjoy every second of Camp America.


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