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This one time at Camp America....

This one time at Camp America....

Author -  Rebecca Spijkerman

This one time at Camp America....

This one time at Camp America....

So I have been home for a little over four months now from my summer away at Camp Blue Ridge in Georgia. I know for a fact that I am driving my family, friends and animals up the wall talking about camp.

I have caught myself saying “this one time at camp” or “in America” but honestly I can’t help it. So this is why I have now turned to you, help a sister out and listen to my blog I LOVE CAMP AMERICA.

If you are only just thinking about going to camp you should stop thinking and just apply www.campamerica.co.nz, go on, click that link I promise you won’t regret it.

I cannot wait to go back to camp I miss it so much, often I find myself day dreaming about all my “this one time at Camp America” moments. 

More than once I have looked at my photos from camp, going to camp and the traveling after. My camp has a Facebook page that has hundreds of photos posted for us to see. I look at those photos and wonder what on earth am I wearing and I think “wow Rebecca that is a hot face you are pulling”. 

But honestly while you are at camp I promise you that you forget that your socks no longer match and your wardrobe is now all tie dye and your make up consists of sunblock and bug spray.

Being a camp councillor is going to save change your life! The experiences and challenges you will face are going to teach you lessons about yourself that you didn’t know you needed to learn.

Your patience, tolerance and energy are going to be stretched to it's limits. But there is nothing more rewarding than looking back and seeing how these things actually have helped you become a more thoughtful person.

My time at camp taught showed me just how much I can handle and often you do end up taking on extra responsibility. On the third day of orientation the head instructor for the low ropes programme had a family emergency so I was asked to lead two activity areas. Although this was a lot of extra work it was a challenge I was up for and I saw personal growth and got to teach skills to campers, by their smiles I could tell they were always having fun!

I miss my co-councillors to the moon and back, and I honestly mean that, so this is a shout out to you.

I was often referred to camp “MOM” and on our final night at camp received a plate award for that. I love my camp family and look forward to seeing the few who are retuning back to camp for 2014 - let it be the summer of all summers!

I miss our trips to Wal-Mart; I think it’s safe to say everyone spent way too much time and money at Wal-Mart. To all my co-councillors thank you for putting up with my casual forgetfulness and my need to spontaneously burst into song or dance. I remember that first week of orientation I didn’t talk a whole bunch, But I thank you all for letting me to slowly get to know most of you pretty well. I love all of your wonderful, wacky and different personalities and for those who won’t be there this year I will miss that.

Surprisingly it was the little people that I learnt the most off, my campers who kept me going the summer was for you.

At times you guys made me want to cry, laugh, dance, roll on the ground and pull my hair out all at once. But at the end of the day I was proud to be your councillor and didn’t mind that I was woken up at 3am in the morning just to find the bathroom light switch. My campers made me proud and showed me how you only have to do something small to make a positive impact.

When my freshman campers got home sick I would stick a little glow in the dark star to the roof of their bunk bed and tell them to shine their flash light on it to make it glow. It would allow them enough distraction to fall asleep and get ready for another big day. I miss story time and singing soft kitty and often find myself think of new stories to read to you next time.

Being part of Camp America really helped me put things in perspective and helped show me what direction I want to head in.

The conclusion I came to is that I really just want to live for today and look forward to tomorrow. Camp is one place where flexibility is put to the test and nothing goes quite to plan especially when it comes to traveling. Time away from New Zealand helped me to see who my true friends are and I realised I don’t need a lot to be happy. Camp may have more, less or just the same of an impact on you too but why leave that to chance go on and experience it for yourself!

Comment below and tell me what you are looking forward to at camp - or what you miss the most if you have been already.

This one time at Camp America....

So I have been home for a little over four months now from my summer away at Camp Blue Ridge in Georgia. I know for a fact that I am driving my family, friends and animals up the wall talking about camp.

This one time at Camp America....

This one time at Camp America....

So I have been home for a little over four months now from my summer away at Camp Blue Ridge in Georgia. I know for a fact that I am driving my family, friends and animals up the wall talking about camp.

I have caught myself saying “this one time at camp” or “in America” but honestly I can’t help it. So this is why I have now turned to you, help a sister out and listen to my blog I LOVE CAMP AMERICA.

If you are only just thinking about going to camp you should stop thinking and just apply www.campamerica.co.nz, go on, click that link I promise you won’t regret it.

I cannot wait to go back to camp I miss it so much, often I find myself day dreaming about all my “this one time at Camp America” moments. 

More than once I have looked at my photos from camp, going to camp and the traveling after. My camp has a Facebook page that has hundreds of photos posted for us to see. I look at those photos and wonder what on earth am I wearing and I think “wow Rebecca that is a hot face you are pulling”. 

But honestly while you are at camp I promise you that you forget that your socks no longer match and your wardrobe is now all tie dye and your make up consists of sunblock and bug spray.

Being a camp councillor is going to save change your life! The experiences and challenges you will face are going to teach you lessons about yourself that you didn’t know you needed to learn.

Your patience, tolerance and energy are going to be stretched to it's limits. But there is nothing more rewarding than looking back and seeing how these things actually have helped you become a more thoughtful person.

My time at camp taught showed me just how much I can handle and often you do end up taking on extra responsibility. On the third day of orientation the head instructor for the low ropes programme had a family emergency so I was asked to lead two activity areas. Although this was a lot of extra work it was a challenge I was up for and I saw personal growth and got to teach skills to campers, by their smiles I could tell they were always having fun!

I miss my co-councillors to the moon and back, and I honestly mean that, so this is a shout out to you.

I was often referred to camp “MOM” and on our final night at camp received a plate award for that. I love my camp family and look forward to seeing the few who are retuning back to camp for 2014 - let it be the summer of all summers!

I miss our trips to Wal-Mart; I think it’s safe to say everyone spent way too much time and money at Wal-Mart. To all my co-councillors thank you for putting up with my casual forgetfulness and my need to spontaneously burst into song or dance. I remember that first week of orientation I didn’t talk a whole bunch, But I thank you all for letting me to slowly get to know most of you pretty well. I love all of your wonderful, wacky and different personalities and for those who won’t be there this year I will miss that.

Surprisingly it was the little people that I learnt the most off, my campers who kept me going the summer was for you.

At times you guys made me want to cry, laugh, dance, roll on the ground and pull my hair out all at once. But at the end of the day I was proud to be your councillor and didn’t mind that I was woken up at 3am in the morning just to find the bathroom light switch. My campers made me proud and showed me how you only have to do something small to make a positive impact.

When my freshman campers got home sick I would stick a little glow in the dark star to the roof of their bunk bed and tell them to shine their flash light on it to make it glow. It would allow them enough distraction to fall asleep and get ready for another big day. I miss story time and singing soft kitty and often find myself think of new stories to read to you next time.

Being part of Camp America really helped me put things in perspective and helped show me what direction I want to head in.

The conclusion I came to is that I really just want to live for today and look forward to tomorrow. Camp is one place where flexibility is put to the test and nothing goes quite to plan especially when it comes to traveling. Time away from New Zealand helped me to see who my true friends are and I realised I don’t need a lot to be happy. Camp may have more, less or just the same of an impact on you too but why leave that to chance go on and experience it for yourself!

Comment below and tell me what you are looking forward to at camp - or what you miss the most if you have been already.

This one time at Camp America....

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