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Where on earth is Maine? Am I going to gain weight at camp?

Where on earth is Maine? Am I going to gain weight at camp?

Author -  Shelby Cooper

Where on earth is Maine? Am I going to gain weight at camp?

My time at Robin Hood Camp - Maine from 2013-2014 as the Horse riding director, Equi-boarding/Wakeboarding & CIT counsellor.

To answer your questions: CIT stands for Counsellor in Training so I looked after 15 year olds during my second year at camp who took on hiking trips, the mall, movies and to pizza hut…several times.

And this is Equi-boarding:

Horse wakeboarding Shelby Camp America.jpg 

Towing a wakeboarder from a horse at Robin Hood Camp - Maine

Now my turn: Where on earth is Maine? Am I going to gain weight at camp? What if I don’t like teaching kids horse riding? What if I don’t get on with anyone? What will I do after camp? Why did I go with Camp America? These were the main things running through my mind before I embarked on my American adventure.

To answer my own questions as I’ve now done Camp America three times:

Maine is about a 10 hour drive north of New York (I should know, I drove a 15 seater van with kids across FIVE states in ONE day to get there!!) Maine is made up of: Lobsters, trees, lakes, ocean towns, moose, national parks and black bears (I nearly ran one over!!!).

The weight thing… touchy subject. During camp I got into a routine of waking up early and going for a run or joining in a counsellor boot camp followed by a swim in the lake. During the day I would help with the stables, teach lessons and then either drive a wake boarding boat or supervise the kids on the docks (so tan and swim) in the afternoons. By eating (semi) healthy I didn’t seem to put on any weight at camp and seemed to lose weight. How I looked after myself during the next couple of months of travelling is a different matter completely which I prefer not to talk about.

I LOVED teaching kids, having only done a bit of coaching before I was weary that I would have no idea what I was doing. But being able to share something you are passionate about with someone who has never done it before and teach them new things and seeing the look in their face when they achieve something new … there is no greater feeling of self accomplishment.

One of my favourite memory has to be teaching an Italian boy how to ride from scratch and after completing his 6th stripe (highest level in the programme) in my second year teaching him, his Mum said that she would get him a horse!

Shelby at camp on horse camp america.jpg 

Carlo (Superman), Me (Captain America) Isabelle (Robin) Loulou (Flash) Jaden (the pony) Pietro (Iceman)

Not sure who's idea it was, but apparently we all had to have superhero names... I think it was Ironman's idea.

I can’t believe what an impact I had as a counsellor either, to be able to give advice to the girls in my cabin who I looked after was an incredibly humbling thing. The girls were part of the reason that I returned to camp because I develop such a strong big sister bond with them.

 

This is after my girls were caught sneaking out at night. Their punishment was to help me pick up poo!!

Getting along with people at camp has got to be one of the best things about camp. Now I’m no scientist but my theory is that the type of people that go to camp are the best kinds of people. I can now say that I have the closest of friends in Colombia, Spain, Ireland, Australian, Austria, England and Scotland - most of these places I have since visited or have had those people visit me where they’ve hosted me in their country and I’ve played tour guide when they’ve been here in NZ.

Shelby Cooper.jpg 

My Scottish sister Amy. She's currently in NZ for the year!!

This helps answer the “what do I do after camp?” conundrum. After camp I travelled with the new friends I made as well as meeting up with friends from home along the way.

During my first year I managed to tick off Boston, NYC, Washington D.C., Las Vegas - to see my kiwi friends the Night Gaunts play!, L.A. New Orleans, Chicago and the Grand Canyon before heading to Europe where I stayed with friends in England, Spain and Ireland and also did an Oktoberfest tour (hello beer belly) and then stopped off in Kuala Lumpur on my way home. (Side note, if you are a young female…probably wouldn’t recommend going by yourself to KL.)

Second year: Back to Boston, partied it up with my camp friends in Las Vegas this time, Whistler - Canada, L.A., Bogota - Colombia and then finished it off in Hawaii.

The mini United Nations in Bogota: Mike (U.S.A.), Laura (England) Me (NZ) Grace (England) Daniel (Colombia) Celia (Spain) Esteban (Colombia)

To answer the question… Have the BEST time ever basically is what I did after camp.

Why did I go with Camp America? Camp America has definitely been one of those things in my life that I will never regret doing. Camp seems to bring out the best in people, I learnt things about myself which I didn’t know I was capable of and these things and qualities I learnt, I brought back with me (I hope so anyway!!). Camp America makes it so easy to do and the amount of money they save you on fares and service makes it more than worth it.

I enjoyed my experience with Camp America so much in fact that I am now working for them because I want other people to experience what I did and have the opportunity to learn about themselves too and create their own amazing adventure.

Shelby Cooper


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Where on earth is Maine? Am I going to gain weight at camp?

