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The Life of a Camp America General Counsellor

The Life of a Camp America General Counsellor

Author -  Eric Schuster

The Life of a Camp America General Counsellor

Little did I know I was about to embark on the most life changing summer experience of my life.

I have always enjoyed going to camps since I was a young boy going to holiday camps at Forest Lakes. Having been a leader at Forest lakes during the school holidays for past 5 years, I was eager to experience camping on another level.

I was based at a Camp in Michigan with Camp America called Cran Hill Ranch. My placement was for a total of 10 weeks with no 2 weeks the same.

As a General Counsellor I was in charge of a cabin paired with a co-counsellor for up to 15 campers either 8-14 year old middle schoolers or 14-17 year old high schoolers.

A typical week included me going around with my cabin to various activities including: High ropes, Zip line, Archery tag (Mixture of Archery Dodgeball and Paint ball all in one) Gaga Ball, Tubing on the lake and River Rocking, Wall Climbing, Horse Riding and plenty more.

After hours the fun does not stop! We had whole camp games including: capture the flag, dance parties and even camp fires with s'mores. Spending the week with these campers, you learn so much and have a great time while doing late nights and early mornings but I would not trade it for the world

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No Regrets

What I have taken away from this incredible experience is not only the fantastic memories of camp I got to experience but I got to learn more about the American culture - I even got experience and partake in the 4th of July celebrations!

I have met and made so many lifelong friends not only just in America but we had other internationals from England, Australia, France and Brazil. I have grown in so many different areas in my life and have developed my interpersonal skills.

Some of things I will never forget:

- One day our cabin was judged the untidiest and me and my co-counsellor had to spin the wheel of misfortune and got our faces coved in Vaseline and cotton balls.

- Myself and a camper were out on the lake in a canoe. He decided that he wanted me to go in the water, so rocked the canoe until we capsized in the middle of the lake.

- Walking to and from activities and suddenly breaking out into singing camp songs.

- Campers asking me a million questions about New Zealand: "Do you have grass in New Zealand?" "Does New Zealand have this and that."

- Our weekend trips into the local town and to Wal-mart!

On top of the wonderful time at camp I even got to spend some time in the Big Apple and the glitz and glam of Los Angeles exploring some of the Iconic sites statue of liberty, Hollywood walk of fame Brooklyn bridge, 911 memorial site celebrity house tour and so much more.

Camp America works with over 1000 camps with an extensive range of jobs to match any skills whether you are into water sports, nature, photography, fencing, motor boating driving and everything in between! There is something for everyone, I would highly recommend this and encourage you ALL to apply.

No Regrets!

Guest blog by: Eric Schuster

The Life of a Camp America General Counsellor

Little did I know I was about to embark on the most life changing summer experience of my life.

The Life of a Camp America General Counsellor

Little did I know I was about to embark on the most life changing summer experience of my life.

I have always enjoyed going to camps since I was a young boy going to holiday camps at Forest Lakes. Having been a leader at Forest lakes during the school holidays for past 5 years, I was eager to experience camping on another level.

I was based at a Camp in Michigan with Camp America called Cran Hill Ranch. My placement was for a total of 10 weeks with no 2 weeks the same.

As a General Counsellor I was in charge of a cabin paired with a co-counsellor for up to 15 campers either 8-14 year old middle schoolers or 14-17 year old high schoolers.

A typical week included me going around with my cabin to various activities including: High ropes, Zip line, Archery tag (Mixture of Archery Dodgeball and Paint ball all in one) Gaga Ball, Tubing on the lake and River Rocking, Wall Climbing, Horse Riding and plenty more.

After hours the fun does not stop! We had whole camp games including: capture the flag, dance parties and even camp fires with s'mores. Spending the week with these campers, you learn so much and have a great time while doing late nights and early mornings but I would not trade it for the world

Eric-Schuster-Camp America.jpg

No Regrets

What I have taken away from this incredible experience is not only the fantastic memories of camp I got to experience but I got to learn more about the American culture - I even got experience and partake in the 4th of July celebrations!

I have met and made so many lifelong friends not only just in America but we had other internationals from England, Australia, France and Brazil. I have grown in so many different areas in my life and have developed my interpersonal skills.

Some of things I will never forget:

- One day our cabin was judged the untidiest and me and my co-counsellor had to spin the wheel of misfortune and got our faces coved in Vaseline and cotton balls.

- Myself and a camper were out on the lake in a canoe. He decided that he wanted me to go in the water, so rocked the canoe until we capsized in the middle of the lake.

- Walking to and from activities and suddenly breaking out into singing camp songs.

- Campers asking me a million questions about New Zealand: "Do you have grass in New Zealand?" "Does New Zealand have this and that."

- Our weekend trips into the local town and to Wal-mart!

On top of the wonderful time at camp I even got to spend some time in the Big Apple and the glitz and glam of Los Angeles exploring some of the Iconic sites statue of liberty, Hollywood walk of fame Brooklyn bridge, 911 memorial site celebrity house tour and so much more.

Camp America works with over 1000 camps with an extensive range of jobs to match any skills whether you are into water sports, nature, photography, fencing, motor boating driving and everything in between! There is something for everyone, I would highly recommend this and encourage you ALL to apply.

No Regrets!

Guest blog by: Eric Schuster

The Life of a Camp America General Counsellor

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