Summer’s going to be awesome, so it’s time to start prepping for Summer Camp in America!
Getting everything packed up and ready to go is no easy task. It’s something that’ll take you a bit of time.
To help you get the most out of your adventure, we’ve put together a few SMART tips to help you prepare.
The weather gets super hot over the summer, and you’ll need to make sure you stay safe and healthy.
When you get to camp, take every opportunity you can to stock up on sunscreen and bug repellent.
Also, make sure you’ve got a water bottle that you can keep refilling. You’ll thank us later!
There’s nothing worse than being abroad and not being able to access your money.
Before you fly, pop into your bank and let them know you’re heading to America.
You might not need to do anything, but it’s worth giving them a heads up so you don’t run into problems later.
Make sure you do some research into the best way to access money. Cash isn’t always king and there are plenty of currency cards available.
There’s a massive range of activities on offer at Summer Camp and you’ll get a chance to take part in most of them.
Don’t be afraid to dive in and get involved in anything and everything you can. How many times will you get the chance in the future?
There will be a lot of people trying out activities for the first time. You’re not going to be alone.
If the campers see you leading by example and trying new things, they’ll be a thousand times more confident to try it themselves.
Before the campers arrive for their first day, you’ll go through about a week’s worth of staff training – sometimes called Counselor Week.
During the week, you’ll learn pretty much everything about life at Summer Camp.
You’ll also find out who everyone is, how the activities are run, and all the camp’s policies and procedures.
You probably won’t be the only new person going through Counselor Week. Even the experienced staff go through it as a refresher.
Even if you’re an experienced traveller, working at Summer Camp in America is going to be like nothing you’ve ever done before.
Every single camp offers a difference experience, and even if you’re a returner, things change and so do the people you’ll work with.
It’s really important that you talk to people at camp when you need help or answers to questions. There’s no such thing as silly question!
You’re going to have plenty of people to talk to, from other international staff, domestic American staff, the leadership team, and Directors.