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The stuff we probably shouldn't tell you!

The stuff we probably shouldn't tell you!

Author -  Tim Bain

The stuff we probably shouldn’t tell you!

Quite simply this blog is titled… The stuff we probably shouldn’t tell you. 

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You see, we tell you that you will have the time of your life.

That you will be working harder than you will of ever worked before. We tell you how much you have to pay upfront. How much your visa costs. The type of people you work with. The places you might go. The things you can do… the list is endless. 

But what about the things we DON’T tell you. Things like, Immigration nightmares, the parties, the booze, the girls, the boys, the insanity, the fights, the arguments, the punishments and most worryingly, the firings. Yes, we are going all the places that you didn’t think we were going to go.

Before any of this blog even really gets underway we should make it clear that you are going to a melting pot of humans there will be people from all over the world who have different religious, moral, sexual, education and 1000 other different views on the things that you do. 

Hey, you might not agree that one thing is correct yet the rest of the camp is the total opposite it happens, and it is what makes us all human and is part of the fun and challenge of the program.

When people ask what Summer Camp is like the easiest way to explain it is the fact that it is the closest experience you will ever get to a Reality Television program like Big Brother. The following is by no means an exhaustive list of my past 7 years but it’s a pretty decent one over the past 7 years I have seen the following:

Fights, Arguments

(ranging from racial to gender), love, arrests, tears, tantrums, nudity, revenge, eating disorders, firings for things ranging from not doing your job right the way through to the most intense situations, people passed out, head lice, body lice, flu outbreak, broken bones, broken hearts, smashed windows, smashed cars, death of family members, jail sentences, being pulled over by police, parking tickets, kicked out of places, banned from places, shoplifting, stolen goods, lost luggage, lost passports, lost pay checks the list is endless.

At the end of the day you are 18 or older, whether you like it or not you are an adult now and are going to have to deal with adult situations.

There is no mummy or daddy at 2am in the morning in America, there is no, I don’t feel happy with my life I am going to take the easy way out. You are going to be challenged like never before.

Anyone that knows me knows that I am, in fact, gay. 

Shock Horror, run for the hills screaming! (It’s contagious right?) 

Everyone at camp knows, the camp directors know, even the older kids know but when you put 1000 people all in the same environment there are bound to be people that just don’t like it and there was in fact people that didn’t like it but here is the remarkable thing. 

At camp, there is this bizarre occurrence that happens. No one cares about you. At camp you are not there for you, you are there for the kids so any qualms about sexuality, gender, and religion all get thrown out the window. 

Everyone is there to do a job and they do it with your own personal world vanishing into the back round! But then what happens when something shocking does come out of the woodwork?

So something truly shocking comes out of the woodwork what happens?

Lets take a counselor is arrested for something as an example (and it has happened) Support! Support! Support! This is the first thing that comes to my mind. 

Everyone just simply rallies around everyone else to support them and the others. It is a bizarre thing when this happens but as humans and as humans at a summer camp we have a very caring streak in us all. We don’t like seeing people hurt, we don’t like seeing people upset so we all look out for each other.

In the first paragraph I typed a list of the things that we don’t tell you, which I somehow managed to forget about all the way down here, so in rapid fire succession here are the responses.

Immigration nightmares:

Yup these happen every year. Upon receiving your visa papers back some people think it is OK to take out the pages and throw them away. Go on, do it! We all love being detained in LAX for nine hours as the police and immigration services think you are there to blow up their country. Enjoy!

The parties:

They happen and they are just like the movies, yup stuff gets smashed, people cry, people fight… it’s all quite entertaining really.

The booze:

The drinking age in America is 21! End of story… or is it? Just remember if you get caught drinking and you're under 21 - you'll be arrested - unlike good ole NZ. Then you'll be fired and sent home with your visa cancelled. 

The girls, The boys:

You are gonna fall in love, you are going to have a crush and you are going to be safe and not have foreign Camp America babies OK! 

Stay safe from all those bad things that are around out there, that includes children…hold up? Aren’t I working with children? Yes, we told you that already.

There are more scandalous things out there to tell, but hey, if you are in Christchurch, maybe just maybe you will hear some of those things at the next info night… (yup:shameless plug)

Tim...addicted camp counsellor with Camp America

tim at camp.jpg

The stuff we probably shouldn't tell you!

