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My friend did Camp America! - do you know them?? ... uhhhh, no.

My friend did Camp America! - do you know them?? ... uhhhh, no.

Author -  Rebeka Linton

Not just your typical...whatever it is you think we do.

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People with no real knowledge of Camp America think that it is just one big camp slap bang in the middle of America that alllllll the kids and alllllllllll the international counsellors go to in Summer time. “Oh I knew Simon Thompson who went to Camp America last year too, did you meet him there??” Uhhhh, no.

People with some knowledge of Camp America think they we all go to preppy, happy camps in beautiful forests with a big lake that has a girls camp on one side and boys camp on the other. And we all live in cute wooden cabins and the boys and girls all meet up (or sneak out) and the weather is always perfect and nothing ever goes wrong, just like those camps in the movies aye? Well, these people are half right. SOME camps are like that, but trust me, even then it will never always be perfect!

What many people don’t realise is just how many camps there are in America. 

Literally thousands of Camps are dotted around the States, and cater to every different need on the planet! Girl camps, boy camps, religious camps, elite sport camps, drama camp, special need camps, day camps, month long camps, scholarship camps, “six figure pay check” camps. And they are all set up differently! You could live in a cabin, in a tent, in dorm rooms, even in housing on a completely different site to the campers. There is honestly so much to offer in Camp America camps that no two are ever the same.

 

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Now as for me, when I went back to camp last year, I did end up being placed at one of the more ‘movie’ like camps. Or so I thought. When I looked at the website for Camp Chinqueka it was based in a beautiful forest area in Bantam, Connecticut around a gorgeous lake. It was an all girl camp and counsellors would all stay in wooden cabins on site with the campers and take them to meals etc. A typical day was said to have the campers complete different sports and activities around camp, have meals together and then have an evening activity every night. Chinqueka also had a brother camp a short drive away, and both camps often did activities and special events together, and have meals and socials each week.

“Okay cool, I’ll give this place a go. Sounds like it would be amazing.”And it really was! But not for the typical, cliché reasons I thought it would be.

Being a counsellor at Camp Chinqueka was honestly one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life. You go over there to teach young Americans new skills and look after them for their summer, but what I learnt from those girls myself outweighs anything else. So yes, Chinqueka did seem like a summer camp you would expect when on paper, but in reality it was so much more. Chinqueka became, and now will always be, like a family to me. The bond that grows between the campers, the counsellors and yourself is something that can never be broken. When spending so much quality time with these girls, doing amazing things and learning new skills together, it is impossible not to also learn from each other. Those girls taught me how to make the best of every situation, how to always look out for each other, to be proud of yourself, and how to make life long friends. And I hope that I helped them take away those skills as well.

So yes, the physical camp itself was incredible, just like every camp would be. I had so much fun over the summer teaching campers my skills and participating in all the fun games and events. And it was pretty cute to watch the girls get all embarrassed every time the boys visited! We had a blast, and got so many opportunities to try new fun things. But camp really is more than that. It will change you emotionally, but in the most positive ways. You will learn so much about yourself, and will come away with so much more to offer. As well as coming away with a whole bunch of new friends! Your camp, no matter where or what it is like, will leave an imprint on you for the rest of your life. And you will never regret it.

 

Guest blog by Rebeka Linton

My friend did Camp America! - do you know them?? ... uhhhh, no.

People with no real knowledge of Camp America think that it is just one big camp slap bang in the middle of America that alllllll the kids and alllllllllll the international counsellors go to in Summer time. LOL

Not just your typical...whatever it is you think we do.

camp-america-

People with no real knowledge of Camp America think that it is just one big camp slap bang in the middle of America that alllllll the kids and alllllllllll the international counsellors go to in Summer time. “Oh I knew Simon Thompson who went to Camp America last year too, did you meet him there??” Uhhhh, no.

People with some knowledge of Camp America think they we all go to preppy, happy camps in beautiful forests with a big lake that has a girls camp on one side and boys camp on the other. And we all live in cute wooden cabins and the boys and girls all meet up (or sneak out) and the weather is always perfect and nothing ever goes wrong, just like those camps in the movies aye? Well, these people are half right. SOME camps are like that, but trust me, even then it will never always be perfect!

What many people don’t realise is just how many camps there are in America. 

Literally thousands of Camps are dotted around the States, and cater to every different need on the planet! Girl camps, boy camps, religious camps, elite sport camps, drama camp, special need camps, day camps, month long camps, scholarship camps, “six figure pay check” camps. And they are all set up differently! You could live in a cabin, in a tent, in dorm rooms, even in housing on a completely different site to the campers. There is honestly so much to offer in Camp America camps that no two are ever the same.

 

Rebekah Linton.jpg

Now as for me, when I went back to camp last year, I did end up being placed at one of the more ‘movie’ like camps. Or so I thought. When I looked at the website for Camp Chinqueka it was based in a beautiful forest area in Bantam, Connecticut around a gorgeous lake. It was an all girl camp and counsellors would all stay in wooden cabins on site with the campers and take them to meals etc. A typical day was said to have the campers complete different sports and activities around camp, have meals together and then have an evening activity every night. Chinqueka also had a brother camp a short drive away, and both camps often did activities and special events together, and have meals and socials each week.

“Okay cool, I’ll give this place a go. Sounds like it would be amazing.”And it really was! But not for the typical, cliché reasons I thought it would be.

Being a counsellor at Camp Chinqueka was honestly one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life. You go over there to teach young Americans new skills and look after them for their summer, but what I learnt from those girls myself outweighs anything else. So yes, Chinqueka did seem like a summer camp you would expect when on paper, but in reality it was so much more. Chinqueka became, and now will always be, like a family to me. The bond that grows between the campers, the counsellors and yourself is something that can never be broken. When spending so much quality time with these girls, doing amazing things and learning new skills together, it is impossible not to also learn from each other. Those girls taught me how to make the best of every situation, how to always look out for each other, to be proud of yourself, and how to make life long friends. And I hope that I helped them take away those skills as well.

So yes, the physical camp itself was incredible, just like every camp would be. I had so much fun over the summer teaching campers my skills and participating in all the fun games and events. And it was pretty cute to watch the girls get all embarrassed every time the boys visited! We had a blast, and got so many opportunities to try new fun things. But camp really is more than that. It will change you emotionally, but in the most positive ways. You will learn so much about yourself, and will come away with so much more to offer. As well as coming away with a whole bunch of new friends! Your camp, no matter where or what it is like, will leave an imprint on you for the rest of your life. And you will never regret it.

 

Guest blog by Rebeka Linton

My friend did Camp America! - do you know them?? ... uhhhh, no.

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