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6 Reasons to do Trek America

Should I do a Trek America?

There are SO many reasons to do Trek America. Having 30 days to travel America and deciding where to go first can be is so hard! Should I go to the Grand Canyon or Yosemite? Will I be able to explore all the cities I want? We totally get it. This is why Trek America needs to be on your after camp plans. *Remember, you also get 10% off off when you use the code USASC10!* USA Summer Camp’s very own Jess did her first Trek in 2016 and had the best time. Find out more below about why Trek America should be on your after camp bucket list.

My Trek America Trip

My very first Trek America trip was in 2016 and called Westerner 2. It started in the famous city, Los Angeles and travelled to places like Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Diego as well as part of the Route 66! I explored so many places and truly believe it’s something every Camp Counselor or traveller should do after their time at Summer Camp.

You Stay in Amazing Places

We camped on the bank of the Colorado River, in the Grand Canyon, and Benton Natural Hot Springs which were very different from staying in your typical hostel or hotel. If you’re unsure about camping, don’t worry, I wasn’t an experienced camper but I honestly had some of the best nights of my life! The views were so amazing and I made memories I will never forget which is one of the many reasons to do a Trek America. We did have some unexpected visitors; a few racoons and a scorpion (eek!) but I’d do it all again in a heartbeat.

The Tour Guides Know Their Stuff

Depending on what we wanted to do that day, whether that was hiking, shopping or eating, our Trek America Leader always knew the best places to go. They always tried to make sure we were getting a real taste of what America has to offer rather than going to the usual tourist traps. It was also nice to have someone who knew about the culture, history. I definitely wouldn’t have found out as much about the USA if I had travelled solo.

Great For Solo Travellers

Whether it’s your first time in America or your first time travelling solo, it can be very daunting. One of the most stressful things I came across when travelling on my own was trying to find affordable, but nice places to stay. When you go on a Trek, you don’t have to worry about accommodation because it’s all included within the price; another benefit of going with Trek America. The Trip Leader will have everything organised before you set out. They have also tried and tested the places to make sure you get a good nights sleep. Another perk is that you’ll be with a group of other travellers just like you. You’ll make so many friends that you won’t be so ‘solo’ anymore!

Groups are Small so Trips are Tailored

You’ll be travelling with a small group meaning the trips are more tailored towards you. When we got to the Grand Canyon, we were asked if we wanted to do a helicopter ride to see the views. I didn’t want to do this activity, but it was totally fine! Me and the others explored around the campsite while the others enjoyed their ride. It’s completely up to you!

Experience America to the Fullest

One of the best reasons to go with Trek America is to get the travel itch scratched. There’s so much to explore in America, but it can be extremely hard to tick off them off the bucket list. On my Westerner trip, my entry into the National Parks were all included in the price as well as a party bus around Las Vegas which was amazing. I got to do so much on my trip that I probably wouldn’t have got to experience if I travelled solo.

Cheaper Than Travelling on Your Own!

Overall, I was able to save so much more money with Trek America. Hiring a car, booking my own accommodation and travelling solo ended up being A LOT more than I had planned; not to mention the cost of food while travelling. The food kitty with Trek was around £10 a day where I would have been spending at least £30 on my own. All my transport, accommodation and activities were rolled into one without the worry about any of the planning and logistics.

 

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Jess Toogood
Jess Toogood
Jess is now a permanent member of the USA Summer Camp team, helping to make sure participants have the best summer possible. Jess has worked at Camp Conowingo - a Girl Scout Camp - for the past five summers.
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USA Summer Camp Staff Spotlight – Meet Chloe

Here are 6 emotions you’ll feel on your first 4th of July!

It’s your first 4th of July in America and every American’s favourite day. It’s time to celebrate the land of the free and the home of the brave and boy are you in for a treat. Red, white and blue are everywhere and you feel like you are in a fresh tube of Colgate toothpaste. You never thought you’d feel so patriotic for a country you’re not from but here you are belting out the National Anthem like you didn’t just learn the words two weeks ago.