Anyone that knows me knows that I am, in fact, gay. Shock Horror, run for the hills screaming! (It's contagious right?)

The stuff we probably shouldn’t tell you!

Quite simply this blog is titled… The stuff we probably shouldn’t tell you. 

CANZ-Instagram-friends-01.png

You see, we tell you that you will have the time of your life.

That you will be working harder than you will of ever worked before. We tell you how much you have to pay upfront. How much your visa costs. The type of people you work with. The places you might go. The things you can do… the list is endless. 

But what about the things we DON’T tell you. Things like, Immigration nightmares, the parties, the booze, the girls, the boys, the insanity, the fights, the arguments, the punishments and most worryingly, the firings. Yes, we are going all the places that you didn’t think we were going to go.

Before any of this blog even really gets underway we should make it clear that you are going to a melting pot of humans there will be people from all over the world who have different religious, moral, sexual, education and 1000 other different views on the things that you do. 

Hey, you might not agree that one thing is correct yet the rest of the camp is the total opposite it happens, and it is what makes us all human and is part of the fun and challenge of the program.

When people ask what Summer Camp is like the easiest way to explain it is the fact that it is the closest experience you will ever get to a Reality Television program like Big Brother. The following is by no means an exhaustive list of my past 7 years but it’s a pretty decent one over the past 7 years I have seen the following:

Fights, Arguments

(ranging from racial to gender), love, arrests, tears, tantrums, nudity, revenge, eating disorders, firings for things ranging from not doing your job right the way through to the most intense situations, people passed out, head lice, body lice, flu outbreak, broken bones, broken hearts, smashed windows, smashed cars, death of family members, jail sentences, being pulled over by police, parking tickets, kicked out of places, banned from places, shoplifting, stolen goods, lost luggage, lost passports, lost pay checks the list is endless.

At the end of the day you are 18 or older, whether you like it or not you are an adult now and are going to have to deal with adult situations.

There is no mummy or daddy at 2am in the morning in America, there is no, I don’t feel happy with my life I am going to take the easy way out. You are going to be challenged like never before.

Anyone that knows me knows that I am, in fact, gay. 

Shock Horror, run for the hills screaming! (It’s contagious right?) 

Everyone at camp knows, the camp directors know, even the older kids know but when you put 1000 people all in the same environment there are bound to be people that just don’t like it and there was in fact people that didn’t like it but here is the remarkable thing. 

At camp, there is this bizarre occurrence that happens. No one cares about you. At camp you are not there for you, you are there for the kids so any qualms about sexuality, gender, and religion all get thrown out the window. 

Everyone is there to do a job and they do it with your own personal world vanishing into the back round! But then what happens when something shocking does come out of the woodwork?

So something truly shocking comes out of the woodwork what happens?

Lets take a counselor is arrested for something as an example (and it has happened) Support! Support! Support! This is the first thing that comes to my mind. 

Everyone just simply rallies around everyone else to support them and the others. It is a bizarre thing when this happens but as humans and as humans at a summer camp we have a very caring streak in us all. We don’t like seeing people hurt, we don’t like seeing people upset so we all look out for each other.

In the first paragraph I typed a list of the things that we don’t tell you, which I somehow managed to forget about all the way down here, so in rapid fire succession here are the responses.

Immigration nightmares:

Yup these happen every year. Upon receiving your visa papers back some people think it is OK to take out the pages and throw them away. Go on, do it! We all love being detained in LAX for nine hours as the police and immigration services think you are there to blow up their country. Enjoy!

The parties:

They happen and they are just like the movies, yup stuff gets smashed, people cry, people fight… it’s all quite entertaining really.

The booze:

The drinking age in America is 21! End of story… or is it? Just remember if you get caught drinking and you're under 21 - you'll be arrested - unlike good ole NZ. Then you'll be fired and sent home with your visa cancelled. 

The girls, The boys:

You are gonna fall in love, you are going to have a crush and you are going to be safe and not have foreign Camp America babies OK! 

Stay safe from all those bad things that are around out there, that includes children…hold up? Aren’t I working with children? Yes, we told you that already.

There are more scandalous things out there to tell, but hey, if you are in Christchurch, maybe just maybe you will hear some of those things at the next info night… (yup:shameless plug)

Tim...addicted camp counsellor with Camp America

tim at camp.jpg

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