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The what have I got myself into moment!

The what have I got myself into moment!

Author -  Hamish Campbell

The “what have I got myself into” moment!

My first year with Camp America NZ was also my first time travelling overseas by myself. Having just finished college and completed a course at polytech, I found myself with no real plans for the future and the desire to “get out of town” Camp America sounded like my ticket out. 

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A week or so after my interview, I was distracted by life, I actually forgot about finishing my application. Lucky for me Camp America reminded about it and I completed at the end of March the 31st. No that wasn’t a typo, I did actually submit my application at the very end of March. 

I still have no idea how but about a week or so after my application was approved, I received an email regarding a placement as a waterski instructor. After a couple of days I was placed at Tamarack Camps.

After getting placed the first thing I did (like everyone does), was look up the closest town to to my camp. Searching my way around Ortonville, Michigan on street view, was the first moment of “what have I got myself into”, fast forward a couple of months I was boarding a flight to Detroit via San Francisco.

My camp was going to pick me up from Detroit airport, and for anybody (me included) that has heard anything about Detroit - that anything probably wasn’t about the delicious Detroit style deep dish pizza, Belle isle, Eastern market, the unreal sunsets at the riverfront, about the revitalisation of mid town or the steadfast belief and love of the city of those that live there. 

So naturally it was a little unnerving to be flying here by myself and to be waiting for someone, I didn’t know who, to turn up and pick me up. Oh and it was starting to get dark outside, this was the second point of “what have I got myself into”.

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Houston Airport

By the time that I was close to camp it was well and truly dark outside and the road had turned from asphalt to dirt, and the amount of houses had decreased significantly. Arriving at camp, I was greeted by two different automated gates to get in, again “what have I got myself into” was creeping into my mind. After getting dropped off at a place called Fishman Lodge, I was greeted by some other staff who were from all over the world, they showed me to the cabin I was staying in, I then proceeded to sleep for 14hrs. 

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Long exposure shot of the front of the pool at camp

Forward a week and I was in the middle of pre camp with nearly 300 staff and the “what have I got myself into” turned from a negative into a positive as I found myself at some of the most iconic place in Detroit and seeing the spirit of the motor city for myself. 

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Me with some of the other waterski staff in the evening after all the periods have been run

As I’m writing this, I am still in the states after my 4th year at camp and it was most definitely my ticket “out of town” and not to mention the best way to skip winter.

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Me (my feet) relaxing on the boat waiting for the fourth of July fireworks display at camp. The typical “I am getting paid to do this” photo

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Hamish Campbell


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The what have I got myself into moment!

My first year with Camp America was also my first time travelling overseas by myself. Having just finished college and completed a course at polytech, I found myself with no real plans for the future and the desire to “get out of town” Camp America sounded like my ticket out.

The “what have I got myself into” moment!

My first year with Camp America NZ was also my first time travelling overseas by myself. Having just finished college and completed a course at polytech, I found myself with no real plans for the future and the desire to “get out of town” Camp America sounded like my ticket out. 

Hamish wakesurfing.png

A week or so after my interview, I was distracted by life, I actually forgot about finishing my application. Lucky for me Camp America reminded about it and I completed at the end of March the 31st. No that wasn’t a typo, I did actually submit my application at the very end of March. 

I still have no idea how but about a week or so after my application was approved, I received an email regarding a placement as a waterski instructor. After a couple of days I was placed at Tamarack Camps.

After getting placed the first thing I did (like everyone does), was look up the closest town to to my camp. Searching my way around Ortonville, Michigan on street view, was the first moment of “what have I got myself into”, fast forward a couple of months I was boarding a flight to Detroit via San Francisco.

My camp was going to pick me up from Detroit airport, and for anybody (me included) that has heard anything about Detroit - that anything probably wasn’t about the delicious Detroit style deep dish pizza, Belle isle, Eastern market, the unreal sunsets at the riverfront, about the revitalisation of mid town or the steadfast belief and love of the city of those that live there. 

So naturally it was a little unnerving to be flying here by myself and to be waiting for someone, I didn’t know who, to turn up and pick me up. Oh and it was starting to get dark outside, this was the second point of “what have I got myself into”.

Hamish Camp America Blog4.png
Houston Airport

By the time that I was close to camp it was well and truly dark outside and the road had turned from asphalt to dirt, and the amount of houses had decreased significantly. Arriving at camp, I was greeted by two different automated gates to get in, again “what have I got myself into” was creeping into my mind. After getting dropped off at a place called Fishman Lodge, I was greeted by some other staff who were from all over the world, they showed me to the cabin I was staying in, I then proceeded to sleep for 14hrs. 

Hamish Camp America Blog2.png

Long exposure shot of the front of the pool at camp

Forward a week and I was in the middle of pre camp with nearly 300 staff and the “what have I got myself into” turned from a negative into a positive as I found myself at some of the most iconic place in Detroit and seeing the spirit of the motor city for myself. 

Hamish Camp America Blog3.png

Me with some of the other waterski staff in the evening after all the periods have been run

As I’m writing this, I am still in the states after my 4th year at camp and it was most definitely my ticket “out of town” and not to mention the best way to skip winter.

Hamish Camp America Blog1.png

Me (my feet) relaxing on the boat waiting for the fourth of July fireworks display at camp. The typical “I am getting paid to do this” photo

by
Hamish Campbell


Apply Now


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If you're keen to read more about Camp America and start planning your own adventure? We have a full-colour brochure you can download to help you get into planning mode!

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