Now my turn: Where on earth is Maine? Am I going to gain weight at camp? What if I don't like teaching kids horse riding? What if I don't get on with anyone? What will I do after camp? Why did I go with Camp America?

Where on earth is Maine? Am I going to gain weight at camp?

My time at Robin Hood Camp - Maine from 2013-2014 as the Horse riding director, Equi-boarding/Wakeboarding & CIT counsellor.

To answer your questions: CIT stands for Counsellor in Training so I looked after 15 year olds during my second year at camp who took on hiking trips, the mall, movies and to pizza hut…several times.

And this is Equi-boarding:

Horse wakeboarding Shelby Camp America.jpg 

Towing a wakeboarder from a horse at Robin Hood Camp - Maine

Now my turn: Where on earth is Maine? Am I going to gain weight at camp? What if I don’t like teaching kids horse riding? What if I don’t get on with anyone? What will I do after camp? Why did I go with Camp America? These were the main things running through my mind before I embarked on my American adventure.

To answer my own questions as I’ve now done Camp America three times:

Maine is about a 10 hour drive north of New York (I should know, I drove a 15 seater van with kids across FIVE states in ONE day to get there!!) Maine is made up of: Lobsters, trees, lakes, ocean towns, moose, national parks and black bears (I nearly ran one over!!!).

The weight thing… touchy subject. During camp I got into a routine of waking up early and going for a run or joining in a counsellor boot camp followed by a swim in the lake. During the day I would help with the stables, teach lessons and then either drive a wake boarding boat or supervise the kids on the docks (so tan and swim) in the afternoons. By eating (semi) healthy I didn’t seem to put on any weight at camp and seemed to lose weight. How I looked after myself during the next couple of months of travelling is a different matter completely which I prefer not to talk about.

I LOVED teaching kids, having only done a bit of coaching before I was weary that I would have no idea what I was doing. But being able to share something you are passionate about with someone who has never done it before and teach them new things and seeing the look in their face when they achieve something new … there is no greater feeling of self accomplishment.

One of my favourite memory has to be teaching an Italian boy how to ride from scratch and after completing his 6th stripe (highest level in the programme) in my second year teaching him, his Mum said that she would get him a horse!

Shelby at camp on horse camp america.jpg 

Carlo (Superman), Me (Captain America) Isabelle (Robin) Loulou (Flash) Jaden (the pony) Pietro (Iceman)

Not sure who's idea it was, but apparently we all had to have superhero names... I think it was Ironman's idea.

I can’t believe what an impact I had as a counsellor either, to be able to give advice to the girls in my cabin who I looked after was an incredibly humbling thing. The girls were part of the reason that I returned to camp because I develop such a strong big sister bond with them.

 

This is after my girls were caught sneaking out at night. Their punishment was to help me pick up poo!!

Getting along with people at camp has got to be one of the best things about camp. Now I’m no scientist but my theory is that the type of people that go to camp are the best kinds of people. I can now say that I have the closest of friends in Colombia, Spain, Ireland, Australian, Austria, England and Scotland - most of these places I have since visited or have had those people visit me where they’ve hosted me in their country and I’ve played tour guide when they’ve been here in NZ.

Shelby Cooper.jpg 

My Scottish sister Amy. She's currently in NZ for the year!!

This helps answer the “what do I do after camp?” conundrum. After camp I travelled with the new friends I made as well as meeting up with friends from home along the way.

During my first year I managed to tick off Boston, NYC, Washington D.C., Las Vegas - to see my kiwi friends the Night Gaunts play!, L.A. New Orleans, Chicago and the Grand Canyon before heading to Europe where I stayed with friends in England, Spain and Ireland and also did an Oktoberfest tour (hello beer belly) and then stopped off in Kuala Lumpur on my way home. (Side note, if you are a young female…probably wouldn’t recommend going by yourself to KL.)

Second year: Back to Boston, partied it up with my camp friends in Las Vegas this time, Whistler - Canada, L.A., Bogota - Colombia and then finished it off in Hawaii.

The mini United Nations in Bogota: Mike (U.S.A.), Laura (England) Me (NZ) Grace (England) Daniel (Colombia) Celia (Spain) Esteban (Colombia)

To answer the question… Have the BEST time ever basically is what I did after camp.

Why did I go with Camp America? Camp America has definitely been one of those things in my life that I will never regret doing. Camp seems to bring out the best in people, I learnt things about myself which I didn’t know I was capable of and these things and qualities I learnt, I brought back with me (I hope so anyway!!). Camp America makes it so easy to do and the amount of money they save you on fares and service makes it more than worth it.

I enjoyed my experience with Camp America so much in fact that I am now working for them because I want other people to experience what I did and have the opportunity to learn about themselves too and create their own amazing adventure.

Shelby Cooper


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