Independence Day is not just a film about Aliens on the 4th of July

 

1. Confusion

confusion about 4th of july

There is none stop chanting of “USA, USA, USA!”. Everyone is in red, white and blue. There are stars and stripes literately everywhere. You didn’t realise how patriotic everyone is until today. Everyone is running around waving flags and singing Katy Perry. Independence Day isn’t just a film about aliens? What?! You thought that the bonfire firework display at your local park was a show. Think again. This display is something to rival Londons New Years Eve show. Who knew independence meant bottomless chicken wings? Sign us up!

 

2. Food Coma

food coma from 4th of july

There is food EVERYWHERE. You’ve gotten accustomed to the food at camp by now including the mad portion sizes. However, you were not prepared for today! You never knew it was possible to arrange burgers and hotdogs into an American flag display but here we are. There are snacks on snacks on snacks and you are ready. The food coma is coming and you welcome it in waves.

 

3. Fear

fear of 4th of july

There is a lake with your name on it and you have the fear, bad. You’ve been hiding out all day trying to avoid getting thrown into the lake but tradition is tradition. The feeling of knowing that it is coming is the worst and you’re contemplating just throwing yourself in.

 

4. Patriotic

patriotic for 4th of july

You might not be American but today you are an honorary citizen. Everyone else’s buzz for the country has got you swept up in the celebrations and your singing Star Bangled Banner with the rest of them. Today, this land is your land and today this land is my land. Go America!

 

5. Excited

excited

All your campers have got you absolutely fizzing with excitement. There are fun, games and food everywhere. The only holiday you have to compare is Christmas and this is the Christmas of summer. You’re ready to fly the flag and fly the flag HARD. Why can’t every day be the 4th of July?

 

6. Tired

sleepy

It’s been a long old day and you are ready for bed. The whole day has been non-stop and although it’s been enjoyable you are worn out. Who knew Independence was so exhausting?! It’s time to kick your feet up, make a cup of tea and go back to business as usual tomorrow. You’re retiring the red, white and blue for Color War. Until next time Independence Day!

 

Level Up Your CV!

Being a student and trying to create a full CV can be frustrating.  All you want to do is create a CV that stands out of the crowd to future employers right? Stop your worrying because we have the perfect Summer Job for you that will level up your CV! Why not spend your summer in America as a Camp Counselor?

We work with over 600 camps in the USA who are all looking for young adults just like you, to work at their amazing camps over the summer. There are multitudes of different jobs available such as Camp Counselor roles, Activity Specialists, and Support Staff. You’ll gain experiences and skills to blow away the competition. Your CV will scream “hire me!” to your future employers.

Still unsure? Here’s why working at a Summer Camp will level up your CV!

Gain Work Experience Abroad

Having the skill of working abroad will give you a leg up on the competition. Applying for jobs can be very competitive. Working in America will demonstrate to your future employer that you can step out of your comfort zone, experience new cultures, and try things you’ve never tried before. You’ll show that you’re ready to take on new challenges, experience the world, and ready to get stuck in at any job you’re given in the future. Moving to a different country will demonstrate to future employers that you can be independent, are confident in new situations and adaptable when it comes to working in new environments.

Get a Job That Will Level Up Your Career

The rumours about Summer Camp being just for people with sports skills is, FALSE! The range and breadth of jobs available to work at camp are endless. There are jobs in waterfront, sports, arts, drama, media, STEM and many more. We even had one of our applicants this year teach Fashion Design while at camp. If you have a skill you want to develop or gain more work experience in a particular area, just ask us. Gain relevant experience abroad, while getting paid as well as having the summer of a lifetime. Score!

 Skills, Skills, Skills!

When you get home from an amazing summer in the states, you’ll be equipped with a plethora of new skills. We all know skills can level up your CV and by working as a Camp Counselor or Activity Specialist, you’ll be in charge of getting your kids ready for the day. Preparation, timekeeping and leadership are all skills you be putting into action while at camp. There is also the possibility that camp will pay you to gain qualifications such as lifeguarding and first aid. You’ll be able to mention all the skills you have gained in your future interviews!

