It’s time to get rid of your nerves before camp. You’re starting to plan and pack for the summer of a lifetime, but then it hits you… NERVES! You all of a sudden become very nervous about jetting off to America and are unsure what to do. Don’t worry, it’s completely normal to feel like this. Almost every first-timer feels like this and even returners. As we’ve all been in the same boat, the USA Summer Camp team have come up with some tips and tricks on how to battle them pre-camp nerves. You’re about to go on one of the best adventures of your life, you’ve got this!
If you’re worried about not knowing anybody when you get to camp or worried about being on the plane on your own, join our Facebook group! Here’s where you can find other Camp Counselors, find out important information, and make some travel buddies before you jet out to camp. Post in the group to see if there’s anybody else going to your camp or if there’s anybody on your flight so you can travel to the states together. Make sure to ask camp to see if they have their own group too so you can meet your fellow Camp Counselors and get the inside goss!
If you’re feeling really nervous, give the office a call! We have all been in your shoes so we can try and help you as much as we can with our very own tips. We also recommend talking to camp and getting them to answer any questions you have. It’s the place you’re going to be spending your summer so try and find out as much you can so you can get rid of your nerves before camp. Friends and family members might be able to help and give you a boost of confidence!
Read through our blogs to get to grips with as much as you can. We write blogs on what to expect when you arrive at camp, camp orientation, days off, travel, homesickness and so much more! These will prepare you for camp so your nerves calm down and you’re ready when you step off that plane.
Ask your camp returners questions to find out what to expect and if there’s anything they would recommend. This could be clothing, day to day at camp or travel. They’ve been to camp before so they know the low downs and what’s going to happen in the summer. Returners are lovely and will be happy to answer any queries you have so make sure to do this so you can get rid of your nerves before camp.
Our Social Media are packed full of tips, blogs and inspiration for you to sink your teeth into. Follow this a couple of weeks before you jet off so you can get the excitement building and realise you’re about to step into the best summer of your life! If you have any questions, send them to us on our Social Media and we will reply as soon as we can.
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Sit back, relax and remember why you signed up to the program. You’re about to work and travel in the states, make new best friends, experience new things and tick off your bucket list. It really is going to be the best summer ever and you’ll remember it forever. You’ve got this!
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 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.
Dr Pepper, Kardashians, and Documents
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!
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!
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.
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!
Unsure what a Summer Camp game day is? When you get to camp, you’ll soon realise Summer Camp game days are EVERYTHING. The campers live for these events and stock up on accessories, face paint, and outfits to get into the camp spirit.
Don’t think you’re the competitive type? Think again! Game days can get intense, but don’t worry, we’re here to make sure you’re super prepared for the events of the summer. Keep reading to find out how to smash and win game days at camp!
“Make sure you have loads of colourful tees and shorts you don’t mind to get DIRTY!”
Colour War is one of the most famous Summer Camp Game day across America. Split into teams with fellow counselors and campers for some serious games of tug of war, sports, capture the flag and more! The campers will put their ALL into these games so this is your time to show the rest of camp what you’re really made of.
Top tip, you won’t know which colour team you will be on until you get to camp. Prepare and bring as many different colour tees or stock up on your visit to Walmart. There’s nothing better than standing with your team members all kitted out in your colour, representin’ the team. GO TEAM BLUE!
“You’ll eat your body weight in sweets, popcorn, and candy floss.”
Camp Carnival is a little treat game day for the campers to let loose and have fun! There’s Carnival games, bouncy castles, and LOADS of food. You’ll never get hungry as popcorn, sweets, candy floss and chocolate are to be seen everywhere.
Depending on your camp, you’ll be able to go on the rides with your campers and really act like a big kid again. As well as all the rides and food, you can even get married at one of the Carnival stools. Fake marry your BFF Camp Counselor and live happily ever after.
“Get ready for some INTENSE scenes!”
This is the game day that the older campers and counselors prepare for throughout their Summer Camp years. A couple of days before the event, the rope is soaked in water to make sure it’s extremely hard to burn.
When the event starts, counselors and campers are required to start a fire and build it tall enough to reach the rope. The atmosphere is crazy and everybody screams, sings, and chants for their team. Finally, when the rope breaks, everybody goes absolutely crazy. It’s definitely something you’ll never forget.
We know the feeling of seeing an amazing trip, but not being able to afford it. Worst feeling ever. Whether you’re wanting to go to Summer Camp for the first time or looking at doing the ultimate Trek America trip after camp, it can be hard to save up the cash. With an office full of travellers and counselors, we’ve had our fair share of saving and budgeting for trips over the years so if you’re desperate to save up for the trip of a lifetime, keep reading below!
You see a piece of clothing you just have to buy, it’s calling your name, but you have to stop and think. Is this more important than my trip to America? Probs not! Prioritising your spend is one of the first steps to saving up for the trip of a lifetime. Take a look at all the things you buy over the month and think about if you really need to spend your money on these items. If not, put the money away and save it!
Nights out are fun, but not as fun as exploring a new country, completing your bucket list, and gaining new experiences you can’t get anywhere else. Nights out can be expensive with the drink, entry, and taxi. It all adds up. Save up for the trip of a lifetime by cutting down on the nights out, saving up that money, and chilling at home. Trust us, you’ll thank us later when you’re chilling on a beach in the US of A!
To really get motivated and save all the money you can, download a money saving app! Most apps around will show you exactly how much you are saving and set you a goal for each month. Some apps even cancel your unused subscriptions for you which is super handy. Keep an eye on how much you save and really get excited when you reach your goals! Some apps we recommend are Qapital, Claritymoney, and Monzo.
With all the money you save, put it into a separate savings account. This means you won’t be tempted to dip into the money you’ve saved. Top tip: Make it your mission to put at least a pound a day into your savings account. It really will add up! Your money will be safe and sound in your account, ready for you to take out when it’s time for your trip of a lifetime.
Once the money comes rolling in, you’ll soon see that the trip of a lifetime can be a reality! Whether you’re planning on going to Summer Camp for the first time or going a Trek America trip after camp, you’re going to make it this summer. Ready to get started on your trip of a lifetime? Click below.