My Camp America experience
I’m the summer of 2017 I hopped on a plane by myself half way across the world to make an opportunity happen. I’d never flown by myself, neither had I been to America before. But I decided that last year, I was going to do something with my life that was going to be memorable, and it was. In two words to explain it, Camp America.
I didn’t really know what to expect of the summer, so I just took everything that came at me. I knew I’d come away with some experience with working with underprivileged children, because that’s what the camp specialised in, and I knew I’d come away with friends that I’d stay in contact with for a lifetime.
They say when you sign up for Camp America that if you’re in it for the money then it’s not the right choice for you, because you could earn more from a summer job at home, which is right. However, what I didn’t agree with so much is that every counsellor at camp received different wages, yet most of us did the same thing. But that’s what we just lived with, if I’d have thought wisely, I would have taken more money with me anyway.
Doing the CA experience gave me a chance to work with these children that I’d never even known existed before. They were challenging, hard to please and also very fussy, but that’s what made it. So my Camp specialised in working with underprivileged children from the 4 boroughs of New York, so Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Queens. They were brought up north of New York City for a 14 days to be given the summer of a lifetime. For some of those children, this would have been the first chance they’d have ever seen a deer, or a forest with fields and streams running through it. At the same time, many had never heard anyone with an English accent, which is easy enough to please kids.
The organisation ran the camp as a free camp because they’re charity lead, and they do this to give these city children a chance to get out and explore. Camp gives them a chance to learn to swim, to try new foods, to do wacky science experiments, to dance, to sing, to play an instrument, to make your own music beats, to hike and camp in the outdoors, but mainly to have fun and make friends.
At the same time as this, it teaches every counsellor a lot of things too. It teaches you to be more freely going, and not care too much if things go wrong or you’re late to something. It teaches you to help kids to swim and lead by example. It teaches you to try new foods (I’m one heck of a fussy eater.) It teaches you what bringing children up is like, have 10 of them in your cabin all at once with 5 counsellors isn’t that easy, but you learn. It teaches you more about friendships, squabbles, the way kids think about themselves and everyone else. It also teaches you to work pretty much 24 hours around the day, if there’s a camper who’s sick or going through something at 12 at night, then so are you. It teaches you how to deal with a child who’s lost their first tooth and make sure the tooth fairy is about to get them a little something, it teaches you to make sure that the camper having their first period is okay with hygiene and understands how to deal with it.
Camp America taught me a lot. A lot more than I’ve said already. My experience has taught me a lot, and I want to share it with the world because I’m proud of what I’ve achieved, and I think more people need a chance to do things like that. There are 1000’s of camps across America to go to and try, and you never know what opportunities or who you might stumble upon.
If you’re wanting to look more into doing Camp America then definitely check out Youtube of people’s experiences and also, feel free to check out the link below!
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