Confidence All Around

A summer at camp will give you a new found confidence you wouldn’t have expected. Leading camp sing-alongs and chants brings out a side you might never have thought you had as well as gaining the confidence to be a role model to your group of kids. You’ll meet other counselors from all over the world making you a natural conversationalist by the end of camp. The next interview you have, you’ll have so much confidence you’re bound to smash it!

You’ll Become a Creative Genius!

Just picture this… A bunk full of bored kids and it’s your job to entertain them and make sure they’re having a great time at camp. Trust us, you’ll begin to learn to think outside the box when you have to come up with a completely new game for the kids. Arts and Crafts activity? Nailed it. Creating banners for Olympics and Colour War? Best banner ever. Employers love to see interviewees with creative skills and who are able to think outside the box. Camp will totally prepare you for this!

Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork

While at camp, you will be living in a bunk with fellow Camp Counselors for the summer. You’ll work together to make sure the sessions are prepared and making sure the kids are where they need to be all while making sure they’re having a great time. If one of you needs a helping hand, you’ll be right there to help because you’ve got each other’s backs! You’ll really feel like a big family towards the end. Questions about teamwork? You’ve got this.

You’ll Smash Job Interviews

As you know, every interviewer asks questions about previous experiences, job roles and skills. After camp you’ll have an answer for every question. What previous job experiences have you had? Camp. Have you ever been put into a difficult situation and how did you overcome it? Camp. Tell me a little about yourself? Travel and CAMP! Most employers love to talk about travelling and real-life experiences so you’ll never fall short of conversation. Not only will you level up your CV you will also level up your interviewing skills! After bragging about your amazing experience at Summer Camp, they’ll just have to hire you then and there as you’re so great!

Hey, I’m Chloe!

This is my first season in the office! I help all our applicants on their journey to head out to Camp from making sure profiles are completed, documents are in and helping get everything prepared for their departure to the States. I also visit universities to meet our applicants and hold information stands and presentations.

My Favourite Work Memory

My favourite memory has to be attending our Dublin Job Fair in January. This was my first job fair and was the best experience. I loved helping and meeting our Irish Applicants and it was such a rewarding feeling seeing applicants so excited when they got placed at Camps! It was also fun to get to meet so many of the amazing Camp’s that we work with.

My Day in Three words

Dr Pepper, Kardashians, and Documents

My Favourite Place I’ve Travelled

It has to be Cancun, Mexico! I’ve visited here with my family 3 times and each time we have been able to do so many different things such as swim with Dolphins, Flyboard and release baby Turtles back into the ocean. Everything about Cancun is beautiful from the weather, beaches, food and scenery. Visiting here is definitely a must!

My Summer Camp Experience

I’m hoping to head out to camp next summer! Working in the office has shown me what I’ve missed out on all these years not going to camp. If I could turn back time I would have headed out to camp for my first summer as soon as I turned 18!

The Best Thing About Camp

Meeting friends for life, having fun all day long, and learning new things about yourself! It is such a unique and rewarding experience heading out to camp. It also looks amazing on your CV and to future employers as you will learn so many transferable skills over the summer. A huge benefit is also getting 30 days after to travel around the States. Travelling is the perfect way to end summer with your besties from camp in a State that you have always dreamed of visiting.

My Favourite Place in America

I have been very lucky to visit New York, Miami, and Florida! I loved each place for so many different reasons. But my all-time favourite place EVER has to be New York. I visited here in 2012 and in February this year; I just love the busy atmosphere of the city and how everywhere you walk reminds you of a movie. The food and shopping are also amazing- especially Sephora and the Hershey’s store. If I could live here I definitely would!

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Chloe Wild
Chloe Wild
Chloe is a member of the USA Summer Camp team. She is a placement student and studies Business and Management at Aston University. Her favorite place ever is New York City. She also is a huge Kardashian/Jenner fan and has even been tweeted Happy Birthday by Khloe Kardashian!